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Shooting in Tokyo at rush hour

This is an old article but one that is still very relevant.

I have spent part of my morning reading about the guy, on Petapixel who is complaining about discrimination against photographers for being thrown out of a national park area because he had loads of gear. 

There are lots of permission issues I have to deal with but a big part of my life is about working professionally to get around problems. Not creating them, filming them and crying 'discrimination' when I get caught.

Here's my take on shooting in a place where asking for permission would have been pointless and resulted in refusal.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2011/03/03/shooting-at-naka-meguro-station-in-rush-hour/
Being a freelance photographer means that - when things are going well - the average week ends up being far from average at all. Such was the week I got a call from Patrick Burke of ZumiZushi in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Tokyo street photography: out to bring in the customers, Shinjuku

One I grabbed on a walk I did the other day with someone I was doing a lesson with.

Great light over this side of Shinjuku [the west side of the station] just before sunset.

Two guys from a sushi restaurant, out on the street to attract customers.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Focussed at 3metres, shot from the hip
No Photoshop
In-camera monochrome setting

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Monochrome 2, I think. Not the HC setting although the contrast is fairly high on this one too.
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Shooting in Tokyo for Plaza - UOMO Magazine

A recent shoot I did for Plaza- UOMO Magazine: style guide for various things, people, places in Tokyo.

Mix of stuff I shot for them on commission and some shots I had done previously, of the city.
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A Photographer's Map of Tokyo and Japan

A map I am making with locations I shoot in, photos and photography tips.

This is a work-in-progess but it's off to a good start. Map of places in Tokyo and around Japan in which I have shot, with photos and with links to extra content, photowalk maps and tips for people on how to shoot at these locations.

I am adding to it on a daily basis to make it a geographic version of my blog, basically. Please feel free to share. 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z81uVSUthvuI.kbp-l907fj94
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+Alfie Goodrich can't complain :)! hope you are doing fine too!
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Cycle and Strobe: two-wheeled, late night exploration in Tokyo

One more from last night's cycle and strobe outing that my eldest son and I did. 

We found this door on our travels. I liked the logo on it.

Nikon D700
2x Yongnuo 560ii strobes fired by radio
One through a small grid at camera right
One on the floor at camera left providing a little fill
'Pushed Ektachrome' custom picture control made by me
Apart from the re-size and addition of watermark, this is SOOC.

You can download the picture control from this article, here at my website:
http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/
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Street/documentary photography workshop in Tokyo this coming Saturday, 2nd May. Just announced it. Find all the details here. Look forward to seeing some of you then.

Title of the workshop is: From the Bridge of Tears to Thunder Gate... exploring some very interesting areas of Taito-ku, between Minamisenju and Asakusa. Critique session after the walk.

http://www.meetup.com/PhotographyWorkshops_Tokyo/events/222107762/
Location of the walk: On this walk we will be exploring south from Minami-senju Station to Asakusa, through the areas of Nihonzutsumi, Yoshiwara, Senzoku and ending up in the man part of Asakusa. Subject/genre of the walk: The genre of the walk is 'street photography' in its broadest sense; i.e. photos of people or things taken in the streets. You could also call the event a 'documentary photography' workshop, as we will be intending to document ...
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Thank you, looking forward for the informations :)
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Hasselblad Discovery Workshop at Meijimura: down by the lake, in kimono

This is a frame I shot at the start of he workshop we did last week in the fabulous Meijimura heritage park near Nagoya.

After a couple of frames to get people inspired, the students stepped in and started shooting the angles they liked.

Lots more to come from this workshop. I'm starting to make the shots into a magazine, which will be out online soon.

Hasselblad H5D-50C
HC 35-90mm f/3.5-5.6
100ISO
1/350th sec
f/6.8
1 x Profoto B1 500W light into Westcott 72" umbrella
Processing in Photoshop and Nik

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Congratulations! Your wonderful photograph has been selected through +Photo Mania Japan  to be displayed at +Photo Mania Global ! You’re cordially invited to visit us at +Photo Mania Global and check out the daily selection of the very best photographs from all over the world shared at our Photo Mania country pages!
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Multiple exposures with the D700: Shinagawa Inter City

I was out doing a photo tour for a guy in town as part of his 12month round-the-world trip and we ended up our day in the Shinagawa Inter-City area.

This is fairly close to where we live in Tokyo so it's a regular location for me to shoot. I love the light at the end of the day.

Spent a little while doing some multiple-exposures with the in-camera feature on the D700.

These billboards always interest me and shooting one frame and then rotating the camera 180degrees to shoot another on top seemed to be a nice way to make it a little different.

Nikon D700
Pentax Super-Takumar 35mm f/3.5 adapted onto the Nikon
2 frames, multiple exposed on top of each other
Exposure blend 'ON'.

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Street photography in Tokyo, Japan: Maiko in Asakusa

Grabbed this one towards the end of our workshop the other day, walking through Asakusa and enjoying the last sunlight of the day.

There were two maiko walking towards me in full kimono and all the makeup. Shifted myself a little to trying and get a good angle. Rickshaw parked itself right in front of ,e at the key moment. I ducked right and got a shot off from the hip. I like all the people in this shot... the lady on the far right with her glance; the tourist in the background happy that she got her shot.

Nice moment.

Nice day out with everyone.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Focussed at 3metres
Shot from the hip
Shot with my 'Pushed Ektachrome' custom picture control.

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Last Saturday, +Jojo Padilla . But myself and one of my friends were out doing a recce for Saturday's walk on the previous Monday. So maybe it was us.
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Flash portraits of children: Joe under the motorway flyover

Last one from our little outing last night and this was taken down under a section of the motorway just after it comes out of a tunnel on the way from Haneda into Tokyo.

Loved the light and the shadows in the background, which was all being made by some arc-lights illuminating the riverside path.

Nikon D700
In-camera monochrome setting
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
One Yongnuo 560ii strobe at camera right, clamped to a nearby fence and shot through a small grid.
SOOC apart from the re-size and addition of the logo
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Yep, +Aniruddha Mallik he's shaping up nice is my Joe.
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Exploring Tokyo at night: a bit of strobe fun with my son and an old Citroen DS19

My eldest son and I went out last night for a cycle ride and a little fun with the camera. We have recently been going out for walks and bicycle rides from our home, to find some places we haven't explored.

Last night we cycled from our home in Omori, down to a point just by the edge of Haneda Airport and near Omoridaiichi Junior Highschool. 

Along the riverside there we found an old car lot, with a few cars that seem to have been imported from the UK in the early 1980s. There was an old Hillman, an old Daimler as well as two Japanese registered Crown Sovereigns from the 1970s.

What frst caught my eye was the British registered ['L' registration from 1973] Citroen DS19. Sadly it seems so far gone it wouldn't even be bothering any sort of restoration.

But, we had a little fun with it..... but had to work quick as we'd gone into the yard through a gap in the fence and there was someone parking cars upstairs.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Two Yongnuo 560ii strobes triggered by radio: one inside the car. one outside at camera left.
1250ISO
1/20th sec
f/5.6
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A DS is going for big money now buddy, as high as £60,000 in some cases. Excellent photo btw
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Children's portraits in Tokyo: Charlie on the platform at Kamata

On the way down to Izumino today, I shot this photo of my youngest son, Charlie, on the train platform at Kamata. 

Lovely light. Charlie was watching a train that had just passed the platform.

I got his owl bag in Kuala Lumpur a couple of years ago. Originally bought it for his sister, but Charlie got attached to it and wouldn't give it back. :-)

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
f/2.2
100 ISO
No Photoshop. Just RAW processed in Phocus, to bring back a few of the highlights.
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cute n smart like simple~
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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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Getting a fairly decent portrait of Yoko Ono with just 60secs to do so :-)
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