A little trip along route 71. Need to go back there when I have a whole day.
Shinjuku station. This is what my mornings look like now. Joy! This is for Jon. VSCO Neopan 400++
The colour version of the countryside in NSW, Australia.
Just like the colours. Shot back in 2011.
View of Mt. Fuji from Kawaguchiko lake.
I shot I forgot to upload from my Iwate trip. This time in colour. The coast of Japan is a fascinating place.
A little view of me.
While in Australia for the Christmas break I took a little drive up around Barrington Tops. Managed to take a few little detours.
It took a bit of digging to recall when this photo was taken. Actually I should have just looked at the exif data rather than going through my blog archives. October 13, 2012 we all went to dinner after discussing how we would put the exhibition together . Having missed last year I think we're due for another.
Pays to go back through the old shots to find a pic that just needed a bit of attention.
Making an effort on the way home from work.Pretty rare these days.
Shot from a recent trip through Iwate prefecture.
Where to begin!?
Yes, it’s a LOAD of pictures. But I guess when you’ve been trying to edit 9000 pictures down to around 1700 and tweak the white balance and colour for each, they start to grow on you. What has inspired me more than anything are the smiles in all the pictures. This team are a happy bunch and it makes life a LOT easier to edit 9000 smiles.
So every year for the past 5 years or so I have been the photographer for the Tensyouren team. This basically makes me a member of the team which requires me to be where the team is to document the two days the event runs.
Part of the requirement is to make sure that everyone’s picture gets taken both days. When you have 110 members that’s not easy. Especially when they are waving their hands all over the place the entire time :-)
With so many people to shoot and each group having their own little routine I need to work my way up and down the whole team several times during one session ensuring I capture each group. This requires I duck and weave my way through the team as they dance past and then rush back up past them to catch them and do it all over again. This is straight forward on wide streets but really difficult on the narrow streets.
Then there is the choice of lens.
I only have one camera body so I either stick to one lens for one session or change half way through. On long wide streets the process is less stressful because there is more time to capture what’s going on as well as space to move. But on narrow streets changing a lens can be impossible due to the lack of space. All you need is one spectator to push past and you’ll see a lens bounce down the road.
The most difficult part about the whole process is the huge difference there is in capturing a narrow or wide street. Because of the wide / narrow street variation and the speed at which the event happens, gaining experience in lens choice, which angle works, how to dodge the spectators and dive up and down the team as they dance becomes a multi year process. And the event is only once a year over two days so there is no other opportunity to gain experience.
The whole event has such an amazing atmosphere and the team is so enthusiastic it makes any issue a non issue.
So I leave you with too many photos as proof that the Tensyouren team had a fantastic time at this years Koenji Awa Odori.
Finally a few street shots. I've been trying to figure out (not making much of an effort mind you) how to use this Sony thing with a screen on the back and no finder and it's not easy. The main issue is the shallow depth of field. I guess I could stop down a bit but when you nail the focus the shot really shines. I'm holding off on a finder on account of them being stupidly expensive. What is probably not helping is I'm moving as I shoot.Hopfeully more of these soon.
I shoot this every year. I like the atmosphere. And every year the location seems to have this great light at the end of the day. And every year on the same day it threatens to rain and doesn't. Until now :-)
We (Thomas - pictured above) managed to escape before the downpour. Seconds after we arrived at the izakaya the sky opened up and let loose for several hours.
I could (or should?) add more shots but if you search through the blog you'll find others almost the same from previous years.
Small note. My gallery ordering is broken which is really annoying me. Just so you know it's not by choice the images above are in this order.
Slowly starting to find enthusiasm for photographing the streets at night again.
And so my friend Stephan is leaving Japan for the US. He will be missed and I wish him well. I am glad he is following his dream and I look forward to hearing about his adventures.