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My sunrise - Akihabara, Tokyo

A HDR of the sunrise from my balcony in Akihabara this morning.


I realized when I went out to photograph the first sunrise of the New Year along Tokyo Bay that I had actually never even tried a sunrise shot from my own apartment. So this morning I rose just after 6am and fired off a bunch of images. As suspected from my home there are several tall buildings fairly close to me limiting the area of skyline I can actually get. Fortunately the sun came up just to the right of a big building near me and I was able to shoot between it and another on the other side to get this frame.


I also realize now my abilities with making a good HDR are still very limited. I wanted to produce a HDR that doesn't necessarily look like an HDR but I just couldn't do it well as I wanted with these sunrise shots. Obviously the huge difference between the sun and dark foreground make it difficult but I'm sure I can improve on this. Not sure how to do that yet, but I'll figure it out eventually.


That all said I still like this image because of the rays of light reaching out over the city along with the light on the top edges of the clouds.

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Taken on January 3, 2009