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A late night shoot at Tokyo International Forum

I’ve photographed Tokyo International Forum a few times before, but always during the day. Finally, I got around to shooting it at night. Out of all the photo shoots I’ve done, I think this was the one I enjoyed the most. Why? On the night, I didn’t take my first picture until nearly 9 pm, when most people had already gone home. And I could tell fro the lighting in the building, even before I had checked my first picture in the viewfinder, that the pictures were going to turn out well.

And as far I’m concerned, they did. I really like them. Whoever installed the lighting in International Forum was inspired. The building looks so different at night. It is truly beautiful.

It was also good to be able to walk around the building with so few people there. I was shooting mainly long exposures and so got a few “ghosts”, as they walked by. But I thought that just added to the atmosphere of the shoot.

This time I also shot a little differently. On previous shoots I might have been a little overawed by the building and just shot the main parts of the structure. This time I think, hoped maybe, I paid more time to the lines and curves and tried to take advantage of them when I could.

One of the things that really caught my eye, was the ceiling/roof. With beams running across combined with its length, it was easy to understand why so many people said it resembles a whale. The next time you, make sure to look straight up and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m planning to go back again, one day. When I’ll be back there, I’m not sure, but I’m keen to do it again especially at night. Until then, I hop you enjoy these pictures. As always, if you have any comments or questions, please leave them in section below.