Tokyo in Pics


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

I-link Town, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Skytree and a Nice Sunset

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you probably know my own rooftop is a great place from which to photograph Mt. Fuji.  However, wanted to shoot the mountain from somewhere new, so I decided to go I-link Town in Chiba and shoot from its observation deck.  There are some great pictures of it on the net, so I thought I could do just as well. It just turned out to be like many of recent shoots, it didn’t work out entirely as planned.  Not a total loss, but not perfectly. That’s photography, it doesn’t always go according to plan.

Sunset, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree. This, I thought, was the best picture of the day, but it is heavily edited.

I-Link Town is a residential building that is forty-five floors high, with one more floor on the top for an observatory, which is very nice.  It’s a bit unfortunate that everything of interest lies to the south-east, in the direction of Tokyo. In that area you’ll Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, the skyscrapers of Nishi-Shinjuku and Mt. Fuji.  Mt. Fuji towers over everything. I think the mountain is why most photographers go there, because, if you look in any other direction you just see houses and apartment buildings, stretching out forever.  The only interesting direction is towards the city center and Mt. Fuji.

This is the original of the above picture

I probably got a little carried away.  Golden hour came and sky was looking great.  You really have to go, because you can see many of Tokyo’s most famous landmarks and behind them all, is Mt. Fuji.  On a good day, you have this beautiful light over everything. I probably got lost in the moment and wasn’t entirely concentrating on what I should have been doing.  With an amazing sky I just didn’t pay attention to the foreground, at all.

A few minutes before I took my final shot, the sky was way too bright.  And a few seconds later it was way too dark. The shot I decided was the winner, wasn’t that great but it was the one I decided to put out to the world, as is the edited copy too.  First, I did my basic edits in Lightroom and then moved it over to Photoshop where it was given the Orton Effect and more work was done with the colours. The oranges, reds and purples look good.  I’m fairly happy with it.

Tokyo Skytree under a golden sunset

I think the only way I could have made it better might have been to have waited for the sun to go down and done a long exposure shot when more lights had come on in the buildings.  Next time I’ll try that, but it might be a little difficult as tripods aren’t allowed there. We’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll take some books or small bean bags to balance my camera on.  I’d like to go back soon to do the shot.

Photography makes me laugh at times.  There will be days when everything is great, but then there are times when there seem to be so many obstacles in your way and not much does right.  You just have to get out there again and again, and keep doing it until you get something you are happy with. I’ll be back at I-link Town again soon, and will try again, very soon.  That night shot might be a good idea.

A similar shot to the top picture, but edited a little differently

Anyway, that’s it for this article.  I’ve also included another couple of shots just to give you more of idea about the view, and maybe give you some ideas if you ever shoot from I-link Town.  If you have any comments or questions please leave them in the section below!