In this first half of this year I have some travel planned through Asia and later on Europe, but its got me excited for that kind of photography. There is a lot of organisation and behind the scenes work that goes into travel photography from researching images from other photographers to looking into local knowledge.

Getting to this vantage point to shoot a birds eye view of the most famous zebra crossing in the world was both exciting and extensive. I was about 25 stories up looking down on the area with my D800 and I managed to shoot off a bunch of great HDR compositions. I was actually happy to get up above all the chaos of the space and take a breather from it all. If your eyes follow the yellow lines within the frame they lead down into Shibuya Station, which is said to have over 3 million passengers pass through her turnstiles every day. Whilst I stayed in Tokyo I was at Shibuya at different times of the day and at 5pm it’s just a sea of people shoulder to shoulder. At night though this area lit up like nothing I’d ever seen before and must be akin to Times Square in New York I’d imagine.

Post Processing:

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I wanted to accentuate the depth in the scene and I did this using the focal point software in

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Nikon D800


Nikkor 28-300mm

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125 & 1/60



HDR info

5 bracket HDR with Photomatix 5


Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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Hi Luke! Awesome photo. I’ll be going to Tokyo in December and I was hoping to get this shot. Where did you take it from?

Luke Zeme
Hey Mate, its actually from inside a hotel across from the Shibuya intersection. In the image down the lower right of the image you can see the exit from Shibuya station. So if you come out and walk across the intersection and then find the hotel on the left you need to walk passed the Hotel lobby and use the lift. From memory the lift goes up to level 20 without a hotel keycard and then if you want to go higer you wait until someone staying in the hotel goes higher in the lift 😉 When you get out… Read more »
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