This is a simple and nice app that can save you a lot of time retouching unwanted elements in your photos. It also lets you retouch and enhance your pictures, but the most interesting feature is the “erase” button that allows you to magically erase disturbing objects.
I took this photo in Tokyo, July 2009. It was inside some some sort of tube in Ariake area, near my office. No photoshop, I just increased contrast and saturation in Lightroom. I used a 18-70mm lens, zooming while exposing. After many attempts this one came out pretty well :)
Sometimes simple shapes create a big impact, just because they are simple, they express simple colors, they express a simple message. Maybe we have so much noise everyday around us and we can find some shelter in simplicity.
This is an Instagram photo. Sometimes we can also take pictures of stuff around food, like bottles, glasses and so forth ;-)
Who are the people reflected in the water? When I took this picture I was thinking about that, what if things where just reversed, the train going in the opposite direction, the majority of people left-handed, keys closing clockwise. I was in the opposite side of the river that goes with the railroad, in Ichigaya station (市ヶ谷駅). Continue reading →
I always wanted to have a photoshot in the beach. Even it’s not summer yet, the weather in Barcelona was sunny enough to do it without catching a cold. The model name is Maika, she’s a beautiful girl from Barcelona with really nice eyes. The good thing about doing this photoshots is about freedom of choice and freedom of ideas. I’m independent, so no pressure from a client asking for a specific product. This was just our free will taking pictures. I like when the model improvises by herself, because that makes her feel better and more relaxed, even if sometimes the wind can play some tricks. Maika is pretty young but she’s talented. I’m sure I’ll work with her in the near future again. She has lovely green eyes and she puts personality in the pictures which make them more vivid and with content.
Slightly open, it makes the whole difference. A slightly open mouth represents so many things. Is she about to speak, to tell something nice, something wrong? Or is she just about to say something but at the last minute she thought it twice? Or it’s just the prelude for a kiss or something else? It’s up to you, it’s up to me, it’s up to her, it’s imagination, pure fantasy. Whatever it could be, that slightly open mouth means so many things and changes the whole portrait completely. I like to look at it, in direct eye line and I can’t avoid moving down to see her mouth. Maybe that’s why a picture is worth a thousand words.
I don’t know her. I think she was french, based on what I was able to hear from the distance. The city was Barcelona, in winter. I just had a 35mm lens, so I couldn’t get closer, anyway I think it was safer not to get so close. Fortunately, in Europe, despite so many centuries of sexual repression due irrational religious views, it didn’t completely defeat common sense, so we can see girls, freely taking a bath in topless and nobody cares. Her husband was sitting on the sand with their kid. I admire her resistance, in winter, taking a bath…
What I like of this picture is that there is no way to know if it’s in winter or summer. Sometimes it’s just a point of view :)
I was always interested in photography, but it was in Tokyo where I really got myself into it. Tokyo is a special city and Japan, in general, is an amazing country. Not the amazingness that you can expect from a merely touristic point of view. Japan is special in so many ways: culture, architecture, language, food, design… The list can run endlessly.
I matured my photography mainly in Tokyo, using the environment, the streets, the night. I did this so many times per week during so many years. I trained my mind to dig into the landscape in front of me and find those particular details that inspired me to take a picture and tell a story.
After spending a couple of months in Europe I realized that I’m not trained, I’m quite lost. My brain searches using a pattern that doesn’t work in EU. Why? Well, the only conclusion I came out with is that I matured my skills and experience in photography in an environment that is unique. I didn’t start photography traveling, working on assignments or for money. I just started doing it as a hobby and it became a passion.
Why Japan is so special for photography:
Security!! This is the most unique characteristic. It’s safe to go everywhere, at any time. It doesn’t matter if the streets are dark, empty or crowded. People don’t bother you, everybody ignores everybody in the streets. Even if you are surrounded by people, you can feel perfectly alone.
Security let me total freedom carrying the equipment I wanted. I could go beyond what I really needed. It is very important to learn what you really need and what you really use. I moved from carrying a huge bag to just a couple of selected lenses. I didn’t have to hide my equipment, I didn’t have to cover the camera maker or serial number to avoid calling attention. I didn’t have to choose a bag that is hard to be stolen. I could choose a bag thinking in my convenience first.
You can find 24h convenience stores or drink selling machines in every corner, which makes it so easy to eat or take a refreshment in a photowalk. I didn’t have to bring any food or bottle with me
It’s so easy to buy any kind of photo gear ever made on earth. Second hand shops are amazing and electronic department stores let you play with every new camera. It’s possible to experiment with almost everything!
Architecture in Tokyo is so disruptive at every corner. You can find a huge modern building followed by an old wooden one. There is no architecture order which I find fascinating, specially for an European point of view. We are so used to “normalization”, that the architecture landscape in Europe looks the same at every corner. There is no freedom to build whatever the heck you want, everything has to “conform” with that cylon-like-”perfect”-architectural design that, sooner or later, becomes tremendously boring. I find architecture in Tokyo amazing, like many other mayor cities in Japan, and it shows the difference between Japanese gardens and European ones. In Europe we have beautiful gardens but they are obviously fake. I mean, everyone can understand that the garden didn’t grow in that way naturally. Everything is perfectly shaped, ordered and geometrical. Japanese gardens, on the other hand, express their beauty while keeping a natural design. The line between artificial and natural is so blur. The same happens with architecture. Even if many Japanese friends of mine say that Tokyo is an ugly city, I find it fascinating because the concrete jungle evolves as a living being, with disruptions, discrepancies, and lack of order and geometry, typical of natural environments.
I can find a lot of old things which are not ancient ones. There are ancient constructions that survived the pass of time, but they are few and located in specific areas. Cities renew themselves very quickly, so you won’t find a stone building from the XIV century still in use. Anyway, in Europe you can not really travel in time. You can realize that an ancient building is from another era, but just that building, not the whole atmosphere around. In Japan people wait until something really breaks before trashing it out. So it’s very easy to find places frozen in the 50′s or 70′s. That contrast gives a lot of opportunities to get interesting photographs. You can literally travel in time. Some restaurants or some areas in old train stations, didn’t change during the last 30 or 40 years while others are just ahead in the future.
The night in Tokyo is magic. The lights, colors, specially after the rain, are awesome. The lights reflected in the streets, or those that appear through those transparent umbrellas, or the taxis, or the small ambulant shops selling ramen… or the infinite other fantastic places that inspire you out to take a picture, those are Tokyo’s magic.
Districts in Tokyo change so much in terms of atmosphere, people, ages, style. It’s totally different walking in Shimokitazawa or in Shinjuku, Shibuya or Shinbashi. Each zone has its own different urban culture.
These are the main reasons I think enjoying photography in Japan is so different and unique respect other countries. Security and a strong civic sense are the main ones by the way.