My neighborhood. Micro urban. Public parks are the real deal around here. I like how this particular one was designed. Neatly cut grass, footpaths, a public pool, and more. I don't spend a lot of time up here, but it's nice every once and awhile to get away for a bit. These recreational areas are meant to give the allusion that one has left city.
You see, it is quite peaceful up here and there are plenty of trees and greenery. The local mothers never fail to greet. Listening to the news you'd think that there was a population shortage, but if you look all around you there's always a mother with child and I think it's one of the nicest things to see.
Getting here you have to take a series of narrow roads leading up a broken causeway. There's a school nearby and they have a girls track team that practices up here sometimes. It was time to take some pics. I couldn't hide because no object can perfectly conceal my shape and size. At best I could probably conceal the object I was originally trying to conceal. My subjects didn't seem to mind, though.
Not so sure the male coach did through his spectacled steely little eyes, though. I knew he was watching me from a distance with suspicion, lower jaw distended from his face as he peered down the hill, and he knew I knew he was looking at me. The new Tamron lens had to be put through its paces and what better subject material then when the subject is in a training sessions around a track. I tried several variations; went through all the f-stops and zooms. Tried the manual focus, then back to auto. Then back to manual. Not too bad for a discounted lens. But I need to work on the focus more. I didn't want to use any of the auto settings on these shots. All manual focus.
I have mentioned about form in another post. Great technique developing here. Train young, that way you grow up healthy and beautiful, and become a beautiful Japanese mother. Not like the nasty little prude foreigners emerging on the moral scene here. Wish they'd get the hell out of here.
Stateside parks are not as enclosed and spacious I think. Maybe the New Yorkers have Central Park, and maybe L.A. has the Griffith Park, which I have been to, and yet I feel no difference between city and nature. They are the same whereas at this park, or most parks in Japan you feel a total escape from the city. I love parks.