My wife and I spent a few days in Tokyo for the New Year, our first trip there with our 5-year-old in tow. Between taking him to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka and Disney Sea, I managed to do a quick run to the camera store to get these: Instax Mini Chrome film and a Lomography Light Painter. Eager to test them out and hope to post the results within the next two years – HAH! Bad blogger!

Street Food Chef

More often than not, my Ricoh GR10 is loaded with Fujifilm Neopan 400, one of my favorite film stocks. Sadly, sourcing this stock is becoming harder with each passing month.

The rest of the shots on the Travelomo Facebook page

Walk On

No trip to Beijing is complete without a visit to the Forbidden City, which truly deserves a day or two (more even) in your itinerary. Unfortunately we only had a couple of hours to walk through the site’s vast grounds. Better than nothing, of course, and I took the opportunity to practice street photography, which candidly frames human subjects within their environmental context.  It’s quite the challenge for me, a natural introvert, to take photos of strangers in public but I manned up and just did it.

The best advice from experienced street photographers I’ve put to practice is to smile while you’re taking photos. A natural smile, mind you, never creepy. Meter for ambient light and set your camera’s aperture and shutter speed well in advance, so you don’t waste time fiddling with your dials just when you see a shot coming together. When you find a backdrop you really like, compose the shot in advance, pre-focus on a sweet spot and just wait for a subject to walk into the frame. You can also keep your aperture as narrow as possible for maximum depth of field to keep things in sharp focus.

For these shots I used my vintage Olympus PEN S.  It’s small and discreet, and hardly makes a sound.  Its 30mm lens is wide enough to capture huge chunks of scenery and gives great depth of field. Perfect for street photography.

Fashion Rampage

(Okay, for this shot above I cheated: these aren’t strangers.)

Forbidden Walk

Open Window

Courtyard

I’ve yet to figure out if WordPress has a Readmore function, so I’ll cap this at five shots. If you want to see more from this set, feel free to view the collection at my Flickr account. Add me as a contact and I’ll add you back. Good night!

A few weeks back I happened upon a cosplay convention at one of the bigger malls here in Manila. I had with me my then-recently purchased Ricoh Auto Half E, loaded with Kodak 400CN film. Cute people in costume? How could I resist?

Danbo Amazon.co.jp and Mrs. Travelomo

More photos on my Flickr.

Oh, this was also the day when my brand spanking new Ricoh CX3 was stolen from our car while it was parked at the parking lot.