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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:14 pm 
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Hi Steve, it was from the ANA Hotel in Akasaka. Fortunately I wasn't paying!

If you are ever there on someone else's check, I can highly recommend the Tepanyaki restaurant at the top...

When I visit Japan on my own budget though I tend to eat noodles and stay in Ryokan (B&Bs) or cheapy chains!

To me that night photo looks different to any I've taken in the West, almost as if their lights are different - like a Matrix kind of a way if you know what I mean...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:58 pm 
I finally got round to watching the video and once again it was very helpful. This kind of manual photography opens up avenues of creativity!!!

Thanks again!! :D

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Great workshop and impresive results! thanks!

Now all I need is to find somebody to pay me the check at that hotel in Tokio and see what I can do myself in manual mode... :mrgreen:


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Weeeell, you could alternatively take a photo from a bar in an expensive hotel! This was taken from a hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo, through the window of a bar. I had the camera resting on the floor to keep it steady and held my coat over and around it to minimise reflections - I could hardly ask them to turn the lights off!

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Above: Sony Cybershot F717, Manual, f2, 1 second, 100 ISO.

It was taken some time, ago, but I think it might have been the bar made famous in Lost in Translation...


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:11 am 
Fantastic colors and over all shapes Gordon.

Looks almost like futuristic computergenerated graphics.

I just have to try this out.


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Cheers Khol!

It's another example of the greenish tint of Japanese lighting too... it's funny how different it looks to a night scene in the UK or USA...


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:20 pm 
Yeah... Japan rocks hehe.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:28 am 
LOL..when running my eyes over that image Gordon, I immediately assumed that you had probably done some color-correction to make it look like The Matrix.

..then I read your post and realize that this is not the case!

Amazing..yes, truly a difference in the frequencies they use for public lighting. Not sure if the green is more calming than the ever-present orange we have on the North American continent, but it is different and interesting indeed.

I can't help but wonder if the dwellers in Japan feel the same way about the orange, in reverse.

I'm also tempted to think that the Wachowski brothers perhaps were deliberately giving it that greenish tint, because the movie was basically a Manga-movie just not animated..lol.

Cheers :-)


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Good point about the Matrix look - I agree!

Any Japan-dwelling readers care to comment?!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:00 pm 
Gordon Laing wrote:
Weeeell, you could alternatively take a photo from a bar in an expensive hotel! This was taken from a hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo, through the window of a bar. I had the camera resting on the floor to keep it steady and held my coat over and around it to minimise reflections - I could hardly ask them to turn the lights off!

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Above: Sony Cybershot F717, Manual, f2, 1 second, 100 ISO.

It was taken some time, ago, but I think it might have been the bar made famous in Lost in Translation...



hi, nice shoot
did you use any filter or did you use filter after the shoot was taken?
many thanks


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Nope, no filters before or after - this is what it looks like in Japan at night!


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As a Japan dweller I will say that the skyscraper/business district west of Shinjuku station (where that photo was taken) certainly has a light unlike anywhere else I've been at night! Could it be from all the office lighting through the windows? Or perhaps the reflections off the skyscrapers.

Anyway, whatever it is its not the case all over Japan, or even all over Tokyo. But it is very cool!

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Gordon,

As always, great workshop :!:

Here's a test I performed with the Eiffel Tower

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:32 pm 
That is STUNNING!!!! i love the clouds getting hit by the spotlight.

But the french really blew it by making a nation symbol like the tower look like a glorified xmas tree decorated by a 8 yr old :S


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:44 pm 
That's a tad bit like the "Bat Signal", isn't it? Superb shot though :)


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