Tag Archives: tokyo

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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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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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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

Dusk in Tokyo: silhouetted people in the Hikarie Building, Shibuya, Tokyo
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The purple of dusk in Tokyo: at the Hikarie building, Shibuya

The Hikarie Building in the Shibuya district of Tokyo is one of those buildings that I always try to make time to go and visit, especially if I am in Shibuya around sunset. The view towards sunset can be frustrating, … 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

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

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

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

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