Tokyo – Stuck in Customs

Cool Blue Tokyo Streets at Night

Daily Photo – Cool Blue Tokyo Streets at Night

What an incredible city this is to shoot at night! I love taking photos at night and it could not be any safer. You might see a few drunken salarymen out wandering the streets, but they are all happy and good fun! The other thing I like about the whole scene is how it slides a bit into the cooler, blue colors, which gives it more of a Blade Runner feel.

Cool Blue Tokyo Streets at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-10 02:42:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Best of… Japan!

Maybe at the end of this, if I’m still in Lockdown, I’ll do an ALL JAPAN week! But we’ll get started with these five…

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!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Getting Candy in Tokyo

The Infinity of Tokyo

Finding Dinner in the Alleys of Kyoto After exploring an area (and era!) of ancient temples in Kyoto, I was absolutely starving.  I tend to get in a "shooting mode" where I do not undertake basic human necessities like eating, sleeping, and making regular bathroom breaks.  In fact, Nikon makes this great set of diapers you should try.  They're Japanese so there are little buttons that dispose of everything and leave you fresh as a daisy.  Anyway, after shooting, I headed down into the old part of Kyoto to find a traditional Japanese dinner.  I sat there for a long time, enjoying myself thoroughly.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

In the Rain in Tokyo Most of my walks around the city streets had me carrying two cameras.  I keep the D3X on my tripod, and have that ready to go for serious HDR work.  But over my right shoulder, I carry the D3S with a fast lens.  In this case, I was using the 50mm prime (see my Nikon 50mm Review) to capture quick scenes in the streets.I carry two cameras because it takes much too long to change lenses.  Also, it's a real pain to do that sort of thing in the rain. There are often questions about how I go about taking photos of strangers.  I have a post coming up in the future with five great tips for this sort of thing... I'll try to get everything into one spot for you, since I know we all want to be able to better capture interesting people here and there as they pass through our worlds.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Busy Day in Shinjuku

Show Suggestion

If you haven’t seen a show called “Devs” – then definitely check it out if you like Sci-Fi. It’s made by the same guy that did Ex Machina, so if you loved that, you’ll love this show too.

Daily Photo – Busy Day in Shinjuku

This area of Tokyo is gold for photos! There’s not a bad angle, and, even better, no one cares if you use a tripod. Or, if they do mind, Japanese people are so polite that they would never say anything anyway.

Busy Day in Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-02 06:07:00
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Museum Randomness in Tokyo

Daily Photo – Museum Randomness in Tokyo

While I was in Tokyo with my son Ethan, we ended up visiting a few different museums. This is from the Mori Art Museum, which is on the top floor of the Mori Building in Roppongi. They seem to swap out the exhibition every three months or so. This one had all kinds of cool stuff in it, mostly related to optical illusions.

Museum Randomness in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 16:40:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Joker in Tokyo

Daily Photo – The Joker in Tokyo

It was my plan to get to Tokyo for every single Halloween, but I missed it last year because of some family stuff. But, this year, coronavirus permitting, I plan to go! It’s absolutely amazing because everyone is in costume and the Shibuya area is completely crazy. Also, since it’s in Japan, everyone is super nice despite the insane number of people out partying in the streets. It’s a goldmine for photography, so I can’t wait to get back out there with my Leica lenses to capture more photos like this.

The Joker in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-01 07:32:50
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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Blade Runner Tokyo

Movie Night Presets

I hope you enjoy using these presets as much as I do!

Daily Photo – Blade Runner Tokyo

When I look back at this amazing rainy night in Tokyo, it just makes me want to return! This night was actually completely freezing and below zero. Most of the “rain” was actually sleet. I stayed up extra late, roaming the streets of Shinjuku, hoping that the sleet would turn into snow but it never did.

Blade Runner Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:29:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length102.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Vic Gundotra in Tokyo

Cooking with Paris

My friend Pete sent me this video of Paris Hilton making lasagna. I always thought she was an idiot, but I was wondering if she was faking it. Now, I’m completely convinced she’s not just an idiot, but a self-deluded idiot. I think she was trying to be funny sometimes, but some of the things she said to be funny are things an idiot would say to be funny.

Daily Photo – Vic Gundotra in Tokyo

Remember Google+? Yeah, that was the best! Actually, it was an absolute blast for a while. I made a lot of great friends including this guy: Vic Gundotra! He was kind, he made me laugh, and he was always full of surprises. That’s about all I ask for in a friend! 🙂 I gave a talk at the Google HQ in Tokyo after a fun photowalk (where I took this photo).

Vic Gundotra in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-10-03 08:27:29
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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More of Tokyo in the Rain

Movie Night Presets

This is one of the photos that encouraged me to release my Movie Night Presets. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Daily Photo – More of Tokyo in the Rain

I have a hot tip for you as a photographer on a rainy night in a city. See if you can convince a friend (or hire someone) to carry around a giant golf umbrella for a few hours while you take photos. Photographers really need two hands, so having a buddy do this for you is a huge game-changer. It’s kind of boring for your friend, but promise you’ll buy them a burger or something!

More of Tokyo in the Rain

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:16:21
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Heading towards Shinjuku

Trey on Triangulation

Here is one of my favorite recent interviews with Leo Laporte!

Daily Photo – Heading towards Shinjuku

I stayed in a hotel that was kind of in a “boring” area near Shinjuku. It was all office buildings and kind of dull. But it was only a ten-minute walk over to the more intense part of Shinjuku, which is the most Blade Runner area of Tokyo. On the way, you begin to walk over a bridge and things suddenly start to come alive. This is the first scene I saw each night as my son and I walked into the city.

Heading towards Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-28 23:31:00
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Floating Over Tokyo

Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris

I wanted to link you to a rather interesting podcast with Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris. Here is the link right here. He’s the one I got this interesting tidbit from below!

Daily Photo – Floating Over Tokyo

While in Tokyo last time, I got the quad up a few times to take photos of this incredible city. There are many interesting things about Tokyo. For one, streets do not have names. Blocks have names. It’s the opposite of the west where streets have names but blocks do not. Interesting, eh? Also, Japanese addresses are not in order. For example, address #1 on a block might be smashed between #23 and #38. The number is associated to the first building on said block.

Floating Over Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-26 19:31:03
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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