Samstag, 15. September 2012

Men on hands

Tokyo break dancer under the Shinjuku skyscrapers.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (left), full moon (middle) and Sompo Japan Building (right)
- the backdrop and venue for (one group) of the Tokyo street and break dancers.

Kenji K. - art illustrator and free spirit

Aerialists / dominators of airspace whereever you look...;-)

One of two Frenchmen who hung around and breakdanced with the Tokyo boyz.

Boyz in motion.

 What a great time and experience hanging around with the artistical and fantastic Tokyo street dancers and their guests under Sompo Japan Building. Thank you / Arigato gozaimasu, boyz!


  1. Anyone can do these are fine athletes !

  2. How artistical, acrobatic, and dynamic! They have a wonderful stage to express themselves.


  3. Last year, I was in Tokyo for ten days, but I missed something like this, sight, sight.
    Each frozen moment of each street dancer shows me how they are balancing.
    Especially, the third photo from the bottom is GREAT!! How did you do about the second from the bottom? An Urban ghost!! Did you use a tripod?

  4. Dear Keiko,

    thanks a lot for your comment and your wish to improve your photographic know-how... :-)
    Most of the night shots of the Tokyo breakdancers - including the second and third from the bottom - I took as bulb / time exposure with second curtain synchronisation of the flash light. And I didn't use a tripod, they are all freehand shots.

    How does this work? The third photo from the bottom had an exposure time of 1.3 seconds. Most of the modern cameras offer the night shot feature to switch to the mode "long exposure time with additional flash light". So you are able to mix the long exposure time with the light caused by the flash. But most of the compact cameras don't offer what is called "second curtain synchronisation", that means that the flash fires at the end of the exposure time and not at the beginning. That's what my Nikon DSLR and its (external) flashlight can do. Set the flash function to "rear" and the flash fires at the end of the time exposure. The result is a long exposure time and all its motion blurring in combination with a sharp area within the range of the flash light. That's the reason you are able to see the (blurred - no tripod!) lights of the multi-storey building in the background and the partially transparent, but sharp legs of the streetdancer. For further information about "slow sync flash" please have a look to the internet. There you'll find many of resources to this topic.
    Have a great weekend and always good light!