Street shots in Tokyo

zweiblumenzweiblumen Spec OpsRegistered Users Posts: 369 Major grins
edited November 9, 2007 in Street and Documentary
My first attempt at "street photography."

We wandered around and did our best to get lost in Tokyo today, the initial results:

Distinguished
<img src="http://tenminutesout.smugmug.com/photos/219308590-L-2.jpg&quot; />

Patterns
<img src="http://tenminutesout.smugmug.com/photos/219308306-L-2.jpg&quot; />

Alley
<img src="http://tenminutesout.smugmug.com/photos/219309043-L-2.jpg&quot; />

Thanks for looking, and as always, C&C appreciated.
Travis

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  • cwphotoscwphotos Wedding Grins Registered Users Posts: 763 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    I have always wanted to go to Japan. That first pic is awesome. That guy looks straight up pimpin....like he means business and you better not mess with him. Very nice set T-Dog.
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    When I open this thread I only saw the head on the guy in the first picture, but then when you scroll down and see the guy in a suit it seems to make him stand out even further, nice shot.

    In pic 3 I found myself drawn to the blurred signs on the shop on the left trying to make out if I was missing something and not the young man on the right

    Tim
  • Marc MuenchMarc Muench Artist in Residence Registered Users Posts: 1,420 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    Travis,

    The shallow depth of field in the first and last images works well. The pattern of the stairs is not very interesting, sorry just trying to be honest. What I find interesting is how the man in the first image appears to be posing for a portrait but is not, great juxtapositionthumb.gif This could become a styledeal.gif


    Oh and BTW, what a cool place to shoot the streets, have fun
  • aktseaktse Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,928 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    The first one is a real winner in my book. Love your DOF and exposure since it makes him pop! He almost looks posed... thumb.gif

    I'm sorry to say, the second is missing something. I don't find a technical flaw with it, but it doesn't just doesn't grab my attention. It might have worked better if there was a ray of light coming in the opposite direction to give you something to focus on.

    Did you see any harajuku girls?
  • schmooschmoo word nerd Registered Users Posts: 8,468 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    aktse wrote:
    Did you see any harajuku girls?

    Nope, that's tomorrow morning. I hear Sundays are where it's at! :D
  • aktseaktse Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,928 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    schmoo wrote:
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    Very cool. Are you heading to Akihabara? I think it would be interesting to take some Otaku photos along with the girls since most people are unaware of this sub-culture.

    However, with you-tube and the web, I'm finding more and more in teens in suburbia obsessive with manga, etc. Strange...
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  • schmooschmoo word nerd Registered Users Posts: 8,468 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    aktse wrote:
    Very cool. Are you heading to Akihabara? I think it would be interesting to take some Otaku photos along with the girls since most people are unaware of this sub-culture.

    However, with you-tube and the web, I'm finding more and more in teens in suburbia obsessive with manga, etc. Strange...
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    Argh! I had forgotten where that district was and we passed it on the JR the last two days on the way to dinner. I definitely want to see geek culture and all the twisted ways it manifests itself. <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029383/emoji/lol3.gif&quot; border="0" alt="" >

    I am having quite a lot of difficulty getting any shots because urban photography of this nature is new to me. I think Zweiblumen is in his element, though. At least one of us is productive!
  • gusgus Major grins Registered Users Posts: 16,209 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    I really like your first one mate. What a cool looking bloke !
  • jzieglerjziegler Major grins Registered Users Posts: 420 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    All good shots, but that guy in the first one looks really cool. Great shot of him.

    I like the stairs, but then I just like shots of stairs in general. My wife says that some year, we'll do our yearly gift calendar of just shots of stairs.
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,601 moderator
    edited November 9, 2007
    Looks like you are both having lots of fun.

    Great street shooting indeed!
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  • zweiblumenzweiblumen Spec Ops Registered Users Posts: 369 Major grins
    edited November 9, 2007
    Dean - Thanks mano, this has definitely been an awesome trip so far. And yes, I agree, the gentleman looks like he'd brook no nonsense from anyone for anything. mwink.gif

    Tim - Thanks for looking. Are you saying that the 3rd photo is hard to focus on the man in the street?

    Marc - I was messing around with focal lengths and apertures while getting people to NOT notice me taking their picture. It was a lot of fun. Apparently my "Patterns" shot isn't that popular. I appreciate the honest opinions, it only helps thumb.gif I'm still partial to it :D

    April - Can almost say the exact same thing as I did for Marc :): And I do love the way he looks posed, but we were both just walking down the street!
    As for Harajuku and Akihabara, still on our list of places to hit! Sunday is looking good for these.

    jziegler - Thanks! See, I'm not the only one that likes them! I've got so many stairway shots, they are coming out of my ears!


    Thanks to everyone for looking! I appreciate the feedback.
    Travis
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