Amazing Tokyo

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I had a fun time talking about Plotagraph on The New Screensavers with Leo and Scott. You can see the episode here. I splash onto the scene at the 17:50 mark. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Amazing Tokyo

I know I've been posting a bunch of photos of downtown Tokyo! But I took so many and a lot of them turned out pretty cool. They've all been a thrill to edit in the new Aurora HDR 2018 as well. The tool gets better and faster each year, so it saves me a ton of time during the editing phase. And now, I'm pretty sure I can get results that are different than I used to be able to create.

Amazing Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 10:35:12
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Google Fit App

If you have an Android phone, be sure to grab the Google Fit app. It keeps track of your steps, your workouts, your runs, etc. It’s very smart… I notice my wife uses her Fitbit all the time… I don’t like wearing another thing. Whenever we walk together anywhere, my Google Fit shows just about exactly the same number of steps as her Fitbit.

Daily Photo – Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Here's the view from the deck at the Ritz-Carlton in Okinawa. When we were here, this was the perfect spot to watch the sunset. I didn't realize how hot it got here in the summer, so it was a good excuse for a nice cool cocktail. Although, I never really fully “relax” at sunsets because I often have one or two different cameras going!

Cocktail Hour in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 09:47:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Shinjuku!

Before Photo

Here’s the “Before” photo for today’s Daily Picture:

Daily Photo – Shinjuku!

…and here's the after photo! Thanks again Aurora HDR and the team at Macphun for helping to create such fun software! I've been using it a ton, and I'm really excited about going back to Japan to make more photos like this. I need to go out and shoot more at night around the city. It's so much fun… I always feel like I leave something on the table there. This next trip, I don't want to feel like that! πŸ™‚

Shinjuku!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 15:56:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Contemplative Snow Monkey

Kit Goodies

Kit Screenshot

Here’s a photo of my main kit! Pretty simple, eh? You can check out Kit.com to see more and read a description I wrote about my set-up.

As for today’s photo, it was taken with that Hasselblad and the 90mm lens.

Daily Photo – Contemplative Snow Monkey

I notice most of my photos of snow monkeys catch them in kind of a contemplative mood. I can't imagine what all these monkeys are contemplating all the time. I don't think they get caught up in any kind of ego or unconscious thoughts… lucky for them. And I know we tend to anthropomorphize all animals, but that's probably just the way they are. He's probably not worrying about taxes or running out of coffee or getting the kids through school. I think this is probably the look of not worrying about anything.

Contemplative Snow Monkey

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-17 07:37:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Osaka at Dusk

My Kit and Lens Skirt

Don’t forget to check out the my Kit page to get a listing not just of my cameras, but also of all the little goodies that come with it, like the Lens Skirt I used to get this photo.

Daily Photo – Osaka at Dusk

I took this out of the room of the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton. Tane and I spent about an hour taking photos right out the window starting at sunset and going into the night. I'm glad I brought that Lens Skirt; it was a real reflection-saver. Even though we turned out all the lights in the room, there were still occasional tiny lights here and there that caused annoying reflections.

Osaka at Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-18 10:35:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Red Castle in Okinawa

Robot Toilets

Every time I go to Japan I forget about how fun Robot Toilets are. You never know what you’re gonna get. Each robot is just a little bit different. My favorites are the ones with no English. You can just push buttons and see what happens. One thing is universal, though: They all have warm toilet seats, and you can’t go wrong with that.

Daily Photo – The Red Castle in Okinawa

Okinawa was quite hot in July! I don't know why this surprised me so much, but it did. It must have been over 95 degrees and extremely humid. Okinawa is a big island that is quite far south, a 2-hour flight from Tokyo. About an hour away from the Ritz-Carlton is the downtown area of Naha. There's a large hill there and on top is this impressive castle complex.

The Red Castle in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-13 06:09:39
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

1 AM in Golden Gai

Tough Shot!

Well this one took a while to make. I was able to do every thing in Aurora HDR (P.S. You know we announced it’s coming for Windows soon right?!? – stay tuned for pre-orders!). I basically made an HDR out of my three favorite photos, then I found some shots where these two were still, loaded it as a texture, then painted in the people. I’m working on a tutorial for this now! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – 1 AM in Golden Gai

I think this is my new favorite area of Tokyo! It's close to Shinjuku and it's composed of about 3 small streets (almost alleys), and each one has about 30 bars jammed into it. But most of the bars only seat like 7-9 people. It's so cool! Some disappear up into dark stairs and the great unknown. Some bars are quite old, and you can go there if you're a regular, and buy a big bottle of sake and they will just label it and leave it there for you, every time you come back. I've only visited two bars here, but I'm about to up those numbers when I go back.

1 AM in Golden Gai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-16 16:50:17
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Visiting the Fish Market

No trip to Tokyo is complete without visiting the Tsujiki fish market. It’s getting harder and harder to get in there as a random photographer. We got a guide from our hotel at the Ritz-Carlton. It’s also definitely not a place for kids – not because of the fish-violence but because of the danger levels of these little trucks that whiz around right and left.

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Speaking of this amazing hotel that set up our fish market visit, this is the view from the restaurant called Hinokizaka. We had a fabulous meal there while taking photos out the window all the time. Note that the hotel bar is on the same level and looks out in the same direction. It's the tallest building in Tokyo, so the views are pretty incredible!

Beautiful Tokyo Skyline from the Ritz-Carlton

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-14 11:31:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Two Women in Kyoto

Using a new Treybot

Well, not exactly a bot. It’s me… but I can kind of pre-seed some cool messages using FB Messenger. I used it not long ago to show all the “before” pictures of today’s photo. You can subscribe here if you wish! πŸ™‚

Packing for Burning Man

Here’s a quick video I made that shows off the kit I’m taking to Burning Man! πŸ™‚ Here are links to my Kits on Kit.com

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Daily Photo – Two Women in Kyoto

It was fun to return to the Bamboo Forest here in Kyoto once again. It was funny how much I remembered and how much I forgot. It's still just as beautiful as ever. One key thing I figured out this time was to get there early before the crowds arrive. It's always open, so that isn't an issue at all. Anyway, there were still a few people moving around, like these two gals that were in these beautiful red outfits.

Two Women in Kyoto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-21 23:44:15
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Downtown Road in Osaka

3 Unexpected Things About Japan

Here’s some random videos I crammed together from Japan. If you like this sort of thing, let me know and I can do more. It really has nothing to do with photography… really.

Daily Photo – Downtown Road in Osaka

I was once again blown away by Osaka as soon as I started getting out and about more. There are a ton of these streets weaving all around and around the downtown area. It's just perfect for this style of photography, you know? I was also pleased to see that Kyoto was less than an hour away by train. You can take the bullet train or normal express train. They are so close together, it almost doesn't matter which one you take.

Downtown Road in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-19 12:05:06
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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