Category Archives: Places

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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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The Rainbow Bridge in Monochrome Panorama: Odaiba, Tokyo

I shot this in colour originally but the field of view was so wide and the colour/light difference so great between the far left-hand edge and the far right-hand side of the image, that I ended up putting it into … Continue reading

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Beachside sunset; Odaiba, Tokyo

This was the first shot I took on my little trip down to Odaiba with my son yesterday. I intended to walk straight to the old fort at the end of the beach, but couldn’t really resist shooting this beautiful … Continue reading

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The Five Guardians of the Bridge; Toyosu, Tokyo

Amazing sunburst from behind the clouds down on the river the other day. Joe and I were having a walk down through Eitai, over towards Tsukishima. This is looking towards Toyosu. Nikon D300 Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Croipped to square and … Continue reading

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Kawasaki Daishi Temple; Kawsaki, Kanagawa, Japan

The entrance to the temple complex at Kawasaki Daishi. Joe and I spent an hour or two there last Sunday. Interesting spot, interesting neighbourhood in which I am planning to do a photowalk/lesson this Sunday from 10am until 3pm. Drop … Continue reading

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Looking down the tracks at the end of a lovely day: Kawasaki Daishi Station, Kanagawa, Japan

Joe and I were heading back into Kawasaki from Kawasaki Daishi station. I shot this from the platfom, looking towards Kawasaki into a lovely ‘end of an early autumn day’ sun. The highlights on the tracks, the bicycle crossing them; … Continue reading

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Final call before boarding the Shinkansen; Tokyo Station, Japan

This is from a few weeks ago, when I took Arlon down to Tokyo Station for a lesson. I shot this from halfway down a flight of stairs, to get the up angle on the guy so that the departure … Continue reading

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The World at My Feet: International Forum, Yurakucho, Tokyo

I always love taking photogra@hy students to the International Forum in Yurakucho. It’s a vidually overwhelming place and there are a myriad of possibilities for photography there. Everytime I go there I see something different. I loved the way the … Continue reading

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There comes a time when we all need some space to think: Osanbashi Pier, Yokohama, Japan

Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama is an amazing place to shoot. It’s the passenger terminal for the liners that dock in Yokohama and is one of the most amazing pieces of public architecture in Japan and one of the reasons I … Continue reading

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A study in red; Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Arlon and I did Tsukiji this morning; got there about 6.30am. Great way to start the day and it ended up being a great day, end-to-end. …well, not for this fella. Nikon D300 Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF D @ f/2 … Continue reading

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Vertical panorama of the Shibuya-gawa made in HDR with PTGui

As I dont have a Fuji 6x24cm format camera [I used to use the 6×17 and oh boy, what a camera] , I had to make the sort of vertical panorama I would have made with the 6×24 by shooting … Continue reading

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Getting down in the Shibuya River again; Tokyo, Japan

Rob, one of my students and a great buddy, headed off to shoot some more pics in the drain that is formally known as the Shibuya River. Great location, all be it rather smelly and disgusting. Stout, waterproof shoes required … Continue reading

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This time last year: cleansing frenzy at Asakusa, Tokyo

Going back over some old work at the moment. This was shot last September, up at the main shrine in Asakusa. It was a lovely sunny autumn day, the light streaming through the precincts and backlighting the okiome beautifully. Shooting … Continue reading

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Gas-breathing fireflies; Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Charles, one of my students, came out for a night photography lesson in Shibuya on Tuesday. We did various things as excercises with using a tripod, including some shots from the overhead walkways near Shibuya Station. The main issue there … Continue reading

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Even ghosts have a lunch-hour: Yurakucho, Tokyo

Was out with Arlon, one of my students, today and we were looking at the whole area of exposure. This is one of my fave spots in Yurakucho and we did some shots here using slower shutter-speeds [this was hand-held … Continue reading

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Tokyo FlipSide: 001

Ever since I was a kid and saw the Thames Television logo [see here: hub.tv-ark.org.uk/images/itvlondon/itvlondon-thamesmain/i…] I have had the image of a mirrored or inverted city in my head. Playing with the multiple-exposure feature on my camera today got me … Continue reading

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Washing down the streets at the end of the morning; Tsukiji, Tokyo

I was teaching one of my photography students down in Tsukiji this morning and after we parted company, I did some shooting of my own. 12.30 during August is not the ideal time to be shooting in Tokyo as the … Continue reading

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A Moment of Reflection: Shibuya, Tokyo

After giving a lesson the other night, I was loitering by the crossing in Shibuya. This taxi-driver pulled-up and spent a few minutes waiting for his next fare. A perfect opportunity for a bit of shallow-dof fun with the wing-mirror … Continue reading

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Thursday night at the izakaya; Asakusabashi, Tokyo

First posting after a few days of computer hell, in which I lost 90% of what I shot during August. I am usually very religious with backing-up but this was a brand-new external drive and it lulled me into a … Continue reading

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Making the Cut: Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

From my photowalk with Italo and his wife, who were in town from Belgium for a few days. This chap was cutting into smaller pieces a huge chunk of fresh tuna. Amazing colour, amazing to watch the guy work. The … Continue reading

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Octopus to go? Tsukiji Fishmarket, Tokyo, Japan

Had a very early morning photo-tour at Tsukiji Fishmarket to do this morning, which was interrupted along the way with a magnitude 6 earthquake, for which I was five-floors down on the subway. Very shaky, first time I have been … Continue reading

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Down in the drain which is the Shibuya-gawa; Shibuya, Tokyo

A little more lurid than I would ever normally make my HDR images but the light here in this spot was particularly odd, making a very weird colour caste in lots of places. This drain, or river – as it … Continue reading

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Matsuri Mayhem: Tsukishima, Tokyo

Pretty obvious that to get shots like this, one is going to get a thorough soaking…. which I did. But it was worth it. Great action, great energy at this street festival [matsuri], which is prbably because it only happens … Continue reading

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The Approaching ‘Mikoshi’, Tsukishima, Tokyo

I did a photo-walk down in Tsukishima last weekend and myself and the folks that came out managed to catch a matsuri [festival] that only happens once every three years. The streets were mayhem. Great fun though. As the mikoshi … Continue reading

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Okiome and ema; cleansing water and prayer tablets, Meiji-jingu shrine, Tokyo

Another shot from my Meiji-jingu shrine lesson with photography student Lucy last week. We finished shooting the okiome [water trough] and moved into the shrine quadrangle for a little while, shooting some pics of the ’ema’, wooden prayer tablets. Both … Continue reading

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Summer Saturday in Tsukishima, Tokyo

I gave Charles a photo lesson down in Tsukishima on Saturday. Guy and Rob tagged along for the outing as I was also testing-out a new venue for a photowalk I am doing soon. Great neighbourhood, on one of the … Continue reading

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Reflections of green trees above in okiome below; Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

One of my new photography students, Lucy, and I headed to Meiji-Jingu for a lessonn last week and purely concentrated on shooting pictures of the okiome; the stone water container at the entrance of the shrine, which you use to … Continue reading

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Some days…..

….I just see patterns everywhere. Can’t be helped. Sunset as I was leaving the house last night. One of those days where the visual information outside my house was beginning to get to a point of such overload that I … Continue reading

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Raining Cats and Dogs; Shimbashi, Tokyo

I was teaching earlier in the day and stayed out to catch some shots of the rain, which I am glad I did but I nearly killed all my equipment doing it! Despite some kind shopkeeper handing me a free … Continue reading

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Waiting, nothing to do but watch the world go by: Yurakucho, Tokyo

Waiting for you, nothing to do but watch the world go by In its way Watching its flow Seeing THEM come and go All that they know All that they see A flash on a neg 4320-frames in the time … Continue reading