During hanami (cherry blossom) time in the spring, the photographers come out of their burrows and roam among the merrymakers hoping to take the quintessential hanami photo.
This guy looked pretty serious with his tripod-mounted SLR and additional hand-carried body. Not to mention his special photographer vest. Here he's perched on the edge of an old (empty) fountain, looking for it -- a good shot. I think we all know the feeling of searching for the elusive shot.
I think this was taken in Daizawa. If not, it was nearby. This is one of those pedestrian pathways that used to be a river decades ago and runs through various neighborhoods. In any case, it was definitely in Setagaya-ku.
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joso (2417) 2005-03-02 7:06
Recently I saw a reportage about the Hanami-photographers - it seems to be a kind of "mass-sport"... From cheep one-film cameras to equipment for thousands of Euro/dollar, from young to old.
It is a kind of mirror. I can see him, or you, or myself, recognizing the concentration, the difficulty of taking a decision.
It is about him, but also about a place, a tradition, about Hanami and things connected with it.
I like it a lot, Mike. B&W was a good choose. Not realy sharp, but no matter for me in this case - I can see what you want to show.
- Copyright: Mike Chachich (mdchachi) (1617)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1999-04-00
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Photographing the Photographer [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-02-25 10:09