Fixed position street photography: drivers passing, Shinbashi, Tokyo

Finding a good spot and staying in it can be as rewarding as shooting on the move. 

I sometimes equate street photography to fishing and there're basically two ways of doing either: 'trawling' with a big net, i.e. moving and shooting with a wide-angle. Or, 'finding the best spot in the river/sea, choosing the right tool and waiting for your catch'…. picking a specific lens and standing in the same place to wait for your subjects. 

This spot in Shinbashi, Tokyo, is by the railway bridge over the road – on the Ginza side of the station. It's a place where you always get great light towards sun-down, especially in the winter when the sun's angle is low and the quality of the light is different to what you get at other times of the year. 

As they turned the corner past me, each passing driver was getting the sun right into their face. The light was wonderful, cinematic even and by exposing more for the brighter subjects all the darker parts of the scene just fell into dense shadows. Made the photos more dramatic and the sun was saturating the colours nicely. 

Gear?
Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai 

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7 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Fred O

    Great shots, +Alfie Goodrich. Nice thinking!!

  2. Laura Harding

    Nice shots, and fab description of street photography…. I might nick that if you don't mind :)

  3. Jason Combs

    You described it beautifully. It's something I love doing. That feeling you have when you know you've gotten the shot and can't wait to work on it at home.

  4. Alfie Goodrich

    I don't mind +Laura Harding. Just give me a namecheck :-)

  5. Caspar Thomas

    interesting – I'll have to give this a try sometime soon I think…

  6. Paul Vreeland

    Thanks for putting this in words as well as images.

  7. Meg Y.

    I guess that's my favourite way of fishing, I mean, taking pictures on the streets ;)

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