Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Since I wrote yesterday about a new movie coming out, I should also mention that I finally watched a documentary I’ve been meaning to watch since it came out in Spring of 2012. It’s called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Everyone who likes sushi, or not, should watch it. It’s about a man who’s been making sushi all his life. He owns a 10 seat restaurant. It costs over $300 per person for a meal that only lasts for about half an hour. The sushi chef has no tolerance for special requests, and they don’t serve westernized sushi or appetizers. Although in the documentary, it looked like they made tempura for themselves. Ha. I really liked something the chef said in the film: “To make good food, you must eat good food.” How else would you know what tastes good? Smart man.

The director said he was allowed to film in the restaurant ever day for two months over the course of a year. He started by shooting on a small DSLR, but as trust developed, so did the size of the camera, and it turns out most of the film was shot using the Red One. Check out an interview with the director David Gelb.

Ceremony’s Over

I now have 2 weddings under my belt: one where I shot stills and one where I shot video. That’s not a lot of experience, but if I had to compare the two, I think I prefer shooting video to document events. Maybe that’s why I can’t get myself to bring the camera out to take pictures at friend’s birthday parties or family gatherings. Don’t get me wrong, I still love shooting portraits of people, especially if I can try to be more artsy-fartsy.

Video just seems a more comprehensive and effective way to tell a story or to document an event without having people flip through picture after picture.

Of course I still love photos. However, I’m still unsure about “what makes a great picture.” Like the picture I posted above. I kinda like it, but I can’t explain why. And I still can’t get pictures to look like what I envision in my head. I’m such a photo n00b.

Oh, the Places Photographers Go!

I think I’ve been watching more videos about photography lately than actually taking pictures. They’re a bit long, but if you have the time, they’re worth a look-see.

Six photographers test their right to shoot in London

Photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4.

All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers.

All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action.

I’m always approached by store owners and security guards, but I’ve never had the cops called on me. Not yet, at least. :)

Mini-documentary about urban exploration

Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is about exploring abandoned structures and normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. I’ve done a little bit myself, but nothin’ like these guys with masks, head lamps and gas meters. You can also check out the Urbex group on flickr. I’d be interested in watching episode II.