Tokyo in Pics


A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

My First YouTube Video - at the Sonpo Japan Building

I’ve made the jump into YouTube, finally made it.  Well, I shouldn’t say “finally made it” because I had a YouTube several years ago with about fifty videos on it, but the videos were about the places I had visited in Tokyo, no commentary, no nothing, just images.  This time it is me on camera, commentary, video and photos – the whole works.

The video is about the Sonpo Japan building which is near Shinjuku station in Tokyo.  Built in 1976 and designed by Yoshikazu Uchida, it is still a great looking building.  The architecture is just fabulous.  At night in that area with all the other skyscrapers, it is very, very impressive.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

The Sonpo Japan building in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo

Why did I make a new YouTube channel?  The main reason would be to show you what I shoot in Tokyo and the where and how I shoot it.   Another reason is to start pushing myself.  I’m hoping that by putting myself out onto another social media platform, more people will see my work, therefore I might be able to get some more comments and criticisms, things that might be able to push me into the right direction.

But my first video with me in it?  I think I’ll just sum it up by calling it a learning experience.  How to shoot myself photographing? What should I say?  How should I say it?  Where should I be looking?  So many questions and before I started filming, I had no answers at all.  So, while the end result wasn’t very good, I did learn a lot so there’ll be some improvement in the next video.

Light trails under the building

For the quality of the video itself, I have mixed feelings about it.  The Fujifilm X-T2 provided excellent footage, while the iPhone 7 plus which I had to use for filming myself while shooting, in lowlight, was extremely poor.  That couldn’t be helped of course, as that was all I had to work with.  Hopefully, at some point in the future I’ll be able to buy a second camera.  Until that happens, I might just do videos in daylight to cut down on potential problems.  That is something I’ll have to think about.

If you like it, please let me know as any and all comments are welcome.  But if you don’t like it, that is okay too because any criticism will be taken onboard to help with other videos.  You can see my YouTube channel here.