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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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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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Street photography in Tokyo with Hasselblad H4D-40: Shibuya evening

I stepped out on Friday between shows at the fashion week, to have a little wander around outside the Hikarie building. 

The sunset had been amazing. The light in the background was still stunning. I stood by the zebra-crossing by Hikarie for a bit and shot the people coming towards to me.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC100mm f/2.2
f/2.2
400ISO
I metered with the prism finder on, then removed it and shot waist-level, viewing off of the ground-glass. Focus was manual.

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...when did playing fair ever win you the prize? :-)
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Stormy skies, weird light: late afternoon urban landscape in Omori, Tokyo

I was thinking when I shot this yesterday that there was an odd, orange, sandy, dirty feeling to the light. This morning I went outside to use the bicycle to take our youngest son to school and on every surface was a dusty residue. Must have been another one of those Chinese sand imports. We've had a few in past years. It's a common thing, to get clouds of sand and PM2.5 particulate air from China. Normally the clouds don't reach so far up as Tokyo. A few times in the past few years, I have seen significant clouds. There wasn't so much of a significant 'cloud' yesterday but the light had a weird, sandy, yellow tinge to it. 

Seems that since the end of February, there have been more incidences of such clouds:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/24/national/high-levels-of-yellow-sand-pm-2-5-heading-in-from-china/#.VP-jV4GUeX4

Certainly always makes for a dramatic sky.

Nikon D700
Ektachrome *P picture control made by me and downloadable from my Japanorama website, here: http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/

14mm f/2.8 lens
1600 ISO
f/4.5

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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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Dear +Alfie Goodrich
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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The six minute fashion shoot: Shinyong in kimono, Nihonbashi, Tokyo

I've been shooting a fair bit in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo recently, mainly for a feature on the area for Cathay Pacific Airlines' inflight magazine. It's given me a little more insight into the area and a chance to hang there more, which is nice because it's a nice area of the city.

This morning I had chance to do a quick shoot with +Shinyong Lee as she is promoting a kimono brand.

She was late [it always takes longer to et ready in kimono than you think it will] and I was waiting at the location. By the time she arrived, the bridge was busy with locals and tourists. Shinyong had to be somewhere else pretty quickly afterwards too, so we had a very short time to shoot.

These shots were lit with two small speedlights inside a 1m x 60cms softbox and triggered by radio. 

I had our make-up guy hold the light, which was mounted on a monopod, so he could boom it into her a little bit from above.

Checking the shots afterwards on the camera, I saw that the first was 10.57 and the last 11.03am: six minutes from start to finish.

I shot three angles, one from across the road with a 200mm and a couple from more close-up with an old 36-72mm Nikkor E series lens.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8
Nikkor 36-72mm E
Post-pro in Photoshop with Nik Analog Efex Pro2.
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Shooting Tokyo Fashion Week, 2015, for Getty Images

Spent three days of last week shooting the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, for Getty Images Japan. 

I work as a stringer for Getty here in Japan, shooting mostly corporate and entertainment assignments. 

Fashion week was good fun. Met some nice people.

I was mainly shooting 'street style', taking pics of the visitors to the show.

There's a load of the shots, online at Getty, here:
http://www.gettyimages.co.jp/search/2/image?phrase=tokyo+fashion+week+alfie&clarifications=&family=editorial&editorialproduct=&recency=
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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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