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Annemarie de Graaf

Free Member, Tokyo

About me

Originally from the Netherlands, where I was an acitve member of the LAVF (amateur photoclub in Leiden), I moved to Tokyo in april 2006. As I have the luxury of not having a full time job in Japan, I have lots of free time to explore and take pictures.

My field of interest is street photography and I like to take pictures of people doing their own thing, without making them pose. I also like to get as close as I can, because I think it gives my pictures a more intimate feel. I therefor don not like to use too much zoom and prefer not to use flash.

My camera is a Nikon D70, which I got upgraded to D70s at the Nikon service centre in Tokyo for free! The lens I use is an AF-S Nikkor 18-70 ( 1:3.5-4.5) lens. I also use an AF Nikkor 70-300 (1:4-5.6) lens when it is not possible to get close-up pictures any other way, but I think I use that lens less than 2% of the time.
Occasionally I use a Sony cybershot TC-1 as it fits in any purse and it's very anonymous. Lately however I tend to use it less and less, as I can make better quality pictures with the Nikon...

I hope you will enjoy my pictures as much as I like taking them, but please feel free to comment, as I do miss the sessions at the photoclub to keep me on edge.

I chose the maneki neko (lucky cat) as my alias, as I feel very lucky to be able to live in Japan.

Comments 5

  • Sanni B. 13/12/2006 17:47

    Thanks for you comment :)
  • Vinicius S. 13/12/2006 15:59

    ha ha
    thanks for you coment!!!
    see you!
  • Andy Pomplun 12/12/2006 9:44

    Welcome to fotocommunity.com!

    Good to see you found this place, where professionals, amateurs and rookies meet to share their views of photography, show and discuss each others work.
    I hope you'll find the things you were looking for when you joined and have the same fun I have since I became a member.
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    Best regards
  • Rolf Pessel 11/12/2006 19:01

    Hi Annemarie,
    welcome here in the fc.
    I envy you for being in Japan permanently since I love the kultur and the sense of beauty of Japan.

    Looking forward to more pictures from you.

    LG Rolf
  • Jürgen Riech 10/12/2006 17:08

    Hi Annemarie!
    Welcome her and always good impressions.
    Greetings Jürgen
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