Exploring Nezu: B&W Edition

Exploring Nezu: B&W Edition

I spent a lot of last weekend scanning and processing my black and white images from my photowalk in Nezu a few weeks ago. The yield is much less than digital but there is a certain satisfaction with coming up with a good set of images after combing over a few rolls of negatives. In this case I shot 3 rolls of 35mm and 16 images I believe are worthy of being posted up here. I have started to be a little more free with my picture taking with film and trying multiple shots as well but I am continuing to try to be more selective on what I post.

As I mentioned in my last post I really enjoy going on photowalks. There is a lot to be said about spending time with like minded people and indulging in a passion you love. It is soothing for the mind and soul. I could spend hours exploring these temples.

I can't wait for my trip to Kyoto in May. I am really looking forward to exploring Kyoto with my camera and a bag full of film.

Today's configuration: Acros 100, TMAX 100 and TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 shot with a Leica M6-J with various lenses.

Nezu Shrine
Nezu Shrine

1,000 prayers...

Nezu Shrine
Nezu Shrine

OK I have to admit this... I did wonder if one of my ShootTokyo stickers would look good up there. I have black and white ones so it would match. I also believe in karma and I need mine to be good so while I wondered I didn't act. As I mentioned I have a new supply of ShootTokyo buttons and stickers and I am happy to mail them to you if you cover the cost of shipping.

Nezu Shrine shot on Acros 100 with a Leica M6-J
Nezu Shrine shot on Acros 100 with a Leica M6-J

I also get sleepy from time to time but I am always amazed at the scale of public sleeping in Tokyo...I just don't think I would be that comfortable sleeping in public like that. The only exception is I can sleep on command on a plane...

Public Sleeping at Nezu Shrine
Public Sleeping at Nezu Shrine

The door to nowhere... I see things like this and it makes me wonder. Did they not finish the front of the house? Is this some sort of fire escape? If you have some sort of a disagreement with a guest do you 'show them the door'?

The door to nowhere
The door to nowhere

I have been looking for this forever... #muyfragil

The Gate of Life shot on Acros 100 with a Leica M6-J
The Gate of Life shot on Acros 100 with a Leica M6-J

Meet Philipp and Josephine... They were in town on vacation from Austria and came along on the photowalk.

Philipp and Josephine
Philipp and Josephine

Check out Josephine's very cool Rollei 35. It is one of the ones that was made in Germany. It is a very cool camera. I have been scanning Ebay to check out the different models and prices. I think it would make a nice addition to my camera collection.

Josephine and her Rollei 35
Josephine and her Rollei 35

My friend David came along as our chief navigator as he has explored Nezu much more than I have. He just posted up his digital and analogue shots from the walk. He is also the kind soul that gave me a Mamiya 645 to peak my interest in Medium Format film photography.

David Runacres shot on Acros 100 with a Leica M6-J
David Runacres shot on Acros 100 with a Leica M6-J

My friend Matthew also came along.  I like the feel to his photos...

Matthew Lamb
Matthew Lamb

Us in the mirror...

Us in the mirror
Us in the mirror

After about 5 hours of shooting we retired to Everest in Nakameguro for some food and drink. It is a great way to end a long day of shooting. I haven't been to Everest before but the food is great and they had the biggest gyoza I have ever seen.

Everest in Nakameguro shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J
Everest in Nakameguro shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J
Everest in Nakameguro shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J
Everest in Nakameguro shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J

Matt was checking out David's Mamiya 645... I have to say I am learning to love that camera. The more I shoot it the more I like it. Right now I get 1 maybe 2 'WOW' photos every other roll. I am still not very accurate with my focus but when you nail it the photo is beautiful. I just need to keep practicing.

David keeps telling me I need to pick up the f/1.9 lens as it is the Noctilux of medium format.

Matthew Lamb
Matthew Lamb

We ended our walking by listening to a little music.

What the Dickens in Ebisu shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J
What the Dickens in Ebisu shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J
What the Dickens in Ebisu shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J
What the Dickens in Ebisu shot on TMAX 400 pushed to 1600 with a Leica M6-J

Oh and check this out... I was watching a video on Adobe's website on the new Creative Cloud and Scott Kelby is wearing a ShootTokyo T-Shirt!

I have had a very long week. Red eye flight to Singapore on Sunday. Days packed with meetings and interviews. I spoke at National University of Singapore's MBA Program for over 3 hours on Wednesday. That's a long time to speak. I took a flight home on Thursday that got me home a bit after midnight.

I'll be home for a few days before taking a red eye flight to Sydney for a few days. I have a stateside trip to San Francisco coming in the middle of April. I have a day trip to Napa while I am there. As it has been a long week I am going to disconnect, crack open a nice bottle of wine and practice for Napa! You can never be too prepared...

Thanks for stopping by today!

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