Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My New Life Here In JAPAN!

Well I Moved to Japan. I guess the title could have told you that from the start but i just wanted to make that clear for some of you:) So i now live in one of the most populated areas in the world. Just to put it into terms of how long it takes to get around, my 2.3 mile drive home from work every day can some times take 45 minutes...... Ow so much fun right there.
        So you are in a new place, you love to explore, and you take photos. Then what do you do? YOU GO CRAZY FOR A FEW MONTHS!  I have been traveling all over the Tokyo Area seeing the sights, tasting the food, and putting alot of miles on my shoes. I have found a few well known spots to photograph and some "Hidden" spots that are a little gems of mine.  One of the very first spots i have been to in Shibuya is pictured below. In this post we are going to talk mostly about Shibuya and the sights to see around there and the Spots that i love to shot.

Shibuya is one of the most famous spots in all of Tokyo. The reason being is the crossing and the mass amounts of people that cross it every 45 seconds. When the lights turn green and the people begin to cross, there some times can be upwards of thousands of people that walk from all 4 corners to the middle and to get to the side that they want to get to. In short, It is a mad house!


This is a calm night here at the shibuya crossing. This is one of the a few views you can take of the intersection but its one of the "hidden" secrets. To get to this crossing is rather a difficult one once you find out how to get to it. Am not going to tell you how to get to it, but if you just look at the images, i bet you will be able to find out how to get to it. Just make sure that you treat it with respect so we can keep this spot open for fellow photographer to enjoy.

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         If you cant find this spot there is a ton of other great spots here that are just asking to be photographed. You can post up in a corner of the intersection and shot that way, or go to the starbucks that has windows and seating for people to enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the view. Just like this video shows.

Either way you can't go wrong by heading to Shibuya. It's a youthful, energetic, and fast paced area of Tokyo that is always changing. Things to bring would be

-Any camera, Even a Iphone will do
-Tripod, Just in case you want to do some long exposures.
-A wide and standard lens. I come to this place with a 17-40 F4L and a 50 F1.4
-Your appetite, There is a ton of great places to see and eat at.

So get out and have fun!