Dinner with an old friend

Dinner with an old friend

I headed out last night to catch up with an old friend of mine…It is always nice to catch up with old friends and chat about family, business and life.

Jiyugaoka Station

Shibuya Station

If you didn’t notice the new perspective.  I have a new lens!  I picked up the Leica Summicron 28mm f/2.0 to help round out my lens collection.   It will be a good lens to go with my Summilux 21mm f/1.4, Summilux 35mm f/1.4 and my Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.   I get a lot of emails with questions asking my opinion about gear I am using.   I am thinking of building out a gear page with a lot more details on what I am shooting with and why.

Would you like to see a detailed gear page on ShootTokyo?

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Choices, choices, choices…to help put scale into perspective it takes an hour to complete the small circle you see in the middle.

Shibuya Station

I like shooting with the 28mm.   Firstly I don’t need a second viewfinder.  Second it helps me to capture more of the world around me.   It isn’t as wide as my 21mm so doesn’t give you the extreme effect the 21mm can.   I think this lens will be getting lots of use.

Shibuya Station

Shibuya Crossing


Meet Bernie…

It has been a while since I was able to catch up with my old friend.  We had dinner at Kaikaya by the Sea in Shibuya (23-7 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, 03-3770-0878) and had some great sashimi.




This was my first time at Kaikaya and I really enjoyed it.  The atmosphere was quiet.   The food was excellent and very reasonable priced.   I have added it to my list of regular restaurants.


…and they have a door that everyone puts stickers on so I made a donation…well two.


As we left Bernie noticed a place across the street that a few old Leica cameras in the window.  It turned out to be an old style barber shop simply called The Barber (22-15-1F Maruyamacho, Shibuya, 03 5728-6558).  I think I’ll need to go back and get me a cut and a shave…plus the owner is a Leica buff!


After a nice night out…it’s time to head home.

Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

I am off to Hong Kong for a few days with my brother who is visiting me for a week.   Thanks for stopping by today…



  1. I’ve been following your blog for a long time, but never commented before. Just wanted to say that I like the white background, and today’s post really convinced me. With the black background, pictures really popped, and colors jumped off the screen at me. But with the white background, instead of the photos sort of aggressively standing out, the sit a bit more darkly on the page, and provide me with tiny worlds to enter. It feels more like I’m diving into these well-composed and beautifully captured realities one after another, and less like two-dimensional snapshots being hurled at me. I like it!

  2. I love the “subway” and station shots. And, the 28mm perspective is very cool.

  3. I love kaikaya, i used to live 2 minutes from there across awashima-dori. If you head back, there is a little bar on the corner of shinsen kosaten that during the summer months spills out on the street, i used to bring the bulldogs there most thursday nights…

  4. It seems that many people nowadays are overly concerned about the gear rather than taking photos. A detailed entry on the gear would probably reduce the number of emails asking about your gear. But it might get more people asking more about your gear. Tough decision there. ;)

  5. Dave, I love the new white background. I enjoy your descriptions and comments and find them much easier to read on the white. Maybe it is just me, but it seems that these shots with your new 28mm all appear to be to dark. Just wondering if the angle of view of this lens is affecting exposure. Really like the “Barber” shot.

  6. Thanks Tom. I like the new white as well. I did note they are all a little dark as well. Its strange, if I look at the RAW they look great but the Black and Whites .jpegs are a little dark. Not sure if it is just a feature of the lens. Does anyone else shoot the 28mm f/2.0? Experiences?

  7. Hmmmm. Good points Jen. I love gear as part of my photography hobby so I think I’ll build it out. We’ll see where it takes us.

  8. JP – That’s right, I remember that. I bet they got a ton of attention there.

  9. Thanks for the feedback Shawn. It’s a good way to describe it. I think for my portfolio site black works really well but I think I blog white is better. More images, more to be read and be pulled into.

  10. I am a big fan of your night shots in colour, but I have to say I am surprised with your camera’s performance in black-and-white. I do feel the Taxi shot is a little too dark, but the remaining are really good, in my opinion.

  11. Carlos – I really like the performance in black and white. Sometimes a few are too dark but overall really good.

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