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Old October 3rd, 2012, 10:19 AM   #81
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Nice, Ginza was on my to do list this time, but again I had to skip it because of my tight schedule. I had to wait 1.5 hour at SkyTree (only to catch clouds and rain!)
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Nice, Ginza was on my to do list this time, but again I had to skip it because of my tight schedule. I had to wait 1.5 hour at SkyTree (only to catch clouds and rain!)
that's a shame, on both counts
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Last of the Ginza set............

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I've recently returned from my second trip to Japan following my first visit back in September 2010.
This time my itinerary included Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Sendai/Yamadera, Nagoya, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Onomichi & Fukuoka.
I'd bought my very first DSLR camera a couple of weeks prior to jetting off so I had to pretty much learn how to use it on the go. The camera is a Nikon D5100 with an 18-55mm kit lens and a 35mm f1.8 prime lens. Unfortunately I didn't take much video on this trip so I won't be posting many (if any) videos.
I have the same exact camera (except that the lens is not f1.8, I have f3.5-5.6).. and your photos are a lot better than any of my shots!
I had it for more than a year now, and I feel that I had not improved my shooting skills! I'm a bit embarrassed..

what settings are you using?
I find it lazy to use HDR everytime.. as the settings will only allow you 1 shot, then you have to set it again..
Did you ever try the miniature effect, It would have been interesting to see Japanese skyline - "miniaturized".

btw - nice night photos.. I usually find it the hardest, specially that i don't use a tripod.. and my lens are lower in specs.
I'm really really impressed.

Are there any camera restrictions around Tokyo? Or the public does not mind at all?
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Old October 4th, 2012, 03:02 AM   #90
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I have the same exact camera (except that the lens is not f1.8, I have f3.5-5.6).. and your photos are a lot better than any of my shots!
I had it for more than a year now, and I feel that I had not improved my shooting skills! I'm a bit embarrassed..

what settings are you using?
I find it lazy to use HDR everytime.. as the settings will only allow you 1 shot, then you have to set it again..
Did you ever try the miniature effect, It would have been interesting to see Japanese skyline - "miniaturized".

btw - nice night photos.. I usually find it the hardest, specially that i don't use a tripod.. and my lens are lower in specs.
I'm really really impressed.

Are there any camera restrictions around Tokyo? Or the public does not mind at all?
Thank you

My photos are post processed using Adobe Lightroom. I mainly wanted to fix my exposure mistakes but I boosted color and contrast a little as well (ok ALOT on some of the pics lol).
There is an in built setting for sharpness on the d5100 so if you feel your pics are a little soft then try boosting that.

I used the miniaturize setting a couple of times, I'll post those photos here.

There are mainly camera restrictions in museums and places like that. The locals seem amused at the sight of a snap happy westerner if anything

Oh, as for the settings.........I found myself fiddling with the settings for just about every shot I took, mainly looking at the lighting conditions and adjusting the ISO and shutter speed accordingly. I always shot in manual mode and double checked the shot on the viewer to make sure it wasn't over or under exposed. Obviously with bright daylight shots I'd lower the ISO to 100 and increase the shutter speed to at least 400 or so while the hand held night shots I'd put the ISO up, depending on the ambient light. Neon projects quite a bit of ambient light so I didn't have to increase the ISO that much but darker shots I'd set it as high as 3200 though there's more noise at those levels. I opened up the aperture for night shots.
The only time I used a tripod was when I headed out to Odaiba and took some photo's of the skyline and Rainbow Bridge at sunset and early evening. For those shots I was able to keep the ISO down at 100-200, set the aperture fairly low and just increased the shutter speed to about 1 or 2 seconds. So basically the only settings I ever changed were ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

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Ebisu

Today I planned on heading up to Mt Takao, my main goal was to get some shots of Mt Fuji at sunset though my hopes were fairly low given everything I'd read about viewing Fuji from Tokyo in summer ie it's supposedly pretty rare.
I had the morning free so decided to check out Ebisu then the new Hikarie building in Shibuya...........

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I mistakenly thought this building was Shibuya Hikarie so I head in that direction......
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That's Hikarie alright but unfortunately I was running out of time and couldn't afford to spend long there

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A quick peek inside and I was out of there.........

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Man, these recent photos are even better than the previous pages, especially in terms of post processing! I think your learning curve is impressive! The night shots are a special mention for me. I assume you used the prime lens for most of your night work? Man, these newer cameras' higher ISO power ups are something. (My cam is now quite old, now 4 rungs below the latest of the EOS Kiss series).

One thing I didn't like so much was that one or two photos where the clouds and the sky seemed so fake from over-tinkering with the highlights setting. When the sky is so washed out and then you try to tone it down, I suggest to not go crazy over it, unless you really want to have it for "effect". Just some comment which you may easily disregard haha. (Because it is just based on my "taste" after all).

Dang, I wanna go back to Tokyo soon because I had just some cheapo P&S last time I was there. I'll probably be back in the end of November with the GF!! Next stop is Fukuoka and Kumamoto for me this 3rd week of October! Your big city shots got me pumped up!
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Man, these recent photos are even better than the previous pages, especially in terms of post processing! I think your learning curve is impressive! The night shots are a special mention for me. I assume you used the prime lens for most of your night work? Man, these newer cameras' higher ISO power ups are something. (My cam is now quite old, now 4 rungs below the latest of the EOS Kiss series).

One thing I didn't like so much was that one or two photos where the clouds and the sky seemed so fake from over-tinkering with the highlights setting. When the sky is so washed out and then you try to tone it down, I suggest to not go crazy over it, unless you really want to have it for "effect". Just some comment which you may easily disregard haha. (Because it is just based on my "taste" after all).

Dang, I wanna go back to Tokyo soon because I had just some cheapo P&S last time I was there. I'll probably be back in the end of November with the GF!! Next stop is Fukuoka and Kumamoto for me this 3rd week of October! Your big city shots got me pumped up!
Thanks for the feedback, it's really appreciated
I used both lenses for the night shots and I did notice the difference in quality when using the prime lens.
You're spot on about the 'fake sky' shots, they're mainly the result of toning down a really overexposed shot. Usually I was able to spot the overexposure by looking at the viewer, I'd then readjust the settings and take another shot. There were times when it was so bright and sunny that I couldn't see the viewer properly so I was stuck with that one shot. Anyway, I'm not too concerned about the sky being a bit fake looking so long as the main subject looks good. As you say, it's down to personal taste
Enjoy Fukuoka, it's a really nice city, open and green.
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Ah by the way, on that note, do you not shoot RAW? If you have, it would be easier to handle overexposures in post processing. If you shot them JPEG, you'd have a harder time controlling those "unwanted" effects.

If you shot raw, you can adjust "recovery" and then the "highlights" so the sky looks more natural. Actually that's what I try to avoid, having a good subject and then the sky ruins it.. Haha. But yeah, I understand the shooting circumstances and sometimes if you're in a bright area and looking on your LCD, you don't notice the overexposure. Which brings me to another tip! You have to rely on the histogram for this instead. The histogram is a more objective check for proper exposure...
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