Category Archives: Places

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Printemps: Ginza, Tokyo

Wandering on The Ginza, shotting from the hip and shooting near the floor. This lady wandered past me, ahead of me, turned to look at me, looked straight through me: ‘Bag lady. Lady with a bag. Where are you goin’ … Continue reading

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Sultry Saturday; Ginza, Tokyo

Last weekend I gave a couple of street photography classes. One of the excercises was to walk about 1km along the pedestrianized street in Ginza, shooting only at 50mm, no more than 24-frames and no deleting. Basically ‘one roll of … Continue reading

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Nojimazaki Lighthouse; Boso Peninsula, Chiba, Japan

Nojimazaki Lighthouse was the first port-of-call on our boys day out/photo fieldtrip on the Monday of Golden Week. Great spot. Kind tricky to get the “chocolate box” shot of this lighthouse but this is mine. I always did prefer dark … Continue reading

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Route 1 on the Cherry Blossom Highway; Ishikawa-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

The cherry-blossom in my wife’s old hometown of Ishikawa-machi, in Fukushima Prefecture, always gives an amazing display. This little road out of town was one of the best spots for such a long, uninterrupted line of the trees. It also … Continue reading

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Beauty, right under my feet: sakura petals in the gutter, Yanaka, Tokyo

This was shot a few weeks ago, in Yanaka, whilst I was out walking with a friend. Gorgeous evening and the sakura petals were falling like snow. The view from street-level was beautiful. Nikon D300 Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF D … Continue reading

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Tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

I was giving a guided photowalk the other week for a fella in town from Hong Kong. We got to Tsukiji around 5am and went to the auction. Great action. Full set of photos from our morning at the auction … Continue reading

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Biking at dusk through the cherry blossom: Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo

Just getting back into some posting here on the blog after some busy weeks. This was shot about three weeks ago, on a very pleasant evening with some friends in Yanaka. The hanami time is so beautiful in this part … Continue reading

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Sunset over Tokyo with Mount Fuji: Omori, Tokyo

Another great sunset from our flat the other day. I was up on the roof showing my lighting guru, Irwin Wong, the view after we had been having a little meeting down below in our flat. Shot this with Justin’s … Continue reading

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Sunset over Tokyo from Our Flat in Omori

I was on my way out, waiting for the lift just outside our front door and this was the scene in front of me. Beautiful. I miss the countryside sometimes but wherever you are there is always something beautiful going … Continue reading

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Small world: The FIAT Showroom, Aoyama-itchome, Tokyo

After having a drink nearby, Charlie and I [and Honey, Charlie’s dog] were walking back to his place for a bit of Photoshop. We passed the FIAT 500 showroom and had to go in… what a superbly designed showroom it … Continue reading

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Traffic, both human and vehicular: Ameyoko, Tokyo

A couple of days ago I met up with a Flickr pal from Birmingham who is in town for a week. We walked from Yurakucho through to Ueno and passed through Ameyoko, where I took this. I was trying to … Continue reading

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The Gates to Bokeh Heaven; Hie Shrine, Akasaka, Tokyo

I haven’t spent much time in the Akasaka area of Tokyo but Charlie took me there yesterday for our lesson. We also met up with one of my other students, Janet, who lives not far from here; The Hie Shrine. … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful: 1, 2, 3: Roppongi, Tokyo

Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3: Blatting through Roppongi on a Saturday afternoon in an open-top Merc, with the Prodigy playing at full-whack. Oh yes. Oh yes indeed. Charlie Kirk on Mercedes SLK Alfie Goodrich on Nikon D300 with … Continue reading

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Fisherman, Fishing Boat & Fuji-san at Sunset; Enoshima, Japan

A request from a potential client had me dig this one out of the archives this evening. Shot in November 2007, just after we came out to Japan, this is the sunset on Enoshima island, looking towards Mount Fuji. It … Continue reading

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Rolling hills in the middle of the city; Nogizaka, Tokyo

Walking from MidTown in Roppongi through to Aoyama, I found this patch of rolling green in Nogizaka. It is the frontage of a fancy real-estate company and was a set of stone ribs with a beautifully sculpted, rolling spread of … Continue reading

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Cone Love: Gaiemmae, Tokyo

I spent a few hours out with one of my friends on Saturday, just walking and shooting. I had lent her my 85mm f/1.4 to use for a bit and I had the 50mm f/1.2 on my camera. Both of … Continue reading

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A Heaven-Sent Umbrella; Yurakucho, Tokyo

It’s that railway bridge in Yurakucho again folks. But, really, could you pass up a place that has light like this? There has been no post processing on the light or colour in this shot, just a tiny boost of … Continue reading

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Just Another Japanese Street for Some, Looks Like Film Noir To Me; Shinbashi, Tokyo

I’d walked from Onarimon, through Shinbashi and was cutting across Ginza to head towards Tokyo Station. This crossing is right by Shinbashi Station and it’s pretty busy. I was watching the old fella in the middle of the shot for … Continue reading

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Dusk falls in Higashi-shinjuku; Tokyo

On my “let’s have a walk and get creatively lost in Shinjuku” trip out the other afternoon, I ended up in Higashi-shinjuku. Hadn’t been there before and found some great little places, shops and streets to wander and shoot. Dusk … Continue reading

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Empty Car-Park & Auto Cathedral; Minami-oi, Tokyo

The underneath of the railway tracks that run opposite our flat has been utilised for various things. This section is a car park and on this occasion – a Sunday afternoon – it was utterly empty. Reminded me very much … Continue reading

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Tokyo Dome Reflected in Naitei; Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo

I was out woth Jono, one of my students, today and he took me to a garden I had not been to before; Koishikawa Korakuen. I’d been past it dozens of times, looked down onto it even more but this … Continue reading

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Subway station or particle accelerator? Tokyo, Japan

Old picture from last year which I have dug out whilst going back over all my work from 2008. Not sure where this was. When I shot it the shape of the station reminded me of that massive particle accelrator … Continue reading

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Just before dawn on New Year’s Day; Rainbow Bridge from Takeshiba Pier, Tokyo

I wanted to make a panorama of a whole bunch of shots I took this morning but the colour saturation is quite different in the five separate HDRs that I made. So, it’s gonna need a little more work. However, … Continue reading

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First sunrise of the New Year, 2009; Tokyo Bay, Japan

Myself and one of my friends/students met up at 5am in Shimbashi today and headed down to the Takeshiba Pier to photograph the first sunrise of 2009. Not knowing exacctly where on the skyline the sun was going to appear, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Everyone! Last sunset of 2008 over Tokyo with Mount Fuji; Omori, Tokyo

Missed the actual drop of the sun this evening as myself and the family were at a friend’s house. But, got home to catch the last glow of the last sunset of this year and what a beauty it was. … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas from Tokyo

Wishing all of our friends a very Happy Christmas from us here in Tokyo. From Alfie, Hiromi, Joe and Ami.

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Twilight in Tokyo & Mount Fuji decided to put in an appearance

Another from the couple of hours I was shooting at Bunkyou Civic Centre the other evening.This one was shot a little after the sun had gone down showing the amazing Shinkousha [Cocoon] building in Shinjuku on the right with the … Continue reading

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Apocalyptic sunset over Shinjuku; from the Bunkyou Civic Centre, Tokyo

I was back up at the Bunkyou Civic Centre yesterday, this time with one of my students. The sunset was extraordinary. It was impossible to control the lens-flare as I was shooting straight into the sun for this shot. Five-shot … Continue reading

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The walk home with bicycle, taxi and man with umbrella: road from Kanda-sakuracho to Asakusabashi, Tokyo

Out for a lesson with a student and walking from Ueno to Akihabara, down through Kanda-sakuracho and ending up near Asakusabashi Station. The streets alongside the railway tracks there are hugely atmospheric. Nikon D300 50mm f/1.8 AiS [manual focus]

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Dusk over Tokyo; from Bunkyou looking towards Shinjuku

I was at the Tokyo Dome earlier in the afternoon for the press briefing about this weekend’s XTrail Jam snowboard competition, which I am at on Sunday taking photos for Nippon News. Before I met a friend later, I had … Continue reading