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!
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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.