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Shibuya series - san

Half way through the week already, and so here’s the third image from my Shibuya series.

This woman really stood out from the crowd as she was elevating herself slightly in order to take photos of people at the crossing. It was therefore quite easy to focus on her as she looked around in awe at the large screens in the surrounding area.

I cropped the image quite a bit to get rid of some of the surrounding distractions, which included other people, and then did a few curves adjustments to get the colours as desired. Zoomed in to the max of 200mm and, if I remember correctly, on f/2.8 with ISO set to 2000 I was delighted by the quality maintained in the image.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/16/shibuya-series-san/
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+luis fernandes I thought the same while processing this :)
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Shibuya series – ichi

This week I’m doing a set of images all taken at the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, Japan.

I’ve seen this crossing many times on television, and for me it was the location that called out to me when I knew that I was going to be spending the night in Tokyo.

I guess it’s a lot like Times Square or Piccadilly Circus, but there’s something different about this place compared to the others.

When I got there I spent a lot of time sat at a window seat upstairs in the Starbucks watching over the mass of people below, some time actually crossing from one side to the other, and also a lot of time just snapping away at people.

The images shown this week are all taken with the 70-200 f/2.8 and pick out various individuals from this location. As people crossed or stood around I can’t say for sure what it was that brought them to my attention, but it was usually the case that something stood out for me, in this instance it was probably the hat.

I don’t have a story to go with any of these images, but I guess the beauty is that you can make up that story yourself.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/14/shibuya-series-ichi/
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Garden path

On an afternoon trip to Nara, about an hour outside of Kyoto, we went to a lovely Japanese garden. It was nice and peaceful to be stood there in such a beautiful setting with a pond and a mini waterfall in place. I’m not sure I know exactly what Zen is, but I may have felt this while in this garden.

Hopefully I’ll process and show you an image of that actual scene at some stage, but for today you will have to imagine it, because it’s over this little hill ahead of us and over to the left a bit. It really is nice though.

This weekend is my first weekend at home for some time, so I am going to probably enjoy lounging around and doing very little. I may go out and take photos of the London Marathon, I may not. I probably will not.

I am looking forward to actually getting the time to sit down and process a few images though; this week has been super busy and I’ve been attempting to mostly grab a few minutes here and there to get one done for each day.

Next week I think I may even do a series of images taken from either the snow monkey park or the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/11/garden-path/
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Paper lanterns

Okay, I admit that there were times in Japan where I didn’t have a clue what something in front of me said; my verbal and written Japanese is very poor and accompanied by a lot of pointing.

However, when I stumbled upon this scene in Tokyo I immediately saw that several of these lanterns have smiley faces on them. Some also have the word ‘web’.

They must be happy internet lanterns. Or something.

If anyone does know what these say, you’re welcome to both comment on this and let me know, and indeed accompany me the next time I go to Japan.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/09/paper-lanterns/
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+Michael Murphy Not really advertising exactly, I think; more like local businesses supporting community activities and getting a bit of good PR in return... :]
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Fuji

Finally, I am back in the UK after a long two weeks. The first week saw me in Singapore for a lot of work and little play, and then I hopped from there to the Philippines before landing in Japan.

I of course could not leave this awesome country without taking a photo of Mount Fuji…but it was a close thing.

+John Esslinger  and I decided to take a shot at picking a random town at the base of the mountain, thinking we are guaranteed to get some nice images of this mountain. Not so. Heading to Gotemba we arrived a little too late in the day to find a spot for taking photos of the mountain, and with too little research into where we wanted to be anyway. After a lovely meal and a good sleep we left early the next day to go to back to Kyoto, so photography from this location simply didn’t happen.

Instead, I pulled out my camera with the 70-200 lens on while we were on the bullet train to Kyoto that morning, and simply shot this image while we were on the go. It’s a pity we didn’t just head to Kyoto the day before, we could have simply shot the sunset from the train as well :)

Japan was a wonderful country, and my trip this time was far too short and only whet my appetite for it.

It’s lovely to be back in the UK though.

Hope everyone is well.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/07/fuji/
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+John Esslinger I was pretty surprised by how well this turned out through the window of a moving train.   I was on the wrong side on my way back to Tokyo.  Agreed, short trip - but awesome.  We will return!
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Shibuya series – ni

This lady was travelling around Shibuya with another woman of a similar age, but it was only as she raised her camera and rested on this post that I really noticed her.

It’s nice to be able to watch someone who is completely absorbed in what they are doing and so doesn’t notice the camera is on them. Her waiting friend was less occupied, and therefore more aware of me so she was watching on as I snapped this image and a few others.

I was ‘caught’ a few times while taking images for this Shibuya series, but I don’t think any of the ones where someone is looking directly at me made the cut for this short series. In the instant where they see you are taking a photo of them you seem to lose some of the naturalness in the image. At the same time, it’s often good to have the subject looking directly at the camera, I longed for it when photographing the snow monkeys.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/15/shibuya-series-ni/
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It's rare to see p&s or phone photographers stabilize their cameras for night shots. They probably all wonder why their shots are blurry and blame the camera.
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Shibuya Series

Coming up over this next week on the daily photoblog I'll be doing a themed set of images, all of which are taken at the famous Shibuya crossing in Tokyo. Such an awesome place to hang around and watch people, especially when armed with a 70-200 lens. 

I don't do themes often, so I'm looking forward to this one. 

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My daughter and I lived in Shibuya for 2 months last spring. She is a model and was there for Tokyo fashion week. That place is amazing! 
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Torii steps

These Japanese gates, known as Torii, must be in their thousands as they wind up the Inari mountain at the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto. I spent a lovely morning walking up them to reach the summit and shoot images along the way, passing a few people but nothing like the hoards that had arrived on the scene as I made my way back down the mountain.

I took a lot of images from here, so it will be interesting to see how many I actually post due to the fact there is a risk of many of the images looking pretty similar. There’s only so much you can do with a row of Torii.

Excellent location which I would certainly advise visiting in the very early morning should you be in Kyoto.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/10/torii-steps/
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Nijō

This structure can be found on one of the outer layers of Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan.

We arrived here at blue hour, as you can see, as the castle was allowing people in during the evening to view it ‘lit up’ at night. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

I grabbed this image with little thought prior to entering, I was really just checking out how blue the light was at this time and so simply held the camera over the hedge and took a quick snap of it.

Happy with the current light, I rushed to be a ticket and enter the grounds to then find a viewpoint of the castle itself.

Alas, this was not to be. Most areas were blocked off, tripods were not allowed in some places, and indeed the only parts that seemed to be lit up were a couple of cherry blossom trees. All in all, extremely disappointing.

I wandered around the place trying to find something to shoot, and ended up back at this structure, but on the inside, which isn’t as nice a view. Defying the no tripod rule I set up my camera and tripod and took a few shots, but the light had gone by then and I was left with a disappointing image from a disappointing angle.

It is therefore this first quick snap that I return to when looking for an image to post from this location. After the disappointment of ending a very long day this way, I wanted at least one image to show for it. I do wish I had composed a little differently, but for an image where I was simply testing the light, I’m happy with the outcome in the end – it’s certainly the best of a bad bunch.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/04/08/nijo/
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It's quite beautiful. I have no complaints.
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The golden castle

Just as the sun was setting, Lindisfarne castle was cast in a lovely golden light which lasted for a long enough period of time to both enjoy it, and to capture this image.

I was pretty far away from the castle at this point, so the image you see here is zoomed in at 200mm. I’ll share the view in the other direction sometime next week, it’s of a priory and the sun setting behind it.

My favourite aspect of this scene are the sheep which are grazing in the sun on the hill that leads up to the castle. If you enjoy eating grass then it’s probably not too bad a life standing around doing so with such a lovely view all around you.

Speaking of an okay life, today I’m heading out to Singapore for a long work week, but that will be followed up with a jaunt across to the Philippines and then a week travelling around Japan. I’m going to schedule posts on this blog for the next two weeks, and I should hopefully find some time to push some of these out to the social media sites at some stage or other.

Happy snapping.

http://www.murphyz.co.uk/2014/03/21/the-golden-castle/
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+Shaun L we would love to go back too. Northumberland is great. 
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I post a new image every week day.  Some of them are actually good.

I don't really have a niche when it comes to photography, though admit to the fact most of my images are HDR.  I spend a lot of time walking around London so you're going to see quite a few shots from there, usually architecture, or a night shot by the river Thames.   I enjoy a bit of Urban Exploration so there's sometimes images from random rooftops or abandoned, decaying buildings.   

I sometimes head out of the city though, and so you may see a lovely landscape shot, or a horse, or perhaps just more architecture and night shots - just of a different city to London.

I rarely take images with people in them. If you're here for portrait photography then you're going to be very disappointed.  

If you're living in London, or perhaps just coming to visit, then why not drop me a line and we can go out for a photocrawl (half photowalk/half pub crawl).  
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I stayed here for one night in a tent. The location is beautiful, beside a lake with mountains in the background and a lovely viewing spot a short drive/hike up a hill. The staff were also very friendly. There isn't much near here, so make sure you stock up on food and drink prior to getting to the site. Showers were basic, but fully functional - the toilet area did smell a bit. Being beside a lake, and especially one where we stood for a long time taking photos during and after the sunset, we were plagued by midges so make sure you take plenty of bug spray, or a netted hood if you need one. The four star rating is really for the location setting, otherwise I would give it a 3.
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I stayed here for one night in a tent. We turned up at around 7pm at night and were greeted at the entrance, where payment was then taken and we were directed where to pitch the tent. The campsite was not overly busy, and was extremely quiet. For me, the best thing about this location was the shower block. Entry was gained via a pin number and the areas were very clean. Showers were free and tap based, so you did not need to have correct coinage on you, nor did you need to continuously press a button for more water. After viewing the sunset at nearly Penmon Lighthouse we returned in the car at around midnight, and had no issues getting on site, pulling up to our tent and promptly falling asleep.
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