Attack on Harucas

Do you know what is the tallest building in Japan?

Tokyo sky tree(634m)? Year, it’s the tallest architecture in Japan, but it’s a tower, not a building.

OUT OF THE BLUE by Yoshihiko Wada on

OUT OF THE BLUE by Yoshihiko Wada on
TOKYO SKY TREE is the tallest architecture in Japan

Tokyo tower(332m)? It’s also a tower.

FADING ICON by Yoshihiko Wada on

FADING ICON by Yoshihiko Wada on
Tokyo tower(333m) is now the 2nd highest tower in Japan.

OK,  the answer is Harucas!

The tallest building in Japan, located in Abeno, Osaka.

The building is mulch-purpose commercial facility: shopping department, business offices, hotel, museum, college,etc.
It has just opened in 2014.

It’s a whole new landmark in Osaka, and you don’t have to miss along with the famous landmark “Osaka castle”.


long exposure at Harucas

D600 with 16-35mm f/4G ED VR /28mm F/11/221s/ ISO 100

When you are shooting a unique building, look around, and try to find a object or another building, which you can your shot more unique and differentiate from others.


If you are a “Light trail lovers” like me, here is really a fun place to play around with lights.


Recently, they allow photographers to use tripods at the observation deck on the top floor of the building.  I haven’t climbed up there yet,  so let me show my friend, Azul Obscura’s stunning photos from there.  You never regret to visit.


Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Photograph Breaking Dawn by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

D7000, DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, 120sec. f8, ios100,11mm with hoya 10 stops

When it comes to the landmark of San Francisco, Golden gate bridge is the most popular, right?  I love the bridge, of course, and visit there every time I visit S.F. of course.

Shallow Night by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Photograph Shallow Night by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Shooting at Marshall beach, D600,16-35

However, my favorite one is another bridge: Oakland bay bridge.

Since I’ve just finished my”Black and White fine art Style” of the Oakland bay bridge, I’d like to take a look back the beautiful bridge  for whom haven’t visited there yet.

○Long exposure at the sunrise

Not having any rehearsal, I arrived there pretty much before the sunrise.

Illuminated Oakland bay bridge at night

It was still dark and the bridge was illuminated with the lights.

After a scouting for searching the best composition,   I settled  and starts to shoot the long exposure.

This was the my first try.

123 sec .at f/10, iso 100, 11mm with 9 stops ND filter

123 sec .at f/10, iso 100, 11mm with 9 stops  D7000, DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

It looked dark, and the histogram like this. You can see that the highlight area has more room.


the shadow area was too dark and it had more room for the highlight.

I changed the aperture from f10 to f8 before the second shot. exposure time was almost the same, 120 seconds.


120 sec .at f/8, iso 100, 11mm with 10 stops

Looks better! and the histogram:


Still the shadow looked dark but the highlight got improved.

This was the color image of the raw adjusted with Lightroom.

BreakingDawn_color Long exposure before the sunrise is a bit tricky since the constant shift of the light condition.
You can’t rely on the calculated time by app. In my experience,  you’d better to shorten the calculated time around 30 seconds or so if the aperture remain the same.

After the sunrise the harbor was totally full of light,


HDR with Lightroom 6 “Photo merge to HDR “

I tried to shoot some lxp shot, but they all were went bad.

The sun light is so strong that your shot must have the spot of brown out.

“It’s never too late” is not the word for shooting at the sunrise.

It’s too late to start long exposure after the sun goes up fully.

(I’m saying not for a daytime long exposure. It’ another story)

You should have well prepared before the show starts.

After press the shatter the only thing you do is just listen the sound of waves.