Cityscapes from the Tokyo World Trade Center in Japan

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by daggah, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. daggah

    daggah Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2013
    Rapid City, SD
    Hey guys, I took my Olympus E-M5 OM-D to the World Trade Center yesterday. I actually took a day of leave (I'm in the US Air Force) when I saw that the weather forecast was supposed to be pretty nice. I leave next month, so I figured...what the hell. I am happy that I did!

    The Tokyo Tower amongst the sprawling Tokyo metropolis
    by davidgevert, on Flickr

    For this shot, I intentionally shot at f/22, because, despite the risk of diffraction, I wanted the sun star. The crazy lens flare is in part due to shooting through the WTC's glass window.

    Sunset viewed from the Tokyo WTC
    by davidgevert, on Flickr

    And finally, a 4-second long exposure during blue hour:

    Twilight over Tokyo
    by davidgevert, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking! It was a nice change of pace shooting with my OM-D. I'm usually using my D800. On this outing, I primarily shot with the 12-50 f/3.5-6.3 and the 17 f/1.8. I chose the 12-50 in part because the lens hood I have for it is not a petal-type hood, which meant that I'd be able to stick it right up against the glass to help with reflections.
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  2. Firedogg

    Firedogg Have cash, will spend

    Very nice photos there. Especially love the blue hour.

    Thanks for sharing.
  3. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    You've just given me an idea to reuse some old rubber collapsible screw-on lens hoods I have - they'd eliminate reflections well and let you reframe with the flat rubber pressed against the glass.
  4. Ian.

    Ian. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2013
    You were there at the right time of day!
    I went up there at the same time of day with my work colleague. And he was surprised I wanted to stay. He thought we'd seen it all before the sun had set. But soon realised how beautiful it was becoming. I'd set my camera up for a timelapse too that seemed to take forever. But got the sun going down and the lights coming on and the trains whizzing by.
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Very cool pics.
  6. MadMarco

    MadMarco Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    Guildford, England
    3 great shots, love them.
  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
  8. SiamK

    SiamK Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 2, 2014
    Great photos. Thank you for sharing it with us.
  9. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I heard a good trick for minimising reflections when shooting through glass, get a square meter of black cloth and attach a hooked suction cup to each of the top two corners. Cut a small X in the center of it for your lens to poke through then place it up on the glass where you are going to shoot from and click away...

    Supposedly even reduces the weird double reflections created by double-glazed windows too...
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  10. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Nice images OP! Do you not get sunstars at F11? Or are they just smaller?

    Interesting idea... might look a bit weird, but still worth a go
  11. daggah

    daggah Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2013
    Rapid City, SD
    I have a few tricks that I use, myself. If I'm on a tripod, I just use a hoodie over the camera held up against the basically does what you're describing.

    Or I just put the lens right up against the glass, so that the lens hood is physically touching the window. However, I was getting some weird flaring mainly from the window itself not being perfectly clean in this case.