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.
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5 bracket HDR with Photomatix 5
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan