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Roppongi on the Last of November

With Thanksgiving behind us and colder weather taking over, Christmas decorations are up all over Tokyo. I had heard there were some good ones up around Roppongi, so this last Friday night I took the trip down and wandered around for a bit.  I had actually been wanting to go back there for a while now.  I went with my family in August shortly after we returned to Japan, but for a variety of reasons I didn’t get any shots that I liked.

As I was walking around the area, I came across this scene that looked perfect for a night shot of Tokyo.  The Tokyo Tower is lit up, the street was busy, and the Ginko trees are still yellow as Autumn comes to a close.  Not only that, but there was a perfect spot to shoot from – a small staircase with hardly any people on it and a sturdy wall to help set up my tripod.

Interestingly, as I was editing this photo I kept thinking that it reminded me of another photo I had seen somewhere.  So I went over to Trey Ratcliff’s blog “Stuck in Customs” and sure enough, he had shot from the same location several years ago! It was unintentional on my part but kind of cool.  Here’s a link to his version: The Light’s of Japan at Stuck In Customs.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great week!

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December 11, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Louise - Another beautiful photo- the colours are so vivid and bright! What tools did you use to capture this shot?

December 11, 2012 - 9:41 pm

leslie - Thanks again Louise! I use a number of different techniques both on the spot and in post processing. You can look at what equipment I use here: My Equipment

In Post Processing, I do what is called HDR. Basically it takes multiple shots of different exposures at the scene, and mixes them together to create these kinds of images. I hope to put out an e-book and/or video early this coming year about my techniques so stay tuned! :)

December 21, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Tokyo Tower Lane Illumination » Gaijin Camera - [...] speaking.  I took several pictures that turned out exactly how I wanted and actually one of my favorites I’ve taken in Tokyo.  Maybe it helps that Roppongi is just a really photogenic place, with a whole lot going on in [...]

February 28, 2013 - 10:06 am

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