New restaurant in Kagurazaka. Looks like the manager of our beloved Uomaru decided to run his own place !
… with my new date : Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM :) As I was writing yesterday, the short focusing distance makes it ideal to shoot food. This will definitely replace my 50mm in that area : no more cumbersome manoeuvres for lovely bokeh !
First shots out of a Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM on a Canon 5D MK3 body. Very happy with the results: it’s sharp, tones are accurate, chromatic aberration negligible, distortion minimum and vignetting limited. Minimum focusing distance is also reasonably short and taking pictures of food will not require the same cumbersome manoeuvres as […]
Unlike the previous posts might have suggested, there are robots in the robot restaurant… in addition to the scantily clad dancers :) And no, I did have an equal interest in capturing those robots. BUT most of them were just too large to fit in my 50mm lens. Need to go back with a wider […]
From the Robot Restaurant !
And now, from the Robot Restaurant : the bunny dancers !
And now the drummers from the Robot Restaurant. As you can see, I reached the limit of my AF with some of the shots not being too sharp… oh well, I thought you might still be interested ! PS : some of the shots are intentionally focused on something else than the drummer – just […]
First batch of pictures from the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku : the entrance lobby ! I think it’s safe to say that there’s no other place like that on earth.
Great evening at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo. This is one of the last shot I took. Still quite many to sort but I thought I would give you a small preview :) And yes, an elaborate composition to avoid the need for a model release !
Library Lounge THESE in Nishiazabu, great place, delicious cocktails.
And one onigiri before boarding at Fukuoka Airport. Love those, I wish they were more universal (outside of Japan that is) !
Always play with your focus ring :)
Something I love in Japan : the pocket restaurants, tiny little places which can only accommodate a few customers. The food is usually very good and very cheap, the atmosphere often unique and the owners always talkative, even towards gaijins :) They seldom make much money but take great pride in providing good food.
Something not to miss when visiting Fukuoka : the food stalls.
Senso-ji and Nakamise-dori even more crowded than usual for the Japanese New Year. Nice experience nonetheless !
As promised the other day, now a long exposure shot of Tokyo Skytree at night.
120s exposure for these pictures thanks to an ND1000 filter. Coming up next : same at night !
Wishing you all a very happy new year 2014 :)
Shiraito Waterfall (白糸の滝), near Mt. Fuji : a good place for ND filter tryout session :)
First tries of long exposure during daytime with an ND1000 filter. Me quite happy with the results. Had to close to f22 to reach 50s though so I definitely need something darker to avoid diffraction which reduces sharpness (rule of thumb is never close beyond f11~f13).
I seldom publish videos from others but those were just too good not to be shared.
This poor quality picture shot during approach towards Narita, is a blatant demonstration of the sheer size of Mt Fuji : in the foreground, Tokyo with its plethora of what looks like tiny skyscrapers. The small needle in the middle: Skytree !
Got some mud flaps installed on my BMW 3 Series Touring (F31). Very useful to keep the dirt away when driving in snow. In case you’re wondering, those wheels are BBS-SR with Michelin X-Ice Xi3, good looking wheels and fantastic tires.
Typical scenes from an Airport, here at 135mm/f2 in Narita.
Two long exposure shots from Iidabashi at night. I don’t know why but I haven’t really tried long exposure, just on a few occasions, here and there… Perhaps this is an aspect of photography I’ll explore next year ! :)
When not congested, this is how driving on a highway in Japan often looks like : no-one in the middle lane, very slow cars in the left lane, slow cars in the right. Seldom any reaction to headlight flashing or getting closer to make the driver understand that you want to pass (as depicted above). […]
I challenge you to guess where this was taken from ! :D
Shot by the brother while driving him back to the airport – well done ! :)
Abandoned truck, covered in snow, in the Nagano Prefecture.
I might just like this kind of job : taking nice pictures of nice models :)