Don Quijote is a discount department store/supermarket of sorts in Tokyo. The further claim to fame is that a few of them open 24 hours. I still haven’t visited it myself. Outside it is a busy crossing that connects Shinjuku Station and the famed red light district.
I don’t think this is a particularly strong shot, but I just love the way the bokeh came out. Bokeh is a photographer’s term that describes the out of focus elements of the picture. In this case you can see the circular orbs of the light reflecting off the tree leaves on the top of the photo and colourful circles on the right of the picture.
Sometimes, lenses are judged by the way they render the bokeh, in addition to the sharpness, fastness and other things. You can throw five photographers into a room with some bokehlicious pictures and they would have a big argument.
Outside of New Year’s Eve, there’s only about 3 other occasions when some part of Sydney streets are closed till late at night. The Chinese New Year parade used to be one. But the light rail construction has now suspended it.
The other times are Vivid in winter and Mardi Gras. All of Oxford St Darlinghurst is closed off from vehicles all the way down to George St cinemas in the city and I just like the vibe when everyone walks back to the train station after the end of Mardi Gras. I think this stretch goes for 5km
These photos are taken from various spots during Mardi Gras.