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Satisfying Experience: Shibuya, Tokyo, in the rain….

I was out two nights ago doing a night photography lesson for a student whose husband had bought her some lessons as a gift. We'd be trying to catch up for ages but she was busy, I was busy and Sunday we postponed because of the rain.

Monday we finally met up and thought we'd have a dry lesson.... no rain was forecast until maybe 10pm, long after we'd be finished.

The rain that arrived at about 6.45pm took everyone in Tokyo by surprise... and not just because it came but because of how it came; typhoon style.

Myself and Weinee did our lesson. She got some great shots BEcause of the rain rather than in spite of it.

I love shooting in the rain partly because I know a load of great spots where I can shoot from with a telephoto and keep myself dry.

Neither of us had a telephoto on Monday but we used some of the 'dry spots' to shoot from. The rain was so hard that it was tricky even under the bridge near Shibuya station to keep dry.

In the right foreground of this shot you can see a sort of white cloud... that was a torrent of water coming down off of the bridge onto the pavement.

I shot a few pics whilst Weinee was doing some long-exposures. Didn't take many as I was concentrating on helping her....

I noticed just now, as I was working on this shot, that the guy's t-shirt says 'Satisfying Experience'. A pretty good, all-round description of the evening!


Nikon D700

Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai



  1. I love the smug look on the guys face. Great shot. How do you focus with the AI-S lens on your D700? I'm using a D700 and have a couple of AI-S lenses but I haven't gotten the hang of using them well. Do you do it by zone focus or stop it down and trust your eyes?

  2. Hi Jen, Thanks. I used to have Katzeye split-image focusing screen in the D700 but removed it because actually, I'd got used to focusing the manual lenses without it. How do I do it? I was using MF cameras since the age of five [1974] so I have a fair bit of practice. I tend not to stop down and hope for the best as, like this shot, I usually want to shoot more wide-open: this shot is at f/1.2. I do zone focus a lot but again I want to shoot wide open or at least at f/2 on this lens as I like the separation you get on between the subject and the street. So usually in that case I am shooting at f/2 and setting the distance to 3m. I guess the distance and framing and typically shoot from the hip like this. Lots of practice over the years, so I can typically nail one in every two shots. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  3. Thanks for the reply Alfie. I kinda get what you mean, though I doubt I fully understand it. I guess I'll have to mount an AI-S lens and give it a go. Trial and error and see whether I can get it. I'm still pretty bad when it comes to zone focusing.

    I really like your works. Keep them coming! =)

  4. Like the composition , light , colours , and what he thik about the weather
    ,think she is calling for a taxi, but where the hell is the guy’s belt.

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