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Hello everyone.

It's the weekend and finally I have some free time Smile
First let me thank you all for your wonderful comments and support on my latest upload. I'm away from the site quite a lot so it is very appreciated that you don't give up on me and still visit my pf Smile

Today offering starts with the viewpoint from which the last image uploaded was taken - Osaka's aquarium Ferris Wheel - a rather small little ride Smile
V2 is part of Osaka's castle which is located in a wonderful park. The castle is lit up at night and is surrounded by a vast water canal. walking through the park we found out there was a Rock concert held at that night and by the time we've reached the other side of the park we were surrounded by hundreds of eager teenagers surprisingly all looking alike in heavy black clothing and colourful hair.
Which brings me to V3 -
This two girls show off the latest Harajuku style.
Harajuku in Japan refers to an area around Harajuku train station, in Tokyo. Japanese Harajuku Girls and Harajuku Style has been used to describe teens dressed in many fashion styles ranging from Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, Ganguro, Gyaru, Kogal, to "cute" Kawaii style clothing. Young adults may also be dressed as anime or manga characters (known as cosplay).
Which might explain the reason why we saw a girl dressed as a bear near Osaka's castle - no kidding. Apparently this type of clothing is also very expensive and could be bought and rented out through the internet.
These teenagers usually love the attention drawn to them due to the clothes and these ladies were no different - I kindly approached them with my camera and they were eager to pose all giggles and smiles. Interestingly enough these kids were usually hanging around the museum areas in Osaka. When we've reached Tokyo we've gotten the full Harajuku effect very much visible near the train station.
I think "Intriguing" would be the best way to sum it up.

No doubt Japan holds some interesting cultural experiences - Harajuku fashion being one of the fun ones Smile

Have a great week all!
Ayelet

Camera:Olympus SP-560UZ
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Title:The wheel goes round...
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Uploaded:27 Jun 2009 - 4:26 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 4:33 PM

A great set of images, Ayelet, you wouldn't catch me on that ferris wheel! Carol

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JdeNLucas
JdeNLucas  53 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 4:55 PM

Great angle and capture, John

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Ginamagnolia
27 Jun 2009 - 5:08 PM

Great point of view and camera angle.
Gina

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7439 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1027 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 5:13 PM

V1 - It's strange, we think of ferris wheels as fun, lively, animated and this is the reverse, moody and sombre.
But the star turn is V3, 'intriguing' as you say, a sort of cult style I guess. 'Gothic Lolita' is a wonderful description, I was thinking Minnie Mouse as the Bride of Frankenstein.
Moira

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 5:31 PM

#3 shows a couple of real charcters. #2 is very peaceful with a nice reflection.

#1 makes a good silhouette

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64470 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 5:51 PM

Lovely piece of processing on V1. And V2 is so sweet. Very nice.
Chris

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 6:45 PM

v2 for me the reflection works well.lesley

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 9:07 PM

3 super images ayelet, great POV in v1.

Stace

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 10:01 PM

V1 is especially spectacular!

Jennnnnn

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 10:09 PM

That was brave Ayelet; I'm definitely scared by #3 - maybe more so than by the "sugar bunnies" on the bag! Some aspects of culture seem completely alien!
No such problems with #1,but that is enormous and your angle nicely emphasises the fact as well as giving us a good view of all the details of the struts. Nice sky too - was there a good view from the top as well as the crossing?

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photophantom
27 Jun 2009 - 11:12 PM

3 different branches of photography Buddie. All are great. I am very please to see you doing "Harajuku" style sometime Buddie Wink
Dennis

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DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 9DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2009 - 11:38 PM

Hey Ayelet - what a great dynamic angle v1 - lovely scenic v2 - and really fun candid v3.

Good to see you back Grin

Bruce

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 1:34 AM

Fascinating set of shots and write up. So different, but I think you've uploaded them in the right order. Helen

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
28 Jun 2009 - 8:40 AM

Three good ones Ayelet.Great POV in V1 and V3 made me smile.

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roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 4:45 PM

A very diverse collection Ayelet Wink Love the angle in the first shot, it really makes the ferris wheel look *big*. The symmetry in no.2 I find very appealing. No. 3 is fun. Not for the life of me would I dress up like that...
Alex

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 5:00 PM

Another fine set of images, Ayelet. I love that sky in v1.

David

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 6:52 PM

wonderful

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MalcolmS
MalcolmS e2 Member 91072 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 8:17 PM

V1 seems to move as you scrollit down Ayelet, very strange. Three cracking shots

Malcolm

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 11:42 PM

lovely images and very interesting write up again, love the girls and the way they are dressed, and you are brave asking to take their photo, I have never had the nerve...

Linda Wink glad you did

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 - 8:13 AM

excellent images ayelet,v3 is super.ray

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Scaramanga
30 Jun 2009 - 10:20 AM

Great set.

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
12 Aug 2009 - 9:38 AM

3 Superb captures.
like them all.
Robert

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