A long year

A long year

I feel like this year has gone on forever.    I think I have accomplished a lot this year and have areas I want to continue to improve. The goals I set out for myself for 2013 were:

#1 Be a student of photography

#2 Improve my technical skills as a photographer

#3 I want to explore Japan more

#4 I want to more consistently study Japanese

#5 I want to be more active on ShootTokyo

I would give myself a B+.    I think I did really good with #1 through my uptake of film.   I still need to do more for #2.  I studied but not at the level I meant when I set this goal.    A bit part of this goal was sorting out my Lightroom catalog which I made massive progress on.   I definitely explored Japan more with my trip to Kyoto.   It is taking me a while to get the route I want with this but I am happy with the progress over last year.    I think for #5 is where I fell short.    With everything else I had going on in my life I feel short in this area a couple of times.    Tonight is a night for reflecting on the year and tomorrow I will set some new objectives for 2014.

This is Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza.  It is a massive toy store that is worth a visit...

Today's configuration:  Leica M6J various Leica lenses shot on Portra 400@160

Hakuhinkan in Ginza
Hakuhinkan in Ginza

They have this amazing track you can race your child or other adults...

Hakuhinkan in Ginza
Hakuhinkan in Ginza

This is why you need to pay to leave your parking space.  Without paying you aren't going anywhere...

Tokyo Parking
Tokyo Parking
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka

Street side vegetable stand

Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka Station
Jiyugaoka Station

I love that even the escalator handrails get cleaned in Tokyo... 

Oh, I found two sites that I wanted to share with you:

Film Shooters Collective - A very cool site promoting film photography.

FilmWiki - A wiki on where to buy and develop film.

You can support both by contributing and sharing.

Jiyugaoka Station
Jiyugaoka Station

Just follow the arrows and no one will get hurt...

Shibuya Station
Shibuya Station
Shibuya Station
Shibuya Station
Shibuya Station
Shibuya Station

Every time I see this sign I read escape... hmmm.

Shibuya
Shibuya

I could shoot at cross walks forever...

Shibuya
Shibuya

Public sleeping.  I love seeing this.    My initial reaction is always "Oh my god is he OK."   Then I realize he just decided to lean over and take a nap...

Public Sleeping
Public Sleeping

Garbage is so clean in Japan...

Yokohama
Yokohama
Yokohama
Yokohama
Yokohama
Yokohama
Yokohama
Yokohama

Behind the cloud...

Behind the Cloud
Behind the Cloud

Look what my wife got me for my birthday yesterday.  It's a mini Dave!   Complete with a color correct camera strap and a ShootTokyo T-Shirt!   Only someone who really loves me have taken the time and put the attention to detail on this.   I love it.  It's fantastic!

Mini Dave
Mini Dave

I know we all love gear.    I am running a photo contest over on my ShootTokyo Facebook page.  The subject:  your favorite camera.   Go and submit yours and show us what you got! The photo with the most votes will win a ShootTokyo T-Shirt bundle.    And that is my new Hasselblad 501CM.  I love buying cameras in Tokyo.  I don't think this camera ever left its box.  It looks brand new!

Photo Contest
Photo Contest

In case you missed in I launched my new ShootTokyo Portfolio and Print Shop.   I finally pulled together my best images into a single collection for you to view and enjoy.   I also selected a set of images that are available as prints.    I am so happy to say that in the first two days I sold two prints!    It is such a great feeling as a photographer to know someone likes your work enough that they want to buy it and hang on up.  Thank You to those who ordered.   If you are interested; please check out my prints for sale or just feel free to browse my portfolio.

ShootTokyo Print Shop
ShootTokyo Print Shop

Since I spent all that time cleaning up my images I took the time to update my 500px and Flickr accounts and installed the Lightroom Plugins.   This makes sharing images a million times easier.  It is just drag and drop sharing.   It's fantastic.

ShootTokyo has grown so much over the past few years that I have trouble keeping track of it all sometimes myself.   Here is where you can find me on the web;

Photography Blog: ShootTokyo

Main RSS Feed: ShootTokyo

Facebook Page: ShootTokyo

Twitter: @ShootTokyo

Google+: Dave Powell

Instagram:  ShootTokyo

Flickr: ShootTokyo

500px: ShootTokyo

Newsletter: ShootTokyo

Don't forget you can read ShootTokyo on Feedly, Flipboard and Google Currents as well!  However you choose to enjoy ShootTokyo I'm glad you do.  Thanks for stopping by this year.  See you next year!

Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

The Portfolio and Print Shop

The Portfolio and Print Shop

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