A layover to remember - Stealing the Shot / by Mahting Putelis

We had a 6 hour layover in Tokyo and decided to take advantage of a new guide service. It is essentially an UBER guide. You can book almost instantly. You tell the guide how much time you have, types of things you'd like to see and how much time you have. From there, the system sets you up with a guide. The guide then dials you in and off you go. Our guide was a local who had travelled to over 150 countries. As much as we discussed Tokyo we wanted to hear about his travels. Here is our 6 hours in Tokyo. 

 My good friend Loic introduced me to street photography. His shots are always amazing. He has an incredible eye. Yet there are always times when I wonder how he got the shot. He informed me that there are times you want a certain shot but you don't want to engage the scene as it would ruin it. So you have to steal the shot.  I try my best to steal shots like Loic does. The use of the silent shutter on my Sony A9 along with the flip screen and super fast shutter actuations I am able to preset the shot I want and then I walk through the scene and essentially shoot from the hip. Unless you are really paying attention to what my hands are doing you would never know that I am taking pictures. Here are a handful of stolen shots and others from a whirlwind in Tokyo.  

 The entrance to the main temple in Tokyo as seen from above. 

The entrance to the main temple in Tokyo as seen from above. 

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The intersection between old and new. The moat around the kings castle sits next to the Business district. 

 We zoomed around the subway system a few times. Lucky for us it was Saturday and the trains were not busy at all. Everyone was taking a nap. No one was worried about bad things happening because the culture does not reflect that type of thing. Our guide just looked at me funny when I asked him if I should worry about pick pockets. 

We zoomed around the subway system a few times. Lucky for us it was Saturday and the trains were not busy at all. Everyone was taking a nap. No one was worried about bad things happening because the culture does not reflect that type of thing. Our guide just looked at me funny when I asked him if I should worry about pick pockets. 

 Out first treat. A fried Octopus ball. Amazing!

Out first treat. A fried Octopus ball. Amazing!

 I like to give you a sense of how others enjoy a place. This lovely family was taking a nice family selfie. 

I like to give you a sense of how others enjoy a place. This lovely family was taking a nice family selfie. 

 This brought back memories of my childhood paying video games. While I have never owned a video game, my friends all did. 

This brought back memories of my childhood paying video games. While I have never owned a video game, my friends all did. 

 The walking mall prior to the temples. A see of people. 

The walking mall prior to the temples. A see of people. 

 Making fresh Red bean cakes.

Making fresh Red bean cakes.

 The Buddhist and Shinto temples reside right next to each other. Our guide, having grown up in a household that practiced both gave a good run down of how they incorporate both religions into daily life. 

The Buddhist and Shinto temples reside right next to each other. Our guide, having grown up in a household that practiced both gave a good run down of how they incorporate both religions into daily life. 

 After seeing a lot of folks dressed in very traditional attire I asked our guide about it. Turns out the city folks will come into Tokyo for a traditional experience. They rent these costumes and pay for a old school expereice. There is a whole industry built around this type of tourism. 

After seeing a lot of folks dressed in very traditional attire I asked our guide about it. Turns out the city folks will come into Tokyo for a traditional experience. They rent these costumes and pay for a old school expereice. There is a whole industry built around this type of tourism. 

 Of course we went and ate a sushi lunch. 

Of course we went and ate a sushi lunch. 

 The man in the blue fedora. 

The man in the blue fedora. 

 Which way?

Which way?