Shooting Shinjuku

Shooting Shinjuku

I am still enjoying my exploration with Film.   I am on a business trip for the next two week and I brought along 5 rolls of Provia 100, Velvia 100, Ektar 100, 4 rolls of TMAX 400 and 2 rolls of TMAX 100.  Curious to see what I capture in lovely San Francisco.    I am going to be holding a photowalk with Vince Mo at the Googleplex on Friday 9/21.  Look for details coming soon.  Until then time for Shooting Shinjuku... Today's Configuration Leica M6J, Portra 160 and 800, various Leica lenses. 

I love shooting open train doors... inside is a world onto itself.

Tokyo Toyoko Line
Tokyo Toyoko Line
Waiting for the train
Waiting for the train

#oldschool

Dolls
Dolls

Whoever thought of combining a pretzel with a croissant is a genius...

Jiyugaoka Bake Shop
Jiyugaoka Bake Shop
Rest Room Shark
Rest Room Shark

I don't really understand this slogan...but I bought a pink one for my wife to support my favorite Bakeshop.

Bake Shop
Bake Shop

I have seen a lot of these bikes lately and I have been enjoying soon myself in them.   One thing to remember with shooting reflections and your aperture setting - you need to set a depth of field that can cover the distance from the 'mirror' to the subject not from you to the 'mirror'.  So if you shoot at f/2.8 you will have a very shallow depth of field and your subject will not be sharp.   In this case I shot at f/18 to get everything sharp.  It makes sense if you think through it but something to remember if you like to shoot wide open like I do.

Reflections in a motorcycle
Reflections in a motorcycle
Jiyugaoka Station
Jiyugaoka Station

My stereotypical thought when I think of Asia... construction.

Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka

I loved this girl's expression...

Waiting at Hachiko
Waiting at Hachiko
Manga
Manga

I do not spend a lot of time in Shinjuku anymore now that I work in Roppongi.   My friend Chris was in town from Hong Kong staying in Shinjuku so we decided to meet up there for a bit of shooting.

Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku
Shinjuku

This guy was funny... he was very interested in my camera and then wanted to show me his.

Camera Man in Shinjuku
Camera Man in Shinjuku
Shinjuku
Shinjuku
Tokyo Taxi
Tokyo Taxi

Chris has never been to Yakitori Alley so I took him for a walk through there...

Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley

Smokey as always...

Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley

Interesting... the beers are 100 yen at this end and started at 500 yen at the top of the alley.

Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley
Shinjuku's Yakitori Alley

Meet Chris...

Chris Handley
Chris Handley
Kabukicho
Kabukicho
Motorcycle Helmet
Motorcycle Helmet

Shinjuku...

Shinjuku
Shinjuku

No Smoking Police...

Smoking Police
Smoking Police

I'm not sure hanging a 'fish skeleton' outside would attract customers in America...

Fish Skelton
Fish Skelton

Now I know Japan has a lot of fetishes... What is this one?   Old maid?

Old Maid
Old Maid
Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels
Flaming Motorcycle
Flaming Motorcycle

For the technical minded:  I switch to Porta 800 for the rest of this post.

Giant robot women...

Giant Robots in Tokyo
Giant Robots in Tokyo
Beatlees
Beatlees
Guitar Player in Shinjuku
Guitar Player in Shinjuku

After shooting we stopped for some beers and a bite to eat at Frigo in Shinjuku...

Frigo in Shinjuku
Frigo in Shinjuku
Frigo in Shinjuku
Frigo in Shinjuku

This girl was sitting near us and was very funny...

Funny girl at Frigo in Shinjuku
Funny girl at Frigo in Shinjuku

They have yummy beer...

Frigo in Shinjuku
Frigo in Shinjuku
Chris Handley at Frigo in Shinjuku
Chris Handley at Frigo in Shinjuku

I eat too much shellfish in Japan...

Plate of cones
Plate of cones
Cones in Tokyo
Cones in Tokyo

My local temple...

Temple in Jiyugaoka
Temple in Jiyugaoka
Temple in Jiyugaoka
Temple in Jiyugaoka
Temple in Jiyugaoka
Temple in Jiyugaoka

I love that Japan is continuing the focus on supporting the Tsunami Victims...

Help for Tsunami Victims
Help for Tsunami Victims
Tom Tom in Jiyugaoka
Tom Tom in Jiyugaoka

Perhaps too much Tom Tom at the YiYi room...

Public Sleeping in Tokyo
Public Sleeping in Tokyo

I only go to 'exciting' bookstores...

Exciting Book Store
Exciting Book Store

Not so lucky...

Lucky Strikes
Lucky Strikes
We watch you
We watch you
Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka
Me in the mirror
Me in the mirror
Side walk repair
Side walk repair
Jiyugaoka at night
Jiyugaoka at night
Closed come again
Closed come again

Thanks for stopping by today...

2 Weeks in San Francisco

2 Weeks in San Francisco

2 Jikai

2 Jikai

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