Random Japan Photos 1

By Michael Gakuran | | Photography | 13 Comments |

Here are a few pictures I’ve taken walking around my city and whatnot. Loads of interesting stuff to photograph in Japan, and only my lack of ability to hold me back (no more compact camera restrictions!) I’d love your comments on what works, what doesn’t and why so I can keep bringing you better pictures!

Unless otherwise noted, all images are taken with the Olympus PEN E-P1 and the 20mm f/1.7 Panasonic lens. They are out-of-camera Jpegs and unedited except for resizing and watermarking. As I work during the day, most are images taken in low-light. I will get some daytime shots up in due time to showcase this fantastic lens!

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Which way North?

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Stray Catty Cuteness

The cat was really tough to take, as it was too dark to autofocus. Fortunately, a passing car light gave me the advantage!

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Salt Sign

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Tsukamu (ISO 3200)

Me looking waaaay too childish at an Okinawan restaurant.

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Shower Curtain!

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Yamori Keyhook (6×6)

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Chums (taken with the Olympus 17mm lens)

This is a tantalising sample from my recent hitch-hiking travels! Will post the full account soon-ish, as well as those Gakuranman contest results, promise!

Critique is most welcome. (*Begs in dogeza-style*)

13 comments on “Random Japan Photos 1
  1. ana says:

    you are cute :)

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks for the comments all! Definitely having fun with the camera ^^

    @Eleonora You’re right, I need to update my Flickr page ^^;

    @Satoshii Yea, Olympus Jpeg colours are amazing. No other manufacturer beats them, or so it is said. :)

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for the comments all! Definitely having fun with the camera ^^

    @Eleonora You’re right, I need to update my Flickr page ^^;

    @Satoshii Yea, Olympus Jpeg colours are amazing. No other manufacturer beats them, or so it is said. :)

  4. Hummy says:

    That cat sure is cute!

  5. Hummy says:

    That cat sure is cute!

  6. Satoshii says:

    The cat picture is really good, great composition, especially with the fleeting light and animal behaviour and all.

    I *really* like the salt sign one though. One of the best pictures I think you’ve taken. The comosition is good, the lighting is perfect and it hits the right places, expecially lighting up the 塩 sign. The colours have come out great, especially on the sign, there’s blue tones everywhere, the DOF is just right and the subject matter is nice and rustic to boot. Well done!

    The Tsukamu one is also pretty good, especially since it’s such a high ISO.

    And i’m dying to know who that handsome fellow beside you in the ‘chums’ picture is? Why, what a dashing young man that must be!

  7. Satoshii says:

    The cat picture is really good, great composition, especially with the fleeting light and animal behaviour and all.

    I *really* like the salt sign one though. One of the best pictures I think you’ve taken. The comosition is good, the lighting is perfect and it hits the right places, expecially lighting up the 塩 sign. The colours have come out great, especially on the sign, there’s blue tones everywhere, the DOF is just right and the subject matter is nice and rustic to boot. Well done!

    The Tsukamu one is also pretty good, especially since it’s such a high ISO.

    And i’m dying to know who that handsome fellow beside you in the ‘chums’ picture is? Why, what a dashing young man that must be!

  8. Eleonora says:

    I demand a flickr page ;) Were you a walk-on in a ’30s gangsters movie, in the last one?
    Anyway more of this pleeeeease :D

  9. Eleonora says:

    I demand a flickr page ;) Were you a walk-on in a ’30s gangsters movie, in the last one?
    Anyway more of this pleeeeease :D

  10. Michiko says:

    I like `Stray Catty Cuteness` and `Me looking waaaay too childish at an Okinawan restaurant.` haha, very nice ;)

  11. Michiko says:

    I like `Stray Catty Cuteness` and `Me looking waaaay too childish at an Okinawan restaurant.` haha, very nice ;)

  12. WC says:

    I want the keyhook!

    /japanenvy

  13. WC says:

    I want the keyhook!

    /japanenvy

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