I may have said this before, but Ueno Station in Tokyo is one of my favorite train stations. Much of the photography you see out of Tokyo is focused around the Central or Western areas – places like Shinjuku or Shibuya, for example – and I think places like Ueno are comparatively less popular. Personally, I think the area surrounding Ueno Station is much more diverse, particularly as a photographer. There are shopping streets with great atmosphere, Ueno Park which is filled with interesting locations, and the station itself, which is surrounded by dozens of pedestrian overpasses, which come in quite handy for doing long exposures on a tripod. And since it’s less crowded as compared to central Tokyo, I find I’m less in people’s way while taking photos. Anyway, this is one I shot along one of those overpasses, toward I think the Northeastern side of the station, as evening was beginning across the city. This is a great time to shoot photos like this. Plenty of people moving about, lots of cars still going here and there, and especially in early October, a great cool breeze to keep you company.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/11 | Multiple Exposures (HDR) | ISO100 | 11mm

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  1. ah, sugee…
    Tokina lenses are good?
    I’m considering buying one, the 12 28 F/4 or nikon 16 85 F/3.5 – 5.6
    in this photo, are you using Adobe lightroom?

    sorry for my poor english -_-!

    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yes, I love my Tokina lens. I’ve used it tons since I bought it. Very sharp and sturdy build.

      As for this photo, I used Lightroom, Photomatix, and Photoshop CC. This is a true HDR photo, so it is made up of three different exposures.


  2. hi les, sorry for my late rply.. lil bussy right here.. ^^^
    finally i bouhgt the sigma 17 50 F/2.8, since the 17 mm its wide enough for me to landscape, and 50 f2.8mm for nice bokeh portrait, and low light too…
    ow you use the lightroom and potomatix too? i am only used photoshop cs5.
    ow no no, my japanese is worst than my english hehe.. although my grandmother was the Japanese.
    I rarely speak Japanese language here, I live in Indonesia.
    nihongo te, chotto benkyo shitte ta ^^^

    yah, at least you still understand what i’m talking about… hehe

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