Always carry your camera

I was watching an interview with the great Jay Maisel on KelbyOne the other day.   Jay is an iconic photographer and has been in the business for 60 years and is a wealth of wisdom.   He is retired now and teaches photography workshops in NYC.   In the interview Jay... read more

In search of colors and light

I was sitting back after setting my goals for 2015 and announcing them on ShootTokyo and letting the gravity of the goals sink in.    A first I feel a bit bold for setting such aggressive goals.   Then I think about the goals a bit more.  Then a mild panic attack sets... read more

Welcome to the future

Happy New Year!    Welcome to 2015.   I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s celebrations.   Mayumi and I just stayed in and enjoyed each others company. For those of us in my generation we grew up watching the movie Back to the Future.   In Back to the Future II ... read more

The year comes to an end

I love this time of year.   Japan shuts down at the end of the year and I have some time to myself so I can close out on all of the unfinished things in my life.  I finish any paperwork I need to get done around the house, I empty my email boxes, I go through my... read more

Another day in Tokyo

Two of my friends Marysol and Dennis were in Tokyo from Texas.   Dennis was kind enough to be one of the seven big backers on my Kickstarter Project that helped me to fund the creation of my ShootTokyo Book.   We first caught up for long lunch and then a personal... read more

Street Photography Basics

Being a blog owner I get all sorts of email.   Can I do a guest post?   Can you do a review of [insert product name here]?   Is ShootTokyo for sale?    Can you write a guide book on photowalks in Tokyo so I can sell it along with my others?   Can you translate this... read more

It’s been a while

I’ve had the song “It’s been a while” from Staind stuck in my head for a few months now.  I love that song… December and January are fantastic months for viewing Mt Fuji from Tokyo.   The sky is very clear, especially in the morning.  I... read more

Finding Temples

One thing I love about living in Japan is finding temples to explore. There are some really amazing temples in Tokyo.   After living here a while you find yourself going back and fourth to the same temples over and over again.  One of my favorite temples to explore is... read more


I have finished my ShootFukushima project last week.   If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out please do.  It comprised of 9 posts of the trip that have been shared more than 4,500 times!  As a photographer is it really good to work on projects sometimes.... read more

Lunch in the Clouds

My friends Stephen and Laura were in town from Taipei this weekend.  My wife Mayumi and I caught up with them for a long and casual lunch at the New York Grill on the 52th floor of Shinjuku’s Park Hyatt Hotel.    The bar in this restaurant became famous in the... read more

The Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera CM1

A few weeks ago Panasonic released the Lumix Smart Camera CM1 in France and Germany and is expanding to the UK.  I was lucky enough to find my way to one.    This is being positioned as a Smart Camera or a Compact Camera with Smartphone Technology.   It is a full... read more

Goshikinuma Lake

So I have reached final post in my ShootFukushima series.    This was a great trip and I really enjoyed learning about the area.  I’ll have a video coming in the next few days. I’m glad I have been posting all of these up over the past few weeks.  It gave... read more