I would describe Tokyo in one word. AMAZING! I’ve never been to such a clean and orderly city with such kind and respectful people. It was truly a remarkable experience. It was a quick trip and I only had a bit of time before my flight back home but I quickly downloaded the metro app and started to explore!
The photography opportunities in Tokyo are endless. There are so many contrasting elements making it a photographers dream! From the quiet streets above to the jammed packed metro system below. From the Shibuya crossing with a million people crossing at once to the tranquility of the temples dispersed throughout the city. All of these elements and more make your head spin through so many potential shooting themes. At the end of the day, you just have to get out there and shoot!
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ABOVE: All the photos above were shot within the Meiji Jingu Shrine and gardens. I was only about a 20 minute walk away from this beautiful location. It was such a unique experience to have everything from the city streets suddenly stop and walk into a scene of true tranquility. The intent was to capture the silence and “zen” of the scene.
BUT like all quote on quote “rules” in photography, they can be broken and you can open up your creativity by doing so. For example, the photo below was shot at Shibuya crossing where I guess I could have asked the owner of the massive department store to turn the lights off but that seemed unrealistic so I waited to hit the shutter until something interested popped up in the reflection. In this case, the crossing is known for a massive amount of people walking across the street at the same time so when I caught just the legs of someone walking by in the reflection, I took the picture.