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

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by penWS, May 15, 2014.

  1. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    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

    Went up the world trade center for some evening and night views of the city. Taken with Oly 45mm

    Taken with Rokinon 7.5mm

    Taken with Oly 12mm

    Yokohama is just nearby and I went there just before sunset. Taken with Oly 12mm

    Then up the Landmark Tower with some nice views of the city. Taken with Rokinon 7.5mm

    Played with the gentle sepia art filter. Taken with Oly 45mm

    Yokohama at night with Rokinon 7.5mm

    Cosmo World with Rokinon 7.5mm

    Also went to Odaiba at night and saw the beautiful rainbow bridge. Tried a 'bokeh' shot with the Oly 45mm

    The cafes in Tokyo are irresistible. This heavenly tasting plate by Patissiere Sadaharu Aoki Paris, taken with Oly 12mm

    Walked from my hotel to Kasai Rinkai park opposite Disneyland on New Years Eve, and took some fireworks shots with the Oly 45mm

    First sunrise of 2014 over Cinderella castle. It feels like half the city is out to see it, amazing crowd! Taken with Oly 45mm

    The bamboo grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto was the place I looked forward to. It was surreal. Taken with Oly 12mm


    Kinkakuji temple, Kyoto. Taken with Oly 12mm

    At Kinkakuji, this cute little one posed for me! Taken with Oly 45mm

    Went to Nagoya for the night illuminations in Nabana no Sato. It was beautiful. Tunnel of Light, taken with Oly 12mm

    Happy photo time for everyone, everywhere.. taken with Oly 45mm

    Spent the last night in Nagasaki and took this night shot of the city, with Rokinon 7.5mm
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  2. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    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
  3. val

    val Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2013
    great shots
  4. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
    Great series of shots! Nominated for a feature.
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  5. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    Great set. Thanks for sharing.
  6. aaronlongphoto

    aaronlongphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 2, 2013
    Louisville KY
    Aaron Long
    Super jealous I want to visit Japan so bad! looks like you had fun and got some amazing photos!
  7. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Your set SHOULD be a feature - Every picture is excellent. M4/3 in capable hands.
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  8. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
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  9. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Very cool - thanks!
  10. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    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 :) 
  11. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    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:

    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.

    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.
  12. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    Adding a couple more..

    A highly Lightroom'd photo from somewhere underground in Tokyo taken with Oly 45mm

    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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  13. Catz

    Catz Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 8, 2013
    Tromsø, Norway
    Kevin Paris: You have officially captured the coolest, still casual selfportrait ever!
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  14. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    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!!!


  15. gengo

    gengo Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2014
    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.
  16. gengo

    gengo Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2014
    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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  17. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    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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  18. peterpix

    peterpix Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010
    So. Maine
    Peter Randal
    Nice set of photos Brings back memories of my trip in 2005 with 5D.

  19. peterpix

    peterpix Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010
    So. Maine
    Peter Randal
  20. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    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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