Featured: 'A Week in Japan- Photos' by PenWS

penWS

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Few months ago during the New Year period I spent a week on my own in Japan. My original destination was Singapore but after finding out the air fare is only slightly more to add Japan in, I decided to see the country I've always wanted to. I took my E-PL5 kit along with The Panny 14mm pancake and Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye, having just picked up photography as a hobby. Japan is a nice country with friendly and polite people, incredible cities (especially at night), and amazing (words or photos cannot do justice here) food. I had a great time there. Along the way I picked up the Oly 12mm and 45mm for taking photos at night, the prices are amazing there and I simply couldn't resist!:biggrin: Here are some of my favorite shots, after spending 4 days in Tokyo, 3 in Kyoto, and a night each in Nagoya and Nagasaki. I went around mostly in Shinkansens (bullet train) using a 7 day tourist pass purchased before entering Japan.

First morning in Tokyo I went to the famous Tsukiji fish market, and got to sample some of the freshest seafood from the stalls. Taken with Pana 14mm
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Went up the world trade center for some evening and night views of the city. Taken with Oly 45mm
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Taken with Rokinon 7.5mm
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Taken with Oly 12mm
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Yokohama is just nearby and I went there just before sunset. Taken with Oly 12mm
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Then up the Landmark Tower with some nice views of the city. Taken with Rokinon 7.5mm
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Played with the gentle sepia art filter. Taken with Oly 45mm
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Yokohama at night with Rokinon 7.5mm
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Cosmo World with Rokinon 7.5mm
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Also went to Odaiba at night and saw the beautiful rainbow bridge. Tried a 'bokeh' shot with the Oly 45mm
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The cafes in Tokyo are irresistible. This heavenly tasting plate by Patissiere Sadaharu Aoki Paris, taken with Oly 12mm
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Walked from my hotel to Kasai Rinkai park opposite Disneyland on New Years Eve, and took some fireworks shots with the Oly 45mm
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First sunrise of 2014 over Cinderella castle. It feels like half the city is out to see it, amazing crowd! Taken with Oly 45mm
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The bamboo grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto was the place I looked forward to. It was surreal. Taken with Oly 12mm
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Kinkakuji temple, Kyoto. Taken with Oly 12mm
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At Kinkakuji, this cute little one posed for me! Taken with Oly 45mm
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Went to Nagoya for the night illuminations in Nabana no Sato. It was beautiful. Tunnel of Light, taken with Oly 12mm
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Happy photo time for everyone, everywhere.. taken with Oly 45mm
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Spent the last night in Nagasaki and took this night shot of the city, with Rokinon 7.5mm
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An excellent suite of photos, bravo and thank you.

Colourful, creative, dramatic. I was particularly taken with the cafe cakes, and the two bamboo efforts. cheers
 

kevinparis

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a fine set of shots... Japan is a fascinating place to visit

I did a similar trip there a year ago, and would absolutely reccommend it as a place to visit, particularly if you are from Europe/America

you can see some of my shots here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/sets/72157633308002291/

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P4140020 - Version 2 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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P4170126 by kevinparis, on Flickr

and read of my experiences and see some other shots here

http://ginoux.blogspot.be

cheers

K
 

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Astonishing photos! It felt like the world stopped when I watched this.

I like asian culture but have only been in China. Japan is second destination and maybe I will go this year (together with Cambodia perhaps). After seeing this the word "maybe" feels thin though :)
 

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Thank you all for your kind comments! I'm very happy with the Oly 12 and 45, took so many photos with those 2 little gems. Love my m43 kit for travel too- the whole camera bag feels lighter than my mate's DSLR + kit lens.:biggrin:

a fine set of shots... Japan is a fascinating place to visit

I did a similar trip there a year ago, and would absolutely reccommend it as a place to visit, particularly if you are from Europe/America

you can see some of my shots here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/sets/72157633308002291/

and read of my experiences and see some other shots here

http://ginoux.blogspot.be

cheers

K

Thanks for sharing, I think that selfie shot is superb! Indeed even though hardly anyone speaks English there and I only know a few words of Japanese, I find it pretty easy to get around as everything is well organized. I'd also recommend bringing a decent amount of cash as many places don't accept credit cards.

Astonishing photos! It felt like the world stopped when I watched this.

I like asian culture but have only been in China. Japan is second destination and maybe I will go this year (together with Cambodia perhaps). After seeing this the word "maybe" feels thin though :)

Cheers! There is much more in Japan..:biggrin: I did not have enough time to visit Hokkaido, one of my mates went there and had a great time.
 

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Adding a couple more..

A highly Lightroom'd photo from somewhere underground in Tokyo taken with Oly 45mm
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And a look a Japanese cuisine, twin bento served by Kozue restaurant on the 40th floor of Park Hyatt Tokyo. Prettiest lunch I've ever had and with awesome views!
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kevinparis

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Kevin Paris: You have officially captured the coolest, still casual selfportrait ever!

thanks Catz

it kind of sums up my state of mind at that moment...just off a 10 hour flight on my first trip to Japan, and wandering out of the hotel for the first time and into a multi floor electronics store!!!

cheers

K
 

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I took my E-PL5 kit along with The Panny 14mm pancake and Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye, having just picked up photography as a hobby. Japan is a nice country with friendly and polite people, incredible cities (especially at night), and amazing (words or photos cannot do justice here) food. I had a great time there. Along the way I picked up the Oly 12mm and 45mm for taking photos at night, the prices are amazing there and I simply couldn't resist!:biggrin:

I also bought my first "real" camera (PM2 with two lens kit) and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens.

I am making my second trip to Japan at the end of June - 2 full days in Kyoto, a travel day from Kyoto to Nara - spend a few hours, then on to Tokyo, then 3 full days in Tokyo, part of 2 days climbing / hiking Mt. Fuji, and an additional full day in Tokyo before heading home.

Would you mind sharing the store you were in where you found these amazing prices and any advice I might need to know in order to find similar deals?

I've been to Japan before, but it was ONLY the Kyoto area - so I have some familiarity, but then again - it has been six years since my last trip there.
 

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Thank you.

I have heard of Yodobashi and that there are a lot of options in Shinjuku - so thanks for the MAP suggestion.

I hope to get wonderful photos, but I'm pretty new to this.

Thank you again!
 

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I also bought my first "real" camera (PM2 with two lens kit) and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens.

I am making my second trip to Japan at the end of June - 2 full days in Kyoto, a travel day from Kyoto to Nara - spend a few hours, then on to Tokyo, then 3 full days in Tokyo, part of 2 days climbing / hiking Mt. Fuji, and an additional full day in Tokyo before heading home.

Would you mind sharing the store you were in where you found these amazing prices and any advice I might need to know in order to find similar deals?

I've been to Japan before, but it was ONLY the Kyoto area - so I have some familiarity, but then again - it has been six years since my last trip there.

Congratulations on your new purchase, you will have fun and get many wonderful photos with it no doubt.

I bought the 2 lenses at a store called MAP Camera in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There are so many camera stores there you can basically spend half a day browsing and comparing, I didn't even manage to go through the majority of them! But I found MAP to have the best prices, Yodobashi probably has the largest range but they run some sort of points system that end up around the same prices as MAP if you use the points. Also you just need to let the MAP staff know you are a tourist and show them your passport to get the duty free price. Enjoy your trip!:smile:
 

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Nice set of photos Brings back memories of my trip in 2005 with 5D.

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Nice set of photos Brings back memories of my trip in 2005 with 5D.

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Thanks and nice set Peter, I wanted to visit the tuna auction but in the end it was too early for me! Lots of the gardens were closed too when I went.
 

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