Houses by the Tracks

Houses by the Tracks - Osaka, Japan

Houses by the Tracks – Osaka, Japan

I’m sure most people’s first choice is not to live next to a busy train line. In super crowded Japan, especially near the major cities, this is a reality for many. This photo looks deceptively rural but is near the outskirts of Osaka or possibly Kyoto — I’m not exactly sure where on the train line I took this. There is a small clump of undeveloped forest behind these suburban houses — which is increasing rare in this part of Japan.

This is the last of this mini-series of images shot from the front of a train window. There’s an unexpected illusion, which looks like I’m on a collision course with the oncoming train. The trains in Japan, like the cars, drive on the left side. It only looks like I’m on the tracks on the right.

I took this with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the 14-150mm lens. Like the other photos in this series, there is a fair amount of telephoto compression. This one was shot at a 134mm equivalent.

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5 thoughts on “Houses by the Tracks

  1. They have brought the price way down on the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II to $399. I’m thinking about it, but I don’t think I’d use it enough to justify buying it. But I was shooting antique airplanes yesterday and thought “Hmm. Would have been the perfect lens for this!”

    I rather like the telephoto compression.

    1. I know you are a telephoto fan, especially for your bird and nature photos. I have the 75-300. Don’t use it often — a little for sports — but it’s nice and small for the focal length it gives you.

      1. I’m thinking about it. For the amount I’d use it, i’m not sure it’s worth it to me, especially because it’s so slow. If it were faster, I’d be more interested … and it would probably be more expensive.

  2. Hi,

    I’m really enjoying this series from Japan. Several years back, we visited our son who was a monk at a Zen Buddhist monastery in Okayama and we travelled around Japan for about 10 days. We were at some of the places you’ve shown and others similar to the scene shown here. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could; it’s such a wonderful country to visit.

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