it’s all done with mirrors

17 10 2014

late afternoon in Harajuku, and the October sun is blasting down on the streets. with no clouds to diffuse the sun, the shadows are strong and dark but sometimes there’s a tiny ray of hope. mirrored glass in office buildings all over Tokyo catches those rays and returns them to sender. and coincidentally ¬†spotlights a few points of the street. catching those spotlights is half the fun.



the keitai and the blossoms

23 03 2013

the ketai and the blossoms

at a bridge over the Kanda river, where the cherry blossoms proliferate and swoon, it’s a great photo.
the backlighting is reflected from the screen of her keitai, onto her face and glasses.

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.