Umbrella in the Sun

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Daily Photo – Umbrella in the Sun

Tokyo has so many neighborhoods! There are dozens and dozens, each one like its own mini-city with its own culture and memes. This one (I’m afraid I’ve forgotten the name) is filled with an older, traditional feel. It’s not uncommon to see women come out and walk the street in traditional dress.

Walking in Japan

Umbrella in the Sun

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 16, 2013 at 8:48am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length112.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Wild Tokyo Streets and Project Loon from Google

On This Week in Tech talking about Google X Loon Balloons, Sony NEX-7, etc

I joined from Christchurch a few days ago to talk with Leo and the gang about what happened behind the scenes at the Google launch of Project Loon in New Zealand. Here’s the full article on StuckInCustoms.com about the Google Internet Balloon launch.

Daily Photo – Wild Tokyo Streets

Here’s the wild Tokyo streets not far from Roppongi. It turns out this tiny little spot is safe to stand in. I think. Well, it probably wasn’t, but those little lines gave me some sense of safety. Either way, I took all the shots and got out of here quickly!

You can see Don Quixote there on the left. It’s a very popular store in Tokyo and they have everything! They have t-shirts, shaving cream, kid toys, and adult toys. Those last two categories are quite different.

Tokyo Streets

Wild Tokyo Streets

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 11, 2013 at 6:53pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Seedy Part of Tokyo

Correcting the Fisheye Lens

I took this photo with the fisheye (see my Nikon 16mm Fisheye Review) and then did the lens correction in post. What do you think? I’m pretty happy with it. I can see it’s a little wobbly in a few places, but not too bad. One problem I do notice at 100% is there is some chromatic aberration (purple and green outlines) in the corners, but that goes away as you get more to the middle. A little CA does not bother me too much, but I know it drives some people absolutely batty.

Speaking of CA…

I noticed lately that I have a lot of chromatic aberration in my glasses! When I look at bright areas in the corners of my glasses, I can definitely see it. I found this kind of mesmerizing for a while… I do it a lot now… I think it is just scientifically interesting how it prisms out the purple and green. Maybe this is why I don’t mind a little CA in the final shot… since I actually SEE it in real life with my glasses! Or maybe I am just making a lazy excuse… I can’t decide… both probably!

Daily Photo – The Seedy Part of Tokyo

Well, it’s not that seedy. I mean, it’s not dangerous. Maybe if you stay till the wee hours of the morning things might get crazy, but I don’t think so. Despite all the houses of ill-repute, there were still a ton of people walking around… all types, all ages, and everything in between.

Tokyo Downtown Crazy

The Seedy Part of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 16, 2013 at 6:36pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Rainy Scene in Tokyo

Non-Pro Bodies Shooting in the rain

I’m scared to death to take my NEX-7 in the rain. I know pro bodies like the Nikon D4 can take it with no problem, but I am very worried. I never had a problem with my D800 (which one can say is NOT a pro body), but I did have a problem when I dropped my D800 one time. It wasn’t really a pro-body either, although I never had trouble with it in low-light conditions.

This is something I always hear about mid-tier cameras that are not “pro” with proper weather sealing. Have you ever had trouble with it, or is it just an empty threat?

Daily Photo – A Rainy Scene in Tokyo

I stayed here one afternoon for a short bit in the shade. I really liked how everything was wet and the background was a clean white with complex lines all over the place. It’s hard to explain why I liked the feel of this place — I just did. Part of it was that I like the wet, reflective ground without actually needing to stay in the rain. I love a good rain shot, but I hate standing in the rain! I feel like my mom is always telling me to get out of the rain or I will catch a cold!

Tokyo Japan

A Rainy Scene in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Lava in the streets of Tokyo

The original Photoshop

I saw this great article on Petapixel about the super-duper-orignal Photoshop!

Daily Photo – Lava in the streets of Tokyo

I had a few people look at this photo and tell me that it looks like lava is flowing down the streets. I never thought of that, but now that I see it, I can’t un-see it! If only we could see Mt. Fuji in the distance, then I could photoshop in a little bit of a volcanic eruption to make the whole effect complete!

Lava in the streets of Tokyo

Lava in the streets of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 12, 2013 at 1:24pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4.2
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

Tripods in Tokyo

I’ve never had a problem using a tripod anywhere in Tokyo (or Japan for that matter)! I think that the Japanese people are so polite that they would never even think about asking me to stop doing something that I was doing. Also, as a foreigner, maybe I have this sense about me of, “Oh he must know what he is doing. Surely he’s supposed to be doing that!” I’m reading a lot into their blank stares, mind you.

Daily Photo – The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

Thank you very much to Takahiro-san for taking us to this place!

He took Tom and I here one evening and helped us to find some really interesting angles of this awesome loopty-loop thing. The only way I was able to get the whole thing in was to use the fisheye — see my Nikon 16mm Fisheye review here.

One thing that surprised me about this shot was the pattern the lights made on the water very close to me. It was like laser-light painting!

The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 13, 2013 at 3:07pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Robots in the Streets of Tokyo!

Did you get your monthly HardWare Magazine?

No? Well, me neither. I’m not sure who subscribes. I think it is an Asian magazine. Singapore? Anyway, they interviewed me, and they now have the (honor?) of having the article with the BIGGEST PHOTO OF ME EVER! haha it’s so crazy… I was shocked when someone sent me a PDF!

Actually, when I saw this giant spread, I thought that “Hardware Magazine” might be some kind of a Singaporean gay magazine.

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Daily Photo – Robots in the Streets of Tokyo!

Someone gave me a hot tip to go see this cool robot area of Tokyo! There’s a place called the Robot Restaurant, and it’s one of the craziest places I have ever been!

It’s basically like Medieval Times, but with robots and girls in bikinis.

Outside the Robot Restaurant, they have all these awesome-looking robots with iPads on their chests. There are people inside, which is kind of a disappointment, but also kind of a relief. Either way, they are pretty awesome!

Robot Restaurant Tokyo

Robots in the Streets of Tokyo!

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 16, 2013 at 3:03pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

View from the Google Offices in Downtown Tokyo

Do you know about Stocksy?

Here is our friend Kate Russell talking about Stocksy, a new stock agency that now reps a selection of my photos. You can read more about it too on Kate’s new venture “Working The Cloud”!

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…

Google Offices Tokyo Japan

View from the Google Offices in Downtown Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 12, 2013 at 12:32pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Taj Mahal in Tokyo

Photo of me at Burning Man

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! :)

HDR Photo

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! :)

The Taj Mahal in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/1.4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50mm (50mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Goth in Tokyo

Funny Comment

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.

Goth in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/1.4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50mm (50mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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