Tamachi Skate Park

I’ve been working on a rather big blog poast (that is likely going to be of interest to maybe two of my readers if that, but oh well), but I thought I ought to post something in the interim seeing as how it’s been three weeks since my last update.

tamachi skate park

It was beautiful weather last weekend (rare, given how freezing it’s been this winter) and to take advantage of the opportunity mother nature had seen fit to bless us with, a friend and I grabbed our cameras and headed over to the Tamachi neighborhood of Tokyo to snap a few shops of some skater boys doing their thing at the local skateboard park.

tamachi skate park

The park was smaller than we expected (I was thinking there was going to be like a half-pipe or something) and at first we were a little disappointed. But we decided to talk to them and ask them if we could take a few pictures anyway, and they kindly obliged us, showing off some cool jumps, flips and grinds.

tamachi skate park

I had brought my external flash, anticipating the need to illuminate them in mid-jump, but I didn’t have my settings right (I’m still pretty crap at flash-photography) so a lot of my photos didn’t turn out as I wanted.

tamachi skate park

Towards the end I noticed that things weren’t looking as they should, so I just turned off the flash and took things the old fashioned way that nature intended – nothing but sunlight for illumination and a fast shutter. Most of the skating was done by that point, so I’m afraid there’s not so much to post. However, they did kindly invite us back so I might pop over one of these coming weekends (sans flash) and see if I can get a few more shots done right.

tamachi skate park

One more shot after the jump.

tamachi skate park

Okay, that’s it for now. Stay tuned for a big post on the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam – if that’s of any interest to you, that is.

Now listening to: “Wu-Tang – John 3:16″

One Reaction

  1. BT

    Panda… with these photos, maybe you can change your occupation to professional skateboarding photographer. Try out Thrasher or Transworld Skateboarding. Wink