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The Sony Alpha Imaging Collective Is In Japan

This week members of the Alpha Imaging Collective are off to Japan to explore the streets of Tokyo and Kyoto. While in search of the famous springtime cherry blossoms, they will be documenting traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through street and architectural photography, nighttime cityscapes and portraits – including shots with the new 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens.

Follow along at #AICdoesJapan and make sure you are following each of these photographers for their own take on Japan:

Paola Franqui (@monaris_)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III with 35mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 GM

Paola is visiting Japan for the first time, so documenting the city through her style of street photography is a must.

Shauna Wade (@so.shauna)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III with 70-200mm f/2.8 GM, 85mm f/1.4 GM, 35mm f/1.4

Shauna is eager to capture this city in all aspects.

Ashley Noel (@nyroamer)

Go-To Setup: Sony α9 with 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and 85mm f/1.4 GM

Ashley is focusing on capturing the busyness of the city. She’ll take on a unique perspective shooting black and white.

Crissi Beth Ellis (@crissibeth)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III and the 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Beth is focusing on capturing the architecture of a city as grand as Tokyo.

Ivan Wong (@ivvnwong)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Ivan is looking for different vantage points including unique ways to capture the city from above.

Fei Tang (@phives)

Go-To Setup: α7R III with 70-200mm f/2.8 GM, 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, and 85mm f/1.4 GM

Fei plans on capturing the liveliness of Japan from the people to the culture.

Dane Isaac (@dane.isaac)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III with 35mm f/1.4

Dane grew up with Japanese media, so for him, this trip is capturing the essence of Japan in person.

Jude Allen (@jude_allen)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III with 16-35mm f.2.8 GM, 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM

Jude plans to capture everything from the neon lights to culture of the city.

Marco DeGennaro (@marcodegennarophotos)

Go-To Setup: Sony α7R III with 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, 70-200mm f/2.8 GM, 24mm f/1.4 GM, and 85mm f/1.4 GM (“I can’t have too many options.”)

Marco will be up late, focusing on capturing the city at night.

Francisco Hernandez (@fjhphoto)

Go-To Setup: Going dual camera with the Sony α7R III with 85mm f/1.4 GM and α7R III with 24mm f/1.4 GM and the new 135mm f/1.8 GM

Francisco is on the search for the perfect cherry blossom portrait – you can definitely count on him for shots with the 135mm f/1.8 GM.

Here’s a quick overview of their schedule (and one to bookmark for future photography trips you take to Japan):

Day 1

  • Shibuya (nighttime)

  • Shibuya Crossing

  • Shibuya Center Gai Street

  • Dogenzaka Street

Day 2

  • Toyosu

  • Toyosu Fish Market Live Auction Team Lab Tokyo

  • Oshiage Station

  • Tokyo Sky Tree

  • Asakusa

  • Sensoji Temple

  • Nakamise Dori Street

  • Yakata Bune - Tokyo Bay Cruise

  • Shinjuku (nighttime)

  • Kabuki Cho District

  • Golden Gai Street

Day 3

  • Shinagawa

  • Sony Headquarters Tour

  • Otemachi

  • Imperial Palace

  • Chidorigafuchi

  • Tokyo Station

  • Ginza (nighttime)

  • Chuo Dori Street

Day 4

  • Bullet Train to Kyoto

  • Fushimi Inari

  • Kiyomizudera

  • Arashiyama

  • Kinkakuji

  • Gion

Day 5

  • Omotesando

  • Tokyu Plaza

  • Harajuku

  • Meiji Jingu Shrine

  • Takeshita Dori Street

  • Shibakoen

  • Tokyo Tower

  • Roppongi (nighttime)

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