Sep 132011
 



 
The skyscraper district of Nishi-Shinjuku (西新宿) is one the defining attractions of Tokyo. Large avenues and lots of tall buildings in many shapes and sizes makes this neighborhood an impressive sight. Especially later at night, when the traffic has subsided and the crowds of office workers and businessmen have left for the nearby izakayas of Shomben Yokochō (しょんべん横町) or the amusement centers of Kabukichō (歌舞伎町).

Although I’m occasionally in the area, only this time did I bring my camera and a tripod thingie to shoot some long-exposure cityscape photography. I just love the futuristic look of the office towers in this ward, especially the Tokyo Government building (see above). It looks so unreal at nighttime.

The Tokyo Medical University Hospital opposite of a huge mural of a turtle with the 勝 (Victory) kanji on its back.
The Tokyo Medical University Hospital opposite of a huge mural of a turtle with the 勝 (Victory) kanji on its back.
Weird white balance setting: Looking towards Tochō-dōri from Minami-dōri with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office on the left and Shinjuku NS Building on the right (and the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building in the distance).
Weird white balance setting: Looking towards Tochō-dōri from Minami-dōri with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office on the left and Shinjuku NS Building on the right (and the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building in the distance).
Another nighttime view of the Shinjuku skyscraper district from Chūō-dōri: Shinjuku Center Building, Mōde Gakuen Cocoon Tower and Keiō Plaza Hotel.
Another nighttime view of the Shinjuku skyscraper district from Chūō-dōri: Shinjuku Center Building, Mōde Gakuen Cocoon Tower and Keiō Plaza Hotel.
 Posted by at 23:50
Jul 062010
 



 
At night Tokyo turns into a glittering sea of lights. It is one of the brightest cities I know and especially in the more frequented areas it is definitively one of the most beautiful. Unfortunately, I rarely go out with my camera at night-time to shoot the city. But this picture was taken on one of these occasions — as I walked from Roppongi back to Shibuya along Roppongi-dōri (Metropolitan Expressway No.3).

 Posted by at 23:59
Jun 152010
 



 
I went out to Shibuya (the terminus of “my” Inokashira line) to shoot the lights and people in the evening. I wanted to try to capture the contrast of the glittering lights of the modern shopping and entertainment district Shibuya with the worn-out buildings next to it, so I took only my fast 50mm lens. But while I was exploring the area, it started to rain and I turned back towards the station. Halfway there I rested on a bench provided by an electronics store, reviewing the few photos I’d taken. Noticing the still ongoing rush of passers-by unfazed by the light rain, I started taking pictures from right where I sat. I deliberately unfocused the lens, taking advantage of the nice bokeh (rendering of out-of-focus areas) of my glass.

 Posted by at 22:28