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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

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Tokyo Skytree at Sunset

Yesterday looked like it might produce a lovely sunset and a views of Mount Fuji. The mountain never materialised but it was a beautiful sunset. I’d been out on Sunday, with some students, shooting the city with telephoto lenses. So … Continue reading

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Revisiting good locations & the orange towel

Some places just keep drawing your back. Others end up being the sorts of places you just naturally gravitate back to or pass by now and then. The buildings near the bus depot between Shibuya and Ebisue are like that … Continue reading

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Silhouettes in Asagaya

The big summer festival in Asagaya is one of those events in Tokyo that have me torn: do I go and brave the massive crowds? Or do I not go and then regret it? This year I went. Stuck around … Continue reading

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Explaining how my eyes work

Part of the challenge of being a teacher of something is to pass on, in easy to understand terms, the things within your realm that are subconscious to you. Seeing, for instance. Why do I see the things I see, … Continue reading

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Tohoku winter wonderland

At various times during the end of 2017 and through into January of last year, I was on a shoot for the JTB and Japan National Parks Authority. It gave me the chance to visit some truly breathtaking parts of … Continue reading

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Evening falls in a Tokyo backstreet

The simple geometry and colour pairing in this quiet backstreet near Asakusabashi typifies why I like spending time with subjects like this. As a professional photographer who needs to deliver for whichever client comes through the door on a given … Continue reading

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A wall that I love: Kinshicho

Kinshicho is a neighbourhood I first discovered about eight years ago. Recently, I’ve been walking there a lot. Tokyo has so many wonderful neighbourhoods to explore and because there are so many of them, one tends to explore them on … Continue reading

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Patterns in blue: Nihombashi

I love Tokyo’s winters: piercing blue skies, crisp cold air. But after a while the skies, what I’d call BBB (Blue But Boring), get a little un-interesting. Until, that is, you start using how the perfect flat blue reflects in … Continue reading

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Perfect light on buildings, Asakusa

After my wife and I visited our local shrine to do ‘hatsumode’ 初詣 (the first visit of new year), I headed off for a walk. After walking pretty much the whole of the first station of the Old Tokaido Road, … Continue reading

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Old and new, Shinjuku | 今昔、新宿

I was out in Shunjuku recently, doing a lesson for a student. The area by the West exit of the JR station, where the skyscrapers are concentrated, is always a favourite place for me to walk. I’ll often do that … Continue reading

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Suburban Girl | Yumi Glams-Up Yashio

As a foreigner in Japan, I get stared at: often. It doesn’t bother me at all. So it doesn’t really bother me to go the next step and do stuff that might get me stared at even back in my … Continue reading

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Summer in Tokyo | Mother and daughter, Akihabara

Was digging through my back-catalogue today: this one is from 2010. In fact, two years ago exactly. I remember it being a viciously hot day. The weather at the moment is cooking up pretty good. Not a big fan of … Continue reading

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Holy Waters | Asakusa, Tokyo

I spent a few hours out shooting with a French guy whose in Japan for a while on holiday. He had a few things he wanted to improve with his photography, namely ‘seeing’. We spent 15 or 20mins around this … Continue reading

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Two Wrecks, One Beauty | Yumi in Yashio

Seeing a recent picture of Kate Moss shot in really brutal HDR made me wonder about shooting models like that. I didn’t actually do this HDR but it’s sort of processed a little to look like that, with the structure … Continue reading

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People I See in Tokyo: The Policeman & His Chin

Shot in late April 2012 If you’ve ever heard of Jimmy Hill then you’ll see this photo and probably think of him: I bet you…. Shot this in Yanaka a month or six weeks ago. Was shooting someone else but … Continue reading

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People I See in Tokyo: Mondrian Girl

Shot in late May 2012 Okachimachi, where I shot this, is a favourite part of Tokyo for me. One of the first areas of town I shot in, about 13 years ago, and still as interesting now as then. This … Continue reading

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Kōmyō-ji Temple, Kamakura, in infra-red

Shot sometime in late April 2012 Digging out a few files from the past month/six weeks and this one was shot whilst I was doing a photo-tour for a lady in town from Singapore. We’d followed a favourite route of … Continue reading

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Cheeky Kids

Shot 23rd May 2012 A quick from-the-hip shot of my two eldest a few weeks back: we were coming home from a walk and some food somewhere across town. Ami looking typically cheeky. Good example of how to use the … Continue reading

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Rainy Season Comes to Japan | Shooting Tokyo in the Rain

Shot 3rd May 2012 One from a day out in the rain last week when I was with a couple in town from Singapore who were keen to photograph around Tokyo and learn more about their cameras. Shot in Ameyokocho. … Continue reading

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Ameyokocho, Tokyo | Walking Home in the Rain

Shot 27th April 2012 Last one of my rain shots from yesterday, for now anyway. I have some editing to do for clients and a slideshow to build for +Shinyong Lee , of the shots we did in the studio … Continue reading

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Tokyo In The Rain | Waiting to Cross

Shot 27th April 2012 Another one from yesterday, shot in Okachimachi as I was heading home. Great place to shoot and one of the first places in Tokyo I shot street, all the way back in 2000. Great light, lots … Continue reading

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When Bokeh Is The Only Way

Shot 27th April 2012 The fad for bokeh [the out of focus-ness] has its ups and downs. For some it’s pointing the camera at the nearest christmas tree or set of traffic lights and de-focusing the lens. Fine, if that … Continue reading

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Tokyo Street Photography With Flash

Shot 26th April 2012 Getting close and shooting with a flash in the street is probably something I would never have done had three things not occured in my life: 1. Making friends with Charlie Kirk some years ago in … Continue reading

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Discarded Umbrella & The Last of the Sakura

Shot 24th April 2012 Keen to experiment with my new/old lens today [the 55mm Takumar f/1.8 Pentax lens on my Nikon], I was a bit like a kid in a sweet-shop around our neighbourhood where the last of the late-flowering … Continue reading

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The 2000Yen Lens: First Shot

I’d had a dentist appointment this afternoon and needed a bit of value-for-money retail therapy so I headed to my local camera shop. I couldn’t have a better guy in my neighbourhood than the camera shop owner. I have known … Continue reading