California & Japan – Christmas / New Year 2016-17

Through December and January I spent some time in California and Japan (Tokyo, save for a day trip to Hakone). I spent two days in Downtown LA and then the rest of my time with family in Riverside County.

Some of my best photos from California were intimate and candid shots of my family. I’ve decided not to publish these here but I’m really pleased with them.

I then spent seven days in Tokyo over New Year. Tokyo is quiet at this time of year but it created a calm and serene atmosphere that you don’t often see otherwise. It’s a beautiful place and I can’t wait to visit again.

Tokyo also lends itself to iPhone snapping which I did quite a bit of but I haven’t published those photos here. I have posted some, along with some of these photos, on my Instagram account. Go check that out and follow me if you’re interested.

These photos were shot on a Sony a6000. Some were taken with the 16-50mm kit lens, many were the Sigma 19mm F2.8 and my favourites were nearly all taken on my new Sigma 30mm F1.4 which is probably the most enjoyable lens I’ve ever shot with. I’ve done some minimal Lightroom editing across these photos. I also posted some of them on 500px if you’re on that platform.

I had a wonderful time in both places and hopefully this cut-down selection of photographs gives an impression of two very different and very unique countries.

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