People waiting for the trolley in Kagoshima, Japan. This was the day before I left for Tokyo, and then Canada, and was thus one of my final photos of Kyushu.
I always liked Kagoshima. Big enough to be a fairly jumping place, but small enough that getting around was easy. It’d be perfect for someone who likes cities, but hates being stuck in the hellish crowds that bigger cities can have.
The main downside is the constantly active Sakurajima. Having that ash regularly blow on you seems like it’d be highly annoying within a short time. Probably with the first ruined laundry you hung out. I was about forty kilometers away from the thing and I regularly got dusted when the wind was blowing right. Nasty oily ash on top of that. Took forever to get it off one of my lenses.
I’ve been looking at 16:9 and 2.35:1 aspect ratios lately for a comic idea. The above isn’t either but I felt wide was the way to go with this one since there’s even more empty space in the bits you don’t see. But for some reason it doesn’t seem natural I think it’s because most photography fits in the 4:3, 3:2 aspect ratio and you’re just not used to it. And since I’ve spent a lot of time working with 6:6/ square aspect where you can get away with framing stuff right in the middle, this seems even further off for me.
The trick seems to be to try and compose things so the subject doesn’t seem so small within the frame. Something to practice, I guess.