Waiting for takeoff…

Waiting for takeoff…

I love walking around train stations. I could spend all day photographing in them. There is so much going on if you just stop to observe what is going on.  It like being at the airport and waiting for takeoff.  Most of us are in such a hurry that we often are racing through the stations on the way to our next destination without even noticing what is going on.

I have also been playing around with the best way to edit my Leica Monochrom images to get the desired look I want. I really like the look I get when I shoot TriX and TMAX film so that is the look I want to emulate so I have been playing around with highlights, shadows, whites and blacks slides. I am also adding a bit of grain and post-crop vignetting. I don’t usually edit my M9 shots but the Monochrom files seem to benefit from a bit of editing. It only takes about a minute to edit a picture.

Here is an example of a day shooting TMAX 400 film. I like the contrast and grain the film produces.

Today’s configuration: Leica M Monochrom with a Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.

Waiting for the train

Waking for takeoff...

Plenty of room…

Packed Tokyo Train

Together but separate…

Waiting on the platform

Thanks for stopping by today…

Merry Christmas! メリークリスマス!


  • Jon Levy

    Loving the textures you’re achieving with the B&W!! That’s the exact type of style and texture I’m aiming to achieve. Love it!

  • http://tommclaughlan.net Tom McLaughlan

    That lens looks wonderful. Merry Christmas to you too, Dave.

  • Jim Donahue

    Picture # 4, Great shot with the girl on the far right giving you her best shot.

  • http://yokosukamike.blogspot.jp/ Mike

    Dave, I know what you mean about train stations. I love the stations in Japan; each one has its own sort of personality. And, most people are so preoccupied on the platform and in the train cars that they don’t seem to take much notice of me when I’m snapping pictures. Happy Holidays!

  • şlavko

    Zelo lepo, čestitam! Very nice

  • http://naritadogfight.com sean

    great stuff ! You may be interested in my flickr group JPP – Japanese Platform Photography.

  • http://luisdossantos.net Luis

    great b/w images, i love the way you show us tokyo.

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks a neat group Sean. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks Luis!

  • Jean-Louis Coffre

    I love all of them and the leica rendering is fabulous

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