So, a little background to this image. Almost 4 years ago I took a trip down to Yokohama, which is about a 2 hour trip by train from where I live. My plan was to get there around sunset and shoot into the early evening around the Yokohama bay area. I ended up running a little late, and had already been forced to ride some very crowded trains through Tokyo, so when I finally got there I was ready to shoot! I got to my spot, set up my tripod, got my camera locked in … only to realize I had left my battery at home. Talk about a face palm moment! What could I do? I ate the dinner I had brought with me, packed up my bags, got back on the crowded trains and went home.

I’ve wanted to go back for that photo for quite some time, but things just never worked out. I’ve been back on several occasions for meetings, but the weather was always rainy. Thankfully, while my brother was in town, we were able to spend an evening in Yokohama and I finally got a shot that I was looking for. It’s been a long time in the making, but I like to think it was worth it.

Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4
Shot Info: f/10 | Multiple Exposures (Blended Image) | ISO 100 | 16mm

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Yokohama Bay


  1. Hi Les, I have mainly used long exposure shooting around Yokohama at night but you used HDR blend instead – what do you get from HDR rather than long?
    Ps there are some other good little spots close by

    1. Hey Calum! Basically this allows me to balance the light better. This photo is made up of 3 different exposures that I took using the bracketing function on my camera. The longest exposure was around 20 seconds long. That longer exposure gives nice details in the darker areas like the grass or sky, but it leaves most of the bright areas blown out. By blending in a darker exposure, I’m able to return some detail to those areas as well. So for example, if you were to zoom in on the image all the way, you could actually see the ceilings in some of the windows in this image, whereas in the 20 second exposure, it’s just light. If I make it back down to Yokohama by myself again I may try to send you an email and get you to show me some of those little spots. 🙂

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