Tokyo.

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!

Enjoy the photos and load up Expedia to book your trip, you won’t regret it!
Marc

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

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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.

I was shooting with a Sony NEX-7, which is typically a lot quieter than my traditional DSLR but I still felt like everyone in the area could hear me taking the photos. In a place like this, you really have to balance your photography goals with respect for the location you are photographing.
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
ABOVE: The next set of photographs above were shot straight out of my hotel room window. I was 47 floors up with an incredible view of the city! Often people shy away from shooting through windows but as long as you take the necessary steps to eliminate the potential reflections you can produce some remarkable photos. So what’s the key to shooting out a window and specifically at night? Darkness. All lights have to be shot off. This may seem obvious but when I say ALL lights I mean ALL lights. So the light coming from the alarm clock, the light bouncing off your glasses from the back of the camera that in turn reflects on the window. I think you get the point, no lights.

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.

Tokyo, Japan
BELOW: The rest of the photos were shot as did my accelerated walking and metro tour of the city.
Tokyo, Japan
ABOVE: By far the cleanest / quietest metro I’ve ever experienced.
Tokyo, Japan
ABOVE: The market just outside the Senjori Temple.
Tokyo, Japan
This was also in the market and I had to take a photo of the “out of place” American influence…Plus, my wife is a popcorn fanatic!

2 comments

Kimberly Seguin on December 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

Beautiful & stunning !!! Wow, great shots

Kimberly Seguin on December 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

Love how you capture the feelings & vibes of locations.