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Great places to shoot in Tokyo - Hibiya Godzilla Square

A new statue in was unveiled in Tokyo in late March 2018, Godzilla.  Based upon the version featured in the film "Shin Godzilla" which was released in 2016, it is the largest Godzilla statue in Japan, according to Toho the production company.  Let me tell you, this statue looks really cool. It is a piece of cinema history.

Godzilla at Hibiya Godzilla Square in Tokyo

You can get quite close to it so you can shoot it with anything, smartphone, point and  shoot or DSLR. Any camera will work here. The only problem is that even though it looks cool, the statue is pretty small, only 3 meters which doesn’t look anywhere nearly as impressive as the real thing.  If you are looking for an impressive shot here, it isn’t easy as you are going to end up with a lot of stuff in your background that really isn’t “godzilla-ish”. In short, you have to work for it, either search for a great angle or do something post-processing work to add some extra pizazz.

It’s not a completely lost situation as you can walk around the model, shoot from in front and under it.  Or, you can walk up the stairs and shoot from behind. You‘ve just got to find the angle that works for you.

For my shot, I shot from below and a little to the left.  After the shot was loaded up on the computer I used Photoshop to add a tilt-shift effect to blur the background out along with a slight vignette.  Hopefully the the shot looks a little more dramatic than one that has nothing done to it. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them.

If you are looking for a place that has a better Godzilla, in my opinion, you need to check out the one in Shinjuku.  That might be more fun, as it offers so many more angles, for most photographers and it is very big, even though you can only see the top part of the monster. You can see that one here.

You can see the location of the Hibiya Godzilla here:

Gear for this shot:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T2

Lens - Fujifilm XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens