On the train
I hope everyone enjoyed yesterday's post 'How I shoot'. I get a lot of questions on that so I figured it was about time I wrote it up. I am getting some great feedback on it and I updated few parts based on some feedback as well. I am looking to expand on these over time so if there are other topics that you would like me to cover or topics that you would like me to cover in more detail please let me know. I am going to begin consolidating the different things I have written up under the Photography link above.
OK now on to today's post...We got our last furniture delivery on Saturday. I now have my home office set up, aka 'ShootTokyo HQ', giving me a nice quiet place to work at home when needed. I picked up an Apple Cinema Display, wireless keyboard and track pad. Makes for a very nice set up. My only wish is for Apple to also offer the Cinema Display in antiglare version like I have on my Macbook. I guess I can use my Macbook if I am working out any color issues. The one thing I needed to do was run back to the shop in Shinjuku on Sunday to pick out a different chair for my desk. The one I got was just too low to the ground. I felt like I was sitting in a child's chair.
Jiyugaoka it isn't as central to places like Shinjuku and Shibuya as Nakameguro is. I haven't learnt all of the shortcuts to get around and traffic was a bit frustrating this weekend for me so I decided to hop the train and take the opportunity to take some photos as well.
Today’s Configuration: Leica M9 with a Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 with ND64 with a 1.4x magnifier.
今日のカメラ：私のライカM９をつかいます。レンズはNoctilux 50mm f/0.95とND64をつかいました。
One thing I have to say about Jiyugaoka...they seem to have their bike parking enforcement under control. Perhaps they manage it with a heavy hand? I always find it interesting how Japan 'enforces' some of these laws. In Nakameguro they didn't want taxis queuing directly in front of the station as it slowed the flow of traffic. Rather they wanted them at the Taxi Stand so they put this giant barrier where the taxi were queuing. What this causes was the Taxi Drivers to simply queue next to the barrier blocking traffic even more. You can see examples of this all over Japan. To try to curb bicycle parking near my office building so they planting this giant row of plants where the bikes park. Now everyone has someone to lean their bike against...
The shot bar next to the station... it closes at 5am. Not that I will drink until 5am it is good to know I have the option.
I miss Nakameguro...
A great look, especially the Cub Scouts shirt...
The Smurfs seem to be making a come back in Tokyo. I have seen them in a few places lately. For those of you too young to know what the Smurfs are, please just humor us and play along...
I saw this guy changing the advertisements on the subway and realized I have never seen someone doing that before...sort of like baby pigeons you know they exists even if you haven't seen them.
Subway on the subway...
What an understatement...it was like a wind tunnel down there.
I swung by Map Camera in Shinjuku as I thought I was having issues with my Noctilux focusing to infinity but after they looked at it it seems to be a problem with my M9 itself. I never focus to infinity so I never notice the problem before. This is actually good news as if you need to send your Noctilux for calibration it can take 3 months, calibrating the M9 is pretty straight forward and Leica will give me a loaner if they need to keep my camera. What great service.
I did...it was good.
This Indian Restaurant had a Indian Robot to lure customers in...
Japanese Word of the Day: 機嫌が悪い（きげんがわるい） – kigengawarui – in a bad mood
That person is in a bad mood.
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