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.
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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