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Kappabashi streets and Sky Tree view: Tokyo, Japan

Shot these two the other week on a walk/lesson I did with a student. We stuck ourselves in this little side-street for a few minutes as it had an interesting view of the new Sky Tree tower, which everyone was tending to look at when they passed. I often do this sort of thing to either get people to look in a certain direction or past me at something behind me. People are curious. They tend to look at certain things; down streets, at screens, at bright things. If you stand in the right place, you can get them to look just where you want. :-)

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai @ f/1.2
Focused to 3m on the lens and shot from the hip.

Custom Nikon Picture Control 'Monochrome 02'



  1. I really need to congratulate you on the way you capture the real Japan!

  2. Thanks again for this. I love this photo, the technical quality with the perfect "pint", and the perfect composition, the 2 main points I realized being:
    – the orientation: up and hard walking, down and easy by car.
    -The "tomare" line at the limit of the shadow.
    Certainly forget other points…

    Are we in Higashi-Ginza ? Toranomon ? looks like this is one of those central area where you don't get much individual houses even away from the big road.

  3. I really appreciate your ways of document Japan. Each photo seems to tell its own unique story, which insires me so much. I think Taiwan is not as beautiful as Japan, but through photography there are still many stories worth telling. 🙂

  4. Good composition and nice play with dof.

  5. Very nice street scene and dypitch. bravo

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