I am incredibly fortunate to live on a beautiful tropical island in the pacific. Yet I still go through phases where I can't seem to find anything to photograph, or at least anything I want to photograph. One great solution to this conundrum is to travel somewhere, somewhere out of your normal day-to-day surroundings, somewhere where suddenly everything feels different, fresh and exciting. For me, recently this somewhere was Tokyo, about 1000 miles and a 2 1/2 hour plane ride away. Now I've been to Tokyo many times, I even lived outside of Tokyo for many years back in the late eighties early nineties. Regardless of how many times I've been to Tokyo it always gets my creative juices flowing.
What is it about the night that so many of us love? Is it because the night is filled with fantasy and the day with reality? Do our flaws feel less obvious at night than by day, or does the cloak of the night simply shadow them in our minds? Whatever the reason, I do often feel more at peace at night than I do during the day. Not to say that I don't enjoy a beautiful, blue-sky kind of day, I do, I just seem to love the night more.
Day two in Tokyo took me to Ebisu, for a short pit stop at a store in the station, Omotesando, where I was finally able to check out and try on the new Apple Watch, a walk in Yoyogi Park to see Meiji Shrine, and a short visit in Shibuya for my daughter to get in a little more shopping, because she was so deprived in Omotesando. 😀 All of the below images were shot in Aperture priority and Provia color settings.
I'm back in Tokyo with my family for a mini vacation, and for my daughter to see Taylor Swift in concert this Wednesday. Yeah I'm a great dad like that. 😊 Lucky for me I also just upgraded my Fuji x100s to the new x100T, and I've been dying to break it in. Fuji cameras are famous for great color, and I can't think of a more colorful city to show off those colors than Tokyo. My daughter wanted to visit Dean & Deluca in Yurokucho. While my wife and daughter enjoyed tea and pastries I took the opportunity to walk around a little outside the station.
We finally got some decent weather yesterday after a week of rain, clouds and cold. I decided to head over to Chatan and walk around with my iPhone 6 and my Fuji x100s. Just for a change I've had the TCLx100 on for a couple weeks now. I love the 35 equivalent I get from my x100s, but sometimes it's just nice to shoot with a 50mm focal length. I never grow tired of how even the most mundane can look interesting in late afternoon light. I shot the next two images from my car. I see so many photos from my car, but usually can't stop or get to my camera in time.