I was doing some teaching with someone on holiday here a few weeks ago and whilst we didn't stick to the popular tourist trail for long, I did want to take him to shoot this object at the main temple in Asakusa.
Why? Well, it's something every tourist tries to shoot. It's also something every tourist seems to want to shoot from the opposite side to this..... which is a shame, because once you look at it from this side you really notice the charm of ignoring the popular view.
Backlight makes lots of things look cool but it makes water look amazing. Sure, backlight has its challenges.. main of which here is controlling the exposure of the temple tower in the background enough to hang on to it whilst still getting the detail in the water fountain.
I shot various types of shot here, for the guy with me to see before he had a go; some had more depth of field, some this much dof, some focused on the people. I personally liked this one. He got some great shots too. I had him shooting in monochrome and colour so he could see the difference. Mono won for him. He said he didn't normally ever shoot in monochrome, just dit it in post-processing. Shooting in black and white helped him think in black and white.. that's the main reason I do it. I'm always shooting RAW of course, cos I like the flexibility of it, but I like to think in specific styles and having lots of custom profiles in the camera helps me do that.
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai
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