Since May 2011, I’ve been using the incredibly popular Instagram app for iPhone, and have taken more than 300 photos since then. The users of Instagram can like and comment on photos as much as they want. Below are my top 5 (actually, top 6) most liked photos.
3rd place (4 way tie)
An incredible sunset near my home.
A black and white photo of the Odakyu Shonandai Station platform.
An unusually empty Sotetsu Line car.
A big X on the platform of Futamatagawa Station. This was also chosen as a top picture for Instagramhub.
Under the Shonan Monorail.
Mt Fuji at sunset through 2 fences, trees and above an industrial building.
I was quite surprised at the most liked photo. It’s a rather grainy picture that I used zoom with. It looks good on the phone, but not so great on a computer. So, what do you think? Which do you like the best?
Mt. Fuji is a very well known sight to people around the world. It’s a symbol of Japan. I’m very lucky to be able to see it on a regular basis. On Saturday morning, as I was riding the train, I could see Mt. Fuji, as well as the much closer Tanzawa-Oyama Mountains very clearly. I took these two pictures from the train with my phone in Izumi Ward, Yokohama. That morning was very cold and clear, so the air was incredibly clear.
The snowcapped Mt. Fuji is very prominent next to the much closer Tanzawa Mountains.
I zoomed in on Mt. Fuji to get a closer look. Looking great!
A couple of hours ago, there was a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Fujinomiya city in Shizuoka prefecture, just west of Mt Fuji. This earthquake is not related to Mt Fuji. I’ve been monitoring twitter quite a bit lately, just so I could get some actual news, rather than what CNN is reporting, and the Japan Meteorological Agency stated that it is not related to Mt Fuji. The mountain is quiet.
On the topic of CNN, I wish that they, MSNBC and FOX would just report the actual news. They hype things up and provide misinformation. No, Tokyo is not in a panic. No, there isn’t a poisonous cloud of radioactive gas heading to Tokyo. Tokyo is safe. No, Sendai was not destroyed. My advice to western media is this: Start reporting real news or shut the hell up. They’re doing more damage than good by reporting lies just to boost their ratings. Shameless. Absolutely disgusting and irresponsible.
These two pictures were taken from the train at Yumegaoka Station. The first one was from yesterday, and the second was this morning. The air was incredibly clear, so I had an amazing view of Mt Fuji. I need to start bringing my digital camera with me. Mt Fuji appears much smaller in the pictures than how it actually looks in person. The nearby mountains are the Tanzawa-Oyama Mountains, which I have visited before.
Today’s weather was absolutely beautiful. The air was so clear after the heavy rain storm yesterday morning and the unseasonably warm 23 degrees yesterday. From work, I could see Mt Fuji so clearly, that I could see the snow. I wish I’d brought my camera with me to work. Instead, you get a Picture of the Week, which are all iPhone pictures. Can you see the snow? Sorry I couldn’t zoom in. Enjoy the picture!
The sunsets this month have been incredible. I’m very lucky to be able to see the sunsets, which feature Mt Fuji. In this picture, you can see Mt Fuji in the middle. This photo doesn’t do it justice. It was an amazing sunset to see. Mt Fuji actually looks bigger than in this photo.
Today, I went for a walk around the Tsujido station area in Fujisawa to get pictures for the Japan by Train series (still need to get that started). First of all, Tsujido is actually a pretty nice area. Lots of expensive houses, many small shrines and a couple nice temples. During my walk, there were two instances of friendliness I experienced when I was taking pictures of shrines. Both times, elementary school aged boys said hello to me (in Japanese), and I responded. They seemed like nice kids. Sometimes, while I’m out walking, a stranger will say hello to me, or even try to help me, assuming I’m lost. Of course, I’m not lost. GPS on my iPhone is a wonderful thing. I was also looking at a map, and an elderly man asked me if I needed help, but I said I was ok. It’s great to meet so many friendly people while walking.
The second big surprise was a clear view of Mt Fuji. I was at the station when I saw Mt Fuji, and I took a couple pictures. Enjoy!
Here's the first picture I took of Mt Fuji from the north exit of Tsujido Station.
I decided to take a second picture, just to make sure I had a good picture. Here it is!