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Feb 2, 2010

An Old Man and His Horticulture

Posted by Amami Superman

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Watering the Flowers

I haven't been feeling well lately but it was such nice weather, I decided to take my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 out for a walk around the block to see what I could shoot. This old guy lives just down the street from me. He always has flowers blooming out in front of his house and I happened upon him as he was watering them.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Like a Gun Slinger

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF
Posing for a Shot

He didn't smile much, but he talked as if he was genuinely happy that someone was taking an interest in him and what he does. He was so happy that he invited me back behind his house to see more of some of the things he does.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 -- EXIF

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/50 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 -- EXIF
His Pride and Joy

He brought out plant after plant telling me about them and where you could find them here in Amami. Most of what he grows are native to here on the island. It was a bit difficult to keep up with what he was saying because he spoke some of the old Amami dialect.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 -- EXIF

These are some of the seeds he produces from the plants he grows. I was really amazed at all the different plants he had back behind his house.

Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/15 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 -- EXIF

He would show me some plants and the seeds he got from them. Then he would show me the spouts he produced from those seeds. I could tell by the way he spoke of the different plants that he really has a love for what he does. In a way, I was envious of him. He has so much knowledge of what he loves to do. Someday I would like to be the same.

I decided to change these photos to black and white in Lightroom 2. I think it gives these photos more flavor then they would have in color.


Peter in Wales said...

Amami-tennan-shou is Arisaema heterocephalum, very much a southerner, occurring from Amami-Oshima to Okinawa, according to Ohwi's Flora of Japan. It looks a bit as if the gentleman specialises in Arisaema (the sprouts are something similar), which are woodland plants with many species in Japan, mostly in shades of green or brown and white. The fruits are far more showy.

Botanically, I'd have liked them in colour, but artistically, I quite see why you opted for black and white. He has a wonderfully characterful face.

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Keep the language clean please. I have family that see this. Tell us what part of the world you're in.