Thursday, May 28, 2015

More Azabu Juban Banners

I really enjoy the banners that change with the seasons and holidays in Azabu Juban. Often when I am walking though this part of Tokyo, I take a photo of the current banner. The artists or artists tasked with producing these are very talented. Here a few from earlier this year.

The first is for hinamatsuri or girls day, and the second is for setsubun.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f2.0, ISO 400, 1/25 sec.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/5.6 AI-S @ f2.0, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Meerkats and some lavendar

Several weeks ago the family visited Zoorasia just outside Tokyo. It's been several years since we last visited, but the park has made some improvements and added a new section to explore, the African Savannah.

I wasn't able to catch great photos of the animals exhibited on this outing. However, I did get a nice shot of some Spanish lavendar growing near the entrance and a profile shot of a meerkat doing what they do best, being a sentry.

Nikon D800 with Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF @ 120 mm, f8.0, ISO 100, 1/100 sec.

Nikon D800 with Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF @ 145 mm, f4.0, ISO 100, 1/640 sec.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Four-Trains, Three-Bridges, Two-Tunnels and the Kanda River from Hijiri-bashi

Several weeks ago I went across town to enjoy the 2015 Kanda Matsuri. I took my camera, but I wasn't very lucky (or proficient). My shots of the matsuri parade (or procession) seemed rather dull and poorly composed. It was dusk, and the lighting was very challenging. Many of my shots were blurred or out-of-focus.

However, on the way back to Ochanomizu Station I stopped to take photos from Hijiri-bashi. In this shot, there are four-trains, three-bridges, two-tunnels and the Kanda River. Two-trains are running on the Marunochi Subway line, one-train is on JR Chou Main Line and the train further away crossing the double-bridge is on the JR Sobu Main Line. This scene makes me want to build a model train set based on this location.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM @ 26 mm, f4.0, ISO 800, 1/2 sec.