Blade Runner 2049

I watched the movie the othenight. It was soooouuu Good.

Despite of the result of the box office (I don’t believe in, or rely on that), I really loved it.
The whole visual was astonishing, sound and music were remarkable.

Since the original “Blade Runner” is one of my favorite movie, so I was pretty happy to see the amazing sequel.

As a sound designer I ‘m all ears when it comes to sound. If you are interested sound, check it out the behind scene of the movie.

80’s SiFi movie

I enjoy seeing the recent CGI SiFi movies, but my favorite movies are all from 80’s.
Blade runner(1982), Terminator (1984), Tron(1982), Aliens(1986), Back to the future(1985), Dune(1984),The Fly(1986).. etc etc.

They look oldish and cheap now, but they still gives me what is important for being creative.

It’s obvious I love them because I experienced them through all my teens, when most influential term of life.

Those movies surely had impacted my sense of beauty that I later know through my photography.

Fading City by Yoshihiko Wada on

Fading City(2013) :This was from my early works. At that time I did color alternation until what I was comfortable. Later I knew these color were my love from SiFi movies.


SiFi Color

One time I noticed that my night photography had hugely influenced by my favorite SiFi movies.

Like or not, more or less, intentionally or unintentionally, an artist work alwyas come from he or her experience;

For me what I’ve seen, what I’ve listened; especially visual and sound are most important aspect of creating an art.

Below two images were born from my love for 80’s SiFi movies.

NEO OSAKA by Yoshihiko Wada on

Neo Osaka (2014): 


REACTOR by Yoshihiko Wada on

REACTOR (2014):

Learn the color rule

You can find your favorite color combination just with your sense, feeling, but using Adobe Color Wheel, you can much faster find your taste with rational way.

This is the great free tool which you can learn the color rule. You don’t have to follow the rule always, but most cases the rule makes sense and convincing.

The images below, I alternated colors based on these color scheme, using only Lightroom.

Original: WB=Tungsten


EX1: Blue & Yellow


EX2:Green & Orange


Visualize your world

These days it’s super easy to capture a great night shot thanks to great cameras and lenses.
But If you are not satisfied with just having a beautiful picture, why don’t you add your favorite taste to them.

Listen your inner voice carefully. Keeping make the subtle difference, you will find a big difference in the end.

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“BLADE NIGHT 2013” by Yoshihiko Wada




Into the Dark

Abandoned Tunnel

Egeyama tunnel was an old river tunnel which was closed many years ago;

Just one day in every Autumn, they open the abandoned tunnel for public.

I visited twice there, and every time they gave me a great experience.

Ghost of Lemmings by Yoshihiko Wada on

The reflection of the paddle was so amazing that you never forget the moment. “Ghost of Lemmings” by @YoshihikoWada



When and Where ?

The Entrance of the tunnel. Many were waiting the opening.

Usually the event takes place in mid November: this year on 12th. Nov.

The tunnel locates around Kobe, near by Egeyama-park.

I’ll guide you

Anybody can visit the tunnel, though the location is a bit tricky for tourists.

That’s why I thought it might be helpful for travelers who want to visit this great abandoned tunnel, if I would guide them.

So I planned the small tour.

I’ll pick you up and take you guys to the location,and of course gives you some tips for shooting.
If you are thinking of visiting there by yourself, I’ll give you some tips beforehand.




Fortunately they allow us, photographers, to use tripod.
The inside of the tunnel was not pitch-black, but you can’t get any quality photo without a tripod.

Since the pass was bumpy and wet, plus other people or photographers, you should take care of where you set your tripod.

the explore is just beginning. More gorgeous scene is awaiting for you.


Many people come to the tunnel to shoot on the day.
So it would be merely impossible to avoid people to shoot.

If you want an image without people, there is two way:


multiple shoot:

to shoot multiple shots and, merge them during post processes
You can find many pages for describing the technique, so allow me to pass to description and let me just introduce one.

How to remove people with multiple shot?


Long exposure:

You can’t eliminate people with long exposure completely. A photographer settle for his or her shoot, and stack the place for a while.

So I recommend to shoot them as an essence in your image. Blurred people sometime gives the image much unique than a completely clear image.


Alone in the Darkness by Yoshihiko Wada on

Add people as an spice for your image. “Alone in the Darkness” by @YoshihikoWada.


Keep Secret

Actually I don’t want so many people come to the tunnel.

Since the place is getting popular, the place is getting crowded with unruly photographers.

So I recommend to come to the place as soon as possible before they closed the tunnel for good.(I wish it never happen.)

Anyway I myself is going to visit the tunnel again, so if you are luckily on that day in Osaka or Kobe, why don’t you join the tour?



I moved. not to a new house, but to the new my website:

As I’ve just renewed my main site “Yoshihiko Wada Photography” which is built on

What is the different from and
This article help you understand.

Anyway, now I unified my main site, “” with my blogs.



yoshihikowada_seo_1200x630 is quite useful and easy to use for a beginner blogger anyone like me.
If you want to start your blog , try first. You will know what a blog is and what you want for your blog.

For me I became to know that I needed  more flexibility and customization for my blog. That is one reason to move.

I keep this site as an archive, so if you want to see my old posts feel free to visit here.
(I put the link in my new site).

Thank you for following and visiting my blog until now, and if you are still interested in my blog, please visit to my new site and blog.

See you there.


How Long ?

“Long exposure” quite varies.

a second for waterfalls, 5 minutes during daytime  , both are called “long exposure photography”.

Is there the “best” longtime exposure for each subjects?

After all it totally depends on you, and what is your desire for your image by doing a longtime exposure.

They say there are no rule for the photography, but there is some theories for longtime-exposure photography.

Let me say some Knack depends on my experience.

Waterfall, Stream: 0.1 sec.-30sec.-1munutes

I love streams. My obsession for long exposure photography just started when I saw a silky waterfall image years ago.

After shooting hundreds images of waterfall and streams, I assumed that at most “1 minutes” is enough for a waterfall shooting, though, I rarely set 1 minutes on the timer. Usually “10 seconds” is so enough for capturing a silky water flow.


4sec. with a polarizer filter + ND8.
I needed to avoid the splash, and shortened the exposure time.

D800E,16-35 f4G ED VR(16mm),ƒ/13, 4s, ISO 100
Filters: PRO1D-ND16, C-PL


55 seconds.
For enhancing the reflection of the fresh green to the water, 1 minutes exposure really worked here. Too much exposure makes blow out the highlight in the water, but

NIKON D800E,70-200 vr2(70mm) ,f11,55s,ISO 100
Filters:C-PL, ND400

Autumn Whim

Akame valley, Nara.

You can see those vortex, when you are in the autumn creek.

D800E,PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED,24mm,ƒ/8,30s,ISO 100

The difference between the exposure time.

1/2 sec., 8sec.,30sec.(Left to Right)


In this case you aim 30 seconds for the first time. If you feel the vortex was not enough, double to 60 seconds.

Daytime Longtime exposure:

60sec. - 3 min. - 10 min.

What effect do you want for  your image with doing a longtime-exposure?


60 seconds:

From my early works:

Souls of the Castle

I didn’t have a big stopper at that time, I set ND400( 9stops)+ND16(4stops).

However 13stops were not enough under the hot summer day,  I had to stop down to F16 for gaining 65 seconds. Usually around 60-seconds is not enough for the silky, creamy sky. On the contrary, sometime the remaining shape of clouds will make the images much unique beyond our expectation..

09/06/2013, 12:43 Osaka Castle.
D7000, 10-24mm (18mm)
ƒ/16,65 sec,ISO 100ND400+ND16


120 seconds


I stayed the hotel “Parc 55” during my first visit to San Fransisco three years ago.

I wished if there were some clouds in the bottom half of the sky, the image would be much balanced.  What do you think?


D7000,10-24,10mm,ƒ/13,120s,ISO 100



Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Mito art museuam

Clouds were moving  from bottom right to left up.

The 120 seconds’ exposure  made the clouds so smooth that gave the image a rich texture.
D7000,NIKKOR 10-24mm(10mm),ƒ/13,141s,ISO 100


Tips1 : diagonal line

I composed the tower and the clouds diagonally. Carefully observe the direction of the clouds for better composition.



5 minutes (300seconds)

Since “B&W fineart-style longtime exposure” pioneer Joel Tjintjelaar introduced the idea of “F8 and 5minutes’ “hyper longtime exposure, “5minutes” become the longtime exposure standard especially in cityscape, architecture genre.

In the typical sunny day, achieving “F8, 300 sec.” requires 16stops.

Previously stacking filters are most common usage for 16stops, however since Formatt-Hitech introduced “Firecrest 16”, which was so thin and neutral, hyper long exposure photography became the norm today.


D600,16-35mm f/4G ED VR, 16mmƒ/10, 336s,ISO 100, Firecrest 16

During the longtime exposure, a bird came and stayed for quite long time. It was just an accident but the bird made the image much unique. Thank you!!


Using an “exposure calculator” App really helps you.

There are so many apps for that purpose, and you can pick one  you love.

I’m an Android user, so I just recommend Exposure Calculator, which I rely on. It’s quite handy and free!

Usually, the calculation plus 20-30 seconds produces the better result.


 10 minutes (600 seconds)

5 minutes are enough for most situations, though some time you have to have over 600 seconds long exposure.  I’ve had several cases for around 10 minutes exposure so far.

Especially during the cloudy day with ultra wide angle lense tend to get longer exposures.

Since an ultra wide angle lens captures sky widely, having creamy clouds  start  to end requires much time.


D800E,14-24,14mm,ƒ/8,601s,ISO 100

The Land of Redemption by Yoshihiko Wada on



Calculated Chaos Part4: Singularity

D600,14-24,14mm,ƒ/10,603s,ISO 100


Calculated Chaos Part4: Singularity

Keep try

We can control the weather.
I had 6-times 5 minutes+ a 10minutes  longtime exposure at this time.

When I almost gave up, the ideal clouds came up. I often encounter these similar cases.

“Never Give UP” matters.

Tips3: Direction and speed (of the clouds)

To settle the composition, you have to observe carefully the clouds:

・”From and Where” the clouds go?

・Speed : Slow or Fast? If the clouds moving slowly, you need to have longer exposure.


Experiments give you “Experience”

I’ve had so many failures so far, and will have many. Some time I forgot to screw ND filters , after  checking the composition without any filters, and exposed 5minutes! Of  course the entire image got just a white out!!  But there are no failures in the photography, they were all just experiments.

Without experiments you never improve your photography.

I hope my experiences will help your next experiment. See you!


Finding Mirrors

As a cityscape photographer, reflections are very important key elements for me (or everyone?). I always seek them and try to include one for my composition.

A reflection can turn an ordinary subject into an extraordinary one. Also reflections give famous landmarks or unique architectures, which have been captured by many, much unique perspectives. Let’s pay attention to reflections around the subject which can make your photo different from others.

So where can you find reflections?

1.Windows (and glasses)

There are no shortage of windows in the city. There is a building, it has windows. A well polished windows work like  mirrors.

Black Mirror by Yoshihiko Wada on

Fukoku-seimei building, Osaka, Japan
Nikon D800E, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
16stops(10stops+6stops) 300seconds exposure.
165mm Firecrest ND for with Lucroit 165mm system for ultra-wide lenses

The windows made abstracted  pattern across the street.

Black Glass by Yoshihiko Wada on

Fukoku-seimei building, Osaka, Japan
D7000,AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Firecrest 16 Filter (77mm), 200 seconds exposure

A well designed architecture, especially having many glasses, has many vantage points. When you are capturing an unique architecture, examine the architecture before settle your tripod.


There is a point where you can shoot a perfect (virtually ) symmetry. To get a better symmetric image, you need to close the windows as much as you can. when you find a nice reflection on the window, you should make one step  further for the building.

Twilight Mirror by Yoshihiko Wada on

Twilight Mirror,D600,AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR,No Filter

From the Observation floorUmeda Sky building , I shot this with the lens actually touching the window.

ATTACK ON HARUCAS by Yoshihiko Wada on



S.O.D  sense of dimension:Ⅰ by Yoshihiko Wada on


Tokyo International Forum: actually the original image was upside down.


S.O.D sense of dimension:Ⅲ by Yoshihiko Wada on




A non-reflective surface such as brick can still enhance a composition when a mirrored surface reflects onto it. In this circumstances the texture of the wall can compliment or accentuate reflected light.

TRANSCENDENCE by Yoshihiko Wada on

[Transcendence]Nikon D600
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
Firecrest 16 Filters, 300seconds exposure.

The reflection of the Trance America Pyramid was only partial, but it gave the photo a far more unique perspective than simply shooting the architecture.


Distorted Reality by Yoshihiko Wada on

[Distorted Reality]Nikon D800E, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED,
16stops(10stops+6stops) 300seconds exposure,
165mm Firecrest ND for with Lucroit 165mm system for ultra-wide lenses

The mottled texture of the wall on the left gave the reflection a softer appearance. 

3. water

I especially love reflections in water. You can find these on a lake, a river, the sea, even in a puddle. Long exposures with a sky reflected in water can give an especially powerful effect.

Between The Eternity by Yoshihiko Wada on

[Between the Eternity]Nikon D800E
PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
Firecrest 16 Filters, 180seconds exposure.

Long exposure made the water surface super flat. 


Alone in the Darkness by Yoshihiko Wada on

[Alone in the Darkness]神戸・会下山トンネル, Egeyama-tunnel, Koube, Japan

This old river tunnel was closed many years ago however is opened once a year for the public. 




Some Japanese traditional gardens were so well designed that you can find easily a perfect symmetry on the water surface.

Sacred Fall

Water falls matches new green

When I just started photography, my obsession was taking waterfalls.

I visited many waterfalls, and this one is my favorite place; “Mifune no Taki”.

Recently,CAMERAPIXO released their new issue, and they picked my previous pic(below) . I remembered I have many unpublished pics from there, so I developed some of them.


Sacred Fall : D800E, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 2sec


Location: Kawakami,Nara prefecture

Mifune waterfall (御船の滝)


D800E, 24-70(34mm)



D800E, 24-70, 50mm



D800E, 70-200VR2(135mm)


The lower part of the fall.


D800E, 70-200VR2(70mm)


This one was originally I posted as a b&w. go link to 500px.


D800E, 70-200vr1(125mm)


Monochrome really suited the waterfall.


D800E, 24-70(56mm)



D800E, 16-35(17mm)

Now the time I have to go back to the dusty city area, calculated chaos.

See you soon!


The best 5 architectures in Tokyo

Tokyo has no shortage of unique architectures.
You never be dismissed wherever you go, but I’ll introduce some of them just in case you are too indecisive to choose.


The highest newly rival “TOKYO SKY TREE” is much popular these days.
However don’t forget the ever time icon Tokyo Tower.
Capturing a famous icon with a unique way is always challenging, but still you have some room for it. I’d tried with my way, so you should.

 2.Cocoon Tower

The official name of the architecture is “Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower“, which is educational facility run by Mode Gakuen.


AWAKE by Yoshihiko Wada

It’s not fully opened for visitors, but just looking for its unique exterior, you actually don’t need to enter the facility.

Different Kind

DIFFERENT KIND by Yoshihiko Wada

3.Tokyo Metropolitan Government

We Japanese call it “Tocho” in short.
It’s  a massive and gigantic  architecture. It looks like a fortress.
However security was not so strict that you can use your tripod or ND filters for long exposures.
Designed by Kenzo Tange.



4.Debeers Ginza

The building is curved and distorted, not by an natural disaster but was designed so.
Ginza is a very fashionable district, your wife or girlfriend are happy to come with you to “De Beers“. Just take care not to inside the building with them.


5.Hakozaki Junction

Junctions are the last resorts for people who are get tired of shooting popular sites.
Hakozaki is the most popular, chaotic look of junction, and there are many attractive siblings nearby.
I’m sure just try to visiting all the junctions, your time in Tokyo would be gone.
Do you want to know more about Hakozaki? Please check my old post.