A few shots of Tokyo a week ago. Spring is upon us but it cannot decide if it wants to be warm, cool, cloudy or raining. Handheld HDRs via Canon 5D Mark III with 70-200mm f/2.8.

Makes interesting viewing out the window.

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It wasn’t raining, but it was foggy. I don’t know why I woke up, but I took this shot at 2AM.

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The sunset against the clouds.

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I work in that office .. for a few more months.

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I threw my 2X extender on to get this shot (handheld).

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Loved looking at this lonely cloud.

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A few hours later, it was raining.

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Thanks for dropping by.


The top of the Mori Tower in Tokyo has the museum, a viewing deck (of the city), a Disney exhibit and restaurants. After the museum we took a look around. It is a great view.

We looked at these apartments (Roppongi Hills) when we were trying to find an apartment in the summer. It has a wonderful gym and pool but your kids have to be 16 or older. I could not imagine saying “see you in a bit boys, heading downstairs for a workout and swim” so we moved on.

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Hey, there is my apartment! Up and to the left, or is it the right and down?

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I almost never get into the pictures. As it was just Narda and I, a photo was taken.

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The tower from a different angle.

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They make plastic food of everything. At least you know what you are ordering.

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If you happen to be in Tokyo, I would put the Mori Tower on the list.


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 ….