On the train

On the train

I hope everyone enjoyed yesterday's post 'How I shoot'.   I get a lot of questions on that so I figured it was about time I wrote it up.  I am getting some great feedback on it and I updated few parts based on some feedback as well.   I am looking to expand on these over time so if there are other topics that you would like me to cover or topics that you would like me to cover in more detail please let me know.    I am going to begin consolidating the different things I have written up under the Photography link above.  

OK now on to today's post...We got our last furniture delivery on Saturday.   I now have my home office set up, aka 'ShootTokyo HQ', giving me a nice quiet place to work at home when needed.  I picked up an Apple Cinema Display, wireless keyboard and track pad.   Makes for a very nice set up.   My only wish is for Apple to also offer the Cinema Display in antiglare version like I have on my Macbook.   I guess I can use my Macbook if I am working out any color issues.   The one thing I needed to do was run back to the shop in Shinjuku on Sunday to pick out a different chair for my desk.   The one I got was just too low to the ground.  I felt like I was sitting in a child's chair.

Jiyugaoka it isn't as central to places like Shinjuku and Shibuya as Nakameguro is.  I haven't learnt all of the shortcuts to get around and traffic was a bit frustrating this weekend for me so I decided to hop the train and take the opportunity to take some photos as well.

Today’s Configuration: Leica M9 with 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をつかいました。

Sunset Jiyugaoka
Sunset Jiyugaoka
Barber Shop in Jiyugaoka
Barber Shop in Jiyugaoka

One thing I have to say about Jiyugaoka...they seem to have their bike parking enforcement under control.   Perhaps they manage it with a heavy hand?   I always find it interesting how Japan 'enforces' some of these laws.   In Nakameguro they didn't want taxis queuing directly in front of the station as it slowed the flow of traffic.  Rather  they wanted them at the Taxi Stand so they put this giant barrier where the taxi were queuing.   What this causes was the Taxi Drivers to simply queue next to the barrier blocking traffic even more.    You can see examples of this all over Japan.   To try to curb bicycle parking near my office building so they planting this giant row of plants where the bikes park.   Now everyone has someone to lean their bike against...

Bike Parking in Jiyugaoka
Bike Parking in Jiyugaoka
Bike Parking in Jiyugaoka
Bike Parking in Jiyugaoka

The shot bar next to the station... it closes at 5am.  Not that I will drink until 5am it is good to know I have the option.

All Night Shot Bar in Jiyugaoka
All Night Shot Bar in Jiyugaoka
Toyoko Line to Jiyugaoka
Toyoko Line to Jiyugaoka

I miss Nakameguro...

Nakameguro Station
Nakameguro Station

A great look, especially the Cub Scouts shirt...

Hachiko Guchi in Shibuya
Hachiko Guchi in Shibuya
Superfly in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Superfly in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

The Smurfs seem to be making a come back in Tokyo.   I have seen them in a few places lately.   For those of you too young to know what the Smurfs are, please just humor us and play along...

Smurfs in Tokyo
Smurfs in Tokyo
Fukutoshin Line
Fukutoshin Line
Fukutoshin Line
Fukutoshin Line

I saw this guy changing the advertisements on the subway and realized I have never seen someone doing that before...sort of like baby pigeons you know they exists even if you haven't seen them.

Changing the subway signs
Changing the subway signs

Subway on the subway...

Eating Subway on the subway
Eating Subway on the subway
Keep to the 'right here'
Keep to the 'right here'
Shinjuku Sanchome
Shinjuku Sanchome
Tokyo - Do not rush
Tokyo - Do not rush
Tokyo - Use of the escalator
Tokyo - Use of the escalator
Shinjuku Gyoenmae
Shinjuku Gyoenmae

What an understatement...it was like a wind tunnel down there.

Shinjuku Gyoenmae: Strong winds caused by trains
Shinjuku Gyoenmae: Strong winds caused by trains
Traditional Cuisine Francaise
Traditional Cuisine Francaise

I swung by Map Camera in Shinjuku as I thought I was having issues with my Noctilux focusing to infinity but after they looked at it it seems to be a problem with my M9 itself.   I never focus to infinity so I never notice the problem before.  This is actually good news as if you need to send your Noctilux for calibration it can take 3 months, calibrating the M9 is pretty straight forward and Leica will give me a loaner if they need to keep my camera.    What great service.

Shinjuku
Shinjuku
Cones, Cones, Cones
Cones, Cones, Cones
Rayban Ad in Shinjuku
Rayban Ad in Shinjuku
Tokyo 2016
Tokyo 2016

I did...it was good.

Burger King in Shinjuku
Burger King in Shinjuku

This Indian Restaurant had a Indian Robot to lure customers in...

Indian Robot in Shinjuku
Indian Robot in Shinjuku
Yamanote Line
Yamanote Line
Funny guy in Shibuya
Funny guy in Shibuya
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka

Japanese Word of the Day: 機嫌が悪い(きげんがわるい) –  kigengawarui – in a bad mood

example:

あの人は機嫌が悪い

That person is in a bad mood.

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In search for O'Carolan's...and a bit about my Leica M9

In search for O'Carolan's...and a bit about my Leica M9

How I shoot

How I shoot

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