For me going to Japan had always been a dream of mine and I was able to fulfil it a few months ago. I love Japanese people so much because they hold qualities such as respect, poise, calmness and pride in high regard. As an artist myself, I can’t help but be fascinated by the way someone might commit a lifetime to perfecting one craft such as traditional sword making techniques or fabric design. It’s this dedication and perseverance to a task which I respect more than anything.
It was also my interest in technology that drew me to Japan and this is the exact type of scene which comes to mind when I think about a combination of the two. Brightly lit neon streets like this can be found all over Tokyo and it’s a photographers dream to explore the neon Jungle. I was on a raised footpath looking down onto this area and had my D800 on a tripod and shot off the set of images in Aperture priority mode so that I could make a HDR later on my PC. I edited this one to highlight the gritty nature of the building on the right and also to expand on the “Luminescence” which can already be found in the scene. I love the way the light sources all bounce off each other and intermingle with one another to create a visual feast of light 🙂
Japan, got to love it ! HDR is perfect for cityscapes from Tokyo and I could spend weeks and weeks there creating compositions. I feel like I’ve only touched the surface on what is an amazing place. When I look into this shot I am reminded of the great sci-fi film blade runner. Blade runner was actually a book first, like most great films, and it was written by Phillip K. Dick and titled “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”… I was lucky enough to be in a share house where the book was left on the coffee table by one of my house mates. I remember laying on the couch and reading it in a day or two being totally engrossed in the world Dick created and it quickly became my favourite book.
Some Wiki info on “Blade Runner”-
… “The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically engineered organic robots called replicants—visually indistinguishable from adult humans—are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as by other “mega–manufacturers” around the world. Their use on Earth is banned and replicants are exclusively used for dangerous, menial or leisure work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and “retired” by police special operatives known as “Blade Runners”.
Cheers everyone, Luke