Exploring Ginza

Exploring Ginza

After Shibuya I spent some time exploring Ginza.   There is always so much going on in the streets.  I really enjoy walking around Ginza and seeing all the activity.   On the days they close the streets it is perfect for street photography.    Even when they don't it is so full of personalities that you will find interesting things to shoot and observe. This monk used to hang out in Shibuya but seems he migrated to Ginza...

Today's configuration: Leica M9-P with the Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 and Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Monk in Ginza

Monk in Ginza

Meet Nathan...

He was in town from Singapore and joined me for some shooting.    Check out Nathan's kickass photography in his blog.

Nathan Liusvia

Nathan Liusvia

Meet Cameron...

A fellow American in Tokyo.  He runs the Film Shooters Collective and joined me as well...

Cameron Kline

Cameron Kline

I love walking around and shooting in Ginza.   I love the light in Ginza...  There is something about it.   At the right times of the day the tall building block most direct sunlight giving you nice even lighting for shooting.   You just need to make sure you are on the right end of Ginza as when one end is nice and even lighting the other end is harsh and direct.

I was there with my wife a few weeks ago and I was blown away by how nicely the light falls in Ginza in the afternoon.   I haven't been there in a while so I sort of forgot...it was a pleasant reminder.

Street Interviews in Ginza

Street Interviews in Ginza

If you are going to go to Prada you better do it in a gold trimmed Rolls Royce or not at all...

Parking in front of Prada

Parking in front of Prada

The same religious group I saw in Shibuya was also in Ginza following the monk around...

Monk in Ginza

Monk in Ginza

I was getting some wicked lens flare late in the day as I was walking right towards the sun...

Lens Flare

Lens Flare

This little dog hated me.   Every time I walked by he tried to eat me!

This dog hates me

This dog hates me

How many police does it take to give directions?  Apparently 3...

Police giving directions

Police giving directions

The look.   Thankfully I got a smile after...

Are you taking my photo?

Are you taking my photo?

Don't worry it isn't an outbreak...

Masks

Masks

I can only walk past a camera store so many times.  For me it's like staring into the sun.   I started just teasing the sales guy a little bit with a negotiation but he responded very favorably so I decided it was best to go for it and picked up my new Hasselblad.   I have been eyeing one for years but never really knew what I was looking at.   Thanksfully Cameron did and give me great advice.

I am running a photography contest on my Facebook Page where the subject is your favorite camera.   Not sure this was a good idea for me.   I now have two new cameras on my wish list: a Hasselblad SWC 905 and a Plaubel Makina 67.    Add yours and you can win a ShootTokyo T-Shirt bundle and maybe add some more cameras to my wish list.

Katsumido Camera

Katsumido Camera

Nathan's beautiful wife Sherry joined us for a little bit of the shopping...

Nathan and Sherry Liusvia

Nathan and Sherry Liusvia

Thanks for stopping by today...

Hasselblad: The first rolls

Hasselblad: The first rolls

A short walk in Shibuya

A short walk in Shibuya

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