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andrew gram31,317Come join me and friends at my photo exhibition PARTY!  It is on August 23rd at a casual cafe/bar. So do not worry... There will be no snobbery here! The party and exhibition are at the same place. So you can see my photos while you are drinking! Join this G+ event or the Facebook event so I know your coming: http://goo.gl/FFgTn9 If you can't come the day of the party then let me know. My photos will be on exhibit 8/13 - 8/30 (OPEN 7pm - 3am). So maybe we could meet up then? 写真展をやります! そして8月23日に写真展PARTYもします! カジュアルなバーで展示をしますから緊張する必要は一切ありません(笑)。 このG+イベントかFacebookイベントに参加して下さい! http://goo.gl/FFgTn9 PARTYにこれなかったら一応写真は同じ場所で8月13日から8月30日まで(OPEN 7pm - 3am)展示されています。 Here are the details:  Exhibition Party: 8/23 @7pm(Entrance is free, Just buy one drink) Where: Yamazaki Bld. 5F, 2-7-18 Kita-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061 (Google Maps http://goo.gl/chnQrX ) I hope to see you there!!ELEGANCE - a photo exhibition by andrew gram2014-08-23 19:00:0033  
Trey Ratcliff8,495,584This is a very popular topic that we've never addressed, so we have brought in a great cast of characters!  Here's an article to get you started thinking about the subject from +Alfie Goodrich  at http://japanorama.co.uk/2013/01/23/on-being-a-photographer-todays-thoughts/   Joining me will be Alfie, +Clayton Morris , +Nicole S. Young  +Gino Barasa  +Scott Jarvie  and +Melvin Little  ! :)  We'll be taking live questions all along the way -- see you soon, Monday night 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET! :)Trey's Variety Hour #67: Moving from being a Hobbyist to a Pro Photographer! (Monday 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-01-29 04:00:00520  

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2015-02-10 02:18:44 (17 comments, 8 reshares, 206 +1s)Open 

Shibuya Crossing at Night with Hasselblad H4D-40

Results of 15mins of fun in the square after a long day. Got a difficult and stressful shoot there later this week. So I've been there a lot recently, figuring things out.

It was nice last night to have a little 'me' time there with the camera.

This is one shot. There are more at the link below.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
No Photoshop.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/10/shibuya-crossing-at-night-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/

#hasselblad  
#tokyo  
#japan  
#alfiegoodrichblog  

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2015-04-20 15:01:48 (15 comments, 23 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

Hasselblad Discovery Workshop at Meijimura: down by the lake, in kimono

This is a frame I shot at the start of he workshop we did last week in the fabulous Meijimura heritage park near Nagoya.

After a couple of frames to get people inspired, the students stepped in and started shooting the angles they liked.

Lots more to come from this workshop. I'm starting to make the shots into a magazine, which will be out online soon.

Hasselblad H5D-50C
HC 35-90mm f/3.5-5.6
100ISO
1/350th sec
f/6.8
1 x Profoto B1 500W light into Westcott 72" umbrella
Processing in Photoshop and Nik

#hasselblad   #japan   #kimono  

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2015-02-15 13:45:26 (12 comments, 23 reshares, 355 +1s)Open 

Aerial photography in Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Bay & Rainbow Bridge

This was shot towards the end of December, when +Ben Torode was good enough to offer me the spare seat in the R44 chopper he rented for an aerial photo session.

Perfect weather, a great sunset with Mount Fuji visible behind the city..... all in all a very satisfying 30mins of shooting.

Always fun to get up in a helicopter. Not just for the photos but for the unique insight it gives one of the topography, layout and sprawl of this massive city.

This frame was shot about halfway through the trip and after I had stopped shooting with the Hasselblad H4D-40. My Hassie has a CCD sensor, which is awesome for colour but it isn't great at high ISO.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm E series, manual-focus lens

#japan   #tokyo   #aerialphotography  ... more »

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2015-08-30 04:51:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Portrait photography, Tokyo: Joe under the flyover, Nishi-kasai

Yesterday, my eldest son and I went out to do a lesson with one of my students. It was all about shooting some environmental portraits, for a creative project for which we will be making a set of magazine pages.

The brief was to shoot pics of Joe as if he were a teenage athletics sensation. In fact, in reality, he does run the 100m for his school and area. 

The brief is in two parts: one we shot yesterday, which is the portraits in his 'local environment'. The other part of the brief is to shoot some action shots of Joe running, probably at a local track.

Nishi-kasai isn't our local neighbourhood, rather it's where my student lives. I haven't been out there for a few years and it was nice to re-connect with the neighbourhood. 

Dhiman, who is takinga... more »

Portrait photography, Tokyo: Joe under the flyover, Nishi-kasai

Yesterday, my eldest son and I went out to do a lesson with one of my students. It was all about shooting some environmental portraits, for a creative project for which we will be making a set of magazine pages.

The brief was to shoot pics of Joe as if he were a teenage athletics sensation. In fact, in reality, he does run the 100m for his school and area. 

The brief is in two parts: one we shot yesterday, which is the portraits in his 'local environment'. The other part of the brief is to shoot some action shots of Joe running, probably at a local track.

Nishi-kasai isn't our local neighbourhood, rather it's where my student lives. I haven't been out there for a few years and it was nice to re-connect with the neighbourhood. 

Dhiman, who is taking a course of classes with me, had sent some location-hunting snaps and we investigated a couple of the locations, settling on ones that were nearby to places he'd scouted and which would give us some cover from the drizzle and rain.

Dhiman got some lovely shots throughout the day and I got a few with the Hasselblad. Dhiman shoots the Fuji XT-1, which paired beautifully with the Profoto B2 lights we were using.

I'll be posting Dhiman's magazine as son as we have finished it all off.

This shot?
Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 35-90mm 
f/7.1
ISO 400
1/160th sec

Profoto B2 with 30degree grid and barn doors at camera right, lighting Joe.

Profoto B2 with snoot, camera far-right, lighting background and underneath of bridge.


#tokyo   #japan   #portraitphotography   #profoto   #hasselblad   #photographer   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-08-15 23:23:36 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Fireworks in the family home-town, Fukushima, Japan

Obon is a period of August when people visit their hometowns to pay respects to their dead relatives. We've been up in Ishikawa-machi, Fukushima, for a few days to see family and enjoy a little summer down-time after a very busy few months of work.

I shot a few pics from the bridge over the river but this shot from the high-street sums up the evening better: families out enjoying the summer evening, the town lit up by the annual fireworks display.

We head back to Tokyo tomorrow. We'll have a little bit of a drive today maybe up into the mountains.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 35-90mm lens
32 secs exposure
f/16
IOS 100

#japan   #fukushima   #summer   #hasselblad   #alfiegoodrichblog  

Fireworks in the family home-town, Fukushima, Japan

Obon is a period of August when people visit their hometowns to pay respects to their dead relatives. We've been up in Ishikawa-machi, Fukushima, for a few days to see family and enjoy a little summer down-time after a very busy few months of work.

I shot a few pics from the bridge over the river but this shot from the high-street sums up the evening better: families out enjoying the summer evening, the town lit up by the annual fireworks display.

We head back to Tokyo tomorrow. We'll have a little bit of a drive today maybe up into the mountains.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 35-90mm lens
32 secs exposure
f/16
IOS 100

#japan   #fukushima   #summer   #hasselblad   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-08-06 13:06:29 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Summer lightning over Tokyo

Quick and dirty processing of something I shot tonight from our roof. This storm was over the far west of greater Tokyo, somewhere out near Ome I would guess. So about 40kms or so from our place. 

Pretty impressive show for an hour or so.

#tokyo   #japan   #lightning   #alfiegoodrichblog  

Summer lightning over Tokyo

Quick and dirty processing of something I shot tonight from our roof. This storm was over the far west of greater Tokyo, somewhere out near Ome I would guess. So about 40kms or so from our place. 

Pretty impressive show for an hour or so.

#tokyo   #japan   #lightning   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-07-15 01:42:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Workshop this weekend in Tokyo with Profoto: two places left

Caught up with the Profoto people yesterday and they tell me there are two places left for this weekend's workshop.

So, if you fancy learning some real skills tuned to shooting editorial, food & journalistic photography... let me know with a message or a note here.

Shooting workshop, post-production, editorial magazine-making... so you'll learn loads of skills from how to pre-visualise, shoot and lay out for print.

http://profoto.com/ja/profoto-japan/news-events/item/profoto-boot-camp-editorial

Workshop this weekend in Tokyo with Profoto: two places left

Caught up with the Profoto people yesterday and they tell me there are two places left for this weekend's workshop.

So, if you fancy learning some real skills tuned to shooting editorial, food & journalistic photography... let me know with a message or a note here.

Shooting workshop, post-production, editorial magazine-making... so you'll learn loads of skills from how to pre-visualise, shoot and lay out for print.

http://profoto.com/ja/profoto-japan/news-events/item/profoto-boot-camp-editorial___

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2015-07-12 22:01:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Coast road near Minami-boso: monochrome seascape with Hasselblad H4D-40

Another shot from Saturday's outing to Boso, Chiba.

You can see another shot from this day out, here: 

http://blog.alfiegoodrich.com/pre-typhoon-swells-the-coast-near-komagawa-chiba-japan/

This shot was made as we entered Minami-boso, when the light had reached a point of almost unearthly beauty.

Having the road in the right of the shot gives it some nice context.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm f/3.5 E series
Monochrome done in-camera

#nikon   #japan   #chiba   #boso   #alfiegoodrichblog   #seascape   #monochromephotography  

Coast road near Minami-boso: monochrome seascape with Hasselblad H4D-40

Another shot from Saturday's outing to Boso, Chiba.

You can see another shot from this day out, here: 

http://blog.alfiegoodrich.com/pre-typhoon-swells-the-coast-near-komagawa-chiba-japan/

This shot was made as we entered Minami-boso, when the light had reached a point of almost unearthly beauty.

Having the road in the right of the shot gives it some nice context.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm f/3.5 E series
Monochrome done in-camera

#nikon   #japan   #chiba   #boso   #alfiegoodrichblog   #seascape   #monochromephotography  ___

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2015-07-12 21:53:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Pre-typhoon swells: the coast near Komagawa, Chiba, Japan

Saturday gave me the chance to get out for a day with my two sons, before the start of a busy week of shooting here in Tokyo.

The Boso Peninsula is fairly easy for us to get to as we live on the south side of Tokyo, about 7kms from the entrance to the Aqua Line: a combination of 9kms of tunnel and 6kms of bridge that crosses the southern end of Tokyo Bay.

We drove around about two-thirds of the coast and sent a few hours stopped in one nice spot, just about 2kms from where I got this shot.

At the moment we've just had one typhoon pass us and there's another on a more direct route for our part of Japan. Ahead of the winds, you always get a few days of big ocean swells and that was making for some amazing scenes along the rocky parts of the Boso coastline.

The waves at the... more »

Pre-typhoon swells: the coast near Komagawa, Chiba, Japan

Saturday gave me the chance to get out for a day with my two sons, before the start of a busy week of shooting here in Tokyo.

The Boso Peninsula is fairly easy for us to get to as we live on the south side of Tokyo, about 7kms from the entrance to the Aqua Line: a combination of 9kms of tunnel and 6kms of bridge that crosses the southern end of Tokyo Bay.

We drove around about two-thirds of the coast and sent a few hours stopped in one nice spot, just about 2kms from where I got this shot.

At the moment we've just had one typhoon pass us and there's another on a more direct route for our part of Japan. Ahead of the winds, you always get a few days of big ocean swells and that was making for some amazing scenes along the rocky parts of the Boso coastline.

The waves at the place you see in this shot, near Komagawa, were huge. The rocks in the foreground were about 40ft high and to the left, out of shot, there were waves breaching the rocky edge of the harbour.

This was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-40 and 80mm lens. The section at the bottom of this diptych is a 100% view of the bottom right of the shot.

*There's a little more grain that normal, as the Silver Efex Po filter I ran this through [the Hassie doesnt shoot monochrome in-camera] pumped the structure and grain a little.

Amazing scenes with the sea mist that had been around the coast all day. The light was just perfect when we arrived at this spot.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 80mm f/2.8
100ISO

#alfiegoodrichblog   #japan   #seascape   #chiba   #boso   #hasselblad  ___

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2015-07-08 08:47:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Hiroshima and Kure from the air: Hasselblad H4D-40, 80mm

Flying into Oita last week afforded me a great view of Hiroshima and the nearby port and naval dockyard of Kure.

I first went to Kure in 2002, after transiting the Inland Sea by JR ferry from Matsuyama in Shikoku.

There was a great youth hostel in Kure then. It might be there still. I remember the walk up the hill from the station being punishing.

Kure is a fascinating port and in this photo you can see two flat-tops alongside the docks. 

Not bad for being shot out of the window, which was badly fogged and scratched.

The detail at the bottom of the shot is a 100% excerpt from the main photo.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC80mm f/2.8 lens

#alfiegoodrichblog   #japan   #hiroshima   #hasselblad  

Hiroshima and Kure from the air: Hasselblad H4D-40, 80mm

Flying into Oita last week afforded me a great view of Hiroshima and the nearby port and naval dockyard of Kure.

I first went to Kure in 2002, after transiting the Inland Sea by JR ferry from Matsuyama in Shikoku.

There was a great youth hostel in Kure then. It might be there still. I remember the walk up the hill from the station being punishing.

Kure is a fascinating port and in this photo you can see two flat-tops alongside the docks. 

Not bad for being shot out of the window, which was badly fogged and scratched.

The detail at the bottom of the shot is a 100% excerpt from the main photo.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC80mm f/2.8 lens

#alfiegoodrichblog   #japan   #hiroshima   #hasselblad  ___

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2015-07-07 02:01:40 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Mountains of Kyushu from my flight into Oita

Last week I went down to Kunisaki, flying into the nearby airport of Oita.

I'd taken a few shots on the flight down from Tokyo with the Hasselblad H4D-40 and 80mm lens. It was more manageable to hold up to the plane window than the 300mm I also had in the bag.

But just past Hiroshima, the view and the light on the distant mountains became amazing so I got the 300mm out.

It's always a challenge to get sharp shots through the aircraft window, as there are two layers: one of plastic and one of glass. Condensation, scratches, ice... all create challenges. And shooting through the centre of the window is always preferred, as if you look down through the edges you get some horrible distortion and more effects of the double window and air-gap.

Still, this effort wasnt bad. It's not super,... more »

Mountains of Kyushu from my flight into Oita

Last week I went down to Kunisaki, flying into the nearby airport of Oita.

I'd taken a few shots on the flight down from Tokyo with the Hasselblad H4D-40 and 80mm lens. It was more manageable to hold up to the plane window than the 300mm I also had in the bag.

But just past Hiroshima, the view and the light on the distant mountains became amazing so I got the 300mm out.

It's always a challenge to get sharp shots through the aircraft window, as there are two layers: one of plastic and one of glass. Condensation, scratches, ice... all create challenges. And shooting through the centre of the window is always preferred, as if you look down through the edges you get some horrible distortion and more effects of the double window and air-gap.

Still, this effort wasnt bad. It's not super, super sharp at 100% but it's good enough at web resolution.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 300mm f/4.5
Apart from the re-sizing and adding my watermark, this is straight from the camera.

#alfiegoodrichblog   #japan   #kyushu   #aerialphotography  ___

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2015-06-25 23:31:33 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Hasselblad workshop in Meijimura: the magazine with all the shots

Latest edition of my online magazine is up now featuring shots from the recent Hasselblad Discovery workshop we did in the architectural heritage park at Meijimura, Aichi-ken, Japan.

Superb work from al involved. A great team of people, including Japan's premier kimono dresser, Nogata-san.

http://www.hasselblad.com/jp/news/case-story/new-stekki

#hasselblad  

Hasselblad workshop in Meijimura: the magazine with all the shots

Latest edition of my online magazine is up now featuring shots from the recent Hasselblad Discovery workshop we did in the architectural heritage park at Meijimura, Aichi-ken, Japan.

Superb work from al involved. A great team of people, including Japan's premier kimono dresser, Nogata-san.

http://www.hasselblad.com/jp/news/case-story/new-stekki

#hasselblad  ___

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2015-06-10 07:34:48 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

An Introduction to Split-Toning in Photoshop

Now I have figured out how easy it is to combine Quick Time and my Zoom H4N audio recorder, I've made a first little video about my post-processing techniques. 

This one, at the request of +Dean Sonneborn , is about achieving a split-tone effect.

An Introduction to Split-Toning in Photoshop

Now I have figured out how easy it is to combine Quick Time and my Zoom H4N audio recorder, I've made a first little video about my post-processing techniques. 

This one, at the request of +Dean Sonneborn , is about achieving a split-tone effect.___

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2015-06-09 08:08:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Digital back on film Hasselblad: shooting with the CFV-16

Over the last few days I have had the chance to try out the older Hasselblad CFV16 digital back on a 500CM film body. 

Full article and many more photos at the link below:
http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/06/09/digital-back-on-film-hasselblad-shooting-with-the-cfv-16/

This shot:
Hasselblad 500C/M
CFV16 digital back
CF 80mm f/2.8
f/2.8
200ISO

#hasselblad   #mediumformat   #japan  

Digital back on film Hasselblad: shooting with the CFV-16

Over the last few days I have had the chance to try out the older Hasselblad CFV16 digital back on a 500CM film body. 

Full article and many more photos at the link below:
http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/06/09/digital-back-on-film-hasselblad-shooting-with-the-cfv-16/

This shot:
Hasselblad 500C/M
CFV16 digital back
CF 80mm f/2.8
f/2.8
200ISO

#hasselblad   #mediumformat   #japan  ___

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2015-06-03 23:57:17 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Samurai master, Tanaka Fumon: photoshoot for AMG Magazine, 2014

As the magazine finally nears publication, I can start to share a few f the shots that didn't make it.

Last year I organised a five-day shoot for Mercedes-AMG Magazine, based around the seed of an idea their editorial department plan planted in me: samurai and AMG.

The magazine featrues only four of the shots we made over the five day shoot, which took us to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Amano-hashidate and a few places in between.

None of the shots of the car made it into the magazine. I'll ask if I can share some of those soon. 

We had a great time, shooting both martial arts masters, a sword-maker, landscapes and the car. Driving the AMG E63 was also a lot of fun.

This shot is one of my favourites and two shots of Tanaka-soke [soke is the name for the head... more »

Samurai master, Tanaka Fumon: photoshoot for AMG Magazine, 2014

As the magazine finally nears publication, I can start to share a few f the shots that didn't make it.

Last year I organised a five-day shoot for Mercedes-AMG Magazine, based around the seed of an idea their editorial department plan planted in me: samurai and AMG.

The magazine featrues only four of the shots we made over the five day shoot, which took us to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Amano-hashidate and a few places in between.

None of the shots of the car made it into the magazine. I'll ask if I can share some of those soon. 

We had a great time, shooting both martial arts masters, a sword-maker, landscapes and the car. Driving the AMG E63 was also a lot of fun.

This shot is one of my favourites and two shots of Tanaka-soke [soke is the name for the head of the martial art] and his daughter, Ukyo.. who is now acting-soke.

Lovely people. We had a great time shooting them.

I've styled this a little in Nik Analog Efex Pro. I don't mess around like this often with my work but it seemed to suit this shot.

This was shot just with the daylight coming down from a skylight in the dojo.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AFS-G

#japan   #samurai   #martialarts   #nikon  ___

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2015-06-01 12:39:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Fashion photography in Japan with Hasselblad: Mari by the roadside

One more from last week's shoot with Mari Hirao out on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba, Japan.

Great little spot we found by the side of the road down to Cape Futtsu. Loved the flowers, then the whole scene fell into place once I'd stopped the car and taken a proper look: the flowers, the road markings, rice field...

The little rainbow bus in the very background.... we used that afterwards. I'll post some of that soon.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 24mm f/4.8
Sqauer crop and old Hasselblad film border added in Photoshop.

#japan   #hasselblad   #chiba   #boso   #fashionphotography  

Fashion photography in Japan with Hasselblad: Mari by the roadside

One more from last week's shoot with Mari Hirao out on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba, Japan.

Great little spot we found by the side of the road down to Cape Futtsu. Loved the flowers, then the whole scene fell into place once I'd stopped the car and taken a proper look: the flowers, the road markings, rice field...

The little rainbow bus in the very background.... we used that afterwards. I'll post some of that soon.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 24mm f/4.8
Sqauer crop and old Hasselblad film border added in Photoshop.

#japan   #hasselblad   #chiba   #boso   #fashionphotography  ___

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2015-06-01 02:05:49 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Long exposures with Hasselblad H4D-40: Toji, Kyoto, Japan

This was shot a month or two ago, art of a feature I was shooting in Kyoto for Travel and Leisure Magazine.

This shot didn't make the cut for the magazine but is one of my favourites from the three days I spent in the city.

This is the tower of Toji. It sits by a main road, which makes it great for shooting with traffic trails. I couldn't shoot any other angle here as the whole of the rest of the long side of the shrine was covered in scaffolding.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 35-90mm f/3.5-5.6 
f/32
100 ISO
4mins 16secs exposure time

#japan   #kyoto   #longexposures   #nightphotography   #hasselblad  

Long exposures with Hasselblad H4D-40: Toji, Kyoto, Japan

This was shot a month or two ago, art of a feature I was shooting in Kyoto for Travel and Leisure Magazine.

This shot didn't make the cut for the magazine but is one of my favourites from the three days I spent in the city.

This is the tower of Toji. It sits by a main road, which makes it great for shooting with traffic trails. I couldn't shoot any other angle here as the whole of the rest of the long side of the shrine was covered in scaffolding.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 35-90mm f/3.5-5.6 
f/32
100 ISO
4mins 16secs exposure time

#japan   #kyoto   #longexposures   #nightphotography   #hasselblad  ___

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2015-05-31 01:36:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Unicorns DO exist: interesting cloud formation, Izu, Japan

I was out  driving and shooting all day yesterday, doing a photo tour for someone on the Japan leg of their round-the-world trip.

We headed off to one of my favourite parts of Japan and one that can be done in a day-trip from Tokyo: the Izu Peninsula.

The last place we stopped, to get the sunset, was a place I first went to in 1999 and which has a very special importance in my life.

It's always a good place to see the sunset, because of the lovely bay, great trees and good orientation towards Mount Fuji. We didn't see the mountain at sunset but we did get some amazing clouds.

...this one in particular, which I watched form, change and move over the course of ten minutes.

It looked very horse-like to the naked eye but when I zoomed into the shot on my... more »

Unicorns DO exist: interesting cloud formation, Izu, Japan

I was out  driving and shooting all day yesterday, doing a photo tour for someone on the Japan leg of their round-the-world trip.

We headed off to one of my favourite parts of Japan and one that can be done in a day-trip from Tokyo: the Izu Peninsula.

The last place we stopped, to get the sunset, was a place I first went to in 1999 and which has a very special importance in my life.

It's always a good place to see the sunset, because of the lovely bay, great trees and good orientation towards Mount Fuji. We didn't see the mountain at sunset but we did get some amazing clouds.

...this one in particular, which I watched form, change and move over the course of ten minutes.

It looked very horse-like to the naked eye but when I zoomed into the shot on my camera screen and saw the 'eye', 'mouth' and what looked like a 'horn' coming from its nose.... it was pretty amazing how much like a unicorn it looked.

Great way to end the day.

We missed the M8.5 quake that happened two hours later. Didn't even feel it as we were driving on the motorway at the time. My family in Tokyo had a fairly bouncy ride in our flat for a few minutes... the quake was a long way from Tokyo, very deep but very strong and it shook the whole country.

Nikon D800E
14mm f/2.8 lens
Two separate frames joined on a canvas in Photoshop
Just a slight colour balance change, clarity and shadow adjustment.

#japan   #izu   #cloudscapephotography   #cloud   #landscapephotography  ___

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2015-05-28 01:05:52 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Flower girl: natural shot of Mari from our shoot last Monday

Driving along towards our last location by the beach, we passed this cute bit of roadside... flowers, rice field in the background.

I am at my happiest when I am driving around some nice countryside with friends, a model, a car full of gear. Doesn't get much better.

And I love teasing great shots out of the simplest of places.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 300mm f/4.5 @ f/4.5
Colour styling, a little grain added via Photoshop and Nik.

#japan   #japanphotography   #fashion   #fashionphotography  

Flower girl: natural shot of Mari from our shoot last Monday

Driving along towards our last location by the beach, we passed this cute bit of roadside... flowers, rice field in the background.

I am at my happiest when I am driving around some nice countryside with friends, a model, a car full of gear. Doesn't get much better.

And I love teasing great shots out of the simplest of places.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 300mm f/4.5 @ f/4.5
Colour styling, a little grain added via Photoshop and Nik.

#japan   #japanphotography   #fashion   #fashionphotography  ___

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2015-05-28 00:30:47 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Location fashion photography in Japan: Mari Hirao at Cape Futtsu

One more from the trip we did earlier this week, over to Futtsu, Chiba, on the Boso peninsula.

Scouted this area back in December of last year. Very different weather then. 

This lifeguard lookout post was an object I really wanted to shoot with. Love the background, the waves and the colour of the lookout structure just really suited the feel I wanted for the shot.

Mari did various poses in and on the lookout. This one works well.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 @ f/2.2
A little colour styling in Photoshop and Nik.

#fashion   #fashionphotography   #japan   #japanesemodel  

Location fashion photography in Japan: Mari Hirao at Cape Futtsu

One more from the trip we did earlier this week, over to Futtsu, Chiba, on the Boso peninsula.

Scouted this area back in December of last year. Very different weather then. 

This lifeguard lookout post was an object I really wanted to shoot with. Love the background, the waves and the colour of the lookout structure just really suited the feel I wanted for the shot.

Mari did various poses in and on the lookout. This one works well.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 @ f/2.2
A little colour styling in Photoshop and Nik.

#fashion   #fashionphotography   #japan   #japanesemodel  ___

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2015-05-26 00:07:23 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 144 +1s)Open 

Fashion photography in Japan: Mari at sunset, Cape Futtsu

Yesterday was spent out shooting in a bunch of locations near Futtsu City, Chiba.

I'd scouted the locations back in December and this was the first opportunity to get out and actually shoot there with a model.

Mari Hirao was out for the day with myself and Jesse Barnet, a student of mine from Chicago who comes to Japan a couple of times a year.

This was the las shot of the day. 

Great sky.

We'd always planned to end the day at this location, which is a huge pyramid structure at the end of Cape Futtsu, used as a lookout and view point.

We'd had mixed but interesting weather all day but the last of the light was just magnificent.

Great work Mari. Thanks, Jesse, for letting e jump in to get a couple of shots with the setup we'd put... more »

Fashion photography in Japan: Mari at sunset, Cape Futtsu

Yesterday was spent out shooting in a bunch of locations near Futtsu City, Chiba.

I'd scouted the locations back in December and this was the first opportunity to get out and actually shoot there with a model.

Mari Hirao was out for the day with myself and Jesse Barnet, a student of mine from Chicago who comes to Japan a couple of times a year.

This was the las shot of the day. 

Great sky.

We'd always planned to end the day at this location, which is a huge pyramid structure at the end of Cape Futtsu, used as a lookout and view point.

We'd had mixed but interesting weather all day but the last of the light was just magnificent.

Great work Mari. Thanks, Jesse, for letting e jump in to get a couple of shots with the setup we'd put together.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS-G
1 x Einstein light with small reflector dish, on a monopod, held up high and to camera right.
1 x Yongnuo 560iv on optical slave. two steps below and behind the model

#fashionphotography   #japan   #model   #nikonphotography  ___

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2015-05-24 01:18:31 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

Bringing in the catch: trawler off the coast of Numazu, Japan

Shot this one a month or so ago, on a day out with the family down around the coast near Numazu.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 300mm f/4.5

#japan   #izu   #numazu  

Bringing in the catch: trawler off the coast of Numazu, Japan

Shot this one a month or so ago, on a day out with the family down around the coast near Numazu.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 300mm f/4.5

#japan   #izu   #numazu  ___

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2015-05-23 11:22:58 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Long exposures with Hasselblad H4D-40: Rainbow Bridge pedestrian ramp, Tokyo

Spent a little time down in Odaiba yesterday with +Matthew Lamb 

Like the angles down at this end of the bridge.

Not perfect shot but was running out of time.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 24mm f/4.8
f/22
1min 32 secs
100ISO

#japan   #tokyo   #nightphotography  

Long exposures with Hasselblad H4D-40: Rainbow Bridge pedestrian ramp, Tokyo

Spent a little time down in Odaiba yesterday with +Matthew Lamb 

Like the angles down at this end of the bridge.

Not perfect shot but was running out of time.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 24mm f/4.8
f/22
1min 32 secs
100ISO

#japan   #tokyo   #nightphotography  ___

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2015-05-06 03:02:35 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Shooting in Tokyo at rush hour

This is an old article but one that is still very relevant.

I have spent part of my morning reading about the guy, on Petapixel who is complaining about discrimination against photographers for being thrown out of a national park area because he had loads of gear. 

There are lots of permission issues I have to deal with but a big part of my life is about working professionally to get around problems. Not creating them, filming them and crying 'discrimination' when I get caught.

Here's my take on shooting in a place where asking for permission would have been pointless and resulted in refusal.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2011/03/03/shooting-at-naka-meguro-station-in-rush-hour/

Shooting in Tokyo at rush hour

This is an old article but one that is still very relevant.

I have spent part of my morning reading about the guy, on Petapixel who is complaining about discrimination against photographers for being thrown out of a national park area because he had loads of gear. 

There are lots of permission issues I have to deal with but a big part of my life is about working professionally to get around problems. Not creating them, filming them and crying 'discrimination' when I get caught.

Here's my take on shooting in a place where asking for permission would have been pointless and resulted in refusal.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2011/03/03/shooting-at-naka-meguro-station-in-rush-hour/___

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2015-05-06 02:14:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Tokyo street photography: out to bring in the customers, Shinjuku

One I grabbed on a walk I did the other day with someone I was doing a lesson with.

Great light over this side of Shinjuku [the west side of the station] just before sunset.

Two guys from a sushi restaurant, out on the street to attract customers.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Focussed at 3metres, shot from the hip
No Photoshop
In-camera monochrome setting

#japan   #tokyo   #tokyostreet   #japanstreetphotography   #streetphotography   #alfiegoodrichblog  

Tokyo street photography: out to bring in the customers, Shinjuku

One I grabbed on a walk I did the other day with someone I was doing a lesson with.

Great light over this side of Shinjuku [the west side of the station] just before sunset.

Two guys from a sushi restaurant, out on the street to attract customers.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Focussed at 3metres, shot from the hip
No Photoshop
In-camera monochrome setting

#japan   #tokyo   #tokyostreet   #japanstreetphotography   #streetphotography   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-05-06 01:47:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Multiple exposures with the D700: Shinagawa Inter City

I was out doing a photo tour for a guy in town as part of his 12month round-the-world trip and we ended up our day in the Shinagawa Inter-City area.

This is fairly close to where we live in Tokyo so it's a regular location for me to shoot. I love the light at the end of the day.

Spent a little while doing some multiple-exposures with the in-camera feature on the D700.

These billboards always interest me and shooting one frame and then rotating the camera 180degrees to shoot another on top seemed to be a nice way to make it a little different.

Nikon D700
Pentax Super-Takumar 35mm f/3.5 adapted onto the Nikon
2 frames, multiple exposed on top of each other
Exposure blend 'ON'.

#tokyo   #japan   #streetphotography   #multipleexposure  ... more »

Multiple exposures with the D700: Shinagawa Inter City

I was out doing a photo tour for a guy in town as part of his 12month round-the-world trip and we ended up our day in the Shinagawa Inter-City area.

This is fairly close to where we live in Tokyo so it's a regular location for me to shoot. I love the light at the end of the day.

Spent a little while doing some multiple-exposures with the in-camera feature on the D700.

These billboards always interest me and shooting one frame and then rotating the camera 180degrees to shoot another on top seemed to be a nice way to make it a little different.

Nikon D700
Pentax Super-Takumar 35mm f/3.5 adapted onto the Nikon
2 frames, multiple exposed on top of each other
Exposure blend 'ON'.

#tokyo   #japan   #streetphotography   #multipleexposure   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-05-05 03:42:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Street photography in Tokyo, Japan: Maiko in Asakusa

Grabbed this one towards the end of our workshop the other day, walking through Asakusa and enjoying the last sunlight of the day.

There were two maiko walking towards me in full kimono and all the makeup. Shifted myself a little to trying and get a good angle. Rickshaw parked itself right in front of ,e at the key moment. I ducked right and got a shot off from the hip. I like all the people in this shot... the lady on the far right with her glance; the tourist in the background happy that she got her shot.

Nice moment.

Nice day out with everyone.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Focussed at 3metres
Shot from the hip
Shot with my 'Pushed Ektachrome' custom picture control.

#alfiegoodrichblog   #tokyo   #japan   #streetphotography  

Street photography in Tokyo, Japan: Maiko in Asakusa

Grabbed this one towards the end of our workshop the other day, walking through Asakusa and enjoying the last sunlight of the day.

There were two maiko walking towards me in full kimono and all the makeup. Shifted myself a little to trying and get a good angle. Rickshaw parked itself right in front of ,e at the key moment. I ducked right and got a shot off from the hip. I like all the people in this shot... the lady on the far right with her glance; the tourist in the background happy that she got her shot.

Nice moment.

Nice day out with everyone.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Focussed at 3metres
Shot from the hip
Shot with my 'Pushed Ektachrome' custom picture control.

#alfiegoodrichblog   #tokyo   #japan   #streetphotography  ___

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2015-05-05 03:00:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Shooting in Tokyo for Plaza - UOMO Magazine

A recent shoot I did for Plaza- UOMO Magazine: style guide for various things, people, places in Tokyo.

Mix of stuff I shot for them on commission and some shots I had done previously, of the city.

Shooting in Tokyo for Plaza - UOMO Magazine

A recent shoot I did for Plaza- UOMO Magazine: style guide for various things, people, places in Tokyo.

Mix of stuff I shot for them on commission and some shots I had done previously, of the city.___

2015-04-30 02:58:23 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

A Photographer's Map of Tokyo and Japan

A map I am making with locations I shoot in, photos and photography tips.

This is a work-in-progess but it's off to a good start. Map of places in Tokyo and around Japan in which I have shot, with photos and with links to extra content, photowalk maps and tips for people on how to shoot at these locations.

I am adding to it on a daily basis to make it a geographic version of my blog, basically. Please feel free to share. 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z81uVSUthvuI.kbp-l907fj94

A Photographer's Map of Tokyo and Japan

A map I am making with locations I shoot in, photos and photography tips.

This is a work-in-progess but it's off to a good start. Map of places in Tokyo and around Japan in which I have shot, with photos and with links to extra content, photowalk maps and tips for people on how to shoot at these locations.

I am adding to it on a daily basis to make it a geographic version of my blog, basically. Please feel free to share. 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z81uVSUthvuI.kbp-l907fj94___

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2015-04-29 04:55:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Flash portraits of children: Joe under the motorway flyover

Last one from our little outing last night and this was taken down under a section of the motorway just after it comes out of a tunnel on the way from Haneda into Tokyo.

Loved the light and the shadows in the background, which was all being made by some arc-lights illuminating the riverside path.

Nikon D700
In-camera monochrome setting
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
One Yongnuo 560ii strobe at camera right, clamped to a nearby fence and shot through a small grid.
SOOC apart from the re-size and addition of the logo

Flash portraits of children: Joe under the motorway flyover

Last one from our little outing last night and this was taken down under a section of the motorway just after it comes out of a tunnel on the way from Haneda into Tokyo.

Loved the light and the shadows in the background, which was all being made by some arc-lights illuminating the riverside path.

Nikon D700
In-camera monochrome setting
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
One Yongnuo 560ii strobe at camera right, clamped to a nearby fence and shot through a small grid.
SOOC apart from the re-size and addition of the logo___

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2015-04-29 04:42:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Cycle and Strobe: two-wheeled, late night exploration in Tokyo

One more from last night's cycle and strobe outing that my eldest son and I did. 

We found this door on our travels. I liked the logo on it.

Nikon D700
2x Yongnuo 560ii strobes fired by radio
One through a small grid at camera right
One on the floor at camera left providing a little fill
'Pushed Ektachrome' custom picture control made by me
Apart from the re-size and addition of watermark, this is SOOC.

You can download the picture control from this article, here at my website:
http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/

Cycle and Strobe: two-wheeled, late night exploration in Tokyo

One more from last night's cycle and strobe outing that my eldest son and I did. 

We found this door on our travels. I liked the logo on it.

Nikon D700
2x Yongnuo 560ii strobes fired by radio
One through a small grid at camera right
One on the floor at camera left providing a little fill
'Pushed Ektachrome' custom picture control made by me
Apart from the re-size and addition of watermark, this is SOOC.

You can download the picture control from this article, here at my website:
http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/___

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2015-04-29 04:32:39 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Exploring Tokyo at night: a bit of strobe fun with my son and an old Citroen DS19

My eldest son and I went out last night for a cycle ride and a little fun with the camera. We have recently been going out for walks and bicycle rides from our home, to find some places we haven't explored.

Last night we cycled from our home in Omori, down to a point just by the edge of Haneda Airport and near Omoridaiichi Junior Highschool. 

Along the riverside there we found an old car lot, with a few cars that seem to have been imported from the UK in the early 1980s. There was an old Hillman, an old Daimler as well as two Japanese registered Crown Sovereigns from the 1970s.

What frst caught my eye was the British registered ['L' registration from 1973] Citroen DS19. Sadly it seems so far gone it wouldn't even be bothering any sort of restoration.more »

Exploring Tokyo at night: a bit of strobe fun with my son and an old Citroen DS19

My eldest son and I went out last night for a cycle ride and a little fun with the camera. We have recently been going out for walks and bicycle rides from our home, to find some places we haven't explored.

Last night we cycled from our home in Omori, down to a point just by the edge of Haneda Airport and near Omoridaiichi Junior Highschool. 

Along the riverside there we found an old car lot, with a few cars that seem to have been imported from the UK in the early 1980s. There was an old Hillman, an old Daimler as well as two Japanese registered Crown Sovereigns from the 1970s.

What frst caught my eye was the British registered ['L' registration from 1973] Citroen DS19. Sadly it seems so far gone it wouldn't even be bothering any sort of restoration.

But, we had a little fun with it..... but had to work quick as we'd gone into the yard through a gap in the fence and there was someone parking cars upstairs.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Two Yongnuo 560ii strobes triggered by radio: one inside the car. one outside at camera left.
1250ISO
1/20th sec
f/5.6___

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2015-04-26 15:13:03 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Street/documentary photography workshop in Tokyo this coming Saturday, 2nd May. Just announced it. Find all the details here. Look forward to seeing some of you then.

Title of the workshop is: From the Bridge of Tears to Thunder Gate... exploring some very interesting areas of Taito-ku, between Minamisenju and Asakusa. Critique session after the walk.

http://www.meetup.com/PhotographyWorkshops_Tokyo/events/222107762/

Street/documentary photography workshop in Tokyo this coming Saturday, 2nd May. Just announced it. Find all the details here. Look forward to seeing some of you then.

Title of the workshop is: From the Bridge of Tears to Thunder Gate... exploring some very interesting areas of Taito-ku, between Minamisenju and Asakusa. Critique session after the walk.

http://www.meetup.com/PhotographyWorkshops_Tokyo/events/222107762/___

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2015-04-20 15:01:48 (15 comments, 23 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

Hasselblad Discovery Workshop at Meijimura: down by the lake, in kimono

This is a frame I shot at the start of he workshop we did last week in the fabulous Meijimura heritage park near Nagoya.

After a couple of frames to get people inspired, the students stepped in and started shooting the angles they liked.

Lots more to come from this workshop. I'm starting to make the shots into a magazine, which will be out online soon.

Hasselblad H5D-50C
HC 35-90mm f/3.5-5.6
100ISO
1/350th sec
f/6.8
1 x Profoto B1 500W light into Westcott 72" umbrella
Processing in Photoshop and Nik

#hasselblad   #japan   #kimono  

Hasselblad Discovery Workshop at Meijimura: down by the lake, in kimono

This is a frame I shot at the start of he workshop we did last week in the fabulous Meijimura heritage park near Nagoya.

After a couple of frames to get people inspired, the students stepped in and started shooting the angles they liked.

Lots more to come from this workshop. I'm starting to make the shots into a magazine, which will be out online soon.

Hasselblad H5D-50C
HC 35-90mm f/3.5-5.6
100ISO
1/350th sec
f/6.8
1 x Profoto B1 500W light into Westcott 72" umbrella
Processing in Photoshop and Nik

#hasselblad   #japan   #kimono  ___

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2015-03-29 11:55:23 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

Children's portraits in Tokyo: Charlie on the platform at Kamata

On the way down to Izumino today, I shot this photo of my youngest son, Charlie, on the train platform at Kamata. 

Lovely light. Charlie was watching a train that had just passed the platform.

I got his owl bag in Kuala Lumpur a couple of years ago. Originally bought it for his sister, but Charlie got attached to it and wouldn't give it back. :-)

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
f/2.2
100 ISO
No Photoshop. Just RAW processed in Phocus, to bring back a few of the highlights.

Children's portraits in Tokyo: Charlie on the platform at Kamata

On the way down to Izumino today, I shot this photo of my youngest son, Charlie, on the train platform at Kamata. 

Lovely light. Charlie was watching a train that had just passed the platform.

I got his owl bag in Kuala Lumpur a couple of years ago. Originally bought it for his sister, but Charlie got attached to it and wouldn't give it back. :-)

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
f/2.2
100 ISO
No Photoshop. Just RAW processed in Phocus, to bring back a few of the highlights.___

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2015-03-22 07:29:52 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 169 +1s)Open 

The six minute fashion shoot: Shinyong in kimono, Nihonbashi, Tokyo

I've been shooting a fair bit in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo recently, mainly for a feature on the area for Cathay Pacific Airlines' inflight magazine. It's given me a little more insight into the area and a chance to hang there more, which is nice because it's a nice area of the city.

This morning I had chance to do a quick shoot with +Shinyong Lee as she is promoting a kimono brand.

She was late [it always takes longer to et ready in kimono than you think it will] and I was waiting at the location. By the time she arrived, the bridge was busy with locals and tourists. Shinyong had to be somewhere else pretty quickly afterwards too, so we had a very short time to shoot.

These shots were lit with two small speedlights inside a 1m x 60cms softbox and triggered... more »

The six minute fashion shoot: Shinyong in kimono, Nihonbashi, Tokyo

I've been shooting a fair bit in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo recently, mainly for a feature on the area for Cathay Pacific Airlines' inflight magazine. It's given me a little more insight into the area and a chance to hang there more, which is nice because it's a nice area of the city.

This morning I had chance to do a quick shoot with +Shinyong Lee as she is promoting a kimono brand.

She was late [it always takes longer to et ready in kimono than you think it will] and I was waiting at the location. By the time she arrived, the bridge was busy with locals and tourists. Shinyong had to be somewhere else pretty quickly afterwards too, so we had a very short time to shoot.

These shots were lit with two small speedlights inside a 1m x 60cms softbox and triggered by radio. 

I had our make-up guy hold the light, which was mounted on a monopod, so he could boom it into her a little bit from above.

Checking the shots afterwards on the camera, I saw that the first was 10.57 and the last 11.03am: six minutes from start to finish.

I shot three angles, one from across the road with a 200mm and a couple from more close-up with an old 36-72mm Nikkor E series lens.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8
Nikkor 36-72mm E
Post-pro in Photoshop with Nik Analog Efex Pro2.___

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2015-03-21 13:40:23 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Street photography in Tokyo with Hasselblad H4D-40: Shibuya evening

I stepped out on Friday between shows at the fashion week, to have a little wander around outside the Hikarie building. 

The sunset had been amazing. The light in the background was still stunning. I stood by the zebra-crossing by Hikarie for a bit and shot the people coming towards to me.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC100mm f/2.2
f/2.2
400ISO
I metered with the prism finder on, then removed it and shot waist-level, viewing off of the ground-glass. Focus was manual.

#alfiegoodrichblog   #tokyo   #japan   #streetphotography   #hasselblad  

Street photography in Tokyo with Hasselblad H4D-40: Shibuya evening

I stepped out on Friday between shows at the fashion week, to have a little wander around outside the Hikarie building. 

The sunset had been amazing. The light in the background was still stunning. I stood by the zebra-crossing by Hikarie for a bit and shot the people coming towards to me.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC100mm f/2.2
f/2.2
400ISO
I metered with the prism finder on, then removed it and shot waist-level, viewing off of the ground-glass. Focus was manual.

#alfiegoodrichblog   #tokyo   #japan   #streetphotography   #hasselblad  ___

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2015-03-21 13:35:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Shooting Tokyo Fashion Week, 2015, for Getty Images

Spent three days of last week shooting the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, for Getty Images Japan. 

I work as a stringer for Getty here in Japan, shooting mostly corporate and entertainment assignments. 

Fashion week was good fun. Met some nice people.

I was mainly shooting 'street style', taking pics of the visitors to the show.

There's a load of the shots, online at Getty, here:
http://www.gettyimages.co.jp/search/2/image?phrase=tokyo+fashion+week+alfie&clarifications=&family=editorial&editorialproduct=&recency=

Shooting Tokyo Fashion Week, 2015, for Getty Images

Spent three days of last week shooting the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, for Getty Images Japan. 

I work as a stringer for Getty here in Japan, shooting mostly corporate and entertainment assignments. 

Fashion week was good fun. Met some nice people.

I was mainly shooting 'street style', taking pics of the visitors to the show.

There's a load of the shots, online at Getty, here:
http://www.gettyimages.co.jp/search/2/image?phrase=tokyo+fashion+week+alfie&clarifications=&family=editorial&editorialproduct=&recency=___

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2015-03-11 02:11:49 (10 comments, 8 reshares, 190 +1s)Open 

Stormy skies, weird light: late afternoon urban landscape in Omori, Tokyo

I was thinking when I shot this yesterday that there was an odd, orange, sandy, dirty feeling to the light. This morning I went outside to use the bicycle to take our youngest son to school and on every surface was a dusty residue. Must have been another one of those Chinese sand imports. We've had a few in past years. It's a common thing, to get clouds of sand and PM2.5 particulate air from China. Normally the clouds don't reach so far up as Tokyo. A few times in the past few years, I have seen significant clouds. There wasn't so much of a significant 'cloud' yesterday but the light had a weird, sandy, yellow tinge to it. 

Seems that since the end of February, there have been more incidences of such clouds:
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Stormy skies, weird light: late afternoon urban landscape in Omori, Tokyo

I was thinking when I shot this yesterday that there was an odd, orange, sandy, dirty feeling to the light. This morning I went outside to use the bicycle to take our youngest son to school and on every surface was a dusty residue. Must have been another one of those Chinese sand imports. We've had a few in past years. It's a common thing, to get clouds of sand and PM2.5 particulate air from China. Normally the clouds don't reach so far up as Tokyo. A few times in the past few years, I have seen significant clouds. There wasn't so much of a significant 'cloud' yesterday but the light had a weird, sandy, yellow tinge to it. 

Seems that since the end of February, there have been more incidences of such clouds:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/24/national/high-levels-of-yellow-sand-pm-2-5-heading-in-from-china/#.VP-jV4GUeX4

Certainly always makes for a dramatic sky.

Nikon D700
Ektachrome *P picture control made by me and downloadable from my Japanorama website, here: http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/

14mm f/2.8 lens
1600 ISO
f/4.5

#alfiegoodrichblog   #japan   #tokyo  ___

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2015-03-10 04:24:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Photography tours in Tokyo, Japan

One of the things I do here in Tokyo is to offer photography tours, photography walks and lessons to visitors from overseas.

It's something I love doing and combines the best of a few things for me: meeting new people, showing people my city, helping people learn more about shooting and getting the best from their camera whilst travelling.

Typically I also try to make a magazine for them, from the photos we shoot on the walk.

Part of what people also learn whilst they are with me is the mindset of the professional photographer, how to get the best shots in the least time, how to pre-visualize and how to make the best of your equipment.

Plus, you also get to tap into my knowledge of the city. I've been living here 8 years, first came here 15 years ago, speak Japanese and have explored a very large... more »

Photography tours in Tokyo, Japan

One of the things I do here in Tokyo is to offer photography tours, photography walks and lessons to visitors from overseas.

It's something I love doing and combines the best of a few things for me: meeting new people, showing people my city, helping people learn more about shooting and getting the best from their camera whilst travelling.

Typically I also try to make a magazine for them, from the photos we shoot on the walk.

Part of what people also learn whilst they are with me is the mindset of the professional photographer, how to get the best shots in the least time, how to pre-visualize and how to make the best of your equipment.

Plus, you also get to tap into my knowledge of the city. I've been living here 8 years, first came here 15 years ago, speak Japanese and have explored a very large chunk of Tokyo.

You can see one magazine here and read a little more about tje walks and tours. The photo heading up this link is not mine but was taken by a lady who recently did a tour with me.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2012/10/23/photo-tours-of-tokyo-japan/___

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2015-03-10 03:16:05 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

Street photography in the rain, in Japan

After a very busy two weeks of shooting for clients, last night I got out and spent some time shooting for myself. It's important to do this, to keep myself feeling creative and refreshed.

This shot was made with the Nikon D700 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.2Ai, using a custom Nikon Picture Control that I made, which sort of emulates Kodak Ektachrome when it's been pushed a couple of stops.

You can see a load more shots in the article at the link below, plus the Picture Control is there for you to download.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai @ f/1.2
Custom Picture Control
This shot straight from the camera, apart from re-sizing.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/

Street photography in the rain, in Japan

After a very busy two weeks of shooting for clients, last night I got out and spent some time shooting for myself. It's important to do this, to keep myself feeling creative and refreshed.

This shot was made with the Nikon D700 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.2Ai, using a custom Nikon Picture Control that I made, which sort of emulates Kodak Ektachrome when it's been pushed a couple of stops.

You can see a load more shots in the article at the link below, plus the Picture Control is there for you to download.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai @ f/1.2
Custom Picture Control
This shot straight from the camera, apart from re-sizing.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/03/10/back-out-in-the-rain-with-the-nikon-d700/___

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2015-03-02 02:01:58 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Four days of being the official photographer for the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Japan

It's been an amazing experience, the past four days. Some time soon I will write up an article about the whole four days and show you some photos. I'll need to clear that article with the British Embassy and Royal Household first.

But, for now, here's a frame from one piece of the Japanese TV coverage... in which I was spotted.

The whole four days is something I will never forget. Met some great people, saw up-close how the corps of royal news photographers work, had some extraordinary experiences.... top of which, in many ways, was being in the motorcade, heading to Tokyo station to get the bullet train: police escort, screaming through Tokyo traffic, sirens blaring etc etc. Getting the train in Tokyo will never be the same again! :-)

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Four days of being the official photographer for the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Japan

It's been an amazing experience, the past four days. Some time soon I will write up an article about the whole four days and show you some photos. I'll need to clear that article with the British Embassy and Royal Household first.

But, for now, here's a frame from one piece of the Japanese TV coverage... in which I was spotted.

The whole four days is something I will never forget. Met some great people, saw up-close how the corps of royal news photographers work, had some extraordinary experiences.... top of which, in many ways, was being in the motorcade, heading to Tokyo station to get the bullet train: police escort, screaming through Tokyo traffic, sirens blaring etc etc. Getting the train in Tokyo will never be the same again! :-)

#alfiegoodrichblog   #dukeofcambridge   #japan  ___

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2015-02-23 02:39:56 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 248 +1s)Open 

The Blossom is Starting: in my local park with the Hasselblad 120mm Macro Lens

Blossom time is on its way again here in Tokyo and I spent a little time in my local park, Shinagawa Kumin Koen, to do some flower shootingthe other day.

I haven't really had time to do any pictures like this recently but I wanted to try out the Hasselblad HC 120mm f/4 macro lens on my H4D as I had heard so many things about it. 

The lens is heavy. It's a massive lump of glass and the helicoid on the focus barrel is super long, allowing for very close focusing.

Hand-holding this thing is tough. Almost as much weight as the HC 300mm lens I have shot with a few times. 

Weight for macro can be a good thing, up to a point. Weight means stability but I was pushing my [fairly good] skills to keep this baby still.

But, all the shots I made theo... more »

The Blossom is Starting: in my local park with the Hasselblad 120mm Macro Lens

Blossom time is on its way again here in Tokyo and I spent a little time in my local park, Shinagawa Kumin Koen, to do some flower shootingthe other day.

I haven't really had time to do any pictures like this recently but I wanted to try out the Hasselblad HC 120mm f/4 macro lens on my H4D as I had heard so many things about it. 

The lens is heavy. It's a massive lump of glass and the helicoid on the focus barrel is super long, allowing for very close focusing.

Hand-holding this thing is tough. Almost as much weight as the HC 300mm lens I have shot with a few times. 

Weight for macro can be a good thing, up to a point. Weight means stability but I was pushing my [fairly good] skills to keep this baby still.

But, all the shots I made the other morning were hand-held. I find tripods and even monopods a hassle when shooting macro outdoors: too many limitations, too much time to get the lens to exactly the right spot. Hand-held is easier.

Great momo [peach] blossom and early sakura [hayazaki-zakura]. 

This one is momo.

My lens was about 2cm away from the flowers for this shot.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 120mm f/4 Macro
Straight out of camera for colour and processing. Just re-sized in Photoshop, with watermark added.

#tokyo   #japan   #blossom   #nature   #macro   #hasselblad   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-15 13:45:26 (12 comments, 23 reshares, 355 +1s)Open 

Aerial photography in Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Bay & Rainbow Bridge

This was shot towards the end of December, when +Ben Torode was good enough to offer me the spare seat in the R44 chopper he rented for an aerial photo session.

Perfect weather, a great sunset with Mount Fuji visible behind the city..... all in all a very satisfying 30mins of shooting.

Always fun to get up in a helicopter. Not just for the photos but for the unique insight it gives one of the topography, layout and sprawl of this massive city.

This frame was shot about halfway through the trip and after I had stopped shooting with the Hasselblad H4D-40. My Hassie has a CCD sensor, which is awesome for colour but it isn't great at high ISO.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm E series, manual-focus lens

#japan   #tokyo   #aerialphotography  ... more »

Aerial photography in Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Bay & Rainbow Bridge

This was shot towards the end of December, when +Ben Torode was good enough to offer me the spare seat in the R44 chopper he rented for an aerial photo session.

Perfect weather, a great sunset with Mount Fuji visible behind the city..... all in all a very satisfying 30mins of shooting.

Always fun to get up in a helicopter. Not just for the photos but for the unique insight it gives one of the topography, layout and sprawl of this massive city.

This frame was shot about halfway through the trip and after I had stopped shooting with the Hasselblad H4D-40. My Hassie has a CCD sensor, which is awesome for colour but it isn't great at high ISO.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm E series, manual-focus lens

#japan   #tokyo   #aerialphotography   #tokyotower   #nikon   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-15 09:13:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

http://www.alfiegoodrich.com/hasselblad-ambassador-2015/

http://www.alfiegoodrich.com/hasselblad-ambassador-2015/___

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2015-02-15 06:21:33 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 149 +1s)Open 

Warming light at the end of a cold day: Mari Hirao in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

We'd been out shooting for a few hours and Mari was getting cold. Very cold. She's a brave soul and won't complain, so I have to make sure I don't push too far. Despite regular breaks to put a warm coat over her, she was shivering by the time we did this last cut in the park.

Very pleased how this came out. Unlike most of my files out of the Hasselblad H4D-40 - which I hardly ever process at all in Photoshop - this one has had a little work on it; just five minutes or less, mind you. I always try to keep my post-pro to under 10mins per picture.

This looked great with a little work on the light, the addition of a light-leak effect in Photoshop using Nik Analog Efex Pro2. Just to accentuate the backlight and make it feel a lot warmer than it was at the location.
... more »

Warming light at the end of a cold day: Mari Hirao in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

We'd been out shooting for a few hours and Mari was getting cold. Very cold. She's a brave soul and won't complain, so I have to make sure I don't push too far. Despite regular breaks to put a warm coat over her, she was shivering by the time we did this last cut in the park.

Very pleased how this came out. Unlike most of my files out of the Hasselblad H4D-40 - which I hardly ever process at all in Photoshop - this one has had a little work on it; just five minutes or less, mind you. I always try to keep my post-pro to under 10mins per picture.

This looked great with a little work on the light, the addition of a light-leak effect in Photoshop using Nik Analog Efex Pro2. Just to accentuate the backlight and make it feel a lot warmer than it was at the location.

Thanks for hanging in there, Mari. Great pose, perfect expression.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2/2
1 x Paul C Buff 'Einstein' light behind the tree
Photoshop, Nik filters

#tokyo   #japan   #hasselblad   #nik   #googlenikcollection   #fashion   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-15 04:45:57 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Looking towards Shiodome from Andaz, Tokyo

Great view from the 52F bar at Andaz Tokyo in Toranomon Hills.

This is looking towards Shiodome and the Kyodo News building..

Shot this the other night, after having a meeting there.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2

#japan   #tokyo   #alfiegoodrichblog   #hasselblad  

Looking towards Shiodome from Andaz, Tokyo

Great view from the 52F bar at Andaz Tokyo in Toranomon Hills.

This is looking towards Shiodome and the Kyodo News building..

Shot this the other night, after having a meeting there.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2

#japan   #tokyo   #alfiegoodrichblog   #hasselblad  ___

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2015-02-13 03:43:18 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

Mari Hirao in Yoyogi Park: Hasselblad H4D, Einstein strobe

After a couple of busy weeks, I am finally getting around to posting some of these shots of Mari that I shot recently.

This was right at the end of our day. We'd done some stuff in the studio, some shots near the Olympic Stadium and these last few shots were done in the park... by my favourite tree.

Thanks to Shun for his makeup and hair styling. Thanks to Derek Makishima and +Stephanie Huynh for helping me out with the shooting. Big thanks to Mari for braving the cold. 

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
1 x Paul C Buff Einstein light behind the tree


#hasselblad  
#fashion  
#tokyo  
#alfiegoodrichblog  

Mari Hirao in Yoyogi Park: Hasselblad H4D, Einstein strobe

After a couple of busy weeks, I am finally getting around to posting some of these shots of Mari that I shot recently.

This was right at the end of our day. We'd done some stuff in the studio, some shots near the Olympic Stadium and these last few shots were done in the park... by my favourite tree.

Thanks to Shun for his makeup and hair styling. Thanks to Derek Makishima and +Stephanie Huynh for helping me out with the shooting. Big thanks to Mari for braving the cold. 

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
1 x Paul C Buff Einstein light behind the tree


#hasselblad  
#fashion  
#tokyo  
#alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-13 02:39:51 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Shooting at CP Plus 2015 in Yokohama, with Hasselblad & Profoto

Great to be a part of the opening day of CP Plus yesterday in Yokohama. 

Big thanks to Kotomi Kai for modelling at my seminar. She was awesome, as usual. 

Thanks to Hasselblad and Profoto for the opportunity, support and encouragement. 

Thanks to everyone who came along and joined in.

...time I got some new jeans :-)

#hasselblad   #profoto   #cpplus2015  

Shooting at CP Plus 2015 in Yokohama, with Hasselblad & Profoto

Great to be a part of the opening day of CP Plus yesterday in Yokohama. 

Big thanks to Kotomi Kai for modelling at my seminar. She was awesome, as usual. 

Thanks to Hasselblad and Profoto for the opportunity, support and encouragement. 

Thanks to everyone who came along and joined in.

...time I got some new jeans :-)

#hasselblad   #profoto   #cpplus2015  ___

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2015-02-11 07:00:19 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Come to mummy: International Forum, Tokyo

The lady creating the wonderful shadow was trying to attract her young child and over a period of a few minutes, she made a few great shapes with her body. This was the first and the best. 

Patience pays off. Visiting the same location over and over again pays off.

I'd seen this moment beginning to happen and waited for it.

I've been visiting this location for 15 years now. 

It never fails to disappoint and I can always find pictures I haven't taken before.

*Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
100 ISO
f/8
1/100th sec

#hasselblad  
#japan   #tokyo   #alfiegoodrichblog  

Come to mummy: International Forum, Tokyo

The lady creating the wonderful shadow was trying to attract her young child and over a period of a few minutes, she made a few great shapes with her body. This was the first and the best. 

Patience pays off. Visiting the same location over and over again pays off.

I'd seen this moment beginning to happen and waited for it.

I've been visiting this location for 15 years now. 

It never fails to disappoint and I can always find pictures I haven't taken before.

*Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
100 ISO
f/8
1/100th sec

#hasselblad  
#japan   #tokyo   #alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-11 06:03:03 (15 comments, 18 reshares, 239 +1s)Open 

Looking down on Tokyo from Andaz, Toranomon Hills

I was at the Andaz Hotel yesterday, for a meeting with the manager. After we'd finished, he suggested I check out the view from their 52F Roof Bar. 

Amazing.

Not just for the fact that you can sit out n the fresh air fifty-two floors up in Tokyo, but for the panoramic views.

Look forward to spending more time at Andaz this coming year, soaking up and sharing more of the spectacular views.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
800ISO
f/2.2
1/15th sec shutter-speed
Hand-held

#hasselblad  
#japan  
#tokyo  
#alfiegoodrichblog  

Looking down on Tokyo from Andaz, Toranomon Hills

I was at the Andaz Hotel yesterday, for a meeting with the manager. After we'd finished, he suggested I check out the view from their 52F Roof Bar. 

Amazing.

Not just for the fact that you can sit out n the fresh air fifty-two floors up in Tokyo, but for the panoramic views.

Look forward to spending more time at Andaz this coming year, soaking up and sharing more of the spectacular views.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2 lens
800ISO
f/2.2
1/15th sec shutter-speed
Hand-held

#hasselblad  
#japan  
#tokyo  
#alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-10 02:18:44 (17 comments, 8 reshares, 206 +1s)Open 

Shibuya Crossing at Night with Hasselblad H4D-40

Results of 15mins of fun in the square after a long day. Got a difficult and stressful shoot there later this week. So I've been there a lot recently, figuring things out.

It was nice last night to have a little 'me' time there with the camera.

This is one shot. There are more at the link below.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
No Photoshop.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/10/shibuya-crossing-at-night-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/

#hasselblad  
#tokyo  
#japan  
#alfiegoodrichblog  

Shibuya Crossing at Night with Hasselblad H4D-40

Results of 15mins of fun in the square after a long day. Got a difficult and stressful shoot there later this week. So I've been there a lot recently, figuring things out.

It was nice last night to have a little 'me' time there with the camera.

This is one shot. There are more at the link below.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2
No Photoshop.

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/10/shibuya-crossing-at-night-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/

#hasselblad  
#tokyo  
#japan  
#alfiegoodrichblog  ___

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2015-02-09 01:28:53 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

The Tokyo Tower at 'Blue Hour' with the Hasselblad H4D-40

A few recent pics from a quick walk from Roppongi to Hammamatsucho.

More shots in the article linked below.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2

#hasselblad  

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/09/blue-hour-around-the-tokyo-tower-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/

The Tokyo Tower at 'Blue Hour' with the Hasselblad H4D-40

A few recent pics from a quick walk from Roppongi to Hammamatsucho.

More shots in the article linked below.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 100mm f/2.2

#hasselblad  

http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/02/09/blue-hour-around-the-tokyo-tower-with-hasselblad-h4d-40/___

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