Akiba Contact Sheets

A week ago, I wrote about a very instructive exhibition we saw in Berlin, where Magnum photographers showed their selected images together with all the images from the same photo shoot. Seeing photos in a context like this is a good way to train the photographic eye and we will practice this in a new regular series on our blog: Contact Sheets. For the first edition, I chose a picture from Tokyo published in our last post:

A rainy evening in Akiba - Olympus Pen EPL-3, 14mm (28mm equivalent), f3.5, 1/10,  grainy film art filter

A rainy evening in Akiba – Olympus Pen EPL-3, 14mm (28mm equivalent), f3.5, 1/10, grainy film art filter

I took this picture near Akihibara station, on the last evening of our visit to Tokyo. We had visited the area before but the rain and the darkness gave it a new look, more solemn and glamorous. I tried to capture this atmosphere using an art filter with a grainy film look and high contrast. While using art filters directly on the camera limits the options for later editing, I like to use this tool for black and white photography to force myself to focus more on high contrast structures than on colors like I normally tend to do.

The editing I did for this image was to remove a slight tilt of the camera, to crop it a little, to reduce the file size and to add our logo. In the gallery below, you can see all the images I took before and after the one I like best. In these images, I did not do any editing apart from reducing the file size and adding the logo.

It certainly is scary to share all these poor images! As you can see, I took quite a few pictures at this spot, all of them within only six minutes. I am very lucky to live in the age of digital photography! At the beginning, I tried to picture the front of the SEGA mega store and the other buildings on the main street of Akiba. But while they were kind of stylish, they were not three-dimensional enough for a good picture. And the falling lines created by my wide angle lens only made it worse.

Number 9, 10 and 11 already show the subject I chose to return to for number 16. I don’t mind the inclination of the lines in this picture. I knew immediately that I had the picture I wanted. But I could not give up trying to get another one and turned to the reflections on the street.

More photography posts on perelincolors.com:
Tech of the month: Aperture priority and depth of field
Tech of the month: Focus
Book review: Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography
Magnum Contact Sheets @ c|o Berlin

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2 thoughts on “Akiba Contact Sheets

  1. justmytravelblog

    I am with you – Number 15 was my pick of the strip. But I think in combination they actually form a great visual storyboard. That 14mm lens gives you quite a deal of latitude to work at slower shutter speeds, and at least f3.5 gives you a nice DOF to work with.

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