Street photography in Tokyo: workmen in Kanda
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The Crew: Kanda, Tokyo

Kanda is a great neighbourhood for street shooting: always something interesting going on. And the walk from Kanda -following the railway tracks - through to Ueno is a superb route to take if you have a couple of hours to spare.

These fellas were off to work, tools in hand.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai


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  1. I like what details are in black and white pictures. This is such amazing work l hope to be able to get to that kind of level some day.

  2. I'm digging the focus and blur. I'm all about that.

  3. +Frances Ballesteros I am always shooting in monochrome on the camera when I want to do monochrome shots. It's not something I really change to after shooting the RAW file. I like to think in black and white. It helps me see the details. Thanks for your comments.

    +Jeremy Stratton Had this particular lens since I was about ten years old… so we know each other well by now. I used to shoot it on film a little more stopped-down than I do now. Shooting middle-distance subjects at f/1.2 meant risking wasting too many shots with film by not nailing the focus. One of the reasons I like digital…. not that I often need many goes at a shot to get it right [this was one frame shot of this subject]. But so many years of shooting, developing and printing film cost me a lot of money. All worth it of course. But I like shooting more freely now, in every sense of the word 'free'.

  4. Thanks for the input. I have a Nikon D3000 and a 50mm Nikkor f/1.8 (I really love it).

    I'm really new into photography, but love it. My favorite aspect I latched onto early was playing with blur/Bokeh/focus (It helped that a few friends gave flattering comments on my style of focus).

    I'm still in the realm of shooting lots more photos than I'd like, to try and get one that comes out to my liking(a little bit of quantity over quality).

    The D700 and D800 are really popular right now, but I don't have the money for one right now.

    I'm not even sure, even with attention to ISO, that I'd be able to pull of this kind of smooth, richness.

    Thanks again for sharing. Wonderful shot!

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