Hello everyone! My name is Misaki, I am originally from Japan, and currently living in Los Angeles, California. I work as a classical pianist professionally, but photography has been a huge hobby of mine since young. I joined this community to meet like-minded people, be inspired, and to learn and grow more!
I’m still figuring out how to use this platform, but I just wanted to say hi to you all and I’m looking forward to getting to know you!
Welcome, Misaki. This is a lovely introduction for us to enjoy. Not only is the light and contrast really pleasing, but the composition works beautifully, I really like the lines of streaming light and the way they emphasize the unoccupied bench. I think of many things looking at this image: who has sat there and is now gone; who will fill this spot next; what does the forest feel like when nobody is there.
Really nice work. You have come to a wonderful community and I’m sure we will learn from you as well as sharing insights to encourage your growth as well.
Thank you so much @Marylynne_Diggs for your warm welcome and thoughtful comments! I am really glad to hear your emotional response to the photo as well, since that’s something I’ve been working on- not just to take ‘beautiful’ photos, but meaningful and that can evoke emotions.
It’s a pleasure meeting you here, and I look forward to be in this inspiring and encouraging community!
Thank you so much, @Cody_Schultz for your kind comment and also following me! Before I signed up here as a member as I was exploring the site, I read your articles, and also on On Landscape. Photography and arts in general have been my main source for healing my mental health as well, and it really resonated with me!
So honored to meet you here, and thanks again for your kind welcome!
Thank you very much for your kind welcome, @Steve_Kennedy ! Also I’m glad to hear you like the picture- it was taken around March when it finally started to get warm in Alaska and all the cold ice/snow started to evaporate. The entire town was covered in the thick fog that morning!
I already feel so warm and welcomed in this community and I look forward to getting to know you more and exchange ideas and inspirations!
Thank you @joaoquintela for your kind message! I’m glad to hear it, and I am already liking this community very much.
When I first learned few years ago that Ansel Adams was a talented classically trained pianist too, I was amazed! I feel all things are closely intertwined and every art form helps one way or another to understand.
I look forward to learn from you as well, and so great to meet you here!
Great to have you here and I’m so intrigued by your musical gift - which makes me wonder ? Do many photographers have other artistic gifts - musical - instruments, singing - or what about the arts of painting, drawing, sketching, sculpting, etc. etc. Do we have other gifts and talents that somehow lead us to photography, or vice versa?
Anyway, thank you for your background story. so glad to have you here. We look forward to your images and contributions!
Thank you very much for your welcoming comment and your advice, @Karl_Zuzarte! It’s a great idea… although I do not have much space left in the original picture. So this the most left that I can ever get, a bit better balanced?
Thank you for your kind welcome comment, @Lon_Overacker !! So thrilled to be joining this wonderful community of talented photographers.
That’s a great point! As I mentioned above, Ansel Adams was a classical pianist before getting into photography. Also I know Reuben Wu does concert tours with his band, Benjamin Everett has a background in designs and painting. Those are just a few names that I just thought of off the top of my head, and I’m sure there are many more- so please let me know if you think of any, I’m just curious!
Thank you so much for taking time and reading my background story, Lon. I just visited your website- tons of stunning photographs! Especially I LOVE your ICM works, and large-format works. Pure beauty… thank you so much for sharing your art with us, and I’m so thrilled to getting to know you more through here!