Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Tower HDR Fisheye

Tokyo Tower Fisheye HDR
Fisheye lenses rock! I don’t get to take enough fisheye shots…but when I do…I love em! Enjoy this cool view of the Tokyo Tower Fisheye-style!

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Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms


I was looking through old pics the other day and realized that I rarely ever take flower pics. In my early days, flowers were a focus…an easy subject. But now with portraits, landscapes and sports…flowers have taken a back seat. I pulled these up from a trip a while back and always love the vintage look on white flowers that other photogs give them….so I did the same. Enjoy!

Tokyo, Japan – Cemetery (HDR)


From Tokyo, Japan…I was wondering around the Tokyo Tower and only 50 yards away across the street you can find this old cemetery tucked in between some buildings. Unfortunately, I do not know the customs..but you can see smoke in the background. Used to ward off spirits? Not sure. It makes the graveyard a bit spookier. I am not one to visit cemeteries, but this one was to cool to pass up!

Talke Photography Settings:

Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Tokyo, Japan – Temple (HDR)


When you take strolls in your travels you can find some cool little locations. This one was located near the Tokyo Tower. A small little temple sitting in a park just waiting to be photographed. Not sure if it is still in use…but it looks great! Japan is one beautiful country. Hope to one day get there for vacation so I have all the free time to take tons of pics!!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Silver Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Akita, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

The past few days it has been 70+ degrees here in Austin.  So nice to feel spring weather!  Some of us are only a few weeks away!  Green grass and flowers will pop up soon!  I cannot wait.   So I was thinking of a trip I had to Japan in April a while back.  I had just missed the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, but luckily was traveling up north in Japan.  The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom!   We went out to lunch one afternoon the roads in town were so beautiful…trees everywhere!!  For the shot above, I asked my co-worker to pull over so I can grab a photo.  I looked up at the great tree and snapped away!  If you are ever planning a visit to Japan…the first few weeks of April is Cherry Blossom time!   A dream of mine would be to visit Kyoto with the Blossoms in full beauty!   Sayonara!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/200
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photo Tools 2.6

Tokyo, Japan – Tower Tower

Tokyo at night is one of the best cities in the world to photograph.   The shot above is from my hotel room window last year.   So I apologize for a bit of window dirt/noise.  The new Tokyo Tower is due to open in May, so this old one will turn quiet…not sure what the future holds?

Some info from the web:  In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was looking for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Looking to the Occident for inspiration, the Tokyo Government decided to erect its own Eiffel Tower. It was completed by the Takenaka Corporation in 1958 at a total cost of ¥2.8 billion. At the time it was built it was the tallest structure in Tokyo, but it has since been superseded by several buildings in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts. Although it chiefly functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna, the Tower is best known as a tourist destination, though it is decried by some as overpriced and inconveniently located, and as having poor amenities.


Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 16.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   4 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro

 

Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Tower (Infrared)

Here is my second shot of the Tokyo Tower in infrared.  So cool.  It look like a model to me.  Maybe something from a Godzilla movie?  I’ll admit, I love those Godzilla movies.  Tough to beat Godzilla vs. King Kong.  I love visiting Japan.  One of my favorite things is to turn on the TV when getting ready in the AM and listening to the morning news shows (like the Today Show).  When they go to commercials…they are so colorful and happy!  It gets you hooked.   Occasionally you will see a US Star in a commercial…I have seen Brad Pitt and Madonna in some…speaking Japanese!   The food is great in Tokyo and the people are so very nice!   Such a different place compared to any US city.  If you can ever visit…you will love it!   Sayonara!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/100 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Erex Pro