Paddle boarding at sunset, Kamakura, Japan
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Paddle-boarding in the last of the sun., Kamakura, Japan

I don't post many photos these days that are cropped to widescreen but this one just suited the crop. I actually have a custom ground-glass screen in my Nikon, which has 16x9 and Panavision crops ground into it. So when I compose I can see what it would be in these aspect ratios.

It's just that typically I don't post much like this... maybe I will from now on because this cinematic crop is something I fell in love with years ago as a kid, watching David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ryan's Daughter'... among others.

I've also been shooting a lot of video recently, with the Nikon D5100. It's just me playing at the moment but I am working on doing a short movie just before Christmas, on a family trip up to our relatives in Fukushima. It's time to get some of the feelings I have about that place down onto film... lots of emotions connected to 3/11, TEPCO, the government, people's prejudices towards Fukushima, the ongoing strife people are going through as a result of industrial and corporate negligence. My nephew's gonna play the guitar and make a soundtrack for it.

So, anyway, yes.... off-topic but that sort of explains a little about why this aspect ratio is back in my head right now.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED