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Waiting to cross: Ueno, Tokyo

Underneath the railway bridge in Ueno is a great place to do two things in the summer: escape from the sun and shoot some nice studies of people.

The contrast with the light outside is stark and hard to manage, so you get savagely blown-out backgrounds. But the way the light falls on people's faces is delicate: rim light from the sun streaming under the bridge and reflected soft light from the white paint of the zebra-crossing.

Plus, people waiting to cross the road are typically still and either concentrating on the traffic signals. Or, busy doing something to pass the time until the signal changes. Either way they are something of a captive subject, giving you time to compose.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai


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  1. Really it looks very sunny and hot clearly as reflected on that folding his hands guy near the gate.

  2. Like the expression in his face, the light and composition !
    1.2 just perfect !

  3. Always, +Joanna Ohmori. I'm pretty much on spot metering and manual 99.9% of the time.

  4. I like the contrasts here – two men in similar poses, in the shade and in the sun, softly and harshly lit, tack sharp and just a blur.  You really connected these two  opposites.  Great pensive expression too.

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