Firemen’s Convention outside my front door

25 08 2014



no fewer than 6 fire engines and 4 police cars packed into one tiny Tokyo street…nobody seemed to know where the fire was or even how to get back to the fire station. chaos redefined. if this is where my resident tax goes, please can I make a suggestion?


(I don’t need this) pressure on

19 10 2012

sorry, not many blog posts for a while. got involved in lots of other time-consuming things. bought new lenses, committed to teaching kids photography, nearly got divorced…


the buying of new lenses was unconnected with the divorce! although some might argue a contributing factor


Genpatsu ila nai

29 07 2012

it’s a hot and sticky night. enormous black mosquitoes crisscross the moon, their painful drone clattering and quivering as they take turns to hover overhead. the Diet building stands forlorn and fragged. ila nai genpatsu

Using the light.

8 02 2012

Reflected light


There’s a hell of a lot of reflected light available here in Tokyo. Plenty of mirror glass walls, squeaky clean windows, impossibly clean train carriages and commercial trucks. On some clear days, the sun acts like a giant spotlight, falling over a small area of the street, as it’s reflected from a surface on a nearby building. You might have half a second to catch a pedestrian on a crossing, as the light pours onto an area between the 4th and 5th white bars painted on the road surface.

In the late afternoon shot above, the sun is over to the right side, but reflected from the windows of the grimy looking building on the left. As usual, went out with a single prime lens on this day. I find this artificial restriction quite stimulating, in terms of having to think about making different types of images. Used my 300mm F4 lens for this picture.