Selfies with the Glico Man

Selfies with the Glico Man - Osaka, Japan

Selfies with the Glico Man – Osaka, Japan

This spot on the bridge is one of the prime places in Dotonbori, with the famous Glico Running Man as the backdrop. This has always been a popular tourist destination, undoubtedly with many a visitor snapping its picture. I’m assuming this recent selfie revolution has added another level of audience participation in the picture-taking practice.

I couldn’t resist capturing several street photography style photos of these folks. I don’t shoot selfies myself but I’m all for shooting people shooting selfies.

Glico is a Japanese candy manufacturer, among other things, based in Osaka. This now famous sign was first constructed in 1935. There’s been numerous updates since then. On my previous visit, years ago, this sign was still a classic neon. Now it has more of a video like appearance. Both the neon and the present day versions are animated, making the runner appear to move down the track.

Selfies with the Glico Man - Osaka, Japan
Selfies with the Glico Man - Osaka, Japan
Selfies with the Glico Man - Osaka, Japan
Selfies with the Glico Man - Osaka, Japan

I used the same two Olympus cameras that I used in yesterday’s Ramen in Dotonbori coverage. And while I used a wide-angle lens, I was pleasantly surprised, upon looking at the EXIF data, that I used various focal lengths (hover over the photos with a mouse to see the exposure details).

It wasn’t very long ago that, even with a zoom, I tended to stay at the widest angle. I’m starting to get better, framing the scene that I want by zooming with the feet, which is what I usually do with a prime lens, and by zooming with the actual lens.

I was all set to use black and white, like I usually do with my street photography, but opted to use the RAW color versions. The multicolor background was just too nice.


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4 thoughts on “Selfies with the Glico Man

  1. So you are setting your distance by feet rather than by “looking and seeing” the frame? I wasn’t sure what you meant. I used to use “feet” as the setting especially for wide angle back when i owned a Leica that didn’t have a built-in light meter. I would guess the range. Since you have such a deep DOF with wide angle, you didn’t need to be exact, just reasonably close. But these days, if it’s a telephoto, I work in the frame. I think I’ve forgotten how to work the other way.

    1. Until recently, I shot so much with primes, non-zooming, lenses that I would move physically closer or further to create the composition I wanted. Now that I use more zoom lenses, I still might zoom with my feet, but also zoom with the lens.

      Of course, what most books won’t tell you is that there is a difference in framing between zooming with the feet and zooming with the lens. Zooming by altering your distance does not change lens distortion (though there maybe a change in subject distortion). However, zooming via lens does change distortion, which is normal when going from wide-angle to neutral to telephoto (or visa versa).

      1. Okay, got it. I think I knew that, but you said it better than I could. I don’t have zoom lenses for the Olympus. All my lenses are primes except for the 12-50. I sold the others. I do have the Panny FZ300 with its 25-600 zoom lens. That’s the “other” camera. And the Q.

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