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! 🙂

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

Japanese Girl in the Rain

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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

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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

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