Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 1600
I remember spending a fair bit of time in the NYC subway shooting passers by at shutter speeds of around 1/10s or 1/15s. You get a lot of blurry shots, but when you manage to stay steady, you capture some of the motion. With a wider angle lens (a 28mm in this case) it’s a bit easier and I find that at 1/15s I can more or less consistently shoot a sharp shot. I liked those columns and the contrast produced by the black band of tiling, that’s why I chose this Tokyo underground spot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Compared to the Paris metro, the Tokyo metro is clean as a hospital. I wanted to capture all this white and thought that doing it in a mirror would be a little more original. I guess it would have been more effective at rush hour, maybe an idea for the next trip…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/40s, ISO 3200
In the narrow streets of Nakano, I stumbled upon this bar. The bottles, the lanterns, the woodwork, it all spoke to me of a Japan of yore (even though the bar is clearly not yet 2 years old…)
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/20s, ISO 3200
I went down to Nakano to hunt for photography gear, and ended up walking around the labyrinth of narrow streets and just soaking in what felt (to me) like an older version of Tokyo.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
In many ways, Tokyo is even more of a vertical city than Hong Kong where I live. Hong Kong mostly grew overground, which makes sense when you realise that most of the high-riser areas are on reclaimed land. Tokyo on the other hand seems to me as much underground as overground with multiple layers of commuting, shops and walkways superimposed. That means lots of colonnades and interestingly graphic things to shoot with a wide(ish) angle lens!
Tokyo Night Life
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
In Akihabara there’s a sharp contrast between the main arteries, full of light, tall buildings, gaudy colours, and the back alleys. I spent a good while in those back alleys, trying to capture the slightly seedy feel of them. I think this shot did it.
Akihabara by Night
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 8s, ISO 200
My original intent with this was to shoot light trails in front of the Akihabara lights. Unfortunately, I had not anticipated that the pedestrians crossing on my left would block the cars turning just in front of my lens. So instead I shot a long exposure in between cars, and was quite pleased withe the result (and surprisingly little ghosting).
A Cozy Chat
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.5, 1/25s, ISO 3200
Walking around the narrow alleyways in Nakano I saw all these little eating places that looked so Japanese. I wanted to shoot people in them though, so this one with a clear(ish) window offered me that opportunity.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2500
There aren’t that many cities where you can really explore vertical perspectives. Tokyo is one of them and with this shot I was aiming to do just that.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2000
Christmas season it seems starts earlier every year. In the US it’s usually after Thanksgiving, but here in Asia there’s no Thanksgiving so it’s usually after Halloween… One thing is for sure: late November Tokyo is ablaze with Christmas lights. This wasn’t one of the more spectacular trees, but it was an interesting contrast with the signs in the background, I thought…