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Recent Years

Recent Years

My blog turned 8 years old a few weeks back. Thank You to those of you who have followed along my travels here for the past 8 years. I’m really happy I started this site and maintained it so long. While I can’t always maintain the pace I did when I first started ShootTokyo, it’s something I always love to return to and update every month or so.

I’m surprised the traffic that continues to come to the site each day. One trend I find interesting is when I first started I would post and get a good amounts of comments on the post. Now when I post I get only a few comments but then I get a lot of emails, tweets, and direct messages. I guess it speaks to the distribution of the content but interesting to me.

I decided to review some of my photos of recent years. I pulled out my favorite 60+ photos from the past 3.5 years for this post. It’s fun to go back and review and see how I’m evolving as a photographer and what subjects I’m gravitating towards.

I have just a handful of ShootTokyo Books left. I’ve put them on sale at 40% off. Consider picking one up if you haven’t. They also make great Christmas gifts…

 Jiyugaoka Train

Jiyugaoka Train

 Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

 Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

I’ve always wanted to go to Dublin so was really happy when I had a trip to Ireland. I was lucky enough to have a few extra days to explore before continuing on to London.

 London, England

London, England

 Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

A few hours exploring the markets in Mumbai before a late night flight back to Tokyo…

 Cherry Blossoms in Jiyugaoka

Cherry Blossoms in Jiyugaoka

A beautiful Cherry Blossom tree near my house.

 Audi RS4

Audi RS4

My RS4 during Cherry Blossom season. I think I will have this car for a very long time. I absolutely love it. My only complaint/wish is that it had Apple Car Play in it. I really wish Audi’s MII was upgradable.

 Fukuda-san

Fukuda-san

My neighbor Fukuda-san the day we went to MAP Camera in Shinjuku so he could pick up his first Leica. He joins my unofficial Leicaphile club. Like so many before him this was just his ‘starter’ Leica and many more have followed since…

 Ladder and Engine Company 10 NYC

Ladder and Engine Company 10 NYC

A few days exploring NYC while on a business trip. This is the fire station that is located directly next to the World Trade Centers.   These were the first responders on that day.   When the buildings collapsed the fire station was filled with 3 feet of debris.   Sadly 5 firefighters from this Ladder and Engine Company were in the towers when they collapsed and died along with the many others.

 NYC Train

NYC Train

 NYC Scene

NYC Scene

Just another scene in NYC…

 Paul Smith Rabbit Sneakers

Paul Smith Rabbit Sneakers

My favorite sneakers of all time - Paul Smith Rabbit. While they are super white when brand new they last forever and still look pretty good even when worn in and dirtied up a bit.

 Emily Powell

Emily Powell

My niece Emily…

 Doraemon

Doraemon

 War against War

War against War

And the night Tokyo surrounded the Diet Building (Japan’s House of Representatives and House of Councillors) to protest Article 9. Here is a good summary of the issue from the US Library of Congress. This demonstration was one of the only times in Tokyo I didn’t feel safe.

 War against War

War against War

 Steve Collins

Steve Collins

My good friend Steve. Make sure to check him out on Instagram and Twitter.

 Japanese Ema

Japanese Ema

Me too…

 Hiromi

Hiromi

This shot and the next two are from the days shooting around Tokyo with SmugMug to make their profile video of me; Point Click, ShootTokyo. This was such a fun couple of days.

 Peace

Peace

 Anton

Anton

The brilliant Anton Lorimer. He travels the world making short movies about photographers. Spend some time reviewing his portfolio. It will be a good use of your time.

 Jamming at Shibuya Station

Jamming at Shibuya Station

The look on this guys face as he played was pure joy. I hope I get my guitar playing to that skill level. For now, scales, scales and more scales.

 Venice Beach

Venice Beach

From a very foggy day shooting around Venice Beach while on a business trip…

 Tokyo

Tokyo

 Richard Cashnow

Richard Cashnow

Catching up for a coffee while in San Francisco with my good friend Richard Kashnow. We met at Jay Maisel’s workshop in NYC many years ago. Check out some of his amazing photos in this post or this awesome photo of a double rainbow in Hawaii.

 Guitarist

Guitarist

 Tokyo

Tokyo

 Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

An early morning walk on the beach while on a business trip in Laguna Beach.

 Suzuki Yakitori

Suzuki Yakitori

My favorite Suzuki Yakitori takeout in my neighborhood. I fear for their future as the builds around him go down and the land remains undeveloped. My guess is a bigger building will be put up in this place.

 Suzuki Yakitori

Suzuki Yakitori

 Jiyugaoka Ghetto

Jiyugaoka Ghetto

 Bali

Bali

A morning walk in Bali while on a business trip. This lifeguard doesn’t look very happy.

 Starbuks Jiyugaoka

Starbuks Jiyugaoka

I love shooting the front of windows like this…

 ANA

ANA

I’m so happy with my shift to ANA as my primary airline.

 Rope Dragon

Rope Dragon

 J

J

 Mumbai Cop

Mumbai Cop

During a walk on another trip to Mumbai. This cop really wanted his photograph taken.

 Cherry Blossoms in Nakane

Cherry Blossoms in Nakane

 Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

 Protests in Tokyo

Protests in Tokyo

 Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills

As the typhoon was approaching there were wind tunnels being formed between the buildings so this one was roped off.

 Tokyo sky after a typhoon

Tokyo sky after a typhoon

The morning after typhoons the sky is so clear.

 Shimbashi

Shimbashi

I rarely go shooting in Shimbashi but had a good evening shooting here one night. It’s nice to explore new places.

 Shimbashi

Shimbashi

 Naoki at Leica Ginza

Naoki at Leica Ginza

The ever kind Naoki at Leica Ginza who kindly helped me to upgrade my broken M9-P and Monochrom to the new Leica M10. Sadly they came out with a Leica M10-P recently. I’ve spend all of my Leica allowance so i can’t afford to upgrade. If anyone reading is independently wealthy and wants to send one to me please send me a message and I’ll give you a mailing address.

Leica: While I don’t do sponsored posts or accept ‘free photography equipment’ for review I’m willing to make an exception in this case. Either Black or Chrome versions are fine. I’m being very flexible here…

 Dave Powell

Dave Powell

 Dave and Mayumi

Dave and Mayumi

Me with the ever beautiful Mayumi.

 Tatsuya Yakitori in Ebisu

Tatsuya Yakitori in Ebisu

 Sushi at Narita Airport

Sushi at Narita Airport

Airport Sushi. The only kind I seem to be eating lately.

 St Armands

St Armands

St Armands Beach in Florida. Taken while visiting my parents. It’s always nice to go down there and spend time with them.

 Lakewood Ranch Florida

Lakewood Ranch Florida

From one of my early morning walks with my mom. While I complain about going so early I really do treasure them. The complaints are the jet lag talking.

 Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Metro

 Ebisu Standing Soba

Ebisu Standing Soba

 Allen Edmonds Shoes

Allen Edmonds Shoes

 Tokyo Police

Tokyo Police

 Misa @ ABC Coffee

Misa @ ABC Coffee

 Tokyo Levels

Tokyo Levels

I love all of the levels in Tokyo.

 Dino from Speed Hunters

Dino from Speed Hunters

I’ve starting taking more portraits of people again. This is something I got away from but as I reviewed this set of images it was the people photos that I really liked the most. Sometimes I don’t want to bother someone by asking to take their photo, or I want to cause a scene by moving them into the right position but it’s always worth it in the end.

 Sean Bonner at Safecast

Sean Bonner at Safecast

 Steve Collins

Steve Collins

One of my favorite photos of Steve. I should have moved the water bottles.

 John Hall

John Hall

John Hall hand delivering me a copy of his 1st book "4am | Japan". If you want to get a really unique well-made book while supporting a great photographer, check it out. 

John also has an amazing Instagram feed that is worth following.

 Haneda Sushi

Haneda Sushi

A familiar scene for me lately…

 Denise and German

Denise and German

Following a very long lunch with my friend Denise and her husband German.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this today and for following along my blog for all these years. Leave a comment below and let me know what you have enjoyed the most.

Be well.

Dave

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