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Tokyo Photo Locations – Moments In Time Ep 5

Tokyo Photo Locations - Moments In Time Ep 5

that's plate yeah that's my hair how how long it takes you to do that wrong how know how much time hey 50 meat okay it takes me 20 minutes to do my hair too the adventure continues I've had so much fun in Malaysia now it's time to board a plane and fly to Tokyo all bags are belong to us but before we leave for Japan let's talk about what I do to pack for transcontinental trips like these so usually what I do is I pack most of the bulk of the camera gear inside of a fairly small backpack second thing I do is I put everything else in sort of a support laptop bag so this is all the laptop stuff my passport can sit in here and anything else that I need for quick access one can go in the overhead one goes under the seat and anything I'm going to need during the flight anything important my iPad to watch netflix stuff like that it's all right here in an easy access another rule is don't check anything that you're worried about getting broken or damaged so we're traveling with a bunch of cameras we have drones we have different batteries so absolutely all of the cameras all of the lenses and all of the batteries come with us even if battery chargers and different support elements like tripods and everything else go inside the bag that goes under the plane we must absolutely never check any batteries the biggest concern when you're traveling with a bunch of photographic gear is getting it on the plane while there is still overhead bin space so this is where it really comes down to the boarding order or your zone your boarding zone what you need to do is arrive at the gate early and at least get to the front of the end of the boarding zone so you can get on as soon as possible if the airline offers an early boarding option and it's an additional amount of money it's worth that small upgrade to be able to get in a higher priority line but what if you're in a situation you don't have any of that it's a different airline you had to book it late and you're in zone triple Z end of the world end of the universe kind of situation so if you're very polite in any situation you get into and any airline travel just be very polite and say this is a very expensive bag full of delicate electronic equipment is there any way you could stow this in the coat closet for me and I guarantee if they're in a good mood and you play your cards right it's likely they're gonna do it most often I'm only packing my own camera gear which is fairly simple traveling around the world being filmed the entire time is a new logistical challenge for me it's definitely been a team effort to transport this much gear from place to place we arrived in Tokyo fairly late and pretty much immediately went to the hotel and crashed the next morning we started off bright and early by hitting the subway Subway's are super efficient trains as well here in Tokyo for example to get to our destination would have cost me thirty five dollars for a taxi and only shave two minutes off the trip this is two dollars here that near silence and some bird chirping sounds to calm people down even more Japan and Tokyo is a really good example of this where you can actually take a nap on the subway everybody's really quiet people are just listening to their headphones everybody's respectful of your personal space and nobody's gonna steal that just doesn't happen here so you can be totally relaxed in these environments unlike other parts of the world where the metro stations are really chaotic here in Japan it's very polite so everybody always exits the Train first nobody or very rarely does one person get on before everybody exits when you're on the escalator best thing you do move to the left because people are often in a hurry and they need to be able to get by the other thing is you have to check your direction so I already know its platform three but I know that's the direction so you can see all of the stations you're going to it's always good to double check the Google Maps just in case here you can see all the exits a 1 a 2 B 1 I chose a 3 we're going to queue soomi Gardens there are a lot of Gardens in Tokyo but this is by far one of my favorites so we have to go this way then this way then this way follow that bike an adult ticket to kyo Sumi Gardens cost 150 yen the park used to be privately owned by the founder of Mitsubishi who renovated the space to make it look more like a garden for Japan's Meiji era the gardens are open to the public and are famous for their stepping stone paths these stones are brought in from all over Japan just for this garden Japan's predominantly a Buddhist country so in different types of Buddhism meditation is important meditation can help create harmony and balance in your life so sometimes in a form of meditation I'll sit in a beautiful place like this and just relax and in the Japanese culture they do what's called forest bathing or nature bathing and that's the act of simply being in nature and relaxing so throughout Tokyo you're gonna find shrines parks and different nature areas that you can enjoy and Kyo Sumi Gardens is my favorite garden usually this one's a little off the tourist track and so quiet even at peak times people just sit relax and enjoy it and throughout you could even see that we're surrounded by teller buildings but it's totally peaceful here well I feel pretty refreshed I feel like I've bathed in the nature now it's time to get into the city I'm in Tokyo busy rush hour commute I'm heading to Shibuya crossing which is also the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world it's also very difficult to photograph but I know a spot let's just say that should be a crossing is a little intimidating to say the least because it is super busy it's also interesting that all over the world we try to avoid crowds like this but here in Shibuya the crowd is literally the attraction I got to get a photo with this guy can I take a photo with you yeah all right yeah this way oh yeah this better because that's in the background yeah so we go here ready yeah that's yeah that's my hair how long it takes you to do that wrong how no how much time hey Vicki meets 20 minutes okay it takes me 20 minutes to do my hair to take care I would really consider this sort of a Time Square of Tokyo because there's billboards signs these big video screens really just trying to draw attention to all the businesses the bars and the restaurants around here because all the tourists do come here the businesses have kind of taken advantage to market to everybody what I usually do is I start here at the jr. line and I cross and believe it or not I go right to the Starbucks coffee in equal parts I always try to avoid both crowds and Starbucks coffee but in this case I have to combine these two things together to get the photograph these days it's easy to upload videos just like you'd upload photos to social media and sometimes the algorithms actually favor videos and more people will see it with time-lapses it's better to let it run longer so what I'm gonna do is try to capture a few cycles of the people and then the cars and then the people again let's see how that turned out there's a little bit of camera shake but the iPhone fixes that go get the cycle the cars and then the people a photo works really well but you really want to capture all of the chaos and the time-lapse definitely shows the amount of people that are moving through this intersection next on the agenda is a trip to Fujifilm headquarters in Roppongi to meet with a very special person now I'm really excited we get to meet Sam Minami who's been with Fuji film for a long time and was responsible for the development of the Fuji film film stock not only that he built the bridge between the analogue side and the digital side and is responsible for how the film's simulations and new digital cameras perfectly matched the original film stock so Sam how long have you been at Fuji films um nearly 50 years already 50 years that's incredible how did you start it beautiful I spent my career with technical stuff um development the film that we're all used to I know you most used to it would be some of these actually yes especially this one but but we have a long history worked at cut up here it's interesting now when we start moving into film into the digital side yeah because now what I what I love is that these these films are now filmed simulations I feel like this is a tremendous amount of work and effort to make sure that that film look and style color and the profile perfectly matches what then becomes the digital simulation this was a submitted yeah that'll work yeah and then I'll show it so sounds not very difficult just major the cut out of on the pier then just to transfer to that right almost like you think a Pantone color it's not that easy I wanted to continue the conversation with Sam so we went to the photo History Museum which is located on the first floor of the Fujifilm Tokyo offices did you have a favorite camera aha this one oh yes the tiens one we just used we are these in Singapore so but this is the panoramic yes yeah dependable have you seen a vision of a Sakura Russia most older picture to convey a little beer and blue tea really so it's not digital you know Wow Mount Fuji I would've just assumed walking into this gallery no reading it that it was all shot digital so the paper actually can help too because the the gloss Kakashi and then Velvia tonality is really beautiful especially this is I've always noticed with the Velvia yeah that's perfectly after the for the Reds and the magenta yes it's a really difficult to read and this is interesting too we talk about color or that the concept of actual color and memory comes yeah because Fujifilm spent a lot of time studying how how we remember color so is that how the colors represented in the film travel disappear film we aimed to produce better color on the nature scenery our you know a variation of color it's not a measurement but a shooting and then we just observe on write books and then we try to simulate it's actually very difficult it's a seemingly mmm as soon as you started getting into the printing then there's the calibration of the anus and everything coming into it as well well thank you very much for spending time with me this afternoon yeah what yeah it's great to meet you too after seeing all these beautiful photos in the gallery I was ready to take some of my own I met up with Kenji Yamamoto a good friend and fellow landscape photographer near Tokyo super-luxury neighborhood of Ginza at the incredibly picturesque International Forum building we actually in the middle of Tokyo but this is meant to be sort of a art like a supposed rob thicke show the concept there present yes all right well let's go ahead and check it out yes all right let's go up so this is a cool spot because I don't think many photographers coming internationally know about it because it's kind of hidden well this is the Tokyo International Forum all right yeah or as I call it the spaceships the ceiling is very interesting everything's interesting about this building do you know there's a one spot that you can take a reflection I don't know that's why you're gonna to show me that I remember looking for things like I was looking at the photos of like how do you do yeah yeah I have to see this cuz it's like a specific area we're gonna learn this reflection spot this this is this is tricked me for years [Laughter] are you yeah yeah so this is just incredibly interesting area to photograph yeah it doesn't matter what kind of camera you have it's a smartphone wide-angle telephoto these bridges and everything even this Mach 1 you can take a nice one yeah and what we're gonna wait for is right now the sun's getting really low are getting really nice light but there's a lot of a lot of illumination inside of this building mm-hmm and we'll start to get the blue hour and the sunset together it's just gonna light it beautifully and actually the sky is perfect for it cuz we're just gonna get this yeah clear blue clear skies yeah so reflection the only reflective thing I see is this which is not reflecting the scene now you're laughing already but it really can't just be right yeah it is it's this piece of glass yes so if we can get our yeah yeah close enough this piece of glass yeah it's a perfect mirror of the scene and it's probably gonna be an iPhone shot Wow look at that clearly Kenji came prepared I have a clamp but it's not gonna work and so what I need to do is get really close here and if I do this I could just I can literally just carefully put the camera down the cameras rotate it down because it's just sitting on the lens so I might be able to raise the lens up a little bit using this lens hood but I was thinking I could just use other things in my back like a spare battery so maybe very carefully because I do like my camera and I don't want to mess it up I can raise this up and it looks like that's a little better these lines are touching the bottom right corner mm-hmm and I went but I wanted to go up a little bit more it's 500 yen you think that's like four degrees maybe each coin is one degree that's very nice it's adjustable ya Yin Japanese yen to the rescue that's pretty good I think I need one yeah boy yes one more I don't know if this is a professional photographer thing this is could I take the shot handheld yeah didn't see plan like it yeah yeah I got it right now the question is that cameras not cheap do you think it's safe you say reassure me like yes yes I think it'll be okay like it's okay because if it falls it would fall here yeah fall and then I just have to be faster than right yes yeah and it's a good thing that I've already trained as a ninja what are we gonna call this technique oh I feel like it needs a good name it could just be like battery and coins under the lens to get the reflection trick that's too long [Laughter] the money shot money shot after I got my money shot Kenji and I spent more time exploring Ginza we even ducked into my favorite sushi restaurant to eat some sashimi and discuss the Japanese mindset to photography and specifically sha chin but that's too much for this episode it's long enough already so I put the extended interview with Kenji in our flicker moments in time community be sure to check it out there and also don't forget to give this video a like and subscribe to the channel but before I go one last thing I might as well show you my room comes with a humidifier a bed and a little space to move glasses cup say your also get it's not a toilet it's a wash lid heated seats all the day features just don't go pressing buttons until you figure out what they are that's a big mistake No

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Join me in Tokyo for Episode 5 of Moments in Time where we take a journey around the world together, and share about photography, travel, people, food, experiences, and everything that happens between the frames I capture.

In this episode, we fly from Kuala Lumpur to one of my favorite cities in the world, Tokyo, Japan. In transit, I share some of my techniques for getting all of my camera gear packed up and on the plane for international flights. I navigate and give tips for Tokyo’s sometimes confusing, but well connected, subway system as we visit my favorite of Tokyo’s many Japanese gardens, Kiyosumi. After some relaxing “nature bathing,” we’ll visit another one of Tokyo’s many attractions–Shibuya Crossing–where the crowd itself has become an attraction. It can be an overwhelming place so I share my favorite vantage point to capture all the action.

We pay a visit the Photo History Museum in Fujifilm’s Tokyo headquarters to speak with Sam Minami, the man responsible for bringing Fujifilm’s long legacy of color film into the new era as film simulations in their line of digital cameras. But no visit to Tokyo would be complete without some cityscape photography, so we head to Ginza for some architectural shots with my good friend, Kenji Yamamura, in the Tokyo International Forum Building. He gives us the local scoop on a unique reflection shot that’s somewhat obscure. We use some non-traditional tactics to capture the “Money Shot” (literally a tripod made of coins) before getting some sushi at one of my favorite restaurants in Ginza.

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Host: Elia Locardi
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