Category Archives: Things

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Blue Friday

In all the years I’ve been visiting and living in Tokyo, one thing is constant: I’ve not yet become bored with the city. I can probably put some of this down to the fact that I’m an inquisitive photographer. So, … Continue reading

The Doctor Yellow diagnostic shinkansen passes through Ota-ku in Tokyo
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A sunset and a sighting of Doctor Yellow

Doctor Yellow is one of those elusive trains in Japan. It’s used as a diagnostic vehicle, to check track alignment, alignment and quality of overhead electricity lines etc. There IS a schedule, sort of, although most people will tell you … Continue reading

the new 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
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Shooting the new 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

Having checked with a bunch of people in the US – and now the car has been previewed at the Detroit Motor Show and is public – I can finally show you a few of the shots I did last … Continue reading

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Multiple-exposures with the Nikon D700: Ginza in Duplicate

A fun shot I made at the end of a street photography workshop I did in Ginza last Saturday. Shots from each student and the projects we did on the workshop are going up on japanorama as soon as this … Continue reading

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Nakajima and Val: door on old building, Kiyosumi-shirakwawa, Tokyo

Shot on a photowalk I did yesterday. Mostly a monochrome day but couldn’t avoid shooting this one in colour too. Gonna head back here soon for a shoot, before they demolish this and the other buildings nearby. Lots more pics … Continue reading

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For those about to die, we salute you!

The harame… paraded before the crowds at the sushi restaurant prior to its subsequent slaughter. Was very tasty. Nikon D700 Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 AiS High Contrast Monochrome [HC-01] picture control by me.

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Miniature torii at Zeniarai-benten Shrine, Kamakura, Japan

March 20th 2011 Kamakura has some amazing shrines and none more so than the very Miyazaki-esque “Zeniarai-benten”. Set in the nap of a hill, you reach Zeniarai through a tunnel carved through the solid rock of the hillside, much like … Continue reading

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Ghost: Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo

From a recent photowalk from Tamachi over the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba. japanorama.co.uk/2011/02/01/photowalk-tamachi-to-odaiba/ Article about exploring my world with this camera…. alfiegoodrich.com/2011/02/tokyo-tilt-shift-part-2/ Mamiya 645AFDii Mamiya bellows Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 Tilt and shift on the bellows

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Taxi in Toytown; Roppongi-itchome, Tokyo

Part of a series I am working on/experimenting with, using the Mamiya and a tilt-shift rig fashioned from an old Kodak lens and a macro-bellows. Mamiya 645AFDii Mamiya ZD digital Back Kodak 127mm f/4.7 lens from 1948

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The Boss: Kiyosumi-shirakawa, Tokyo

Japan’s vending-machines are a subject all of their own. I particularly like the series of adverts with Tommy Lee Jones, for Boss coffee. Shot this on a recent photowalk. Mamiya 645AFDii Carl-Zeiss Planar 110mm f/2

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Kamakura Photowalk: sad old 2CV

Have seen this old 2CV out the back of a shrine in Kamakura a few times. The sun has always been too hot on it to get a decent shot. Got it this time though. Poor old Deux Chevaux. 🙁 … Continue reading

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Photowalk in Kamakura; autumn leaves & copper roof

Haven’t uploaded anything for ages. Been so busy the past few weeks. Just before I head out to teach some students, uploading a few from a recent Japanorama walk in Kamakura. Mamiya 645AFDii Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 ZD Digital back

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Thinking of Ernst Haas….

Was up in Aoyama yesterday with a student. Crazy crowds there taking pics of the ginko trees but this bench qwas empty and whilst all the locals were brushing the leaves off the benches to sit down, I was snappin … Continue reading

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Lady + Cosmos: Samezu, Tokyo

Spent a couple of consecutive days recently down at the local canal, shooting the cosmos flowers. Lovely display. Needed a bit of relaxing time with the camera after some recent hectic and slightly stressful jobs. People for whom photography is … Continue reading

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Reflections: Omori, Tokyo

Just a quick shot of the reflection of the sign for a local supermarket, which was in a puddle outside our flat. Nikon D700 Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI

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The washing's out & drying: Kiyosumi Shirakawa, Tokyo

Shot on a photowalk around an interesting part of Tokyo; Kiyosumi Shirakawa. Mamiya 645AFDii Mamiya ZD digital back 1948 Kodak Ektar lens mounted on Mamiya macro/tilt-shift bellows.

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Shrine in infra-red: Nagasaki 3-chome, Shiinamachi, Tokyo

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A model of customer service; International Forum, Tokyo

Wandering through here a few weeks ago. I go there a lot. Re-visiting the same location again and again is one way of helping to develop one’s eye. It’s a case of having to find something new in a place … Continue reading

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Red-white-blue: Shimbashi, Tokyo

Was out walking and shooting with a chap whose in town from Australia for a bit of holiday. He wanted to some lessons so we started with a little night walk, some 3m focus shooting and exploring of Shimbashi and … 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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Passer-by, Omori, Tokyo

Another one I grabbed on my little walk around the neighbourhood yesterday. Again, weird looks for shooting ‘just some bike against a shack’ not far from Omori Station. Loved the bike, the kind of run-down look and the fire-extinguisher box. … Continue reading

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Mushroom-cloud over Tokyo

It’s ok… it’s just a mushroom-shaped cloud "Controversial installation artist tampers with Tokyo sky to make a point about nuclear disarmament’. Well, maybe not… but it sounded more interesting than ‘clouds at sunset shot from my balcony’ Funny the stuff … Continue reading

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Mambo fish, Tsukiji fishmarket, Tokyo

Had an early morning photowalk around Tsukiji with some buddies yesterday morning and this fella popped out and was just begging to have his photo taken. The fish was about 3ft across and selling for 30,000Yen. Apparently it tastes like … Continue reading

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Spent fireworks [hanabi], Miwakisahima, Tokyo

All from the ‘The World at my Feet’ photowalk I did with some folk last weekend. Full write-up, map of route etc here: japanorama.co.uk/2010/08/09/photography-workshops-the-wor… Nikon D700 75-150mm f/3.5 E

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Smoking area with ashtray: Sojiji Temple, Tsurumi

Venue for a photowalk in the autumn. Great place to visit. Full article and loads of shots here: japanorama.co.uk/2010/08/10/sojiji-temple-tsurumi/ Nikon D700 Nikkor 50mm f/1.2Ai

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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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Follow the yellow-brick road: Yurakucho, Tokyo

Was down shooting around Yurakucho these past few evenings: some shooting for a job for JVC Europe but last night John and I caught up for a lesson. We did some street shots and then retreated from the rain and … 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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Rocks and trees, Eifuku, Tokyo

Found this lovely old temple in Eifuku on Sunday. Beautiful light on this pile of stones and one branch on the tree behind was being caught by the sunlight. Mamiya 645AFD II Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Planar 110mm f/2 Mamiya ZD … Continue reading

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Peaceful Japanese temple; Recollections of Arras.

Little trip down to Eifuku with my son, Joe and with Justin. Found a couple of lovely temples and mapped-out the basics of a future photowalk in the area. This is the style I used to shoot in a lot, … Continue reading