Finding Birkenstocks

Finding Birkenstocks

I went for a short walk last tonight to explore Jiyugaoka and do a little shopping...  I love how close and accessible everything is...loving my new home. Today’s Configuration: Leica M9 with a Summilux 21mm f/1.4 and a Leica SF 24-D and a Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 with ND64 with a 1.4x magnifier.

今日のカメラ:私のライカM9をつかいます。レンズはNoctilux 50mm f/0.95とND64とSummilux 21mm f/1.4とライカSF 24-Dをつかいました。

Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka is filled with these little streets for shopping...

Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shoot Tokyo
Shoot Tokyo
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka

Everything Black and White...

Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka

Endless shopping...

Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka

Ah...found what I was looking for.   I have been looking for a pair of Birkenstocks.  I love wearing these for slow lazy walks on the weekend.  It just isn't possible to walk fast in these.   Great for a no need to rush stroll with my camera.

Birkenstocks in Jiyugaoaka
Birkenstocks in Jiyugaoaka
Birkenstocks in Jiyugaoaka
Birkenstocks in Jiyugaoaka

The issue for me in Japan is they never have my size... Birkenstock carries exactly 1 style in exactly 1 color in my size...  luckly it happens to be the one that I want!    chances....?

Birkenstocks in Jiyugaoaka
Birkenstocks in Jiyugaoaka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka

There is so much going on in Jiyugaoka...I don't think I will ever get bored shooting here.

Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka
Shopping in Jiyugaoka

Here is an interesting topic that comes up a lot....when is the best time to Photograph Neon.   In my opinion it is the first few minutes past sunset as there is a nice balance between the neon and ambient light.   I don't have a lot of neon near my house but I think this is still a good example.

Photographing Neon
Photographing Neon

Here is an example 1 hour after Sunset...so you can see the difference.

Photographing Neon
Photographing Neon

Light, rather Quality of Light, can impact a photograph more than just about anything else.  I have been thinking about doing a little writing about this.   Let me know if you think this is a good topic to cover and if there is enough interest I'll shoot some examples and get a write up this week.

Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka

The other thing I love is I have a Starbucks just a 3 minute walk away so I can run and grab one before starting to write my blog posts...coffee just tastes better when someone else makes it.

Starbucks in Jiyugaoka
Starbucks in Jiyugaoka

Japanese Word of the Day: べんり – benri – convenient

example:

私のあたらしいうちのロケーションはとってもべんりです。

The location of my new house is so convenient.

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Sunday in Jiyugaoka

Sunday in Jiyugaoka

A trip to Leica Ginza

A trip to Leica Ginza

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