Here's a useful technique for making people shots stand out in a crowd. If you just point and shoot the camera tries to get everything sharp. This is exaggerated if using a wide-angle lens, so the result is a subject that blends into the background (in this case thousands of commuters heading off to work in Kyoto railway station).
So, if you slow the shutter down (ISO 360, f5.6 @ 1/10s) anything moving past the subject becomes blurred giving a sense of movement. But you must have something sharp and clear in the image to make it work - your subjects must remain as static as possible. There was no way I could set up a tripod in such a busy place so had to hand hold as best as I could. The resulting [sharp] subjects literally jump off the page - compared to the bustling people streaming past in the station
|My wonderful Japan group:|
Kerrie Murphy, Marietta McGregor, Phil Young, Kerrie Dixon, Tamara Kitson, Denise Tolhhurst, Bob Baker and Sharon Carey