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Urban Energy

The ultimate urban metropolis, this is Tokyo, Japan. This photo was taken in the Shinjuku district on a rather busy weekend night. I had seen several jaw dropping photos of Tokyo over the years and couldn't wait to see all the amazing neon lights and mega skyscrapers. After finally getting to experience the city in person, it was far more unbelievable than I had ever imagined! You'll have to view it large to fully appreciate all the detail, I can literally stare at this scene for hours.


For this shot, I combined 9 bracketed exposures together to bring in all the color and light in the scene. Because it was so bright, I actually had to adjust my exposure balance by 2 steps as well as use my ND filter combined with a long enough exposure to capture all of the traffic motion. I actually waited through 9 lights in order to complete the set and capture all the lights from the cars whizzing by. At one point, a guy started coming toward me and I thought for sure he was security or something official and would ask me to get out of the street. Instead, it was a fairly intoxicated tourist that began dancing in circles in front of me while saying "take a picture of me, take a picture of me!" As I was in the middle of my set and didn't want to touch my camera, I pretended to take a picture of the man, while laughing histerically. That did the trick and off he went, likely to drink some more sake in this very popular party area :)

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Taken on February 7, 2010