35mm Monday

35mm Monday

Day 1 in the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 rotation.  I have to say that shooting for a week at 21mm really helped my photography overall.   I remember before when I would shoot my 35mm I would get my viewfinder up to my eye to determine if it was a good shot or not but noticed today that I could tell if I had a good shot or not without touching the camera.  I also noticed that I had all 'keepers' except where I bracketed exposures or reframed a shot.    I was surprised how much I was able to shoot today especially as I was just snapping along while I commuted to and from work.    I didn't specifically go a different route looking for things to shoot.   I also love how light the M9 feels with the 35mm lens on it.    This is a much smaller and lighter lens than the Summilux-M 21mm or Noctilux 50mm. I of course started off with the shot of my street.  I think I like the 50mm version best.

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The local temple was having a funeral this morning.

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I find it strange that there is actually a bike parking lot in Nakameguro but people continue to park their bikes all over the streets, everywhere.  I'll need to go down in here one day and see if there are actually any bikes parked here.    Maybe the issue is it is full or people don't want to pay the 100 yen.

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24 hour Soba... It is sad to admit that I never noticed this place in the 6 years I have lived in Nakameguro but good to know!

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OK, let's review these rules again as there appears to be some confusion.    If it is after 7:25AM and you are not a women, handicapped man or primary school aged boy, you can't ride in this car.   This is for women, girls, young boys and handicapped men.

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8:08AM...

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Can you use the SOS button if there are 4,000 people in front of you shuffling forward at a snail's pace?

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It's hard to trust a noodle marker who is this happy...

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More cute warning signs...

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A group was protesting in front of my office building saying that a company on the 20th floor didn't pay them.   Thankfully not my company!

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I need to warn you that there will probably be a blog posting in the future about a Bacon Double Cheese Burger, Onion Rings, Fries and a Diet Coke.   I know diet is sort of defeated at this point but I like the taste.   I keep craving BK and know I will be sucked in one day.  This stands between my office and the Leica Shop.  It is only a matter of time...

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Meet Megumi... She is one of the good souls working at Second Harvest Japan.   She called me this morning to see if I could come over and take some more photos for them.   I adjust my schedule a bit and skipped lunch and headed over for a quick shoot.   They have made 18 trips already delivering food and supplies to the effected areas.    Great people doing great work.   If you want to learn more you can find their website HERE.   If you want to donate you can do so HERE.

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This guy is a famous Japanese Wrestler and he was here helping to move boxes.

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Here is one of the smaller trucks that was covered in messages delivered up North.   There were also messages from up North to the people back in Tokyo.

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There is always need for supplies, volunteers and donations.   Everyone has something to offer, see how you can help.

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Perhaps I am the only one who finds humor in the fact that the sponsor for this Judo match is a noodle company who's slogan is 'Smiles for All'...

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It is still hard to get use to how dark Tokyo is after sunset.  I feel like I am out way too late...

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These people waiting for friends at 'Hachiko' were only visible by the glow from their mobile phone screens.

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Looking forward to Day 2!

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