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Two Years Ago Today | Lady Under The Bridge, Hammamatsucho, Tokyo

I shot this whilst out doing a lesson on street photography for Gisle Daus when he was in town for a few days. It was a great couple of hours, as I recall. Gisle is great company.

The day was hot, seriously hot. You gotta find shade on days like that - not just for the pictures but for your own safety. There's a railway bridge in Hammamatsucho which has great light even in the hottest of weathers. It streams in from one side, lighting people delicately even when the sun is harsh as it was on the day in question.

I was showing Gisle a thing or two about shooting from the hip: 50mm, camera by my side, framing at a slight up-angle to get a sense of drama into the shots.

I love framing from here. It's not so hard once you get the hang of it: lens set to 3m [10ft], aperture at f/2 to get a decent band of sharpness but still get the fall-off of focus that helps people pop from the background. The low angle generates a feeling of really being in the action. Much more so, IMHO, than framing from eye-height, where you always tend to be looking down onto people. In shots where there's a lot of the distant background, the vanishing point is more centred in the frame too. It feels nicer for me.

The gear?

Nikon D700

Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai @ f/2

Black and white was done in-camera