It’s no secret that I’m in Japan quite often. At this point in my life I manage to make my way there several times a year. The trips aren’t always long, but no matter how short the trip, I still find myself more than willing to make that flight without any hesitation. And of all the times I’ve been to Japan, specifically Tokyo, it’s actually been a while since I’ve taken photos of the intertwining crosswalks in front of the Shibuya 109 building in the Shibuya district. And I’ve certainly never shot it with a fish-eye lens so during my last visit I figured it would be a perfect time to do that. And as a bonus, I happen to be walking these streets with my good friend +Takahiro Yamamoto so I was able to get his guidance on the best place to stand in order to get a decent shot of this area using the fish-eye. He’s a talented photographer so I already trust his judgement and eye, but he’s also taken several amazing photographs of this exact area so I stood exactly where he said would be good. He he. It wasn’t as crowded as it normally is at this intersection, which was a combination of a typhoon week, late hours on a work night, and simply just timing. But it was enough to help fill the foreground with lots of interesting movement to compliment the crosswalks and the buildings that surrounded the people.
I originally shot 5 handheld bracketed exposures for this one, but I’ve been finding that even with bracketed shots that I’ve been able to get what I want from just one of the exposures. It’s been saving me time when post processing and I like to think that having a constantly improving understanding of light and technique is helping me get better overall exposures in camera. I’d still like to get this shot again with a more full crowd and maybe during the evening blue hour on a cloudy day. That’s not too much to ask for, is it? He he. I’m sure I’ll have my chance at that again sooner than later. And if you’d like to see more photos from this night, check out my previous post: Two hours with Takahiro.