Friday, February 24, 2017

Tokyo Afternoon

This street scene could just as easily have been photographed in Paris, Milan, New York or London as in Tokyo.  Here, the late afternoon coffee crowd gathers in a modern square a short distance from the Imperial Palace and Gardens.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Imtiaz's Camera Market Tokyo

The selection of used camera equipment at Imtiaz's Camera Market in Tokyo is overwhelming.  Packed into this over flowing little store (the store is about 10' feet wide and 30' feet front to back) is camera equipment of every type and vintage.  There were many tempting things on offer, but one must show some restraint.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Housekeeping in Tokyo

At one point in our journey to Tokyo I remarked to our host that it seemed to me that fairies must come out every night and clean the city.  Despite the enormous population and the density it is one of the cleanest cities I have ever visited.  At home we would expect a taxi driver to have cleaned the car at some point in the hours before picking up a passenger but I dare say that no taxi driver in Edmonton would take the time to dust his car before allowing a passenger to climb aboard.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with 37.8 million people living in an area of 2662 square kilometers (6890/square mile - Edmonton by comparison is 319/square mile).  As a result there is not a lot of spare space as evidenced by this restaurant near the Tsukiji Fish Market.  Three seats, a counter and the kitchen all in a space not much bigger than an en suite bathroom in a North American house.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo

Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the most amazing places I've ever been.  Things start to stir here about 2 in the morning when tourists come in hope of getting one of 120 places to view the tuna auction that begins at 5:00 or so.  Outside the auction area lie the docks where product is packaged and made ready for export. Beyond that there are a number of streets and alleyways lined with stalls and restaurants selling seafood of ever type imaginable.  I took this photo with the pano setting on my iPhone 7.

Friday, January 20, 2017


In November we took a short trip to Tokyo.  I'll post a few shots from that trip over the next while.  First stop; Akihabara, the home of all things electronic in Tokyo.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Edmonton at Night

The view of Edmonton's downtown at night is often photographed and it can be a challenge to come up with a shot this is a little bit difference.  Night time exposures are long and by changing the focal length on a zoom lens during the exposure light streaks like these are easy to capture.