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Date: 08/07/2013 | By: Heather

‘Mirrorless Monday’ with Ainga & the Sony NEX 7

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‘Mirrorless Monday’ with Ainga & the Sony NEX 7

This week on Mirrorless Monday, we are featuring Ainga of AingaFrames who takes us on a journey a country that has long intrigued us both, Japan. Through her gorgeous photos taken with the Sony NEX 7, we get a real sense of what day-to-day life is like in this place that is, to Western eyes, the epitome of exoticism. Thank you, Ainga, for sharing!

Japan is a heaven for a street photographer. It is a country with a compelling culture — blending the East with the West, and the traditional with the new. The 120 million inhabitants of Japan are tightly packed into the land mass equivalent to the size of California. Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the world’s largest metropolis of more than 30 million inhabitants, reminds me of a giant storybook with 30 million stories unfolding simultaneously, everyday for 365 times a year. I am fortunate enough to capture a few of these scenes with my camera.

A promotion campaign for a new soft drink at the main entrance of the JR Kyoto Station. The cute and whimsical mascot of the campaign drew the attention tourists—one of the members of the campaign enthusiastically snapped pictures for the cheery tourists posing with the mascot.
A promotion campaign for a new soft drink at the main entrance of the JR Kyoto Station. The cute and whimsical mascot of the campaign drew the attention tourists—one of the members of the campaign enthusiastically snapped pictures for the cheery tourists posing with the mascot.
A crossing guard directing traffic in front of a giant shopping center in Kyoto on a cold, rainy day.
A crossing guard directing traffic in front of a giant shopping center in Kyoto on a cold, rainy day.
The expressionless face of the young female truck driver making her early morning run near Tsukiji, Tokyo.
The expressionless face of the young female truck driver making her early morning run near Tsukiji, Tokyo.
The brief pause on the subway platform is best spent checking the smartphone.
The brief pause on the subway platform is best spent checking the smartphone.
Ramen is one of Japan's favorite noodle dish. My favorite has to be Tonkotsu — served in a creamy, pork based stock.
Ramen is one of Japan’s favorite noodle dish. My favorite has to be Tonkotsu — served in a creamy, pork based stock.
Chewing on an ice-cold popsicle he just bought at a convenient store, an elementary school student hurries his way home.
Chewing on an ice-cold popsicle he just bought at a convenient store, an elementary school student hurries his way home.
This monkey diligently kept his eyes on the human intruders as the intruders make their way up the hill — the hill is home to more than 500 departed souls and each one is memorialized with a grave stone.
This monkey diligently kept his eyes on the human intruders as the intruders make their way up the hill — the hill is home to more than 500 departed souls and each one is memorialized with a grave stone.
Higashiyama is a popular destination in Kyoto, it is one of the few places where the traditional streetscape of the Edo period is neatly preserved. The streets of Higashiyama are lined with lovely Japanese style houses, small teahouses, and charming boutiques.
Higashiyama is a popular destination in Kyoto, it is one of the few places where the traditional streetscape of the Edo period is neatly preserved. The streets of Higashiyama are lined with lovely Japanese style houses, small teahouses, and charming boutiques.
 All photos were shot with the Sony NEX 7 and a variety of lenses. You can see more of NEX 7 in action at www.aingaframes.com.

 

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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

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