From the Old to the New

Not having a commute

I really appreciate not having a commute to work (was thinking about this when processing today’s photo)! And I have YOU to thank for that. All of you who pop into the store to buy a little something… that all adds up, and I don’t take it for granted! I get to walk over to my little studio every day to try to make more pretty things and come up with artistic ideas. It’s nice not having to drive into the studio, I think! It’s also good to get a little bit out of the house… for whatever reason, you can go a little mad in there sometimes if you know what I mean! :)

Daily Photo – From the Old to the New

A little downtown action for you today… :)

From the Old to the New

From the Old to the New

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 12, 2013 at 1:34pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length170.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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The Great Tea Shoppe

Your Favorite Tea?

I ended up buying a few different kinds of teas from all over Japan at this rather exotic tea shoppe below. Do you have a favorite kind of a tea or a favorite way to have it prepared? I’m curious! I used to think I liked Earl Grey Tea a lot because Captain Picard liked it, but now I’ve decided I actually really don’t like it (but I still like Captain Picard.)

Daily Photo – The Great Tea Shoppe

This was a magical little find off on one of the side streets in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. From the road, I saw a bunch of patterned tea holders inside of a quaint shop, so I just went inside. For whatever reason, I am less shy about going into random stores in Japan. Even if I end up in a really strange store (which is mostly the case!), then people are so polite there that they never make me feel bad about it! Speaking of that, I should get some more photos of the rather strange stores into which I pop into!

The Great Tea Shoppe Japan

The Great Tea Shoppe

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 4, 2013 at 5:50am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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Inside the Tokyo Prism

XBox One or the PS4

Which one should I get? I’m so confused… I think I want both! The problem with both, according to my new favorite site, Polygon, is that there are no killer games for either one. That worries me… sure, they will come soon, but this does not make me immediately excited, naturally.

I understand the XBox One is really good at kind of running a home-entertainment system with a lot of services that make sense in the US, but not here in NZ. Stuff like Netflix, for example. So I wonder if the home-entertainment-angle is a moot point here. I do like the look of Dead Rising, but I understand the controls are a bit sluggish. The last thing I’d want to be in a zombie apocalypse is sluggish, so this worries me.

Daily Photo – Inside the Tokyo Prism

Towards the end of the Tokyo PhotoWalk, we ended up at this amazing entrance to this shopping area in Harajuku. I could have just set up here all night to shoot. It was just incredible. In fact, next time I go back, I’m gonna spend a lot of time in this area!

Thanks again to everyone that came out to the great event. The after party was great too; we need to do more PhotoWalks with afterparties! :)

Inside the Tokyo Prism

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 3, 2013 at 9:21am
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Old Ship Passes

The new Mac Pro

Man, I’m so excited about getting the new Mac Pro when it is available. Am I alone in this? I love my Macbook Pro retina screen, but I also like having a big workhorse in my studio for the heavy lifting. The only thing I was wondering about is its ability to power several 4K displays — and Apple does not make a 4K display. Any recommendations in this area would be appreciated! :)

Daily Photo – The Old Ship Passes

I was walking under this enormous modern bridge in Tokyo when this old ship started slowly floating by. I don’t know if this is a common site or not, but it was such a cool scene! Everything was coming together, as you know this is my favorite time of the dusk to shoot.

The boat was so awesome — I really wanted to get on it for a closer look. I wonder where it docks… I need to find out so I can visit it when I get back!

The Old Ship Passes

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 13, 2013 at 1:40pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Crossing the road in Roppongi

How I get light trails

I’ve taken to putting my NEX-7 into Manual mode AFTER I get my HDR sequence. Manual mode is pretty easy to get into on the NEX. After I’m in there, I just keep playing with the Aperture and the Shutter Speed until I get the length of the light trail exactly how I want it. I keep the ISO down at 100 (unless there is strange lighting) — so that keeps the noise down. It all depends on the speed of the traffic, so there is no rule of thumb. The best rule of thumb is just a lot of experimentation and then looking at the results!

If you want the light trail to be longer, just make your f-Stop a bigger number, which will allow you to increase your shutter speed without the rest of the photo getting too bright.

Daily Photo – Crossing the road in Roppongi

This area of Tokyo is great for photography, but it can be a little scary. I’ve been here about five times over five different years, and the kind of people that hang out there keep changing. There are a lot of international people, which makes it interesting… but there is always a bit of a dangerous edge there. Several years ago, every corner had these scary Nigerians who looked mega bad-ass and they would just kind of glare at you… they were involved with some sketchy clubs and whatnot… It always made me mega uncomfortable. Generally, I don’t like people glaring at me, especially when they are huge Nigerians. Call me crazy.

Crossing the road in Roppongi

Crossing the road in Roppongi

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 2, 2013 at 12:27pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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