Daily Photo – View from the Google Offices in Downtown Tokyo
It was a great event at Google that day and night! After my tech talk, we stayed up in their skyscraper till dark, drinking and eating and taking photos. Luckily, the office windows aim in directly the right direction out of the Roppongi Towers.
The windows were all crowded with photographers, and it was a great time. Between shots, I got the chance to talk to a lot of enthusiastic Japanese photographers. I even set up a future-photo-date with the great Takahiro-san… and he would take me to one of his secret bridge locations in Tokyo! That photo will be coming up soon…
Daily Photo – Baby Snow Monkeys, Scared and Hugging
Some of the adult monkeys got into a fight. I’m not sure what the fight was about. There was a female monkey with big boobs that may have been the source of it all, but I’m just speculating with my monkey-brain. Either way, these little babies were scared while watching, so they gave each other hugs and shivered.
Well this one is kind of crazy. I checked my YouTube stats for the first time ever. I don’t add a lot of videos, but the ones I add are quite long. Anyway, this stat shows almost 10 million minutes of my videos have been watched – that is crazy! I don’t think I’m THAT entertaining on video… honestly… I’m not like, say, Flavor Flav or anything…
What Prints Hang in My Home?
I got this question the other day, so I thought I’d list them out here. I’m always changing them out… but here are some of my favorites, including the new one from Paris below, which I just had printed here in Queenstown at WePrint.
Our Prints page has more details. But you can order the Artist Proof series on metal. Each of those is in a limited quantity of 50, and each one is individually signed by me. There is another more affordable series, which you can access by ordering via the SmugMug portfolio.
Anyway, here are a few of the prints that I have chosen to hang in my home:
Daily Photo – The Amazing Eiffel Tower in Romantic Paris
I shot this just recently with Tom Anderson. We almost didn’t leave the hotel because it was so stormy, but we had been watching the clouds all day. We started out with Miss Aniela at the Paris Opera before exploring the rest of the city. Sunset comes early here around this time of the year (about 5 PM or so), and it always sneaks up on us.
Some of the best sunsets come right after storms… so it’s always worth a little adventure if you don’t mind getting a little wet…
I was walking across the desert just after a massive sandstorm, and out of the dust emerged another photographer. His name was Luke Stephen Severn and he asked if he could take a photo, so while pulling up my brass goggles, he got this.
Going back to the Taj Mahal
I do look forward to going back to India, and I was wondering if there is a way to get in early to see the Taj Mahal. I know people get to do this from time to time, and I wondered what the process was. Any advice is welcome!
Daily Photo – The Taj Mahal in Tokyo
I was taking some architecture photos in downtown Tokyo when this advertising-truck went by. I thought it was so strange/funny to have this scene rolling through the city.
It would be kind of awesome to find the opposite situation, but I think it is quite doubtful!
During those live events a few weeks ago, I was actively reading all the comments and questions in the middle of the event. I was working on this photo and I said this guy was kind of “emo”. Someone in the comments said something like, “Since when did goth become emo?” Hehe… and yes, he was right… goth was the word I should have used, so apologize if I have upset BOTH the goths and the emos….
Daily Photo – Goth in Tokyo
While leaving Harajuku, I saw this guy walking towards the action. I still had on my 50mm prime and I wasn’t quite close enough, but he had the right stride, so I took the shot. I cropped in quite heavily in post, and then I ran one of the new Trey’s Lightroom Preset filters on it… In fact, I did this one during the class.
I’m sorry I’ve been a few hours late on some of the daily blog posts! I’m working on a huuuuuge personal project, and my time is getting lost in it somewhere… I look up, and thing – OMG I forgot to do the blog post. This has never really happened to me, so, either I am going insane, or something really awesome is coming!
Daily Photo – Alone in the Death Star
I’m sure the architects had fun with this building!
In most ways, it’s a completely inefficient use of space. There is a large atrium with all sorts of strange catwalks and ramps and bridges that go from one useless place to another! But that is also what makes it very cool… almost Escher-like.
This is from the Tokyo International Forum, and if you click on the Tokyo link below, you are sure to see many more photos from this place!
Have you read “The Name of the Wind” yet? I hope so… Here is a recap of my talk with the author of the book… And if you’ve read it, then you know why someone like me would like that book – I hope you do too!
Daily Photo – Exploring Tokyo
Some architecture just feels “Japanese.” I don’t know what that means, but there are some situations that just feel like they fit better in modern Japan than other countries.
You might also remember this from the video I did from Japan. There was this scene where a girl’s high heels were walking across this lighted ground at night in slo-mo. This is that same place from a different perspective during the day.
Dallas Nagata White, Ed White, Ron Brinkmann, Todd Sisson, Varina Patel, and Scott Kublin join me and talk about their personal photo projects. We share photos and stories behind them and have just a dandy old time. Ron reveals his cool new app FreezePaint!
I’ve noticed that Japanese and Chinese people often over-use the word “famous” in relation to things. I’ve heard countless times: “See that? It is a very famous rock.” Or, we might pass by a cafe and someone would say, “This is a very famous cafe.” I hear it sometimes a dozen times per day. All these famous things, and I haven’t heard of any of them! So, this leads me to believe that their “famous” is equivalent to our combination of words: “Considerably well-known to a small group of locals.”
Daily Photo -The Wild Japanese River
Here is another photo from Japan (two days in a row) – this time from a more crazy scene!
I hired a boat to take me down a rough river near Nikko. There were many sights to be seen that I could get to from the river, so I decided to take all my equipment on this ride. That was a bad idea! It wasn’t my first (or last) bad idea.
Things got a little crazy in the boat sometimes, and the guys that were “steering” us down the rapids often looked pretty nervous and panicked. When they got panicked, I got 2x panicked!
Here’s the first video I released from Japan… the music is pretty chill… from Patrick O’Hearn – I hope you like it as much as I do!
Daily Photo – Girls in Tokyo
This is one of my favorite areas of Tokyo. The dressed-up girls are only one of the reasons! Also, it’s the home of all sorts of crazy electronics, video games, gadgets, and other things that geeky guys from all cultures think is awesome.
These girls are all over the streets handing out little pamphlets and brochures for various goods and services. Whatever you’re into, well, they’ve got a place for it… sweet Japan!
Did you see the Sony NEX-7 Review here on the site? I’ve now added the hangout below…
Who’s in there? Sergey Brin from Google, Kai Wong from Digital Rev, Gordon Laing from CameraLabs.com, Keith Barrett from Vidcast Network.
Daily Photo – Awesome Car in Tokyo
Tokyo has a bunch of cool cars all over the place. And look at that license plate! How do you get that number? Maybe you have to part of the Japanese mafia or something…
I took this photo a long time ago but only recently processed it. In fact, I took it while we were doing the Tokyo workshop. Remember that thing? I only dedicate about 10-15% of my year to “teaching” stuff, since I am so busy with other things. This year I’m working on a bunch of different things to help this scale, however, since it is hard to be everywhere physically at the same time.