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5XP HDR shot of frantically busy Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan.

 

This was taken from my hotel room and was fortunate to have such an awesome view! The processing was a bit more difficult given the reflection and dust from outside the window but I'm happy with this result. I really enjoy living/visiting in fast-paced cities and my recent trip to Shibuya only reinforced this belief. The 'scramble crossing' which was featured in such movie classics as: Lost in Translation & Fast and The Furious - Tokyo Drift, is really a sight to behold - an estimated 3k ppl go through the section every minute!

 

Some Shibuya marquees shown include: A part of the scramble crossing in the lower-right, Shibuya 109 department store, Yoyogi Park, Q-Front building, and Center Gai.

 

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Shibuya crossing is known as the Times Square of Tokyo. An action packed crossing of chaos which fully represents the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

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Cars pass beneath a pedestrian overpass outside Shibuya Station, Tokyo

 

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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

 

SPNC - Year 2 - Instruction # 08

"Lines, straight or curved : People follow them, contradict them or imprison themselves in them."

(Les lignes, droites ou courbes : les passants les suivent, les contredisent ou s'y enferment.)

- Thierry Clech

This is the eighth Instruction for the Year 2 of the Street Photography Now Project.

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View of the busiest crossing in the world from the 25th floor, so cool!

No parking!!! I'm watching!!!

From

Wikipedia:

 

Shibuya is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. As of 2008, it had an estimated population of 208,371.

 

Shibuya has achieved great popularity among young people in the last 30 years. There are several famous fashion department stores in Shibuya. Shibuya 109 is a major shopping center near Shibuya Station, particularly famous as the origin of the kogal subculture. Called “Ichi-Maru-kyū,” which translates as 1–0–9 in Japanese, the name is actually a pun on that of the corporation that owns it — Tokyu (which sounds like 10–9 in Japanese). The contemporary fashion scene in Shibuya extends northward from Shibuya Station to Harajuku, where youth culture reigns; Omotesandō, the zelkova tree- and fashion brand-lined street; and Sendagaya, Tokyo’s apparel design district.

 

During the late 1990s, Shibuya also became known as the center of the IT industry in Japan. It was often called “Bit Valley” in English, a pun on “Bitter Valley,” the literal translation of “Shibuya.”

 

Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. Three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing. The Starbucks store overlooking the crossing is also one of the busiest in the world.

 

Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Exposure: 3 exposures (-2,0,+2 EV)

Aperture: f/11

Focal Length: 16mm

ISO Speed: 100

Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote

Date and Time: 5 April 2009 5.55pm

 

Post Processing:

Imported into Lightroom

Exported 3 exposures to Photomatix

Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option

Exported HDR to CS3

Contrast adjustment

Noise Reduction filter

Hue/Saturation layer

Unsharp mask filter

Exported back to Lightroom

Crop tool

Spot Removal tool

Added keyword metadata

Exported as JPEG

 

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