Tokyo on 35 mm film. My very first analog trip

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Japan. I visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. During the trip I had a different photography experience travelling with a 35 MM analog camera. It was the first time I travel with a film camera. I had very modest experience with film photography prior to the trip but I was anxious to use the latest addition to my camera gear, Canon AE1.

Men in black suits commonly known as salarymen
Men in black suits commonly known as salarymen

As soon as I arrived to Tokyo I went out wandering the streets with my film camera. The purpose was to have fun and try to see Japan from an analog prospective.

Backstreets of Shinjuku
Backstreets of Shinjuku

However I was getting excited and finished my first roll within hours. I developed the film on the same day just to see how I did. Even though the photos were not the best (with many light leaks) but I loved them and it gave me an incentive to take more film photo.

A couple wearing a mask
A couple wearing a mask
Portrait of a porter
Portrait of a porter

Even though I was jetlagged and exhausted, I just couldn’t stop taking photos of the streets of Tokyo. I was mostly walking around Shinjuku station area as I was staying at a hotel near there. Shinjuku is very busy and a popular gathering place for salarymen hanging around karaoke clubs after office hours. Men wearing black suits are commonly known as salarymen in Japan.

Busy streets of Shinjuku
Busy streets of Shinjuku
Salaryman crossing the bust Shinjuku streets on a bike
Salaryman crossing the busy Shinjuku streets on a bike
Salaryman on a bike
Salaryman on a bike
Salaryman passing by a rainbow mural
Salaryman passing by a rainbow mural
Tokyo Taxi
Tokyo Taxi
Camera lightleak
Massive lightleak

These were some of my first film photos taken with Canon AE1 35 mm camera with Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 800. Not the best of my street photography portfolio but I found it a good start with analog photography. The next camera rolls had better photos. I promise I’ll share those soon!