Category Archives: Nature + Environment

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…cos it's been ages since I uploaded a flower shot: Purple flowers, Kiyosumi, Tokyo

Shot this whilst out the other week with Charlie, in Kiyosumi Shirakawa. Just put up a gallery and article about using this tilt-shift camera. Check it out if you have a minute or three: Voyages into altered perspective: Tokyo through … Continue reading

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Autumn in colour infra-red: Shiinamachi, Tokyo

This is more like it! First attempt at false-colour processing was OK but this has really come out nice. Infra-red was, on film, always about experimenting… lots of it! The digital stuff is far easier to be honest. And far … Continue reading

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Cracks and veins: the leaf + the line, Shibuya, Tokyo

I was out with Mari, a new student, yesterday and after going through some basics about her camera, iso, aperture and speed etc… we headed off around the area to put it all into practice. Composition is a key foundation … Continue reading

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Waiting for the other 100 dalmatians; Tachiaigawa, Tokyo

Was out for a walk to a nearby store and to have some sushi with the kids the other night. This fella was tied-up outside the local conbini, looking a little forlorn and barking at everything/everyone. Nikon D700 Nikkor 50mm … Continue reading

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Looking up into a world of oranges and reds; Kamakura, Japan

This was one from May 1st and the photowalk Japanorama did down in Kamakura. This is straight out of the camera, shot using my HighContrastColour-02 custom picture control for Nikon. You can read more about the controls I use and … Continue reading

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Riverside lavender by the Bokeh Factory; Keihin Canal, Tokyo

At the end of a busy day, myself and the family headed down to catch the very end of the matsuri in Ebara Shrine down by Shinbamba. I walked back by the Keihin Canal and grabbed a few shots of … Continue reading

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I see you….

“Night on the canalside No light except That which falls for my third eye” Sometimes you walk at night and you never see the colour or the beauty until you open the camera shutter for a long time. I was … Continue reading

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Cat in the sun: Tsukishima, Tokyo

Two consecutive cat shots; that has to be a first for me. But how could I pass up the chance of grabbing a shot of this fella? Down in Tsukishima today giving Lucy a lesson, in which we were working … Continue reading

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Peekaboo! Temple cat at Myohon-ji, Kamakura, Japan

Had a lovely photowalk yesterday in preparation for a walk over the same route tomorrow, Saturday. There are some lovely quite backwater areas of Kamakura and this temple – Myohon-ji – is in one of them. On a public holiday … Continue reading

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See you next year: Ningyocho, Tokyo

One from last Saturday’s bokeh workshop we did in Ningyocho. One solitary sakura bloom left on the sidewalk, immortalised before it’s gone for good. Nikon D700 Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai Workshop report and more pics – including one of me … Continue reading

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Japan in a nutshell….

Walking home. Got the 50mm on. This little moment on the way home – through the streets lined with cherry trees near our house – struck me as Japan boiled down to one photo: Honda, sakura…. Nikon D700 Nikkor 50mm … Continue reading

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It pays to look down…..

Had been out playing with the ringflash for some night macros. Then got out the old faithfuls [the 85mm and the 50mm 1.2] and had a play with natural light. Two-and-a-half hours had flown by… then I spotted this fella … Continue reading

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The pink and the green: sakura in Ueno Park, Tokyo

Was out teaching the other day and we wandered through Ueno Park, down by the lake. This tree in the background caught my eye and the top framing of sakura just worked nicely I thought; green and pink… nice combo. … Continue reading

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Ume [plum] blossom; Kumin Koen, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

First trip to the park in ages and the ume was out. Did a few with the Orbis ringflash, which I’ll post tomorrow, but this one was with the trusty 50mm f/1.2 and good ol’ natural light. Nikon D700 Nikkor … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Things Past

Was out walking with Hiromi on 2nd January, around Omori and then all the way through Sanno, down to Nishi-oi and back to Oimachi. Great walk. This was in a little shrine near Omori Station. One or two momiji leaves, … Continue reading

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Alley cats; Samezu, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

My son and I went for a walk along the Old Tokkaido Road for a few hours late this afternoon. We spotted these two alley-cats down a backstreet in Samezu. Nikon D300 Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai-S

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Ingrid in Yoyogi Park; Tokyo

Did a lesson with a new student yesterday, who wanted to learn a little about shooting people, mixing a little flash with ambient light and just generally getting to know his camera better. Ingrid – model and photography student – … Continue reading

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“I can still hear the traffic but my head is in the trees…” Hibiya Park, Tokyo

I was out teaching Ingrid yesterday and we spent a little time in Hibiya Park, shooting the trees and the people. There was this one little place, quite near the street, where the light was amazingly beautiful. We hung around … Continue reading

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A prelude to arborial nakedness; Todoroki, Tokyo

Looking through all the layers of trees, branches and leaves up at the shring at the top of Todoroki Ravine. Hard to imagine that soon this scene will be bare branches. Great to be out enjoying it for those brief … Continue reading

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Water drips, leaves fall: Todoroki, Tokyo

This was up at the shrine in Todoroki, we were at the end of our walk and enjoying the last of the day’s light and sunshine. The shrine is up on a hill and this fountain was set against a … Continue reading

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Spider in his web; Hibiya Park, Tokyo

Spotted this spider whilst Lucy and I were out shooting the trees in Hibuya park. Looks like he has his lunch all wrapped-up there too. Nikon D300 Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED IF

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Lunch under the momiji; Hibiya Park, Tokyo

Out teaching Lucy today and we had some time in Hibiya Park, shooting the leaves and the people there. Lucy had my 85 on her D300 and I was using her 50mm f/1.4. This lady was having her lunch by … Continue reading

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Canopy of momiji: Todoroki, Tokyo

I always find that it’s about looking for intersting gaps in the branches to make these shots really pop. Otherwise it’s just leaves, leaves, leaves. Seeing through and on and up into the distance is what makes this shot for … Continue reading

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The wonders of autumn in Japan; Todoroki Ravine, Tokyo

Shot this yesterday towards the end of our photowalk in Todoroki Ravine, up by the shrine at the top of the hill. Great vantage point here as you are up in the trees and that height affords some great views … Continue reading

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Flowing water & autumn windfalls: Todoroki Ravine, Tokyo

Todoroki Ravine in Setagaya-ku is a gorgeous little oasis in the middle of Tokyo. Just five miles from our flat, it was a real discovery for me earlie this week. I knew of it, bit had never been. It’s the … Continue reading

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Autumn scrapes the sky; Shinjuku, Tokyo

Shot a week or two ago whilst out in Shinjuku with Katie, one of my students. I liked the combination of nature and man-made structures. Nikon D300 Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai @ f/1.2

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Red Bridge Over the Todoroki Ravine; Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Was out the other day, scouting around for locations for future photowalks and fashion shoots. The Todoroki Valley was somewhere I’d wanted to explore for a while and, whilst it’s only five miles from my house, had never been. The … Continue reading

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Autumn leaf bokeh; Ebara-jinja, Old Tokkaido Road, Tokyo

I shot this one whilst out on our photowalk along the Old Tokkaido Road in Shinagawa last Sunday. These pretty leaves on the steps at Ebara Shrine in Shinbamba were catching the low, late-afternoon sun beautifully. Nikon D300 Nikkor 85mm … Continue reading

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The finest of spider’s webs amongst the autumn leaves: Hibiya Park, Tokyo

I really haven’t had much time to be out snapping away at the leaves this year and, frankly, the whole phenomenon of the leaves turning has been rather later this year due to some unseasonably warm weather lately. Grabbed this … Continue reading

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Urban Fragments 2: International Forum, Yurakucho, Tokyo

Wandering around the outside of the International Forum in Yurakucho, killing time before a meeting at the press club. The momiji trees there were looking cool and I got sucked into looking straight up through them, the layers of branches … Continue reading