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Peekaboo! Shinkansen [Bullet train] at Tokyo Station, Japan

Myself and David, one of my students, went down to Tokyo Station on Saturday to shoot some stuff for his lesson. It's agreat place to go and tell a story through photos, a great playground for a photographer to practice capturing human expression, high-tech trains and the poerty and ballet of mass-movement. We had some great shots, both of us. Dave very keen to try out hisnew 135mm f/2 for his Canon... with which he is capturing some great stuff.

The great thing about this location is that the same things happen with clockwork regularity. So, if you miss the shot once you can get it again a few minutes later when it happens again. Learning to pick up the pulse of where you are shooting and to respond to the opportunities and happenings going on around you is something you can do in just a couple of hours here: you spend a little time just watching, observing it all. Once you have seen things, then you can prepare yourself to capture them before they happen. Great learning experience.

This fella was watching his train out of the station, peeking out of his Guard's window on the MAX [Multi-Amenity Express}, the impressive and immense double-decked shinkansen that heads North out of Tokyo Station.

Nikon D300

Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF D @ f/2

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