A couple of nights ago I took a visit to Tokyo’s World Trade Center. I had heard they were pretty lax about their tripod policy, and with a great view of the city, it seemed like a good stop for the evening. I got quite a few pictures I like which I’ll be sharing over the coming weeks I’m sure. This wasn’t my favorite, but I think it gives a good idea of how nice a view the Tokyo WTC has, plus it looks a lot like something you might find on a postcard around here.

It also is a good lesson in shooting at night from buildings. If you can shoot outside that’s great, but in many cases you’ll be shooting through glass, and often the glass has some kind of additional coating on it. Along with the dirt and such on the window, this can make getting a clear shot difficult. And with the WTC, aside from those points, I also found glare to be a big issue. So how to get around this? Well you can buy extra gear to block the glare and whatever, but it’s winter so I happened to have my coat with me, so I just held that up over the camera while doing many of my shots. I think it helped minimize the problem and gave a nice finalized photo. Although if you’re doing this, pay attention that your coat doesn’t get in front of the lens, especially if you’re shooting wide angle.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/8 | 2 sec | ISO100 | 35mm

Photo of Tokyo Tower


  1. Hi Leslie,
    My name is Tomoka, I am a Japanese freelance translator in the UK. I’m currently building a website for my translation busines and looking fro some nice photos of Japan to put on my website. I saw your photo on your blog, titled POSTCARD TOKYO FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER and I fell in love with it. I wondered if I could use the image on my website.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Tomoka! Nice to hear from you. I’d be happy to license this image to you for your website. Could you please send me an email using the “contact” option in the top menu? That way we can talk privately about the details. Thank you!

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