The Sumida River on a sunny afternoon

A late stroll down the Sumida River on a sunny afternoon.

One of the local residents ready for sunny weather… with an umbrella.  Best to be prepared for all eventualities!

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Factories backing on to the river.

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Other sightseers.

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And apartment buildings, although this one is in the midst of preparation for demolition – not a bad thing given some of the more obvious cracks!

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A tributary joins with more bridges and flood gates. All the bridges seem to be of totally different designs.

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A little snooping!

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The banks are full of people practising sports and other activities, sometimes a little strangely… the girl below is practising drumming but isn’t actually hitting the drum (that would be noisy and might annoy passers by).  After watching for a few minutes I can only say that it was very weird indeed!

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A classic cast iron suspension bridge.  Underneath are amazing arrays of rams, rollers and chains to deal with expansion and general movement, as well as earthquakes.

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One of the piers.

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Bridges, offices, factories and, in this case, warehouses continue.

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The sun begins to set.

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A fair distance covered and the light is starting to fade but there are still some interesting reflections in the nearby buildings.
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For those more technically minded, as usual I only took a single lens but this time it was my Leica 135mm f/4. A bit tricky to use and even in full sunshine I had the ISO set to 640 (as against the normal 320 minimum).  Some of the later afternoon shots ran up to 2500 so that I could have a reasonable depth of field (small aperture). Of course it also restricted my close up shots of… pretty much anything.

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