The Tokyo International Forum
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In praise of re-visiting locations: The International Forum, Tokyo

I've been going to this building since about 1999 and I can still find a new angle on it.

Sorry for being absent from Google Plus recently but it's been a very busy few weeks of work and May is looking even more busy.

I spent a few days in here last week as I was doing two photo tours, for corporate clients, and did two lessons around here too.

I typically shy away from the super-wide in here, cos that's the easy lens in a place that simply screams 'shoot ALL of me at once'. So I often shoot the 50mm or the telephoto in the Forum.

But I happened to have the 14mm on me last week and found this angle.

The strip of light at the bottom right - which is the beginning of the final ramp to ground level - is what caught my eye.

Gear etc?
Nikon D700
14mm f/2.8
Black and white done in-camera
Resized in photoshop. No other post-pro


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  1. Great composition! I can see the appeal of the strip of light I'm the bottom right, and it's almost mirrored in dark just above. It all has a bit of an organic feel to it.

  2. And all the darks are great too

  3. Very nice – wouldn't have thought to go monochrome here. You worked it well.

    Out of curiosity do you know any other good interiors to shoot around Tokyo (other than train stations)? I love shooting beautiful architecture like this but I'm not really sure what all is accessible to the public in the city.

  4. I shoot monochrome almost every time I go here, +Leslie Taylor. Apart from the wood, there is very little colour in this building. 

    Shinjuku has some good buildings to shoot in… I'll dig out the names.

  5. It is a great capture! I love this.
    I think this architecture is appropriate to be shot with wide lens.

  6. Sure +takuto kasahara , it's very appropriate but I usually find it better excercise for my eye and for my student's eyes to try in here with a 50mm or a 200mm, which is not the 'usual' lens to shoot a building with. Anyway, wide is always useful:

    wide=the whole story
    50mm+ = the details

  7. +Alfie Goodrich 
    Thank you very much for your reply.
    Yes, I agree your philosophy. I also use single focus lenses mainly.  This is exactly the way how we see and feel the place where we are.

  8. 5 years old – 18 years old: almost exclusively 50mm
    Then 28mm. Then 135 and 200mm.

    Medium format 75mm and 80mm on 645 and 6×6
    Large format: 150mm and 210mm

    Primes taught me to see the world at specific focal lengths. This has been a huge part of my being able to look at the world without a camera to my face and pre-visualise exactly which lens to use for the picture I want. 🙂

  9. Great shot of my favorite building/space in Tokyo. Thank you!

  10. Do you know about Islam???

  11. Yes and that relevance does that have to this photo, +Muhammad Yuisuf ? 🙂

  12. Welcome, +Eric Seaholm. BTW, as for our proposed photowalk together.. just waiting to hear back from a client about shooting around the time we spoke of doing our walk. Will get back to you as soon as I hear something.

  13. Ok – no worries if it doesn't pan out… there'll be other days 🙂

  14. We were thinking of the 12th, yes +Eric Seaholm ?

  15. it like being on the ocean floor

  16. That's pretty impressive that the camera's managed to come up with such a good b&w conversion there +Alfie Goodrich! Fantastic looking place btw.

  17. +Benjeev Rendhava Not much is left to chance…. I made the black and white presets in the computer and loaded them back into the camera. This one is sort of equivalent to a pushed Tri-X film.

  18. I completely understand why you like this location. The space, the light, the different levels, it's all there. You've pretty much captured it all in this shot. I always make a point of heading there when I'm in the area. Thanks for sharing.

  19. +Alfie Goodrich, ah! I did not even know one could do that 😉 That's my new thing learnt for today then!

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