Something Borrowed

I shot this a couple of months ago but was weary of posing it because it felt to heavy to me somehow. Something in the contrast of it that I toyed with a little but always found myself coming back to something closer to the original shot as you see it here. The OM 50mm 1.8 is what was used here if I remember correctly and it is pretty fierce with its sharp contrast and color. The reason I liked the scene as I shot it was because of the handful of severed bamboo stumps mixed with ones still growing. Something seemed intriguing about it to me and you cant beat the late afternoon light that graced the scene.

In other news, I wanted to talk a little about the site while I’m here. Some bloggers out there post often with news and links and this and that but I like rolling in this sort of thing into my normal postings. Feels like it keeps things tidier somehow. My time lately has been divided between a lot of work and getting ready for my upcoming wedding and time in Seoul. I leave on the 12th of March so it’s coming up on me way to quickly. I will continue to post as often as possible though.  I have been thinking of the many grand ideas I have for the future of fiftyfootshadows and as with many things around here I take my sweet time getting them going. I had hoped to get a shop off the ground at the beginning of the year but life happens fast and I chose to table the project until this summer once I get back from Korea and have more time to do it right. The only reason I mention this is because a number of people have asked about it and I wanted to be up front with the reason for the delay in its launch. That’s all for now. Thanks, as always, for reading and enjoy the new desktop!


  1. Gilang Santoso - February 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I do love this one.
    Nice shot.

  2. Amis - February 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks Allot…

  3. Billy Adams - February 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Awesome shot and I love the title of the photo as well. It’s always great to remember that when we use Bamboo for things, we’re not taking away from the environment, but that they grow back.

  4. Carlos Cabezas - February 21, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Thanks J, Have a great time in Korea !!!

  5. Grk - February 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks, i love this one!

  6. Akshatha - February 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Hi John! I just came across your website and I am glad I did.. I am so happy to have them as wall papers.. Thankyou so much! you make simple things so interesting in pictures!

  7. Lindsay - March 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Hey could you do a post on your thoughts about the canon 5d mark 3. I really enjoy your posts about the gear you use and what highly value your opinion of the new camera. I also hope you get to test one yourself soon or try out the Nikon d800.

  8. Val - March 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    was this in my backyard??? looks eerily familiar!

  9. sunhead* - April 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

    ps i have old severed stumps and lots of new growth around them. hurray for that! :)

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