1st visit to a historical city, Takayama in Gifu prefecture where we attended a seminar at one of pharmaceutical clients' factory. A real-life time slip into an old Japan.
My 2nd trip to Austria and Hungary with a bit of Germany, I tried not to take cliche tourist photos, but more on street photography. These shots were taken in Frankfurt, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg. Lots of happenings on the street!
There are a lot of noises out there about Leica M-9/ M-E's sloppy high ISO performance (somewhat true) where it is said to be usable up to ISO800 and beyond that is designated as "no man's land" where people try not to crank their ISOup to the 1000-2500 zone (myself included). I tried and found the results to be quite surprising!
A beautiful day with a great company to capture colorful foliage at Komoro, Nagano prefecture. Photos were taken with Leica M2 and Fuji Pro 400h film. Another good off-the-beaten path for viewing autumn leaves in Japan.
A narrative images of street photography depicting a daily life of commuters at/ around Tokyo Station, one of the busiest stations in Japan (if not the busiest). Photos were taken with Leica M2 and Kodak 400CN film.
Weekend escape with my good-old friends in New Zeland. The plan of our trip included Nikko, Kawaji Onsen and Edo Wonderland in Tochigi prefecture. Kawaji onsen definitely has a refeshing angle to offer in terms of an onsen town, good choice for a peaceful weekend escape from busy Tokyo.
Oya Stone Mining, a hidden underground space in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. When I first saw the photo of this place, it resembles somewhere inside the Egyptian pyramids. Fantastic place to get away from the summer heat as the temperature is naturally kept cool all year round.
Welcome to Autumn! This once a year Sanma (Pacific Saury) Festival in Meguro will make your mouth watery. The festival is held every year in early September where 6,000- 7,000 sanma are grilled and given away!
Escape from the hectic Tokyo life: greenery, lots of fresh air and healthy hike where life resets back to the nature.
Well, Im not gonna be shy about this as I approach people and ask for a permission to snap their photo all the times. It's a pity when seeing someone with a unique look on the street and regret it at home not getting a shot.
I have asked and spoken to all strangers's photos below and they're all cool about it. Big thanks to all beautiful strangers out there!
P.S. The model on top of the page is from the shop, 'Oz Abstract' in Ura Harajuku, pls support him if you pass by: http://www.oztokyo.com/jp
I have seen several examples of urban exploration/ haikyo and decided for a quick trip to try it out myself. This place, Queen Hotel was a love hotel situated in suburban not too far from Tokyo. I think it was discovered several years back when lots of things inside the room were still in place. However, during my visit, the place seems like it went thru a civil war where most stuff was torn apart and the access was totally sealed from the outside world..
For those who are lazy to read, in a nutshell, this film is magical, period. I never thought about buying this film, but somehow it got into my curiosity over the last weekend. Despite its high price tag (1,1xx yen a roll), I decided to give it a go. This little film's trick is that you can rate it between ISO100- 400 and it yields different results and purpleness. My first roll didn't get purple as the examples on Lomo site as green turns purple and I shot in the bright sun (ISO100 mostly). People said they hit the sweet spot at ISO200. I have found that at ISO100 under the shade seems to be quite right to my eyes (the tattoo lady). Anyhow I'm very impressed with what it delivers. All photos have been processed lightly, mostly bumping up contrast and adjusting minor stuff. All colors are original. Can you believe they are all from the same roll? It's certainly the most fun film to shoot with. For my next roll, I'll have an experiment of rating it in different ISO and compare results. Trust me, if you haven't tried this film, you have already missed a lot..
My Verdict: Even at this price to pay for, I will still shoot this film and try to convert friends to use it. Im totally sold in.
Can you see my ghostly image in this double-exposure shot? :D
Our 1st visit to Kyushu, Japan, our trip included Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo and Nagasaki city; Kikuchi onsen in Kumamoto and Kuju in Oita. Driving around beautiful scenery, going to an onsen and having great local food are a treat in Kyushu, there is nothing else anyone should need!
It happened so fast that day..I was at one of the used camera shops that I usually visit and spotted this little guy. I had heard a lot of reputation and thought I would give it a go. Looking at the cosmetic condition, this copy would surely impress nobody (some ding, tiny scratch on the glass, stiff aperture ring, etc.). However, the shop was selling at a reasonable price and I always wanted to try this lens..I immediately packed it home with a backup plan that it would at least be a great paper weight in the worst case.. After shooting with it for a few occasions, it has stayed on my camera since then. Works great wide open (f1.4), probably better in B&W (depending on your taste) and can focus super close (for rangefinder standard), like 0.45m or sth. Out of every single camera stuff I own, this is the best bang for the buck & the best purchase ever made for myself! If you spot one with a decent price, do not hesitate!
All shots were taken at f1.4 with a little help in bumping contrast/ curve. It's an amazing lens, nicely made, compact and produces great result!
Here's the 2nd installment of my strangers capture around Asakusa, Omotesando and Harajuku (again) areas. Asakusa is always packed with tourists and beautiful people walking around in kimono. Going thru Ura-Harajuku to Omotesando areas, there are simply too many unique strangers conquering the street over the weekend. Can't stop myself from revisiting and shooting strangers there (literally 'strangers'). I tried to focus on and select people with unique look/ element rather than approaching just any unknown pedestrians. Generally, I have found 'female' to be more open and friendly than 'male' since I got rejected a few times by guys over the last weekend (T_T) Guess guys are a little more shy to be photographed... Anyway, big thanks to all beautiful/ handsome unknown street models who allowed me to photograph their picture!
M-E + Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH/ Nikkor S.C. 5cm/1.4 LTM