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Street Photography (Sort of) In Roppongi Hills
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So Close -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
So Close

Most “street photography” photos I see make me wonder how they survived the cutting room floor, much less were actually chosen for presentation, so it's an understatement to say that I don't really care for it. But, today I found myself in the Roppongi area of Tokyo, and so I spent a while wandering around with the camera taking pictures in isolation, without any connecting story, so I guess today's post is my version of “street photography”.

Traffic Control -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/3200 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Traffic Control
Required apparently, all “street photography” must contain a shot like this -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Required
apparently, all “street photography” must contain a shot like this
Walking Miss Poh-Poh ( I don't really know the name of the dog ) -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Walking Miss Poh-Poh
( I don't really know the name of the dog )
This Is Not Strange in Tokyo -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/8000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
This Is Not Strange
in Tokyo
“Urgently Move It, Please” ( that's what the pink tag says ) -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
“Urgently Move It, Please”
( that's what the pink tag says )
Stroll With Papa park behind “Tokyo Midtown” -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stroll With Papa
park behind “Tokyo Midtown”

Like I said, the whole “street photography” thing doesn't really do it for me, so I found myself gravitating to a small park behind the Tokyo Midtown shopping center in Roppongi, the site of the really Really REALLY blue light display from several years ago, which is the last time I was there.

Six Months Old -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Six Months Old
Say “Cheese” -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Say “Cheese”
Nice Couple we chatted about cameras for a while -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Couple
we chatted about cameras for a while
“My Time” -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/5000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
“My Time”
Book Photography in the Park? -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/6400 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Book Photography in the Park?

These ladies kept taking turns photographing each other holding books. I have no idea why, but when they're that photogenic, I can't really say that I care. The red shoes in the grass are just a bonus.

Upscale Afternoon -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/4000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Upscale Afternoon
Five Months Old just woke up from a nap -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Five Months Old
just woke up from a nap
Commuting by Bike you're doing it wrong -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/3200 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Commuting by Bike
you're doing it wrong
“Come to Mama!!” he did, and won an energetic, enveloping hug -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2500 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
“Come to Mama!!”
he did, and won an energetic, enveloping hug
Texting -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2500 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Texting
Aftermath of a mass pigeon attack, fended off with a single sock -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Aftermath
of a mass pigeon attack, fended off with a single sock
Crow a particularly boring shot, but this was manual focus, handheld -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/8000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Crow
a particularly boring shot, but this was manual focus, handheld
Bubbles -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bubbles
Pretty White Flower Blossomy Thing -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty White Flower Blossomy Thing
Gardener -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Gardener
Some People Have No Sense of Humor when I see the dog's coat, I feel I must be one of them -- Tokyo Midtown -- Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Some People Have No Sense of Humor
when I see the dog's coat, I feel I must be one of them

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Comments so far....

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. The isolation effects of that lens are just…awesome.

— comment by Zak on May 7th, 2011 at 12:46am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

(from San Diego):

I’m always trying to balance the distance required for candid photography (don’t let them know you’re taking a picture, or they stiffen up invisibly) with the need to NOT look like a stalker and generally fail. Kirk Tuck (http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com) is someone who’s able to put people at ease and take good candid shots at a normal to short tele range, but I do like these as well.

The Nikkor 300/2 handheld? Have you been working out much then? 8-)

Considering the lens and that I had a huge amount of luggage strapped to me, I was much more worried about looking like the idiot I was than a stalker. The lens is the opposite of “for candid use”… it invites smiles and conversation. Yesterday was my workout. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on May 7th, 2011 at 1:30am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey! Really great shots, I especially like the first one, “so close”, really well done. It’s a compelling, fun, happy image!

— comment by Justin on May 7th, 2011 at 1:43am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

If I am correct, isn’t that a heavy lens (~7 kg) to use for “street” photography?

John

In the understatement of the year, I’ll answer “yes”. —Jeffrey

— comment by John on May 7th, 2011 at 4:23am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

300mm f/2? That sounds like a monster lens!

— comment by Edgar Bonet on May 7th, 2011 at 6:03am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

You have some nice shots here. I particularly like seeing people against those green tones (as in “Gardener” and “Walking Miss Poh-Poh”). I don’t get into street photography much, myself, although every now and then I give it a try. I like what can result from it, but I just feel too self-conscious doing it.

That said, using a D700 and a… 300mm f/2?! There’s a photographer/artist in Japan named Glen (originally from Australia, I think) who’s big on street photography, and he does it with a D700 and a 85mm f/1.4. Not sure if you’re familiar with him – here’s his Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/glenn-in-japan/

Even the D700 + 85mm f/1.4 seems like it’d be pretty big for street photography, but I looked up images of your 300mm f/2 and the thing is huge! I admire your courage for pointing that thing at people on the street (and if you weren’t using a monopod, for your arm strength)!

They were all handheld, except for #2-#4, for which I used a monopod. Not sure which I prefer, so I’ll have to practice both ways. —Jeffrey

— comment by David K on May 7th, 2011 at 6:06am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Very natural and appealing set of photographs here but, for the record, I think we really need a shot of you in action the street, wielding this amazing lens ! Your manual-focus skills are enviable, mine are hopefully improving…

Here’s a photo a friend took of me with it in the street, although a street in the remote countryside of Wakayama Prefecture, on Saturday. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter in Wales on May 7th, 2011 at 7:43pm JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Wow! The mythical 300 f/2! I’ve seen it only in the Internet…
It should be a nightmare to focus it manually (if I remember correctly, you have a Katzeye…)

Yes, the KatzEye is absolutely invaluable, and makes MF a true pleasure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gianluca on May 8th, 2011 at 6:59am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I love the flowering Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood Tree), its simply beautiful! Great shoot!:):)

— comment by Endre Toth from Hungary on May 11th, 2011 at 4:45am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

You rent this or is it yours? Know a couple of places in town that rent it. Awesome piece of glass. I’d be down to Ginza on the weekend if I had use of this. The depth of the street would. I think, give it even more of a workout.

I doubt anyone rents it, it’s extremely rare. But if you’re ever in Kyoto, you can give it a go. (I’ve followed your photoblog for years, so if you break it, I know where to find you :-) ) Wish you would write more about each photo, such as why you’re doing B&W in camera these days. Just for the challenge? —Jeffrey

— comment by Alfie Goodrich on May 29th, 2011 at 12:06pm JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I’m Pascal from France, and I like so much all your pictures – Amazing and impressive photo work !! Really nice – Best regard – Pascal

— comment by Pascal P. on February 12th, 2012 at 3:39am JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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