This is a twilight cityscape in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
I tried a cliché of the night cityscape of making a stream of the car tail lights by using a long exposure.
Taken about 70 shots for 30 minutes after 20 minute of sunset, to get the images that the light between the buildings and the sky balanced, with AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) at -2/3, 0, +2/3.
My camera was set on the tripod set on the footbridge, but it was the time of leaving the office, a lot of office workers walked at a quick pace on this footbridge. Although i was annoyed by the vibration, managed to release the shutter button.
For the part of the buildings, I have developed the raw image at color temperature 3600 K to emphasize a feel of cool in city. The part except the buildings has been done at daylight white balance. And the part of the flow of the tail lights has been made by a composite of 5 pieces.
Here is a basic image (not composite but single shot) on workshop.
The buildings on the image from left to right are;
Shinjuku Center Building (Constructed:1979, Roof:223m), Sompo Japan Head Office Building (1976, 200m), and Shinjuku Nomura Building (1978, 209m).
Shinjuku Center Building and Shinjuku Nomura Building have the free observation deck at the 53rd floor and the 50th floor respectively.
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aadilj (18102) 2009-02-10 0:26
Superb work hisahi. I love the feel and the hues, I love the perspective and indeed the space craft like archietcture. the lights are lovely. perfect and perfectly beautiful
clamel53 (160) 2009-02-10 0:34
Stupendo gioco di luci e colori, con un perfetto taglio all'immagine, complimenti
jimkilgallon (0) 2009-02-10 0:45
Excelent shot, in your face this one with lots of interesting features, the high sky buildings the red taillights and beautiful colours. We have motion and stillness in this shot. Detail superb.
I_WanderingSoul (686) 2009-02-10 0:46
Wonderful image Hisashi!!
So much of technical details you have given.. totally awesome!
The perspective is too good and the cityscape just looks perfect.
giorgimer (34965) 2009-02-10 0:54
I find this image absolutely WONDERFUL! Very good POV and wide view. The cars lightstreams seem to be followed by the skycrapers architecture. Excellent exposure management.
pauloog (11751) 2009-02-10 1:15
A fabulous city view. Your technical work to prepare this view is impressive. I am personally not a fan of much PS handling but this resultt is wonderful : such clarity of the buidlings, and fabulous contrasts with the blue and the red.
ktanska (29223) 2009-02-10 1:27
Well chosen place for an image like this. Multiplying those light lines by combining different frames gives extremely busy appearance, quite appropriate for Tokyo. Even clouds seem to fly fast.
Floydian (30970) 2009-02-10 1:27
What to say. High quality shot with a huge impact. Those taillights are abolute wonderful. The whole image breaths a great dynamic feeling. Motion, but also objects that stand still, you really did a great job here in the composition, but even more mixing up all these exposures to this final presentation. Those clouds above the building look awesome....stunning shot..!!!
mkamionka (39923) 2009-02-10 1:57
Very good job Hisashi,
That is a fantastic blue hour photo.
I like very much your title as well.
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-02-10 2:03
A masterful exercise in light management, both the feeling of motion and stilness are perfectly represented in this one. Striking framing and stunning colors, this blue hour really pops out of my screen, TFS! Have a good day, my friend. I'll be seeing you.
yedirenk (11244) 2009-02-10 2:21
Great shot with superb timing.lights,colours and depth are eye catching.also excellent sharpness and very impressive point of view.very fantastic scene.well done.TFS
roshangar (1682) 2009-02-10 2:44
Hi, indeed it a cliché subject but you did it well and the result is really nice shot.
Housegaijin (0) 2009-02-10 3:34
Spectacular shot of Shinjuku - great control over motion blur with that slow shutter speed.
npecanhuk (78455) 2009-02-10 3:36
The effect of the moving clouds and cars is awesome!
The vertical format and the viewpoint were the best to compose this image so nicely! It's a superb night picture, for sure! I also like the modern architecture of the skyscrapers and how you placed them in the picture, enhancing their beauty and majesty! TFS - Congratulations! My best regards, Neyvan
filidor (56) 2009-02-10 3:37
Wow! Fantastic dynamic low light work! Everything compo, vide lens and great using of long exposure work here!
Morac (27723) 2009-02-10 4:26
Superb work : The perspective is too good !
Your technical work to prepare this view is impressive.
hamady (753) 2009-02-10 4:33
Hello Hisashi,simply perfect...with good equipment at the right time on the right place ;o) jan
holmertz (59006) 2009-02-10 5:44
A fantastic composition of orange, grey and blue. Your technical skill has given the picture an effect that reminds me of an architect's or city planner's idea of the future. It seems the future is already here.
andria (103) 2009-02-10 6:06
leo61 (0) 2009-02-10 9:22
This high quality image is a good lesson about photography.
Colors and sharpness are amazing and wow,what a nice sky with these clouds.
Vato_Law (12732) 2009-02-10 13:04
Wonderful work Hisashi,
this photo breeds energy and motion in every of its pixels.
Your bracketing work resulted perfectly giving the photo this wonderful modern look and a perfect exposure on every of its corners.
The motion of the clouds above the skyscrapper is the cherish on top of the cake.
A photo I surelly would have liked to make.
sacavem (18620) 2009-02-10 14:05
Good work to capture this beautiful image. Very good colour, contrast and definition. Excellent overexposing.Good framing and management of the lights.the flows of car's lights by using the slow shutter speed have given more brilliant effect to this sparkle and glow image.
PixelTerror (0) 2009-02-10 21:57
Very nice this one, good ble hour shot and you found the right pov so that the traffic circles around the buildings with its red trails, I like it a lot !
Have a nice day JY
il_corsaro_nero (1373) 2009-02-11 2:07
very well done work. The result is superb. Very good balance of lights and colors.
I am interested in understand how you combine different shots: I mean, just levels, cut and past parts, Hdr?
Thanks in advance
patdeph (35748) 2009-02-11 2:24
this is a wonderful night shot!I love the dynamism created by the curved lines of red lights on the road,and i love the high lightened building in front of the dark blue sky!A great and superb photo!
kpav (5031) 2009-02-11 4:39
Hello Hisashi, what a shot, amazing colors, superb composition, excellent clarity, nothing more to say... Simply perfect. Thanks for sharing.
faubry (35447) 2009-02-11 5:11
woww!! wonderful panning!!! wonderful light and composition, good perspective;
sevy (58) 2009-02-11 5:54
A wonderful job you managed here. First the composition in the vertical frame and playing with the color to induce a kind of been rocket on the launch. I works very well and the title is good in this way.
Second, the Post Processing providing a clear and well balanced shot.
Then the rendering of the long exposure, for sure with the cars, but also in the sky with the clouds.
Yes, really a good photo.
edytungkal (4551) 2009-02-11 22:02
Its a stunning post of skycrappers and indeed all the details, colours and lighting created a fantastic final result. Really like it Hisashi, thanks for sharing.
mattharvey1 (1044) 2009-02-12 6:11
Absolutely perfectly balanced twilight shot. Fantastic detail in the buildings and an imaginative title.
liviu (600) 2009-02-12 7:15
this shot is a real photo! I was looking on your galery and I found many interesting photos. thanks to you I spent one hour at steve mccurry site!
thank you hisashi!
Waylim (25436) 2009-02-12 23:34
Excellent night shot, love the exposure, showing the movement of the traffic and the cloud seem to be moving as well. Beautiful and well composed iamge. Excellent sharpness for a night shot. Technically perfect. Thanks
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-02-14 8:06
what an amazing picture. You had a very good idea to present with low speed and these amazing colors.
It's a great picture
ricard (653) 2009-02-14 9:00
Excelent shot and image absolutely wonderful.
We have to learn many things from you Hisashi!
Thank you very much for sharing your nice pictures and for your good comments that helps a lot to improve every day.
alainh (33205) 2009-02-14 23:23
a master piece, for angle, mouvement, colours, textures !! the sky is top !the best hour for the best picture. congratulations Hisashi
wolf38 (31296) 2009-02-15 0:05
Hello Hisashi. Indeed an impressing photo. It works outstanding. It is not a photo in passing, - one sees yours Planning and preparation. Important was here above all also the correct light. A masterful shot. Best regards, Wolfgang.
bostankorkulugu (42486) 2009-02-15 0:10
this is trully amazing... makes me dizzy looking at it hisahi... a real good job indeed... regards... korkut
gokanlam (6605) 2009-02-15 0:19
great idea.. and loved the result too.. successful long exposure..
the cars flow in the city symbolizes time is fast.. on the other hand the tall buildings stands without moving..
nice realization and has a contrast in itself...
maloutim (9639) 2009-02-15 5:56
This is a wonderful photo, where you got an excellent effect, with the roads of lights dividing beautifully each side of the imposing, elegant group of skyscrapers.
Excellent work of Art and Technology!
Cretense (68703) 2009-02-16 5:29
My God, what an outstanding photo!!! Amazing blue hour shot, exceptional composition and framing, spectacular river of lights! What can I say? A true masterpiece!!! Congratulations!
trekks (14348) 2009-02-16 6:34
I dont think there are many photographers who will go to the extent of your work effort for making this picture, with such patience and elaborate arrangement to get perfect combination of the scenery into this photo. But it is always interesting to learn from your post about how to go about making a long exposure and the tone of WB for a great city view like this one.
I must commend you for this effort.
sagar (2410) 2009-02-16 11:15
This is a perfect combo of great photography and perfect PP....wonderful job, friend. The contrasting colors are awesome.
imrek (4) 2009-02-16 11:50
a fine shot and good use of extra wide-angle lens, i like the pov, colours and the motion...good work!
polpo56 (15144) 2009-02-17 7:27
to see this wonderful photo is a pleasure for my eyes.
Great composition and great tecnical quality.
My best compliments
Disabled_A (0) 2009-02-17 15:20
very good POV, very impressive skyscrapers reaching for the sky! Very dynamic scene!
But frankly speaking I would prefer the WS variant more: it is of a warmer colour gamma.
Wanda1 (15142) 2009-02-17 21:48
That is such a cool futuristic shot! I just love the effect with the wide angle making the buildings seem so extra tall, and those red streaked trails of lights splitting below on either side of the building are simply fabulous. Great work and nice technique!
Angshu (56760) 2009-02-18 1:16
This is another superb work from you! It looks as if the buildings are large rockets about to take off. There's a lot of hard work which has gone behind this picture, not to say 70 shots in 30 minutes. Technically superb. Love the clouds above the building which seem to radiate away. Absolutely stunning & a perfect image. There's so much I learn seeing your images & reading your notes
foozi (7101) 2009-02-18 6:08
lovely depiction of this building. rich and dense colours. Well composed in its perspective and dramatic view.
jurek1951 (42196) 2009-02-18 10:39
wonderful nocturnal shot. perfect POV and details. Compliments,
zeca (19762) 2009-02-19 21:28
Wow! Great shot, Hisashi! Excellent exposition creating these beautiful rivers of light around this nice block of modern architecture. I really love it! Congratulations for this great work!
avene (12675) 2009-02-19 22:16
absolutely fantastic photo, Hisashi, the illusion of a rocket about to be lauched is very strong. the long exposure has added a nice sense of movement to the clouds, very sci-fi :) technically impeccable work, every single details is perfectly defined, and not even the tiniest light overexposed. excellent shot, my compliments.
dumbo (4541) 2009-02-20 4:35
Excellent work with the camera settings! I like the lines of the moving cars and that beautiful sky. That modern architecture fits perfectly to this shot.
Absolutely one of my favorites!
tober (8797) 2009-02-23 11:36
Hello Hishashi, thanks to your kind comment on my recent posting, I found the chance to discover your amazing gallery. But I go for this one which I found one of the most impressive photos in TE. Despite the vibrant atmosphere of the rushour -that you mentioned in your note- you did an excellent job. I take off my hat :) Congratulations. Tolga
marietom (34609) 2009-02-28 0:53
quelle inspiration d'avoir pris cette superbe image. C'est original, coloré, superbe !
Bandit (2360) 2009-03-03 10:51
superbe image !!! L'effet de perspective est vraiment impressionnant !! La lumière ainsi que la couleur est vraiment parfaite !! Une grande image !
Merci pour le partage de ta technique !!!
delkoo (68) 2009-03-06 4:27
i missed this wonderful picture , shame on me!
it has everything in it, light, action, colour, motion .
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-03-10 16:32
Wowwwww...woooow....mega-wowwwwwwwwwww! The amazing exposure and the effect on the buildings is...impressive!
guitianmiranda (5325) 2009-03-11 9:46
A perfect long exposure at the blue hour, just perfect in its composition and execution, Greta work Hisashi.
nirvana73 (0) 2009-03-13 23:20
i like vertical frame
good light and colors
i like lines at the roads
scalerman (26900) 2009-03-15 20:51
H: you've taken some of these urban images to new levels - learning from you now. c
Rafer (0) 2009-03-17 4:21
Vaya imagen más impresionante, un sobresaliente en composición, luz y color...excelente...saludos
yso (4146) 2009-03-17 4:51
I am impressed by your technic to get this superb image, really perfect, well done !
IgorDeleze (585) 2009-03-17 5:45
Realy impresive night view!
Great dynamics in this one.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-03-18 6:51
Fantastic shot with splendid vertical composition. The lights and colours are fantastic likewise, great shot. Congratulations.Have a nice day!
belido (19934) 2009-03-20 5:03
I think I cannot add anything else to what was said about this fantastic photo. Hats off, to my theme.
sigur (338) 2009-03-25 3:50
Wow, that is an impressive image. Has a futuristic feel about it. Amazing sharpness and the movement of the car tail lights looks great. Well done.
nesiaZ (982) 2009-03-26 14:20
Hisashi this is great!!!
An incredible point of view. Your photo is very good one!
All the best!
ragipsari (65) 2009-04-02 6:01
very good photo.
Bianconeri78 (701) 2009-04-02 14:38
This is a mind-blowing picture. Great contrast in the colour scheme and great composition.
jmdias (68589) 2009-04-03 3:01
amazing pov and colors and light too. I liked the shapes of the buildings and the way you framed them against a fabulous blue sky. very nice idea to include the lines of the light here. well done, perfect
adramad (49468) 2009-04-20 6:43
Incredible and he praises composition, the effect of the movement of the cars in the highways produces a fantastic effect, contrasting with the brightness and detail of the buildings. Brilliant of color the whole work of art.
Faros (12) 2009-04-22 23:44
Your comment gave me the opportunity to discover this masterpiece !!
This image is absolutely wonderful and your idea was very clever indeed.
danyy (0) 2009-05-02 14:14
une photo qui ne vole absolument pas son succès. Un endroit bien choisi pour la prise de vue, un temps de pose idéalement paramétré et aussi et pas des moindres, le moment bien choisi dans la journée.
kiks (12759) 2009-05-04 6:50
Fantastic work you present us here. THe POV created a verry intersting perspective and the light is awsome. Great great work.
ruisc_pt (11090) 2009-05-15 4:51
This is some photo
darek1978 (13361) 2009-05-18 8:41
Wow! Truly spectacular view. I like a lot your breatchtaking point of view and excellent composition. Congratulations! I'm very impressed.
chicken (1557) 2009-05-18 20:53
Perfection! The light, the colors, the way how the traffic echoes the architecture of the building.. simply perfect.
anirban_c8 (23) 2009-06-24 11:44
Great, super really amazing, it seems like digitally created using 3D modeling software, nice capture of the great city in the night.
martin_b (362) 2009-06-25 10:27
superb colors and quality in this capture- bravo!!
bbandak (94) 2009-07-01 4:07
Thanks for the nice comment on my last upload which guided me to your stream which is wonderfull. This picture caught my attention because I like night photography and your work reminds me off what I had to do to my image .
Great work and TFS
wgreis (8267) 2009-07-27 5:47
what a wonderful photo.
I like the lights of the buildings and the cars. Th 6 secs. was a good idea.
sebinho342 (19317) 2009-08-04 6:20
that's why i love your gallery, huge and fist class level and photographic skills ... and sometimes an explosion of genius, like that one.
Long time since i saw on TE such a brillant picture, best i saw from all monthes i kept away from that site
i'd love to to that picture ! kind of picture i'm a deep lover
Disparador (164) 2009-09-05 8:05
The only thing that i dont like in this picture is... it´s not mine!!!
ericfarge (914) 2009-11-27 9:47
You capture the most beautifull night shot I have ever seen, your composition is close to perfection, the light coming from the cars are excellent, just enough.
fredphoto (47) 2009-12-14 15:13
Only one word,
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-09-29 1:22
Perfect cityscape, wonderful blue hour shot and the long exposure works superbly. Well done!
Nard (6972) 2010-11-23 9:04
I've browsed your galery and found this one. Very nice picture, well framed, and with some work as I understand in your note. Light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Well done
Ninello52 (7576) 2010-11-29 10:46
Immagine fantastica!!! Tecnica straordinaria e un risultato sbalorditivo!! Very very good! Fantastic image,lovely effect! Sin for the little vibration...however wonderfull!!
HimalAnda (10671) 2010-12-09 22:21
What a wonderful picture! The POV is perfect, the exposure too and the red lights give a sensation of speed, of motion.
A perfect shot! Congratulations.
ade71 (2228) 2010-12-13 9:49
Wow! Hi Hisashi, this is a marvellous picture with great compositive elements. Superb work! Adele
gmg (4202) 2010-12-14 11:25
Absolutely gorgeous cityscape. Everything's nice, starting from the framing, till to the PP
frunchy (1800) 2011-01-10 11:31
i see you're a fan of wide angle and you know how to use it!
The "flow of cars" on the street really leads the eye to the big, impressive towers. Due to the long time exposure you got the clouds movement also in, which makes a very nice extra. The town looks quite busy.
Interesting colours, somewhat artificial, but really enhancing the city feeling.
Great work and regards, F.
ikeharel (78161) 2011-01-31 8:39
First time I come accross you photos Hisashi.
A 6 sec shutter, well created the lines of streaming lights.
Fabulous night scenery, I like the title.
*** The Ws with oreginal is impressive as well.
yquem46 (38752) 2011-03-12 6:46
Choosing this one (wonder how are these skyscrapers by now ?) to tell you my satisfaction to learn from your intro page that you're safe
All my my warmest regards to you and all japanese people as a consolation and support during these terrible days you're facing
clearinnervisio (150) 2011-09-19 10:42
Very nice exposure. Very well seen pov.
Periko (6214) 2013-06-10 15:32
- Copyright: Hisashi Yuya (hispic) (9652)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-19
- Categories: Humorous, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, SIGMA 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/8, 6 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): World's Skycrappers, Favorites - urban 01, Belido's Top 100, Devimeuxbe's favorites on TE (II), Tokyo Twinkle Cityscape [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-10 0:24
- Favorites: 21 [view]