Eating Sushi...and some thoughts on photography

Eating Sushi...and some thoughts on photography

A photographer goes to a woman's house for dinner.  He has an amazing meal and upon leaving he turns and says to the woman 'wow you must have a great stove'... I am sure every photographer has gotten the unintentional backhanded compliment 'you take great photos.  You must have a great camera'.    It always makes me smile when I hear that.  Sure, great gear helps and can make getting those great photos a little easier but nothing replaces passion and skill.  As photographers it is important to have a very solid grasp of the basics.   It is important for this knowledge to become second nature if you want to be a great photographer.   You should be able to look at a photo and have a pretty good guess of the kinds of settings that were used to make that image.   It really isn't hard to pick up this level of skill.  It takes dedication and determination and a desire to work through learning the fundamentals.

A lot of photographers struggle with the basics of exposure; ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.  I have summed them up in How I shoot.   Nothing replaces practice.   You can learn so much from daily shooting as you will simply learn your way through issues that plague other photographers for their entire life.   Here are 10 things I learnt from daily shooting.   If you learnt others yourself, please share them.  Pay attention to the small lessons as well as there is always more to learn.    Lastly understand how light impacts your photography.   More than anything this can have the biggest impact on your photography.

Have a look at the shots below... half were made with a $1,200 camera and half with a $12,000 camera.   I can tell which was shot with which camera.  The point is know the gear you have.   Know how to push it to get a great image.

Today’s Configuration: Leica M9 with a Summilux 35mm f/1.4.  FujiFilm x100

I had time to get out with Mayumi on Sunday and we had sushi again.  I know I have said this several times but I love sushi.   I just feel great after eating it.   The lighting was great in the sushi bar and I really wanted to capture the atmosphere.  Often times I like to walk around and capture small parts of the world I am passing but toady I wanted to bring people to my sushi bar...

Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya
Sushi in Shibuya

After the sushi bar we stopped by Mikihouse to pick up some cloths for Kai...  Mikihouse is a great kids brand in Japan.

Mikihouse
Mikihouse
Mikihouse
Mikihouse

One of the things I love about department stores in Japan is you can drop your car off to be washed and waxed while you shop.

Japan Car Polishing
Japan Car Polishing
Dave from ShootTokyo
Dave from ShootTokyo
Nakameguro
Nakameguro

If you like what you saw today, please share it by clicking one of the links below.   Thanks and see you tomorrow!

Shibuya at Night

Shibuya at Night

Rolling with the Tokyo Cranks

Rolling with the Tokyo Cranks

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