I probably have mentioned this quite a few times, but let me say it again; Yokohama is one of my most favorite places in Japan to hangout. There’s a lively buzz around any time of the day and night lights are simply breathtaking. So I hardly ever miss an opportunity to go there, with or without a camera. This is a photo from sometime back, a day I braved the cold and spent a good few hours circling more or less the entire harbor area shooting to my heart’s content, and as you will probably agree, it was totally worth it!
Few months ago I took out a friend to dinner for her birthday. All that’s fine, but there’s got to be something in it for me as well, right? So, two birds with one stone and all, I picked Yokohama, close to the Minatomirai station which is without fail an excellent place for photography.
After a wonderful dinner we were walking around aimlessly and while my friend was admiring these colorful LEDs I managed to take 3 quick shots of her and she was kind enough to stay still…ish.
Processed these today, after about four or five months, which is something I like to do instead of processing them all at once. That way it helps me to take a different approach on someone similar themed photos and invariably that ends up in a better finished product. I merged the 3 images (EV0 +/- 3) in Photomatix and generated two outputs; one concentrating on lights and the other on the rest of the photo. Then after a lot of masking to clean up messy areas, imported them to LR and applied this cool filter. Finally, as always, Noiseware.
This photo wasn’t easy!
Couple of months ago, I paid a visit to Yokohama and took loads of lovely photos, some of which were pretty darn good HDR candidates. However, since then I learned about the view from the Yokohama Landmark Tower, and it looked spectacular, and naturally I wanted to go there with the camera in hand.
Yesterday, despite being pretty busy at work, I headed there with a friend, then found the entrance to the tower where you need to pay ¥1,000 and get in a pretty cool elevator that travels at 710m/minute, arrived at the observation room. It was spectacular!
However, there is a huge window (duh, obviously), and to make things worse there are TVs behind light of which is reflected on the window. In order to not focus on the window I had to get real close to the window, but with a tripod that’s no easy feat. However I managed that, but the reflected light from the window was still bothering me. So I made my friend stand behind me and the camera covering the light from the TVs and after several attempts finally found a pretty good angle.
Despite all that though there was still some reflected light from the window in the final shots which I could get rid of only after a through cleanup in Photoshop. This is 3 bracketed shots merged in Photomatix, and then like mentioned about a few minor edits in Photoshop. I didn’t use any more enhancements using other post processing tools though; the scenery was spectacular enough on it’s own right.
I’ve recently been doing a lot of HDRs, but with or without I’ve never really explored the Black & White photography so thought I’d give it a try as well. This is the Yokohama Landmark Tower which is the tallest building (and the 3rd tallest structure) in Japan standing 972 ft and contains 73 floors. It’s a pretty impressive sight, and next on my list is to take a picture from atop that.
The photo is 3 bracketed shots merged in Photomatix 5 Beta (love their new align feature and overall great improvements) then processed mostly with Silver EfEx Pro. Of course the customary noise reduction by Noiseware followed.
Last Saturday evening I headed for the Yokohama harbor intending to take a few nighttime pictures of the Yokohama skyline around the harbor. However I made a mistake and went to the Yokohama station when in fact I should have headed to the next station to get to the best location for my intended shots.
But I didn’t want to get on another train and travel just one more station, so I exited the Yokohama station and walked around to find the best spot.
This mall was on my way, and it kind of looked cool, so I stopped to take a few photos there. Inside the red-ish part to the right of the building there was a Japanese wedding ceremony going on as well, but I didn’t want to barge in and disrupt their lovely time even though I would have killed for a few photos of the wedding.
This is again 3 bracketed shots merged in Photomatix, then added a few touches with Perfect Photo Suite and cleaned up noise in Noiseware at the end.
Again the photography bug caught me last night, so I duly grabbed the camera and headed for Yokohama which is one of my favorite places in Japan. It’s got a little bit of everything; city lights, the sea, the harbor, a whole lot of people with your fair share of foreigners and in general there’s a certain lively buzz there. And especially at night everything comes to life.
So I walked around the harbor area for a quite a while but the huge camera and the tripod were a pain to carry around, and add to that the fact that I had forgotten to bring a sweater so with the speedy wind I was freezing to death. But it was all worth it; I could capture some pretty darn good shots, of which this is one.
This is 3 bracketed shots (EV0 +/- 2) merged in Photomatix, then some I made the sky a bit lighter in Lightroom and merged it with the Photomatix file again before finishing up in Noiseware.