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Bikan Chiku, Kurashiki

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 6 August 2009 in Documentary & Street.

A famous sightseeing area in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture. The Bikan Chiku area is the old merchant quarter, famous for its 17th century warehouses.

My computer is broken! Awaiting a recovery disk, being sent from the manufacturer, to try to fix a problem thanks to a deleted virus-infected file which was clearly key to the whole computer being able to boot up. All my photos and photo-processing software are on the desktop; I'm typing this on my laptop. The disk was ordered on Sunday, and it should take "5-10 days" to get to me (what's that about? Are they forging it from raw materials or something?). Gods willing, fixing the computer will be dead easy and I'll be back to posting by the end of the weekend... wishful thinking...? We'll see. Until then, I will have to take another little break from Aminus3...

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

k@ from Paris, France

A wonderful scene in your wondrous B&W !

6 Aug 2009 8:24am

@k@: Thanks k@!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I love this image! There are so many things to study in here, the architecture, the street, the people dressed so variedly, the wharf made of stones in a pleasant pattern and...the trees, those unique shapes in the Japanese landscape. And how well the monochrome suits the image!
Sorry to hear about the computer disaster! Be patient! If nothing is is still OK!

6 Aug 2009 11:21am

@Japanalia: Cheers Gabriela. Did you ever visit this place? Fingers crossed my computer will be okay...

Mags from Paris, France

Really nice shot, I like your processing!

6 Aug 2009 12:13pm

@Mags: Thanks Mags!

Michael Rawluk from Canada

Beautiful shot and I love the processing.
Good luck with the computer.

6 Aug 2009 8:28pm

@Michael Rawluk: Cheers Michael!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent !

7 Aug 2009 12:45am


micke bergling from Sweden

Super.... like it

7 Aug 2009 4:52am

@micke bergling: Thanks micke!

ASIE PHOTOGRAPHER from ChiangRai, Thailand

You have a talent that I love shooting landscape authentic. AA

7 Aug 2009 9:39am


Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Beautiful composition!

7 Aug 2009 2:06pm

@Eleftheria: Thanks Eleftheria!

Sunsh from Toulouse, France

Wonderful picture, "i'm lovin' it " \o/.
I love your picture, it is a perfect B&w shoot.

7 Aug 2009 2:33pm

@Sunsh: Cheers Sunsh!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a very cool place. Love this image. Good luck with the computer.

7 Aug 2009 3:57pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve!

marc from France

Yes a very nice shot, and yes good luck with the computer

7 Aug 2009 7:35pm

@marc: Merci marc!

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Sorry to read about your PC woes . . I know what even a false alarm feels like and I got close to needing a re-install myself here. Good luck.

7 Aug 2009 10:34pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks Ronnie... have now re-installed Windows, attempting to recover lost files...

Richard Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Good luck on sorting out your PC, I got fed up with mine a couple of years back, reached deep into my pocket, and got a Mac instead, and never had a problem with viruses or anything else since

8 Aug 2009 11:08pm

@Richard Irwin: I'm tempted now Richard, for sure...

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Good choice of b&w here, heightening the interest of this shot.

9 Aug 2009 12:07am

@Twelvebit: Cheers Twelvebit!

mo.langel from ., Switzerland

Wonderful composition and B/W!

9 Aug 2009 6:30pm

@mo.langel: Thanks mo!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What a totally cool shot!
I just love those hats they are wearing...what a scene!

10 Aug 2009 4:09am

@bluechameleon: Cheers bc! It's quite a famous tourist area there, but not too over the top luckily.

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hello, Beautiful B & W for this wonderful picture. Good day.

10 Aug 2009 8:38am

@tede: Thanks tede!

Srujan Chennupati from Hyderabad, India

Very beautiful. the B/W shots are always very beautiful. They give the abstract picture of the subject and doesn't distract from the main concentration. Lovely capture and very good composition.

11 Aug 2009 8:51am

@Srujan Chennupati: Thank you Srujan!

Ken from United States

Daryl~ Terrific capture of Life!

11 Aug 2009 10:05pm

@Ken: Thanks Ken!

MahGol from Paris, Iran

its a beautiful b/w shot

12 Aug 2009 12:21am

@MahGol: Thanks MahGol!

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful light, beautiful shot, love all the detail!!! hello! :) hope your computer woes are soon solved!!

12 Aug 2009 3:38am

@dj.tigersprout: Cheers dj! Got the computer up and running; now need to re-install software and probably won't get around to posting any more photos until the weekend...

Cheryl from Texas, United States

interesting shot! I like that it is in B&W so the colours don't detract from the people

12 Aug 2009 1:39pm

@Cheryl: Thanks Cheryl!

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull b&w, i like it

12 Aug 2009 8:29pm

@Veronelle: Thanks Veronelle!

mo.langel from ., Switzerland

A wonderful scene! Beautiful B/W!

13 Aug 2009 9:46am

@mo.langel: Cheers mo!

Makoto from Sapporo, Japan

It is scenery that cannot be seen in Hokkaido. Beautiful image.

13 Aug 2009 11:27am

@Makoto: Cheers Makoto!

João Mourão from Portugal

Fantastic scene. If there were no people dressed with contemporary clothes and I could say this was taken from ancient japan.

13 Aug 2009 12:17pm

@João Mourão: Thanks João!

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A great B&W…

15 Aug 2009 8:36am

@Calusarus: Cheers Calusarus!

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Wonderful composition!

15 Aug 2009 1:08pm

@Eleftheria: Thanks Eleftheria!

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

looks like a cool locale.

17 Aug 2009 2:22pm

@Daniel: Thanks Daniel! It's an interesting place.