Walking to Work in Tokyo

Tane in the News!

They interviewed my assistant Tane for The Flyer magazine about his new life after graduating college. It’s a good interview and a fun story. You can click and zoom in to read below.


Daily Photo – Walking to Work in Tokyo

This a very simple shot I took while walking through an office building in Roppongi. I had just come out of touring the Mori Art Museum and I was kind of in a colorful mood, I suppose. Maybe it got me in a nice little artsy mood to get some quick shots like this. It's a simple photo, but I really like it.

Walking to Work in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 17:01:24
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Catch the Baby!

Some cool LEDs for the Wall

Check out these triangle LEDs I found over at The Verge. I think we might get these for our Burning Man RV! That seems like a very appropriate use for them, I feel. Heck, I might get some for my studio too!

Great Japanese Commercial

Just when you thought you couldn’t make a love story out of chewing gum…

Daily Photo – Catch the Baby!

How fun is this little display? This was a piece of art in the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. After you look at it for a while, maybe you can figure out how it is done. These are all real people in these shots. It was great fun to park here for a little while and see fun stuff like this happening… chaos!

Catch the Baby!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 16:46:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Stairs in Golden Gai

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Daily Photo – Stairs in Golden Gai

Wow, I've been posting a lot of photos from Tokyo lately! Sorry about that; I'm just excited by so many of them! This is that tiny area near Shinjuku where a hundred tiny bars are packed together. Half are up these narrow stairs (each stairway goes to a mysterious bar). I liked how these two stairwells were right by one another. I was just kind of enjoying looking at them when I heard footsteps coming down, so I took a quick photo!

Stairs in Golden Gai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:49:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

More Movie Pack Night Goodness

Blade Runner Look in the new Lightroom Presets

This is one of my favorite new presets from the Lightroom Movie Night Presets Pack. I hope you enjoy these as much as me! Some of them do great in the daytime as well!

Daily Photo – More Movie Pack Night Goodness

I think I was awake for over 20 hours this day while exploring the rainy and snowy streets of Tokyo. It turns out that I chose a great location in Shinjuku for my hotel. I had never stayed in that area before, and it's one of the most “electric” Blade-runner areas of the city. I go here every time anyway, but when your hotel is here, you have a reason to go each night!

More Movie Pack Night Goodness

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:20:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Tokyo from Below

Did you miss the new Sony Review?

Be sure to check out my Sony A7r Mark 3 Review if you missed it! I’ve recently added a few new photos to it as well!

Daily Photo – Tokyo from Below

Tokyo has so many amazing buildings. I could probably spend all day walking around and just taking these “upwards” photos. They are so easy! This is one great feature I like about the Sony cameras. It has this flip out screen that lets me look straight up. I hate that position where you have to get down underneath the camera and crook your neck all sideways. The moving screen lets me see the scene without the need to hurt myself!

Tokyo from Below

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 23:55:51
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

Tokyo Tower

EXIF Info

Remember that if you zoom in on any photo to jump to the SmugMug version you can see all the EXIF if you click the little “i” in the lower right. For example, this was shot with the 90mm prime lens on the Hasselblad X1D.

Daily Photo – Tokyo Tower

I can't ever figure out if I like this tower or not. At night it looks coolest with a bright red glow. It sort of looks like the Eiffel Tower, but I wasn't sure if it was bigger or smaller. So, I googled it! It turns out that the 90m antenna atop made it taller than the Eiffel by 13m. That is a surprise because the Eiffel just feels taller. This is probably because there are no tall buildings around it like in Tokyo. Another interesting factoid is that the Tokyo Tower weighs about half of what the Eiffel Tower weighs (Tokyo is 4,000 tones which is 3300 less than the Eiffel).

Tokyo Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:46:27
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

Tane’s Brother Nemo at F/.24 Alcohol Content

If you have an Android phone…

I highly recommend the new Bose Quietcomfort earphones. They are on my Kit.com and you can see more about them. The best thing about them is there is a button on the left ear that lets you talk to your Google Assistant. You can answer emails, send texts, call a sushi restaurant, etc. It’s really amazing. Another great thing about it is the Bluetooth. I can’t tell you how much trouble I have with Bluetooth! With this, it works great. And, SOMEHOW, it can connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time.

Daily Photo – Tane's Brother Nemo at F/.24 Alcohol Content

Remember yesterday's photo of my assistant Tane? Well, this is his younger brother Nemo! He happened to be in Tokyo while Ethan and I were there. We met him down here at Golden Gai (the bar area with about 50 bars that only hold 6-10 people each) and we all started doing a lot of drinking together. Nemo perhaps more than us. He asked me to take his photo outside and then took off his shirt for effect. You can't quite tell in this photo, but this is the middle of winter and it was freezing!

Tane's Brother Nemo at F/.24 Alcohol Content

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-31 05:43:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Autumn Night Streets in Tokyo

The Tokyo Photo Walk

Here is a video from our Facebook live in Tokyo for the fun event. It was great to see some old and new faces! 🙂

Daily Photo – Autumn Night Streets in Tokyo

Right after our photo walk in Tokyo, I decided to have about an hour of wander-around time. I put on my earphones and off I went! It was a really great hour and the colors were amazing. I had been so busy in Tokyo over the previous days that I didn't really have a lot of chances to get out there and shoot by myself, so this was great fun for me.

Autumn Night Streets in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-04 04:48:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

Movie Night Preset Pack!

My new preset pack is out, and here are some example photos. It’s called the “Movie Night” preset pack because these are all inspired by film shots, particularly at night. It comes with 15 different presets. Grab the new preset pack here!

These are a mix of presets between extremely dramatic and some a bit more subtle. A good all-rounder for a subtle effect is “A Sundipped Flaxenpony” and a more extreme one, one of my favorites, is entitled “Surprise Bluejob”, which will give you that blue and orange feel that sometimes works great. Don’t forget to try “Nightman Daymon” or maybe your photo calls for the sweet sound of the “Legendary Plop”. There’s also a Black & White preset you can’t miss called, “Luke Milksquirter”.

Here are some examples! I took all these over a 24 hour period in Tokyo.


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Self-Portrait with Ethan and Dad

Interesting Facebook Video

It’s hard to explain how unusual Japan is! I mean, I love all the quirkiness, and I thought this video was quite interesting. They spend most of their time in Harajuku, which is one of my favorite places to visit.

It talks about an emergent phenomenon there called yami kawaii. I have seen this in several places and always wondered what was going on. Now I get it.

Daily Photo – Self-Portrait with Ethan and Dad

I don't do a lot of selfies, but I thought of this at the last second. Believe it or not, this is just a single photo! I won't tell you immediately how I did it because I think it's kind of fun to guess! I will give you a hint, however. We were at the Mori Museum in Tokyo when we took this, to fit into today's Japanese theme.

Self-Portrait with Ethan and Dad

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 16:34:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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