I am continuing to enjoy the surprises that come when I get my negatives back from the lab. I love looking at the images as they pop up on my computer screen. I am scanning them at 3,500 DPI so the images are simply huge as they pop up on my 28 inch Cinema Display. There is a lot of joy in finding an image I took that I really like. Yesterday I actually said 'Wow' as one came up. Its was a nice feeling as it was a natural reaction and I needed to remind myself that it was my picture. I am evolving as a photographer. In the digital world you instantly see the image and often are emotionally attached to the image at the time you took it. What I am learning with film is the delay in time helps you to 'disconnect' from the image and look at it a little more objectively. I am finding this bleeding over into my digital work now as well where I am not posting them as quickly anymore. I give them another look and often change my mind on what images I want to post up.
As you exit Shinjuku Station's Nishiguchi (West Exit) you can see Yodobashi Camera peering out between buildings...and many other camera stores just behind. My old office was just a 3 minute walk from here. My new office is considerably more 'safe'.
So many examples of old and new... if you look close at this hands he was pulling out a 'No Photos' sign just as I snapped this.
This was the 'wow' shot for me. I have crossed this pedestrian bridge 100 times but never stopped at this hour to capture it before. I love finding shots in scenes I pass daily... I love this shot and the one following as you can see the organized chaos that is Tokyo.
The 'Domo' bus...
Now for some exciting news... I have been invited to TED xTokyo and I will be photographing and blogging this event. If you are not familiar with the TED series it is an amazing conference series that works on the premise 'Ideas worth sharing'. These conferences are well known as a catalyst for innovation, creativity, idea sharing and collaboration. You get to spend a day with some pretty amazing people...and best of all it is 'invite only' so I feel very honored to be invited. The event is only attended by about 300 people but is broadcasted and last year had more than 100,000 viewers.
I met up with Joseph Tame to discuss TED xTokyo. Joseph is a very interesting guy and you can read all about him at Tame Goes Wild. Unfortunately TED xTokyo is the day after I return from a 2 week business trip but thankfully I have an extremely understanding wife and I'll be going.
Last weekend I posted up a link to my LinkedIn profile and realized that many of my readers and I share similar senior roles in Business. I even found people working in the same company that were reading my blog but never made the connection. I am thinking of launching out a section, or maybe separate site, where I will talk more about business, technology and trends. There is a lot going on in the world that we are all connected through and I think we could learn and share a lot from each other.
Joseph is also a photographer and wanted to check out my M6J. Now for a little photo tip... always turn your subject towards a window to get a better photo. I didn't want to bother Joseph so I took his shot with the bright window over this right shoulder. He took mine and I was facing the open window. You can see the different in the quality of the shot. Facing the window gave me a nice catch light in my eyes as well. His is just 1000 times better than the shot I took of him. Lighting makes a world of difference.
This shot is fantastic and I am now using for my profile picture everywhere. Thanks Joseph!
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