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Photography becomes art -- Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura
 - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura as most people see it -- From Wikipedia - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura as most people see it -- From Wikipedia
It was June of 1965 and I was in Japan. Kamakura is a famous old city and was easily accessible from where I was staying in Yokohama. Wandering around the city, I came across the famous Daibutsu Buddha of Kamakura. This bronze figure stands about 44 feet tall and weighs about 93 tons. The photo at the top of the page shows what the statue looks like to the average tourist. Massive.

My first thought was to take an shot like the one above, but I had a little something special with me -- a brand new Canon 19mm lens, just about the widest full-frame lens ever made. So it seemed appropriate to use this lens to get a different view of the buddha.

Although the lens was made to fit a Canonflex camera, you couldn't actually look through the lens. The camera's mirror had to be pushed up and out of the way and the lens inserted into the camera. A viewfinder in the camera's accessory shoe showed what you would get.

So I wandered around the statue, trying different angles and finally chose a viewpoint with the statue's knees just touching the sides of the frame. From this distance, and from this angle, the distortion of the wide angle lens made the statue look much wider than tall. (That's why I included the shot at the top of the page showing what the statue actually looks like.) An offering of a bowl of oranges was in front of the statue and the wide angle lens brought this to prominence in the foreground. I shot several pictures from this angle, Kodachrome, ASA 25.

The slide with this picture sat neglected for almost forty years until one day I scanned it into my computer and it started on the journey that unfolds below.

The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #2 - The original picture from 1965 - Canonflex with 19mm F3.5 lens, Kodachrome - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The original picture from 1965 - Canonflex with 19mm F3.5 lens, Kodachrome
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #3 - Cleaned up, colors restored, rotated slightly to straighten - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Cleaned up, colors restored, rotated slightly to straighten
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #4 - Now it gets interesting. Some of the detail has been removed. - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Now it gets interesting. Some of the detail has been removed.
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #5 - Here, the background has been stripped out. - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Here, the background has been stripped out.
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #6 - Now a new background, actually a gradient, has been added. - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Now a new background, actually a gradient, has been added.
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #7 - Here it is, reduced to a halftone -- just black and white dots. - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Here it is, reduced to a halftone -- just black and white dots.
The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura #8 - This decoupage version probably goes a little to far. - The Daibutsu Buddha at Kamakura - shot in Kodachrome with a canon SLR with a 19mm lens - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This decoupage version probably goes a little to far.
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