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2017-10-05  EXPLORING TOKYO

By |2017-10-07T13:41:32+01:00October 5th, 2017|Japan|

The many subways metro stations in Tokyo can be confusing. I used my Apple Watch for navigating through the levels and direction signs. It did great work, I got a vibration for the turns, the exact meters to go straight ahead and subway names displayed in their original colors on the watch. 🙂

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Focal length: 41mm
  • ISO: 800

2017-09-29  SHIP UNDER RAINBOW BRIDGE

By |2017-09-28T19:03:44+01:00September 29th, 2017|Japan|

I was the only photographer standing under Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo. The height and size of this bridge are unbelievable; it hosts car lanes and train lines, is built mostly from iron. The main span between the piers is 580m (2,618 ft).

Post processed with: Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/20s
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 6400

2017-09-06  HIGH SPEED TRAIN IN JAPAN

By |2017-09-02T18:02:37+01:00September 6th, 2017|Japan|

Standing at a train station near Mount Fuji, waiting for the train to Tokyo, suddenly a Shinkansen thunders with high speed through the train station. The intermediate trails reserve the transit traffic. You hear the Shinkansen roaring, then you see him coming, and some seconds later he has disappeared. Wow!!  😎

Post processed with: Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Focal length: 26mm
  • ISO: 125

2017-08-14  ENDLESS TOKYO

By |2017-08-10T19:47:51+01:00August 14th, 2017|Japan|

This photo from the Skytree was a bit tricky to take. You have to shoot through glass with reflections of the interior lights and crowd at all windows. Most of the newer towers and high buildings are without open air observation decks. 😥 But for a view and photos at 450 m (1,480 ft), you have to take some hurdles. 🙂

The endless sea of buildings and houses in Tokyo is mind blowing. It remembers me of the song of the German electronic band Kraftwerk “Neonlicht, Und wenn die Nacht anbricht, ist diese Stadt aus Licht”, “Neon Lights, And as night falls, this city is made of light.”

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Focal length: 59mm
  • ISO: 5000

2017-08-06  BUYING CARS IN TOKYO

By |2017-08-05T18:02:03+01:00August 6th, 2017|Japan|

The Mega Web Toyota Theme Park shows you big exhibition halls with all the new models, and as a special goody, you can drive the cars on a race track. I was very excited about this but then disappointed because driving was only allowed to Japanese, or Europeans with an international, “translated” drivers license, but who has that? So I looked after other attractions, I tried some Virtual 3D simulators and video racing games, looked at future concept cars with hydrogen, and into the showroom with the new cars to sell. I saw many models, which are not available in Europe, but they should, looking kind of cool.  🙂   I don’t know if this couple had at least decided to buy that car, but they looked very interested.

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-6000
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 5000

2017-07-07  THE LONGER WALK TO RAINBOW BRIDGE

By |2017-07-06T21:04:55+01:00July 7th, 2017|Japan|

Going out of the nearest subway station to Rainbow Bridge(according to my calculation), I first thought the bridge would be right around the corner. But I deluded myself; it was about a 3-4 miles walk to get to the appropriate position for taking photos. Since my kids were with me, I heard constant complaints about this unprepared “journey”. Sometimes you have to take that extra mile for a photo. 🙂  And you are not in Tokyo every day, especially if you are European.

Post processed with: Photomatix, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focal length: 24mm

2017-06-19  TOKYO AT NIGHT FROM ABOVE

By |2017-06-04T16:20:57+01:00June 19th, 2017|Japan|

I did that shot handheld from the parachute attraction in the amusement park near Tokyo Dome. On the wobbly platform during the night, high iso was a must. This shot represents what I love about Tokyo, the streets, the endless sea of buildings and houses and the lights. For some shots, I think you have to do them, regardless if the conditions are perfect for doing photos. I gladly accept some grain if the angle and outcome look cool.

Post processed with: Photomatix, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-6000
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s
  • Focal length: 17mm
  • ISO: 3200

2017-05-10  SWEET DISHES IN TOKYO

By |2017-05-10T18:00:42+01:00May 10th, 2017|Japan|

This showcase contained delicious, appetizing sweet dishes, formed fancifully. It was an eye-catcher looking at it, and the taste was excellent. It’s always a good idea, to present food in a pleasing way to one’s eyes.

Post processed with: Lightroom, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 160

2017-04-19  STREET IN TOKYO

By |2017-04-18T19:58:43+01:00April 19th, 2017|Japan|

I don’t know exactly where in Tokyo I did that shot; I think it was near the Skytree in the twilight. My visit in that city was a flow of long walking distances, steady subway drives and occasionally a cab ride. I had a pocket wifi rental (an obligation in Tokyo) with me, and I was totally impressed by Google Maps. It knew all Subway stations and train transfers and showed it correctly even on my iWatch  🙂

Post processed with: Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-6000
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Focal length: 15mm
  • ISO: 1600

2017-03-31  SHIBUYA CROSSING IN THE NIGHT

By |2017-03-30T17:27:17+01:00March 31st, 2017|Japan|

Mostly it’s not exactly fun to go over a crosswalk; it’s different with Shibuya Crossing. The sheer size and amount of people who cross this place with every green traffic signal are impressive. It’s a stampede in the real sense of a word. For me, it is one of the top sights in Tokyo  🙂

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 6400

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