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Kan Naoto: shot back in 2008, campaigning in Ginza

Kan today won the election for the leader of the DPJ, which basically makes him PM.

The Original Post back in 2008:

Today was a public holiday in Japan, the birthday of the late Showa Emperor. All the loudspeaker-jockeys were out of course, the nationalists being the loudest - as usual. Their parade of speaker-laden vans woke me up at 7.30am this morning as they passed our flat. This chap I shot whilst walking around the Yurakcho and Ginza areas of Tokyo earlier this afternoon.

Naoto Kan (菅 直人 - born October 10, 1946) is a Japanese politician who was the former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the largest opposition party in the Diet. Kan was former Minister for Health and Welfare. He is now Acting president of the Party.

This shot was used on Japan Today, Japan's leading English language news service:


One Comment

  1. Hi !

    I had two questions concerning lenses you use.

    But first, I've been drowning into your flikriver's for 20 minutes and did not even realized it took that time, i'm in japan for 3 years now, in Tokyo for 1 year taking picture, and i must say that i have been pretty puzzled by your work. i wish i were able to shoot that kind of things … anyway.

    – After advise from a friend you might know (Laurent T) i got my hands on a delightful 50mm f1.2 … from an engineering point of view, a masterpiece, but when i look to your pictures shot a 1.2 (i.e the cones) i don't understand how you have such a milky picture. Mine gives sorts of "shiny edges" at 1.2 and 1.4, that pushes me to use it very rarely at these apertures. => is it my lens itself that is crapped or did you post processed the defect ?

    – i've been wondering to by a fast 85mm, but i'm still hesitating between the 1.4 and 1.8 … what would be your advice / pro & cons on that potential choice ? would you recommend your 1.4 ?

    Hoping to be able to continue to follow your shots, it's fresh air in my day.



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