Liquor Shop 'Koike'; Between Shibuya & Ebisu, Tokyo

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Just near the bridges I was shooting pics of the canal from was this backstreet and specifically the liquor store with its huge bottle sign. Dark under the bridge and lots of bright lights up ahead. Not a particularly easy exposure but it works. I like the Marlboro man and his eye...... watching. :-)

Nikon D300
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ f/8
1.6secs at 400 ISO
Camera balanced on the top of a flat railing.
Minor adjustments to light and tonal contrast using Nik plugin for Photoshop.

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  1. mudpig 76 months ago | reply

    wonderful image... really like it.

  2. Eric Flexyourhead (Trying to catch up!) 76 months ago | reply

    Definitely works, Alfie! Great light, superb gritty feeling... and I really like the ghosting on the figures at the right side of the shot.

  3. atoshiaki 76 months ago | reply

    wonderful & great!!
    Best shot!

  4. SQSUN2008 76 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  5. Dyrk.Wyst 76 months ago | reply

    excellent.

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  6. fotodiale 76 months ago | reply

    excellent

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  7. Alfie | Japanorama 76 months ago | reply

    Thanks all for your comments.

    @fotodiale: thanks for the big, flashing gold star. But, as I no longer have a Pro membership, I am limited to 10 Groups and already have this pic in that many.

    @Nguyen: yes, that would mean more light, faster shutter speed etc. But, it would also mean no star-burst on the street lights [which helps make them look interesting instead of being just over-exposed balls of light], no blurring of the people plus I like the way that colours change as you start making the exposure longer. This lens is sharp at 2.8, even at the edges and I shoot it wide-open a lot but not when I want some extra sharpness or a slower exposure.

  8. adannenb 76 months ago | reply

    That backstreet looks shady...
    Nice Tokyo shot!

  9. Alfie | Japanorama 76 months ago | reply

    Shady but I was walking around with a few $Thousand worth of camera gear and, as usual in Tokyo, never felt even an ounce of worry. I say this keeping my fingers crossed, as I dont want to tempt fate. But, Tokyo is generally very safe - even in the grungy-looking backstreets.

  10. Shabbir Ferdous 76 months ago | reply

    ------------------------------------------------
    nice shot

    cheers

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    Seen in my contacts' photos. (-_-)

  11. TRUE 2 DEATH 76 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Street Art in Japan (グラフィティ), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. Chaboureau 75 months ago | reply

    Inspiring ... perfect mood ... light is awesome ... and the distribution of colors (vivid red, blue, green) in the dark really works perfect ... cannot stop watching that shot ... Huge fan !!!

  13. midori_uk 75 months ago | reply

    @.... , that would mean more light, faster shutter speed etc. But, it would also mean no star-burst on the street lights [which helps make them look interesting instead of being just over-exposed balls of light], no blurring of the people plus I like the way that colours change as you start making the exposure longer. This lens is sharp at 2.8, even at the edges and I shoot it wide-open a lot but not when I want some extra sharpness or a slower exposure. @Nguyen: yes, that would mean more light, faster shutter speed etc. But, it would also mean no star-burst on the street lights [which helps make them look interesting instead of being just over-exposed balls of light], no blurring of the people plus I like the way that colours change as you start making the exposure longer. This lens is sharp at 2.8, even at the edges and I shoot it wide-open a lot but not when I want some extra sharpness or a slower exposure.

    My initial though was f8.0 was chosen for DOF, but now I seem to have learned there is another mountain yet to climb..
    Thanks.
    Barry in UK

  14. Alfie | Japanorama 75 months ago | reply

    Nguyen seems to have removed his comment..... but the explanation of why I chose f/8 still stands, Midori. Basically all the controls on a camera control their own set of things. But one thing they - ISO, shutter-speed, aperture - all have in common is that they all effect the amount of light coming into the camera, each in a different way.

  15. Gabrielle Tilley 74 months ago | reply

    great long exposure! your photostream is just too good to look through, I have to comment on every other photo!!

  16. Mugunthan Balakrishnan 71 months ago | reply

    extraspecialBooze Award

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    Please tag this photo with BoozeAward when you add it to the pool.

  17. NC Cigany 71 months ago | reply

    Looks like the opening scene of a Humphrey Bogart movie. Great capture. Keen eye.

  18. a2xm 66 months ago | reply

    I love the atmosphere there and the ambient of light too.. nice..

  19. i8z 63 months ago | reply

    Awesome image.

  20. a g n è s 47 months ago | reply

    Superb night mood shot!

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