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In Shibuya with the Kerlee 35mm f/1.2

I've been testing out a pre-production copy of the new Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 lens and whilst I haven't had so much time to shoot with it recently, because of a busy patch of work, the times I have been out with it have left me very impressed.

It's a manual-focus lens, which is fine for me. I shoot with a lot of manual lenses - many of which I have had since I was a kid - and whilst it's sometimes better to have an AF lens, manual does me fine 90% of the time.

I'll be writing a proper write-up of the lens soon.

This one from a week or so ago in Shibuya.

Shot from the hip, focused at 3metres.

Nikon D3S
Kerlee 35mm f/1.2

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Wow 35mm f/1.2, I don't hear about that combo too frequently
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Fashion photography in Tokyo: Mari and umbrella

Another shot from a recent outing with Mari, this one shot on the Sumida River bridge near Tsukiji.

Nikon D800e
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2Ai

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Shooting with the Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 lens: Norie in Daimon

Norie and I caught up for an hour the other week, to try out a few shots with the Kerlee lens that I was recently sent a pre-production copy of for testing.

Been very happy shooting with it so far.

This shot at f/1.2 on the Nikon D800e, using the Ektachrome 2 Picture Control I made for my Nikons.

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All natural light +J Strika . This street is somewhere I've shot a few times before and late in the day it basically gets a little side-light down the length of the street. This old shop is in shade but bringing the model a little out into the street makes her catch the light and pull her out of the darker background. It looks lit, I agree... but it's just nature doing the lighting :-) Thanks man.
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Shooting the morning sumo practice

Thanks very much to a pal, who took me along this Monday.

Great fun. Boy, these fellas work hard!

Loads of pics at the link.

http://www.japanorama.co.uk/sumo-wrestling-shooting-the-morning-practice/
I’ve shot the sumo wrestling tournaments a few times but had never been to a morning practice session. Thanks to John Gunning, I got to go along this week. Apparently someone much more famous…
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Shooting sports in Japan: my eldest son's last sports-day at junior high-school

This week has been a busy week, mostly with shooting the four-day Advertising Week Asia event as their official photographer. Friday was spent teaching and having meetings, yesterday was spent shooting the junior high-school sports-day for the school magazine.

It is my eldest son's last year at the school and was his last sports-day. H has run the 100m for his school and the city. This shot was taken of him running as anchor in the relay. The kid running the leg before him had fallen on the last bend, leaving Joe a lot of catching -up to do. He lost the race by 2cms.... after re-gaining about 40m on the guy in front.

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Nikon D3S
Nikkor 28-80mm AF-S G

I use this cheap kit lens anywhere where there are bad conditions. In this case, a lot of dust and crap flying around and blowing in the wind. As long as you stop it down to f/8 or smaller, it's sharp as a razor.

I was sat on the curve in the track, just after the baton-change area.

I'd set the lens at around f/8 and manual focus. I was zone focusing to get as wide an area of the track as possible.

Camera was on C(H) mode, to fire rapidly.

I was cradling the camera in my hands, low and away from my face, just above the ground... and panning with the runners as they passed me.

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I'll keep this in mind +Alfie Goodrich​, I usually neglect the kit lens, good to know it can serve a purpose
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Photowalks in Tokyo: colours and textures of Moto-azabu

I went out with one of my photography students today, to have a wander around parts of Azabu with the intention of looking at texture and colour. Here’s some of my shots from the walk we had together.

Tokyo is a fascinating and multi-faceted city. Walk a few metres from any main road and you can suddenly find yourself in a quiet backstreet that has the feel of a small village. Tokyo is, perhaps, nothing more or less than thousands of villages strung together.

Read the full post and see more photos here....
http://www.japanorama.co.uk/photowalks-in-tokyo-textures-colours-of-azabu/

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Travel photography in Japan: assignment out-takes from Hyogo & Tottori

One of the things about shooting travel photography, especially for inflight magazines, is that there is a lot of material that doesn’t get used. This is the first in a series of articles about the out-takes that occur when on assignment.

Lots of pics in the gallery at the link below:
http://www.japanorama.co.uk/assignment-out-takes-hyogo-tottori-for-sas-airlines/
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Pokemon Go, Japan: 'Pikachu is on your left.....'

I was in Shibuya the other day shooting exclusively with the 300mm f/4 prime that I have for my Nikon. I do that sometimes: go out with just one prime lens, to keep my eyes fit and see what I can see.

I was shooting around the crossing and Pikachu made an appearance. The couple on the left in this picture, looking at their smartphone, sort of seemed to fit nicely with the idea of searching for characters with the new Pokemon Go app.

Nikon D3S
Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED
Shot using my Ektachrome2 Picture Control

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300mm +Phillip Ebrall :-)
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Fashion photography in Tokyo: Mari in Tsukiji

Quick shoot a few weeks ago with a good friend and model, Mari Hirao.

Setup was Nikon D3S, Nikon SB800 through a 20degree grid, my Ektachrome2 custom picture control.

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Out doing a 24hr test with the only Hasselblad X1D in Japan right now. My buddy and fellow former Hasselblad Ambassador, Derek Makishima, has finally passed out on the table in McDonalds. I'm backing up data now and we're charging batteries. We've been out shooting since 11am yesterday morning. It's currently just after 4am here in Tokyo. We're hitting Tsukiji market next. Great day of shooting. Looking forward to showing some of our shots at the Japan launch of the X1D in Tokyo on Friday. #hasselbladx1d #x1d #hasselblad #tokyo

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Location portrait photography in Tokyo: Joe going 'gangster'

My eldest son and I went out yesterday for a bit of a walk through some cool parts of town he hadn't really been to so much before.

I took the camera, obviously, and one flash.

We shot this at a spot I've known for ages but never shot a portrait in before.

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Nikon D3S
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai
SB800 with Hoenl 15degree grid, fired off-camera with a Yongnuo trigger
Ektachrome-P picture control

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A unique record. One of the reasons I enjoy shooting some of the old industrial areas and graffiti.......
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Architectural photography in Tokyo: looking for a new angle on an old friend

The Mode Gakuen building in Tokyo is iconic and has been a feature of the Shinjuku skyline ever since I have lived here. Finished and opened in 2008, the building hosts a creative university and has always reminded me more than a little of London's 'Gerkin'.

As a building that has had my attention for eight years now, finding a new angle is always a fascinating challenge.

Re-visiting locations, whatever they may be, is one of the regular exercises I have as part of what I call my 'photographic gymnasium'. These are things I do regularly to keep my eye sharp, my mind keen and my approach from getting stale.

This new angle was one I found a couple of months ago, when I was out doing an architectural photography tour for a lady in town from the UK.

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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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