Category Archives: Things

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"Prayers waft through warm spring air"

Did a photowalk down in Kamakura today with a lovely group of people; some regular students, some first-timers out on one of our events. All ended up with a barbecue at Yim’s house, down in Zushi. Superb weather, lovely company… … Continue reading

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2+4: Ningyocho, Tokyo

Shot as part of our bokeh workshop, and also to demonstrate to a couple of the people who were out on the walk with us a little about how to tackle the car park project we put out last week. … 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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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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The Guardians of Shiodome

Was walking back from a meeting in The Sumitomi Shiodome Building today and, well, I can never resist looking and shooting straight up when I walk across this area. The buildings are just wonderful and the late-afternoon light was giving … 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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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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Urban Fragments 1: Yurakucho, Tokyo

The first image in a series I am doing for a project. Well, just testing some ideas for a possible project actually. It’s all about fragments of the urban landscape, generally with an expanse of sky as canvas. This was … 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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Octopus ready for sale; Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

I was giving a lesson down at Tsukiji to a new student. Didn’t take too many shots myself as I was obviously conscious of helping Jamie out with what she needed. Couldn’t pass this by though….. as I am a … 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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Partaking of the cleansing waters; Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

I went back to the shrine after Arlin and I finished our lesson the other day, as the light towards 4pm was awesome. Got a few shots of the okiome again, this time focusing on people who were there using … Continue reading

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Little Insectoid Visitor: Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Another great lesson with two new students, with us concentrating on the okiome at Meiji Jingu [the water trough and ladles you use to cleanse yourself before entering the shrine]. The regular okiome, by the main entrance, was closed off … 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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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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Toro-nagashi: Shinobazu Pond, Ueno Park, Tokyo

I was at the Toro-nagashi at the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park the other night. The ceremony is part of the ‘obon’ festival, where the souls of departed love-ones are celebrated. Each lantern represents someone who has died. This event … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse 2009: Tokyo, Japan

11.16 had a look off my balcony just in case the sun was to be seen…and got a fleeting glimpse. Went up on the roof, waiting nine minutes and just after the max totality of 70%, at 11.25, there she … Continue reading

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Southbound Keikyu Line Train; Yokohama, Japan

Whilst my wife was out teaching in Yokohama on Tuesday night, I wandered around and shot some pics. Found a little level-crossing near the station, in a deserted area of town which was quite run-down. Tried a few setups but … 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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Japanese paper mobile; Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Just some strips of Japanese paper hanging outside a shop in Asakusa. But soooo pretty….

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Raindrops keep falling on my head……Yurakucho, Tokyo

I was down in Yurakucho the other week and had been doing some work at the press club. Before I went home, I had a coffee and a smoke across the road at a little standing-bar. This shot was of … Continue reading

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Giant mechanical spiders invade Yokohama, Japan

I was in Yokohama yesterday, shooting an assignment for Nippon News. Between April and September, Yokohama Harbour is celebrating its 150th Anniversary with a string of cool events. The huge mechanical spiders are made and operated by the French performance-art … Continue reading

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Scenes at the tea-house; Kyu- Iwasaki-tein House and Gardens, Taito-ku, Tokyo

One of my students, Yuka-san, came with me to the Kyu Iwasaki-tei gardens today. The house there was built for the Iwasaki family, namely Iwasaki Yataro, co-founder of Mitsubishi. It was designed by the British architect Josiah Condor. I will … Continue reading

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Phonebox, empty but for the bokeh: Omori, Tokyo

I was on my way back from the supermarket and the phonebox aroudn the corner from our flat was looking particularly spangly tonight. Nikon D300 Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4

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Bokeh to the front, sharpness to the rear: bus driver on the Daichi Keihin, Tokyo

I was coming back home on the bus from Oimachi with my wife and daughter the other day and spotted the screen for the rear-view camera. I only had the 135mm lens on me, which is 200mm on the D300, … Continue reading

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Okiyome, Omori, Tokyo; first shot with a lens I bought today | Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 Ai

I picked up an old Ai series 135mm f/2.8 lens today at my local camera shop. It’s a 1979 or 1980 version, in absolutely mint condition. This was one of the most popular short telephotos of its day and a … Continue reading

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Bad end to someone’s day: Iidabashi, Tokyo

Myself and Yuka, one of my photography students, were walking back from Koishikawa Korakuen Park towards Iidabashi Station when we saw all this commotion on the road below the overpass. No one seemed to be seriously injured. Quite a mess … Continue reading

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The Ubiquitous Crane; MidTown, Tokyo

I’ve been doing a project with some students, called ‘Urban Fragments’. This was one I shot last Saturday whilst out and about in MidTown. Cranes are everywhere in Tokyo. Construction is an ever ongoing business. Nikon D300 Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 … Continue reading