Instagram from Japan 2015 – Part 1

This has been the first year that I have taken more pictures with my iPhone than with my “traditional” cameras (Nikon D800 and Fuji X100). I don’t know if it’s laziness or that the difference in quality between a photo taken with a 2kg Nikon D800+24-70mm and a smartphone weighting less than 200 grams is much less than years ago.

These are my best pictures from instagram judging from the number of likes, which it doesn’t mean that they are good pictures per se. I have selected all the pictures from last year with more than 400 likes.

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Shinjuku street photography

Before living in Japan I didn’t have any interest photography, now it is my passion. My interest started back in 2005 after seeing in action two great Japanese photographers taking pictures in Shinjuku: Moriyama Daido and Nobuyoshi Araki. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were and they still are two of the greatest Japanese photographers ever. I was fascinated by how they merged into the crowd with their little cameras. There was something about the passion they showed that captivated me.

I’ve been trying many types of photography during the years. Even though I like taking all types of pictures I’ve found that what I enjoy the most is doing the same as Araki and Moriyama: walking the streets and capture moments and people. I like the feeling of capturing a very unique moment on the street: a gesture, a group of people talking, leg shadows merging with neon lights reflected on rain water.

 

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Manufacturing Makeup Brushes

The president of Beautilish, an online shop that sells makeup, follows me on Flickr and seems to like the style of my photos. Last year he offered me to travel to Kumano (near Hiroshima) to visit the factory where their makeup brushes are made and do a photo report of the manufacturing process of the brushes. You can see the result in the website of Beautilish. It was a ver interesting experience!

Beautilish makeup manufacturing

Beautilish makeup manufacturing

See all the photos at Beautilish website

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2014 In Tokyo Through My Cameras

In this year that is coming to an end I’ve still been rocking with my passion for photography. In my instagram @kirainet you can follow the photos that I take with my iPhone 4 and that I publish almost daily. In this post I am compiling the photos that I have taken during the year with my Nikon D800 and my Fuji X100. I took some of them in Kanagawa, but almost all of them were captured strolling around the streets of my beloved Tokyo.

I wish you all have a very happy Xmas and an awesome year 2015!

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

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2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo

2014 photos in Tokyo
Cads taking photos for Tokyo-Project

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For those of us that still use Flickr here are the photos in this Flickr set where you can download the photos in high resolution.

Best photos of past years:

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Photos of Ancient Japan

I’ve been collecting photos of ancient Japan for a while. I compile them in my Pinterest. Most of the photos are from the late 19th century and early 20th century. My favorites are the photos of the farmers in the foggy forest and the photos of the Buddha in Kamakura. In one of them you can see the Buddha with palm trees around.

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Ancient Japan

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Ancient Japan photos

Ancient Japan photos

Ancient Japan photos

Ancient Japan photos

Ancient Japan photos

Ancient Japan photos

Ancient Japan photos

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2013 Through My Instagram

Last year I kept using my Instagram @kirainet frequently. It is one of the apps that I use in my iPhone 4. I like to see the timeline to see what people is doing around the world and I like to take photos with my iPhone because it continuously makes me to look around in order to get “The Picture”. Every day I “force” myself to capture something interesting with my iPhone and then publish it on my Instagram. These are the photos that I took in 2013 that had more than 250 likes. It seems like some of the themes that people like most are skies and sunsets :)

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Instagram kirainet

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Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram kirainet

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

Instagram photos in Japan

If you liked my photos you can follow me on Instagram!

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My Best Photos in 2013

I started 2013 in Spain where I took the first pictures of the year. I spent the rest of the year in Japan taking photos with my Nikon D800, Fuji X100 and my Iphone 4. The only addition to my photography equipment this year was a Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D lens (until now I just had a 50mm f/1.2 lens). I am very happy with the new lens, it has helped me take photos with a different style than that captured with the 50mm.

This year more and better photos!

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Japan photos 2013

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Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

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Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

Japan photos 2013

You can see all the photos in this Flickr set and download them in high resolution.

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Visiting a Yowa Yowa Exhibition by Natsumi Hayashi

Last year we had the opportunity to visit a small photography exhibition by Natsumi Hayashi, a Japanese girl that takes photos of herself levitating. Her photos are great, she uses different techniques to be able to achieve such a credible levitating effect. While on the exhibition we tried to imitate her style just by doing simple jumps. The most difficult thing is the jump timing.

This was the result of the photos that we took during the exhibition:

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This one was the most difficult to get. To make everybody jump at the same time and take the photo in the exact moment was not easy at all.

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Yowa yowa

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You can see her photos at her website Yowayowacamera.com.

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