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The Blossom is Starting: in my local park with the Hasselblad 120mm Macro Lens

Blossom time is on its way again here in Tokyo and I spent a little time in my local park, Shinagawa Kumin Koen, to do some flower shootingthe other day.

I haven't really had time to do any pictures like this recently but I wanted to try out the Hasselblad HC 120mm f/4 macro lens on my H4D as I had heard so many things about it. 

The lens is heavy. It's a massive lump of glass and the helicoid on the focus barrel is super long, allowing for very close focusing.

Hand-holding this thing is tough. Almost as much weight as the HC 300mm lens I have shot with a few times. 

Weight for macro can be a good thing, up to a point. Weight means stability but I was pushing my [fairly good] skills to keep this baby still.

But, all the shots I made the other morning were hand-held. I find tripods and even monopods a hassle when shooting macro outdoors: too many limitations, too much time to get the lens to exactly the right spot. Hand-held is easier.

Great momo [peach] blossom and early sakura [hayazaki-zakura]. 

This one is momo.

My lens was about 2cm away from the flowers for this shot.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 120mm f/4 Macro
Straight out of camera for colour and processing. Just re-sized in Photoshop, with watermark added.

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nice floweres
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Looking towards Shiodome from Andaz, Tokyo

Great view from the 52F bar at Andaz Tokyo in Toranomon Hills.

This is looking towards Shiodome and the Kyodo News building..

Shot this the other night, after having a meeting there.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2

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looks like a circuit board. Intriguing because of how our cities resemble circuitry. 
travelling at the speed of light.
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Shooting at CP Plus 2015 in Yokohama, with Hasselblad & Profoto

Great to be a part of the opening day of CP Plus yesterday in Yokohama. 

Big thanks to Kotomi Kai for modelling at my seminar. She was awesome, as usual. 

Thanks to Hasselblad and Profoto for the opportunity, support and encouragement. 

Thanks to everyone who came along and joined in.

...time I got some new jeans :-)

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Lol! @ Dirk. :)
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Come to mummy: International Forum, Tokyo

The lady creating the wonderful shadow was trying to attract her young child and over a period of a few minutes, she made a few great shapes with her body. This was the first and the best. 

Patience pays off. Visiting the same location over and over again pays off.

I'd seen this moment beginning to happen and waited for it.

I've been visiting this location for 15 years now. 

It never fails to disappoint and I can always find pictures I haven't taken before.

*Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
100 ISO
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Awesome shot
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Shibuya Crossing at Night with Hasselblad H4D-40

Results of 15mins of fun in the square after a long day. Got a difficult and stressful shoot there later this week. So I've been there a lot recently, figuring things out.

It was nice last night to have a little 'me' time there with the camera.

This is one shot. There are more at the link below.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
No Photoshop.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/10/shibuya-crossing-at-night-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/

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Thanks, +uber aless. Understood. But I'll decide what suits my skills and gear is just gear. Makes no difference to me, really, what I use. 
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Portrait of me by one of my photography students

A shot one of my students took of me the other week, down in the passageways around Tochomae in Shinjuku.

We were doing a lesson on shooting portraits. This lady only ever gets to have her lessons at night, so part of the lesson was about finding good spots after dark in Tokyo. The passages underground around Tocho and Shinjuku Station are an amazing collection of indoor studios often with very few people around.

One SB-800 flash on the floor, pointed up into the crazy silver ceiling did all the light on me. Made a nice pattern on the floor behind me too.

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Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 K series, manual focus
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It's a great spot, +Aruna Basnayake e. Be nice to see you again, whatever the circumstance :-)
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Aerial photography in Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Bay & Rainbow Bridge

This was shot towards the end of December, when +Ben Torode was good enough to offer me the spare seat in the R44 chopper he rented for an aerial photo session.

Perfect weather, a great sunset with Mount Fuji visible behind the city..... all in all a very satisfying 30mins of shooting.

Always fun to get up in a helicopter. Not just for the photos but for the unique insight it gives one of the topography, layout and sprawl of this massive city.

This frame was shot about halfway through the trip and after I had stopped shooting with the Hasselblad H4D-40. My Hassie has a CCD sensor, which is awesome for colour but it isn't great at high ISO.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm E series, manual-focus lens

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Warming light at the end of a cold day: Mari Hirao in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

We'd been out shooting for a few hours and Mari was getting cold. Very cold. She's a brave soul and won't complain, so I have to make sure I don't push too far. Despite regular breaks to put a warm coat over her, she was shivering by the time we did this last cut in the park.

Very pleased how this came out. Unlike most of my files out of the Hasselblad H4D-40 - which I hardly ever process at all in Photoshop - this one has had a little work on it; just five minutes or less, mind you. I always try to keep my post-pro to under 10mins per picture.

This looked great with a little work on the light, the addition of a light-leak effect in Photoshop using Nik Analog Efex Pro2. Just to accentuate the backlight and make it feel a lot warmer than it was at the location.

Thanks for hanging in there, Mari. Great pose, perfect expression.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2/2
1 x Paul C Buff 'Einstein' light behind the tree
Photoshop, Nik filters

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Mari Hirao in Yoyogi Park: Hasselblad H4D, Einstein strobe

After a couple of busy weeks, I am finally getting around to posting some of these shots of Mari that I shot recently.

This was right at the end of our day. We'd done some stuff in the studio, some shots near the Olympic Stadium and these last few shots were done in the park... by my favourite tree.

Thanks to Shun for his makeup and hair styling. Thanks to Derek Makishima and +Stephanie Huynh for helping me out with the shooting. Big thanks to Mari for braving the cold. 

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
1 x Paul C Buff Einstein light behind the tree


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Looking down on Tokyo from Andaz, Toranomon Hills

I was at the Andaz Hotel yesterday, for a meeting with the manager. After we'd finished, he suggested I check out the view from their 52F Roof Bar. 

Amazing.

Not just for the fact that you can sit out n the fresh air fifty-two floors up in Tokyo, but for the panoramic views.

Look forward to spending more time at Andaz this coming year, soaking up and sharing more of the spectacular views.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
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f/2.2
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The Tokyo Tower at 'Blue Hour' with the Hasselblad H4D-40

A few recent pics from a quick walk from Roppongi to Hammamatsucho.

More shots in the article linked below.

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HC 100mm f/2.2

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http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/09/blue-hour-around-the-tokyo-tower-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/
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Love the colour contrast~and the moon! X
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Freelance photographer and photography teacher in Tokyo, Japan.

Been shooting pics since the age of 7. It's been part of my career since age 21, through the 10 or so years I was in the music business and the five years I ran my own design and marketing company. Went full-time with photography and teaching photography when we moved permanently to Japan, in 2007.

I run weekly photography workshops, photowalks and private photography lessons, which were recently featured in Travel & Leisure magazine.

Have shot as a freelancer for Ferrari, Porsche, South China Morning Post, QMagazine, BBC, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Lexus - to name a few.

Live in Omori, Tokyo with my lovely wife and our three children. 

Enjoy reading, was a chef once [a long time ago] and still love cooking. Love the sea, the mountains, sitting in a Japanese hot-spring bath, playing in the park with the kids...
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