Best Japan pictures, 2016 (Black and white)

And today the best pictures in black and white I captured here in Japan in 2016. Do you like more the color series from yesterday’s blogpost or the black and white series of today?

Do you take black and white pictures? Why? For me is a question of how I feel, sometimes I would feel like black and white and I take only b&w pictures for days and even weeks. Then my mood changes for some weird reason and I go back to color 🙂

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Best Japan pictures, 2016 (Color)

I don’t like the feeling of time fading into eternity, that’s why use my camera to immortalize moments of it. These the pictures which I consider to be best ones I took here in Japan in 2016. I will divide them into two posts: this one with color photos and the next one that I will publish tomorrow with black and white photography.

I took all these using my Nikon D800 except the picture at the sushi restaurant, that one I captured it using my iPhone 5. At the end of this post I’m also sharing a video with some scenes of my life here in Tokyo, also shoot using iPhone5 and edited using iMovie.

If you want a high resolution version of any of the pictures you can download them from Flickr (Feel free to use them any way you want, even commercially, as long as you mention Hector Garcia-A Geek In Japan as the author of them)

Best photos of Japan from previous years:

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Second hand cameras in Japan

Years ago it was worthwhile to buy new cameras in Japan (It was generally cheaper). I don’t think that’s true anymore, for most new cameras the price difference (Japan – other countries) is almost nonexistent.

But when people travelling to Japan ask me, I tell them that if they are really into photography what is still worthwhile is to enjoy visiting secondhand camera shops. Many of them have disappeared but there are still plenty of secondhand and oldschool film camera shops that you can find in the most random places. This one in the pictures is a very local shop that Carlos and me found while walking around Asakusa. From outside it doesn’t feel like a camera shop, it blends with the soba restaurants and coffee places in the same street.

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This the exact location of the shop in the pictures and these are other popular secondhand camera shops in Tokyo are Ozawa Camera, Fujiya Camera and Map Camera.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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