Analog Future

I'm in a film phase right now and I am going to try to shoot film for the foreseeable future.  I have a small wine refrigerator filled with a few hundred rolls of film waiting to be shot.  I have a few really cool expired ones in there too. 

Eventually they stop laughing

I like people who stick to their convictions in spite of opposition.   I think all too often people either stay with the norms or quickly adapt to the popular opinion or approach when facing challengers.   People should feel comfortable and confident to stand up for what they believe in and prove others wrong with their actions and results.


I have continued to focus on my guitar playing as of late.   I'm still not very good but it's something I am really enjoying.   I go to lessons once a week and try to practice for a least 30 minutes each day.  I can see slow and steady progress which is very satisfying. 

Knocking on Heaven's Door

I'm continuing to slow slug away at learning guitar.  I really wish I learned when I was a kid and had hours and hours to practice vs. the 30 minutes I can give it a few times a week.   This week I'm learning The Guns and Roses version of Knocking on Heaven's Door.  

The Inevitable

I've been reading The Inevitable - Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future lately.   It's an really interesting look at what our future will be like from a technology perspective in 30 years.    It's written by Kevin Kelly the founder of Wired magazine.  

Exploring Ebisu

We decided to head from my office to Ebisu to shoot for a little while.   I love the few blocks surrounding Ebisu station.  The streets are often pretty quiet but packed with lots of little restaurants and bars that make for great scenes for photography. 

Odd Hours

I have always been someone who kept odd hours.   I'm usually the last person to go to bed.  I tend to retire around 1 or 1:30AM.   I also tend to be the first person to the office which means I'm getting up around 6:30AM or so.   

Los Angeles

This week I had a short trip to Los Angeles.   I left Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon and I'm currently on the Saturday 1AM return flight.  With the time changes I arrived in LA on Tuesday 11AM

Jet Lag

I stayed up until 10:45PM last night and sure enough I'm wide awake at 1:40AM.  I tried everything I could fall back sleep.  After 2 hours of staring at the ceiling I decided to do some work.   

Familiar Places

I love going back to places where I have spent a lot of time in the past.  I instantly feel reconnected. My mind fills with memories of past adventures in the area.   I worked in the area for more than two years and had a lot of great meals in the area.  

Coffee with Steve

My friend Steve was in Tokyo from Taiwan last week.   We always try to get together when he is in town but I have missed him the last few times.   I wasn’t able to get out for shooting with him but he was able to stop by my office for a coffee and a chat.

Snowy New York City

I had a short business trip to New York City last week. The East Coast of the United States was hit with one of the worst storms in many years and with all of the flight delays the trip ended up being a little longer than planned.

Film for a while

I think I am going to go back to shooting only film for a while. I really like the look and feel I can get with film. I like the focus that it brings to my photography. I have such an excess supply of film. Focus, great images, I only see upside.

Fresh and Focused

The new year is here so it's time to shake off the holiday attitude and be fresh and focused for a fast start to the new year. I always try to think about how I want to focus myself in the new year and this period is a good time to do that.

They Don't Serve Ketchup

I found the best burger place in Tokyo but shocking they don't serve ketchup. It doesn't matter. This is probably the best burger I have ever eaten. It was nothing short of amazing. I can't wait to eat here again.

My New Project

I get emails constantly by companies offering free gear.  Sometimes they just offer free gear and sometimes they are looking for paid placement on ShootTokyo through my posts.  I have said no every time as I am not a gear review site and I am not looking to have