TOKYO MOON, JAPAN

Especially bright a few weeks ago. My first shots with the new Canon 28-300mm f/3.5 USM of the Tokyo sky. I have been reading about night shots. These were shot at f/22 with a long exposure to get the Tokyo Tower as clear as possible.

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On this night the moon rose from the buildings to a crisp, clear sky.

WATERMARKS ACROSS BLOG PHOTOS

I have decided that I will not “like” or comment on any photograph that is posted with an obnoxious watermark. Why do people plaster a word right across their photos? I had one photographer respond that it is easy to crop our a watermark in the corner. I get that, but in today’s digital mad world and with 500px out there, I could find 1,000 amazing photos to download if I wanted. If I like your photo and want it on my wall, I will buy it and have it professionally mounted.

I don’t know why, but I find it irksome if it is right across the photo (but then again, that is the photographers prerogative).

Perhaps I am missing something or simply not a good enough photographer to worry about others taking my photos. I definitely do not make a living out of it!

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FUJI-SAN, HELLO

We are moving offices in a few months. The great view of Mt. Fuji will be replaced by a different view.

Fortunately, Fuji-san finally came out and I happened to have my camera (Configuration: Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f/1.2, shot handheld HDR).

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The rest of the view. At the bottom is a huge cemetery. I need to get there.

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If you look into the background, you will notice that Tokyo is ringed by mountains.

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I will miss the sunsets ……

A FEW TOKYO SKYLINE PHOTOS

 

.. continuing on the theme. Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-70mm lens.

A full moon over Tokyo.

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Sunrise off of a picture I love by Christos Palios.

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Sunset reflections on Tokyo.

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A cool sky that morning.

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A not so cool sky the morning of the big storm. Getting to the airport was a nightmare.

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But most often, Tokyo skies are clear. Especially this time of year. This weekend? 17C in February. Excellent.

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A FEW MORE HDRs

I have been “playing” around with the HDR on my 5D Mark III. I definitely do not like the embossed setting, but the “natural”, “vivid” and “artistic” settings are interesting. I am torn between “vivid” and “bold”. All were taken with a 2 second delay (to avoid shaking), resting on a railing (I really need to replace my tripod). I did not mirror-lock.

HDR natural. It looks a little washed out.

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Artistic standard.

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Artistic vivid

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Artistic bold

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A new set. HDR natural …

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Artistic standard

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Artistic vivid

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And last, bold. I don’t like the bold.

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It definitely gives some cool effects, without the protracted editing phase. I figured out how to turn off the setting which keeps all of the originals (as it shoots 3 shots) which were filling my camera quickly.

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A few more. The sunrise.

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The sunrise clouds ….

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The pink in the clouds is from the sunset behind me.

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One more test, of Roppongi Hills and the Mori Tower (I deleted the embossed). I like the 2nd photo the best but I did not record the setting (smile).

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We have come a long way on the camera front. Now if they would just build in the GPS ….

TOKYO VIEW

I have the good fortune to have a nice view of Tokyo from our apartment and from my office. A few photos from the office in the Mori Tower, Roppongi.

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Looking toward Mt. Fuji at different times of the day. I am glad I do not have an office with a window, as I would find it hard to not stare out the window for hours on end (Fuji-san is the bump on the left overlooking the city)

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Or in this case, the “bump” in the middle.

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A MISTY TOKYO SKYLINE: FOGGED IN

 

Beautiful and a bit eerie.

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These reminded me of a King Kong movie for some reason.

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And a cool shot of the moon through a screen. It was a full and bright moon.

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TOKYO SKYLINE … (2)

 

I love looking at the skyline on the summer nights. Playing around with Lightroom … Tokyo Tower and a sunset.

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Roppongi Hills at night.

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