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The Twin Worlds of Japan; Ueno, Tokyo

I'd finished teaching and Jon and I had finished shooting the magazine assignment for 'Q' Magazine up in Nezu, then we headed down to Ueno for a little while. We were sat on the steps by the main entrance to the park and this fella was standing with his bell as all the commuters walked past. Interesting scene. Twin worlds of Japan. The busy crowd flowing past, heading to work and the priest; still, motionless except for the occasional 'ding' of his bell.

Nikon D300

Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED


  1. Hi. This is just a general comment, not in relation to this photo. I really enjoy seeing your photography. Each and every photo is exceptional and is a great inspiration to me. I love people photography, but I must admit, at times I am probably too shy to get in there and point a camera at people. So, my real questions are: Do you often use telephoto lenses to get in close or do you just put yourself out there? I think it is the later due at times due to the sharpness and full light you get, especially in darker conditions. Anyway, would love to know what you have in your kit while on photo walks.

    Keep up the amazing work.


  2. Stephen, Thanks for your comment. Very nice of you. I use a real mixture of lenses for the street work: This one was, admittedly, a 300mm but I most often use the 85mm which gets me a lot closer. I also use a 50mm and an old manual-focus 20mm sometimes too. I use a DX sensor camera, the D300, so you can multiply those lens focal lengths by 1.5 to get their equivalent on 35mm film or full-frame dslr. I usually always go out with 20mm f/3.5, 50mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.4, 80-200mm f/2.8 ED, 300mm f/4….. heavy bag.

  3. I have seen those monks or priests myself and adored always their endurance. Perfect contrast here. I always have the feeling that works perfect in Japan.

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