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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 walk with a different lens each time: sometimes a 14mm, sometimes a 300mm. It's great exercise for the head. This time I was out with two cameras: a small compact camera with a 35mm lens and the Hasselblad 503CW with the CFi 150mm lens. This shot was taken with the Hasselblad.

In the background you see the Shinjuku Nomura Building, one of the first skyscrapers to be built in the area. The old roofline you see in the foreground is part of the gate of the shrine I was shooting from: Joenji (常圓寺). It's not a big shrine but it's beautiful and it often makes a great spot to shoot in and from. The light the day I was there was perfect and the bare winter trees added the perfect element to the shot.

Hasselblad 503CW
CFV50c digital back
CFi 150mm f/4