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! 🙂

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

Japanese Girl in the Rain

Win Aurora HDR Pro!

I recently did an interview on This Week in Photo with Frederick Van Johnson. Around the 11:50 mark we talked about a giveaway! Basically, just post one of your favorite photos in the comments of Fred’s blogpost here at (not on the Youtube video) — fun!

And here on the site, you can find out more about Aurora HDR Pro software!

Daily Photo – Japanese Girl in the Rain

It's been a while since I've been to Japan, but when I go back to edit photos like this, it makes me want to go back again very soon. I forget how relatively “easy” it is to take interesting photos of people there. I've never had a problem taking street photos (well except this one time with this samurai vampire guy at night… that is another story) — and, often, the photos just come out plain interesting!

Japanese Girl in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-20 21:07:42
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

Lightroom Presets

I thought about re-packaging some of my presets for different kind of categories. Maybe a black & white package… a sandstorm package… I can’t actually decide because I don’t want to make it too confusing. Okay, I just talked myself out of

Daily Photo – Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

I don’t do a lot of single-shots of buildings, but when I’m in Tokyo I make an exception. I know nothing about architecture or how to make a cool building, but I’d like to think that if I was an architect that I could make something like this. I don’t know how these guys come up with ideas like this!

Awesome Buildings in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-23 20:14:04
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

An Unexpected Scene in Tokyo

Thanks again for enjoying the Lightroom Presets

This photo below uses one of my favorite Lightroom Presets from the 2014 package. Here’s a little video that shows how I use them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFyi5RrbIw

Daily Photo – An Unexpected Scene in Tokyo

I look at photos like this and then kick myself a little for not staying out longer to take more photos! The city has so many little sections… I have to find some time to get back there! It’s like the ultimate parallel universe where I’m always pleasantly and delightfully surprised around every corner.

An Unexpected Scene in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-10-03 08:49:10
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

New Google Glass?

There’s been some rumors of the enterprise edition coming out… I’m really glad they’re keeping the program alive

Daily Photo – Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

Sagoy! I was walking around during a photowalk and saw this traditionally-dressed girl. She was fascinated by the Glass, so I gave her a go… it was really fun to watch her, so took a few photos along the way!

Google Glass in Traditional Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-20 19:54:59
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Outside the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

When Robots Take Over

I hope they all are designed by the Japanese and have the voice & humor of GlaDOS. Well, without the natural instinct to kill.

Daily Photo – Outside the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

This is a must-visit place if you go to Tokyo. It’s completely insane. They have robots all over the place and tons of scantily-clad Japanese girls. What could be better? The music and the display they all put on together is completely overwhelming! They serve you food in an old-school TV-Dinner from the 1970’s while you watch the proceedings. I’m still not sure what happened that night, but it was completely INSANE. You gotta go.

Outside the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-16 15:00:40
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Stuck In Customs Internet Research Team

I wonder who in the audience can find her YouTube channel? A great challenge for this seemingly can-find-anything audience here!

Daily Photo – On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Here’s one of the gals that was running around with us during the crazy photowalk in Tokyo, Japan. I had no idea what was happening for most of the photowalk, but there were awesome sights and people everywhere. It turns out that this gal is a fairly major YouTube star in Japan, and she doesn’t speak a lick of English. I have completely forgotten her name, but I remember looking up her YouTube channel and being completely flummoxed by what was happening.

On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-20 21:38:57
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

HDR Tutorial

If you got the original HDR Tutorial I released 4 years ago, then be sure to check out the new HDR Tutorial I released just over a year ago. It’s built for beginners and also has plenty of meat in there for intermediate and advanced photographers. You can grab it over in the Stuck In Customs store! 🙂

Daily Photo – Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

This is one of my favorite new photos! I have a backlog of photos that is absolutely staggering, so I often “randomly” scroll back in time and saw this photo from Tokyo from over a year ago in my Lightroom catalog. I was thinking, “hmmm that one would be interesting to process…” and so I went for it. People often ask how long I work on these. For those of you that have watched me before, you know the answer — it's anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours. This one clocked in at about half an hour or so.

Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-24 22:30:50
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Japanese Girl in Traditional Dress

Leica Lens Buying Guide

Don’t forget to check out the Leica Lens Buying Guide here on the site!

Daily Photo – Japanese Girl in Traditional Dress

We were at the Google event in Tokyo and we ended up in an area where many Japanese people were walking about in traditional clothing. It was so cool! It reminded me of playing the Sims or something… everything was so quaint and perfect (except for when things go pear-shaped in The Sims). Anyway, I guess I'm used to seeing this kind of traditional garb on older women in Japan, so it was fun to see these pretty young girls wearing them.

Japanese Girl in Traditional Dress

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-20 19:54:01
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Driving in Ginza

Low F-Stops in Cities

If you want to get this kind of out-of-focus effect like you see in the photo below, be sure to shoot at a low F-Stop and get a nice close subject. As in the photo below, I took a photo of that car at F/1.4 and everything behind it kind of fell away into the soft bokeh. You’ll get different results based on different lenses. This one was with the 35mm.

Daily Photo – Driving in Ginza

This hyper-clean and hyper-modern area of Tokyo is one of the best for photography I think! It's so wonderful to be able to just coast around the streets, listen to music on my ipod, take photos, and get lost in all the little streets. Actually this area is very hard to get lost in… it's quite grid-like, but you do get the feeling that you are like Pac-Man, just eating up all the little photo dots as you move through the streets!

Driving in Ginza

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-24 23:17:48
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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