"While Manhattan has many tall buildings and is known as a "vertical" metropolis, Tokyo has many small buildings, which have been crammed in and is viewed as a "horizontal" metropolis." (ref. Mori Building website)
The recent trends are to build tall buildings and a recent law has allowed apartment buildings to be built past 30 floors. This is due to improved earthquake proofing of the construction of these buildings.
Picture was taken from the New York Bar and Grill at the 53 floor of the Park Hyatt hotel.
PS; channel mixer conversion to b&w / auto contrast / sharpen
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Aegean (2571) 2003-03-19 7:10
Impresive shot of the the packed Tokyo...I think the use of B&W is very wise here...
Porteplume (3430) 2003-03-19 8:01
I'll use the words of George too... Very impressive!
pirulesco (1961) 2003-03-19 13:05
Amazing shot! What human beings have been doing is nicely shown inhere!
chrischris (877) 2003-03-19 15:02
Very impressive shot. I agree with everybody : the choice of a B&W mode lovely fits with the composition. The dark skyscraper at the left is so enhanced. This "square" picture is very great. I didn't imagine Tokyo like this...
adam (860) 2003-03-20 2:32
Wow, the one main skyscraper at top left really highlights the smaller buildings well. This is a superb example of your accompanying description! Black and white works great as well.
Skorj (581) 2003-03-20 6:04
Great use of B&W, contrast, framing , and cropping.
This indeed is great observation of Tokyo's sprawl... I am sure you can see my apartment.
mdchachi (1617) 2003-03-31 16:05
The b&w makes the landscape seem even more sterile, urban and homogeneous. Is that Tokyo Tower on the right side of the horizon?
gringofil (0) 2003-07-24 6:35
Perfect shot. I like how all the frame is taken up with buildings and nothing but buildings. Also, choice of B&W works quite well here, as anything else, a blue sky for example or a sunset, would have ruined the shot for me. Good work.
FrancisVachon (427) 2004-07-29 21:06
Yep, B&W work realy well. It give a sureal look to the city, now almost sureal.. or from a SF movie :)
- Copyright: Ken Lee (kentokyo) (559)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-02-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Fuji Finepix F401
- Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Uncoloured Tokyo [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-03-19 6:44
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