Friday, January 30, 2015

New Year's vist to the Shinagawa Aquarium

The family stayed around Tokyo for New Year's and visited the Shinagawa Aquarium the day after. This was the second or third time that we visited this aquarium. They have dolphin and seal shows in an outdoor stadium that always draw a crowd. Inside they have may tanks and a water tank tunnel, which lets you walk under green turtles, stingrays and fish as they swim by. The smaller tanks made it fairly easy to take some nice shots of the more interesting tropical fish on display .

Blotched foxface rabbitfish

Banggai Cardinalfish

Red Lionfish

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WInter Hats

Last August 2013, I took a walk through Shibuya and took many photos of people in hats and blogged about it in a post titled, Thinking about hats.... Seems that I am experiencing a sort of artistic déjà vu and shot more people in hats in Shibuya with the same trusty 30-year old 85mm f/1.4 AI-S Nikkor.

However, these samples were not of the straw variety favored in the summer, but were suited for a Tokyo winter although the fashion inspiration had to cross the pacific from the American west. Seems that the original hat of the West, the “Boss of the Plains” is admired for its fashion sense and practicality in the land of the rising sun.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f2.8, ISO 100, 1/80 sec.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S f4.0, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Momori Clover Z vs KISS

Momoiro Clover Z has been collaborating with Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame band KISS. Their collaboration (or is it VS) single will be released tomorrow 28 January 2015 in Japan. Although I experienced the Momoiro Clover Z phenomenon last year though the unusual parade of fashion near the Meiji Jingu Gaien, the hysteria move a notch higher and expand globally. A gigantic billboard announcement was on display at Shibuya Station on 19 January 2015.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f1.4, ISO 500, 1/8 sec.