Project: The World Above My Head

Recent workshop reversed the theme of our recent ‘world at my feet’ series.

After the success of our recent ‘The World at my Feet’ workshop I though we would literally turn that world on its head the other week and follow-up with the perfect companion workshop: ‘The World Above My Head’ .

If you havent seen the article about our recent ‘world at my feet’ workshop, click below:

http://japanorama.co.uk/2010/08/09/photography-workshops-the-world-at-my-feet/

The route we took – Yurakucho-Tokyo-Kanda-Akihabara-Asakusabashi – gave us a nice opportunity to get lots of different overhead action, although to begin with it was certainly more challenging than lookng down at the ground, as we had done on the previous workshop. We started off at the International Forum to break us in gently, as that building offers enormous potential for a whole variety of different shots and it didn’t disappoint for this brief.

After that the main challenges, out doors in the summer, were coping with shooting up into a bright sky. Some nice shots came about with people exposing more for the sky than the objects we were looking up at. Biasing the exposure that way meant some great, moody shots were captured. Justin and Marvin got some super ones of a building just near the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station: moody skies with great cloud detail and an imposing monolith of a building rendered in almost Mordor-like mood.

It wasn’t all about shooting up with wide-angle lenses, although that is certainly one way to get some overhead drama and especially in a city like Tokyo where there are a lot of tall buildings, often rammed into cramped and narrow streets – as we found exploring between Tokyo and Nihombashi. There are also elements, once you begin looking up, that offer great opportunity for colour counterpoint: a green traffic light and the red awning of a department store; brightly coloured traffic signs amidst a mess of concrete overpass curves.

This project, like its counterpart, is all about changing where you look and the way you look. So many photos are taken straight ahead, from head-height. Get down on the ground or look straight up and suddenly just that change of perspective gets you focused on a collection of cityscape elements that you may never normally notice.

A great day’s walk, some splendid shots from people.

Here’s a Flickr slideshow of shots from Justin.

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And a show of shots by Marvin, who was out with us for the first time. Great to meet you Marvin.

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Ed sent in some shots by email and his are here in this slideshow:

 

 

Some of my shots are here, all straight from the camera.

 

 

Here’s a final gallery of shots I’ve taken over the past three years or so, which fall into this sort of category. Anything above head height would constitute a shot in this theme and framework. Why not give it a go for yourself.

 

 

after the success of last week's 'The World at my Feet'
workshop I though we would literally turn that world on its head this
week and follow-up with the perfect companion workshop:

'The World Above My Head'

If you havent seen the article about last week's workshop, with
people's shots... click here:

http://japanorama.co.uk/2010/08/09/photography-workshops-the-world-at-my-feet/

This Saturday we'll be starting at 3pm at finishing around 8pm. The
route should give us a nice opportunity to get lots of different
overhead action. Here are the details. Just hit 'reply' on this email
to get back to me and book a place:

 Meeting place: Yurakucho JR station, exit for the International Forum
 Meeting Time: 3pm
 Route: Yurakucho-Tokyo-Kanda-Akihabara-Asakusabashi
 Theme: 'The World Over My Head'.
 Techniques/creative excercise: This is all about learning to see the
world that isnt directly ahead of you, at head-height; which is where
most shots typically get taken from/of. There'll be a strong element
of composition learning with this walk, looking at home we can use
lines, light/shade, texture and focus to lead the eye. You'll also
find yourself getting a feel for expression of urban texture and shape
through abstraction.
 Output of the class?: Ten shots, to be emailed in for show on the
website.
 Suggested gear: widest lens you have, a 50mm, something short
telephoto [up to 200mm]. Nikon users who dont have this gear, fear
not... I do.
 Fee: I'm keeping costs at our 'summer special' level of 3500Yen per
person.
 Max number of people:after the success of last week's 'The World at my Feet' workshop I though we would literally turn that world on its head this week and follow-up with the perfect companion workshop:  'The World Above My Head'  If you havent seen the article about last week's workshop, with people's shots... click here:  http://japanorama.co.uk/2010/08/09/photography-workshops-the-world-at-my-feet/  This Saturday we'll be starting at 3pm at finishing around 8pm. The route should give us a nice opportunity to get lots of different overhead action. Here are the details. Just hit 'reply' on this email to get back to me and book a place:   Meeting place: Yurakucho JR station, exit for the International Forum  Meeting Time: 3pm  Route: Yurakucho-Tokyo-Kanda-Akihabara-Asakusabashi  Theme: 'The World Over My Head'.   Techniques/creative excercise: This is all about learning to see the world that isnt directly ahead of you, at head-height; which is where most shots typically get taken from/of. There'll be a strong element of composition learning with this walk, looking at home we can use lines, light/shade, texture and focus to lead the eye. You'll also find yourself getting a feel for expression of urban texture and shape through abstraction.  Output of the class?: Ten shots, to be emailed in for show on the website.  Suggested gear: widest lens you have, a 50mm, something short telephoto [up to 200mm]. Nikon users who dont have this gear, fear not... I do.  Fee: I'm keeping costs at our 'summer special' level of 3500Yen per person.  Max number of people: 8  Hope to see you Saturday. 8

Hope to see you Saturday.

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