This is a nightscape viewing from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building South observation deck at 202 meters off the ground. Use of cameras is permitted, but tripods are forbidden.
The moment that the brightness of the sky balances well with the lights of city is only two or three minutes, at around 30 minutes after sunset.
This is one of 56 shots taken putting the camera (Yes we Canon!) on a
window frame with AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) at -2/3, 0, +2/3.
A windy weekday in December or early in January is good for taking photos of nightscape here. The office buildings offer a lot of lights at weekdays, north winds sweep the sky clean.
The buildings on the image from left to right are;
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building (Constructed:1974, Roof:210.3m), Shinjuku Mitsui Building (1974, 225m), Shinjuku Center Building (1979, 223m), Keio Plaza Hotel (1971, left:178m right:138m),
and behind them;
Shinjuku Nomura Building (1978, 209m), Sompo Japan Head Office Building (1976, 200m), Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (2008, 203.65m).
The WS indicates accurately the names of the buildings.
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Floydian (30970) 2009-01-20 0:35
Tokyo is a very large and crowded city, not a place i would like to live, but seeing your picture i can only bow to this great result. Thanks to you 5D (Yes We Can-on) you got a lot of clarity and detail even more enhanced by that little wide angle devil. A great view resulting in this great shot. 6 seconds exposure looks great in light but also that touch of blue on top looks wonderful.
sevy (15365) 2009-01-20 0:45
It was worth to wait from your last post, this one is eye catching with a very good balance between the urban lights and the sky still blue and because of the cleaness of the air allowing to see very far in the background.
Very good composition also thanks to the use of the high buildings in foreground.
daddo (25160) 2009-01-20 1:03
Hi Hisashi. A testimony to the ingenuity of Man. A forceful urban image filled with structures, light and colour.Nicely composed with the three imposing buildings on the left aligned along one plane and the two on the right along another, creating both a sense of harmony and dynamism. Impressive. Regards. Klaudio.
migjan (2923) 2009-01-20 1:19
It shows how much electricity consumes man. Beautiful colors, sharpness and depth.
phwall (6785) 2009-01-20 1:22
Superb capture, the sharps and definition is brilliant.
pauloog (11747) 2009-01-20 2:24
A wonderful urban landscape, crystal clear against a dark blue sky.
Very well done.
Cretense (68691) 2009-01-20 3:32
I think that you already know how much I love nightshots, that fantastic "blue" hour is my favourite, by far! I can assure you that this outstanding photo is among the best nightshots ever posted in TE! Amazing cityscape, breathtaking POV, excellent framing and composition, and most important, THE perfect light managment! Congratulations!
raphaelhcm (792) 2009-01-20 3:33
Fantastic panorama picture from top of building with wide angle, impressive quality and sharpness of the pic!. Your picture show us how Tokyo is large city, advanced urban city and huge needs for electricity to supply all those lights from your picture!!!!
Morac (27719) 2009-01-20 4:35
In fact I like the picture of cities and their large buildings.
I think these landscapes at night, are superb.
Very good composition.
PixelTerror (0) 2009-01-20 8:22
Yes you Canon !!!
I agree with you there is nothing better than a clean and clear winter sky to look good on a photo, and the overall rendering of this image is very clean as well, did you assemble the 3 bracetted shots here ? Light sources are diverse but very well controlled.
Have a nice day JY
npecanhuk (68280) 2009-01-20 8:25
Wow! Perfect night picture!
From a priviledged viewpoint you have taken an extraordinary photograph, with superb sharpness and amazingly well captured city lights!
Fantastic! Magnificent! I truly loved it!
TFS - Congratulations!
patdeph (35748) 2009-01-20 8:32
this view on Tokyo is really impressive,first,it can give verigo,then behi,d the 5 firt building,the lights are so close from each other that this is only an immense and wonderful scintillation,enhanced by an excellent sharpness!Very well done and magnificent!
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-01-20 9:44
Superb light management in this outstanding wide angle on Tokio. Well balanced and incredibly clear, as the smallest details are perfectly visible all the way in the distance. Truly a great effort, TFS! Have a good day, my friend. I'll be seeing you.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2009-01-20 14:19
the exposure is flawless, it's an amazing show of various colors
trekks (14348) 2009-01-20 23:58
This is very impressive resolution from your FL17mm and the 6s exposure really covers good sharpness and clarity of the city skyline. The composition is good even using the window frame as support for this. Sometimes it is really puzzling why they disallow a tripod?
Do you work in this building?
Nicou (126490) 2009-01-21 0:49
merveilleuse vue plongeantee sur ces buildings, toutes ces lumières, cette immensité des ville moderne, grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (79984) 2009-01-22 4:11
Hi Hisashi,i like a lot this kind of pic,fantastic point of view and great details and colors!!!No better time of exposure to have a result like that! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-01-23 2:19
I remain without voice, in front of this spectacle, and the incredible quality of the photography. the point of view and framing are brilliant. The lights and colors are managed perfectly. What a masterpiece! I like it! Congratulations!
Have a nice day
Clementi (52514) 2009-01-23 13:53
a marvelous nighttime, with a good definition, impressive the architecture, great electric energy consumption, but that beautiful photo!!!
papagolf21 (88259) 2009-01-26 2:00
Bonjour, cher Hisashi,
Une belle photo plongeante sur tous ces buildings et ces immeubles tout illuminés. La composition est impressionnante (l'homme doit se sentir bien petit par rapport à ces géants construits) !
Un grand merci également pour la photo indiquant le nom des tours.
Excellente journée, mon ami.
Angshu (56406) 2009-01-26 21:16
Such pristine sharpness on the buildings is amazing. The time of the shot with the blue hour sky has been done to perfection within the narrow window of 2-3 minutes. Superb exposure control & the bracketing also brings control to the various light sources. Excellent!
marietom (34609) 2009-01-28 4:39
Jolie vue, sur ces immeubles éclairés. Les couleurs sont très belles.
il_corsaro_nero (1373) 2009-01-29 3:12
again my compliments for a 6 seconds shot without tripod. An excellent result. The moment, I agree, for this sort of picture, is the one that mantains the sky intense blue. Very good work.
ocskaymarci (2684) 2009-01-31 2:56
Fantastic urban landscape, thanks to the wide angle we can enjoy the view on the tall buildings and the streets as well. As for the yet blue sky, your timing was perfect! I really like that we can only see buildings in the distance till the horizon.
hdl (6995) 2009-01-31 12:35
Hi Hisashi. You make great nightshots. The picture is crispy sharp and the depth is almost frightening. That city is soooooo big!
ruisc_pt (10890) 2009-02-01 7:12
A fabulous nightscape image Hisashi
ricard (653) 2009-02-14 9:03
I was there in August and the light it was not so good! I must come back to Japan in winter to get that clear atmosphere and clean sky.
Stunning urban landscape by night!
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-02-16 23:50
Wowwwwwwwwwww...what an impressive shot! The light management and the POV are excellent!
For sure, an excellent exposure!
leo61 (0) 2009-02-21 23:07
Excellent quality for using no tripod.Great POV and a mazing depth.
The perspective is great,too and I like the composition with this small stripe of deep blue sky.
avene (12675) 2009-03-03 17:45
you are a master of nightscapes, no question about that. I am very VERY impressed with the quality here, every single details is clear and sharp, every single light exposed just right. the result looks like a swarm of some glowing beetles, and I have to say I like a lot the slight wide angle distortion, I find it creates an impression that the structures have actually GROWN from the ground. excellent work, I like it a lot.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-03-16 13:53
Hisashi, well the results are awesome especially considering the tripod restriction. It looks like one of the opening scenes from Blade Runner. Very fine capture and the note makes it even more so.
besnard (54309) 2009-03-26 23:45
Merci pour ton passage. Celà m'a donné l'occasion de faire un tour dans ta galerie et j'ai été séduite par cette superbe vue plongeante nocturne sur la ville. C'est de l'excellent travail.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
dmarizz (2796) 2009-05-08 2:24
very attractive composition in terms of colours (the blue of the sky has a very particular and pleasant tone, and so the greenish and orange of the streets) and volumes (the horizon is perfectly straight, while the perspective distortion is noticeable only at the extreme border of the frame).
The overall lighting is probably higher that that perceiped by our eyes in reality, but this is the strongest feature of the best nightshots, as this is.
Congratulations indeed, Dario.
BennyV (13915) 2010-11-11 4:23
Hello dear Hisashi,
Just one of many great shots in your gallery. Terrific work, wetting our appetite to visit Japan. And it's pretty high on that list of places to go already!
Great cityscape shot, wonderful horizon, the city like a microcosmos below.
fds (8696) 2010-11-24 7:30
great composition great pov by night
very beautiful colors
MinuteSekunde (1) 2011-08-03 18:19
Oh ... wow! This photo is amazing! I love everything I see about it! The colours, the sharpness, the location, the actual image itself ... it's just amazing! You should be so proud of this shot, really! Such an inspiring shot to me! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! :D
- Copyright: Hisashi Yuya (hispic) (9652)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/6.3, 6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Tokyo Twinkle Cityscape [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-20 0:24
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