Tokyo in Pics


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

The Kachidoki Bridge - a night photograph

The last bridge on the Sumida River, where it finally flows into Tokyo Bay, is the one at Kachidoki.  It is of the double-leaf bascule type and was raised many times a day from when it was opened in 1940, until the spans were lowered for the last time in 1970.  Since then, it has only been used for vehicular and foot traffic. It is also a popular place to photograph.

As for me, I enjoy photographing it at night.  With the bridge lit up and the tower apartments buildings on the farside and the occasional yakatabune (party/tour boats) that occasionally pass underneath it makes for a great scene.  I wasn’t able to get any of the boats this time, but I got everything else.

The only problem with this picture, and I’m not sure if it is really a problem, are the very light dust spots on the right side.  When I took the photograph, I thought I had the lens set to f/8, but upon uploading to the computer I found that it was f/11. So even having cleaned the sensor the previous week, some dust had seemingly found its way back in and at f/11 they were visible.  Still, the dust isn’t unsightly and I think it actually adds something in this case.

Anyway, Kachidoki Bridge is an easy place to get to, between Kachidoki Station (Toei Oedo Line) and Tsukiji Station (Hibiya Line).  At night, there aren’t many people around, the occasional jogger and a few people walking their dogs. Of course, you’ll also find a few people taking pictures.  Next time I go, hopefully I’ll be able to get a sunset shot and also remember to shoot at f/8!