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Architecture: Repeated Patterns

Tokyo has some fabulous architecture and I like nothing more than walking around the city capturing the patterns and shapes. Back in 2016, a new building opened in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district. The Tokyu Plaza Ginza immediately became by go-to … Continue reading

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The Olde Worlde Charm of Ningyocho

The neighbourhood of Ningyocho in Tokyo’s Chuo-ku borough, is a place I visit often and it’s full of relaxed, olde worlde charm. Ningyocho is about 25mins on the train from where we live. It’s a charming old neighbourhood of small … 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

The National Art Center, Tokyo, in Miniature: shot with Hasselblad HTS Tilt-Shift Adaptor
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The National Art Center, Tokyo, in Miniature: shot with Hasselblad HTS Tilt-Shift Adaptor

This shot is part of a series I’m working on, called ‘Tokyo ToyTown’. Everything is shot using the Hasselblad HTS1.5 tilt shift adaptor. Various camera bodies used. one mine, some borrowed. This one was shot the other day, with my … Continue reading

Snow on the shrines of Nikko, Japan
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Late March snow in Nikko: the lady with the pink umbrella

It’s not unheard of to get snow in late March, in Nikko. But the locals were saying that such heavy snowfall in such a short space of time [overnight on the 26th/27th March this year] was unusual.  Not so far … Continue reading

Fashion shoot in Tkyo: Mari modelling for Shisa Brand
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Fashion shoot: Mari for Shisa Brand

I recently received a commission from the Faroe Islands based fashion label, Shisa Brand, to shoot some shots of a few of their lines.  This shot is just a little teaser of a larger post I’ll put up on my Japanorama … Continue reading

Fashipn photography in Japan: Norie modelling in Shibuya, Tokyo
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‘Cup ramen shooting’: five minutes in Shibuya with Norie

Over the last couple or three years, I’ve done a few of what I call ‘cup ramen shoots’. The idea is basically to shoot a fashion set in about the time it would take to unwrap, add boiling water to … 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

Childrens portraits in Japan: Charlie and Ami in Negishi Shinrin Koen
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Kids at Hanami: Charlie and Ami in Negishi Shinrin Koen

The other day myself and two of the kids ventured down to Negishi Shinrin Koen for a morning walk.  The cherry blossom was just about 100% out and looked fabulous. Not the best of weather, kind of damp and grey, … Continue reading

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Fireworks in the family home-town, Fukushima, Japan

Obon is a period of August when people visit their hometowns to pay respects to their dead relatives. We’ve been up in Ishikawa-machi, Fukushima, for a few days to see family and enjoy a little summer down-time after a very … Continue reading

Long exposures with Hasselblad H4D-40: Todai-ji Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
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Long exposures with Hasselblad H4D-40: Toji, Kyoto, Japan

This was shot a month or two ago, art of a feature I was shooting in Kyoto for Travel and Leisure Magazine. This shot didn’t make the cut for the magazine but is one of my favourites from the three … Continue reading

architecture in the Inter City development, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
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Shinagawa Inter City architecture

The Inter City development in Shinagawa, Tokyo, has become a regular shooting haunt for me, for everything from fashion to street photography. I live fairly close-by, just a few stops along the Keikyu Line near Tachiaigawa. Apart from some great architecture, … Continue reading

Mamiya RB67 lens on Nikon: Shinagawa street photography
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Mamiya RB lens on Nikon: Shinagawa street photography

Recently I bought a couple of old Mamiya RB67 lenses to use with a Fotodiox adaptor on my Nikon D800E. This is one of the first shots I took with the 127mm f/3.5 lens. This particular part of Shinagawa, down … Continue reading

Long exposure overlooking the sea; Hyuga, Kyushu, Japan
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The Night Before the Workshop: Hyuga, Kyushu, Japan

Just dug this photo out of an old folder, as today I have been putting together some materials for another fashion workshop I am doing later this year in the same location. This was shot with my Nikon D700 from … Continue reading

Mini Miu nude by Alfie Goodrich
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Miu plays Medusa: nudes with Mini Miu, Pt.3

One never wants to kill an idea by over-doing it. But I think this latest incarnation of the ‘take one image and mirror it’ idea with the nudes of Miu works well.. maybe the best out of all of them. … Continue reading

Heavy snow in the streets of Omori, Tokyo
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Snow-quiet streets of Omori: January 14th, 2013

I guess I am sort of excited about the prospect of having more heavy snow tomorrow, hence the couple of posts today from the last dump of snow we had in Tokyo. This is a street not far from our … Continue reading

Mini Miu: nude diptych
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Getting back into nudes, gently….

It’s been years since I shot nudes; at art-college in the early 1990s was probably the last time I did a lot of it. I shot a few semi-nudes during the workshop I did lats year in Miyazaki and a … 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

Momiji in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
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Momiji in Yoyogi Park: shot in December, 2010

One from a couple of years ago but which hasn’t been posted before now. This was shot in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, right at the end of the display of momiji that year. Love the way with this Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 … Continue reading

Ginko leaves at shrine in Asakusabashi, Tokyo
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Autumn still in full swing: Asakusabashi shrine

I was out for a few hours yesterday with one of my photography students, getting her sorted on some composition related items: leading the eye with line, colour, exposure mainly.  This little shrine near Asakusabashi subway station is a spot … Continue reading

Sea and coast in Izu, Japan
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Two scenes from a movie called life

These were shot down at the beach in Izu the other weekend at a place called Bentenyama. The larger island is called Bentenjima. Lovely 45mins around sunset spent just shooting the waves breaking over the low wall that runs along … Continue reading

Paddle boarding at sunset, Kamakura, Japan
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Paddle-boarding in the last of the sun., Kamakura, Japan

I don’t post many photos these days that are cropped to widescreen but this one just suited the crop. I actually have a custom ground-glass screen in my Nikon, which has 16×9 and Panavision crops ground into it. So when … Continue reading

Autumn trees in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan
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Autumn in Yoyogi Park: the last of the sun

For part of yesterday I was teaching Daniel, who I first met when I co-ran a workshop here in Tokyo with Trey Ratcliff. We spent some time in the photo-library and cafe at the Canon S Tower in Shinagawa, working … Continue reading