MOVE

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

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

What is the different from WordPress.com and WordPress.org?
This article help you understand.

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

 

 

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WordPress.com is quite useful and easy to use for a beginner blogger anyone like me.
If you want to start your blog , try WordPress.com 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.

Yoshihiko

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.

SACRED FALL

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

DEEP GREEN

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

PARC 55

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

 

DARK EDGE

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
ND400+ND100

 

Tips1 : diagonal line

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

Wada_Dark_Edge_memo

 

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.

 THE MOMENT OF GREY

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!!

TIPS 2: APP

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 500px.com

THE LAND OF REDEMPTION

 

Calculated Chaos Part4: Singularity

D600,14-24,14mm,ƒ/10,603s,ISO 100

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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 500px.com

[ BLACK MIRROR]
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 500px.com

[BLACK GLASS]
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.

Symmetry:

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 500px.com

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 500px.com

ATTACK ON HARUCAS

 

S.O.D  sense of dimension:Ⅰ by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px.com

S.O.D. SENSE OF DIMENSION Ⅰ

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

 

S.O.D sense of dimension:Ⅲ by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px.com

S.O.D. SENSE OF DIMENSION Ⅲ

 

2.wall

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 500px.com

[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 500px.com

[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 500px.com

[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 500px.com

[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. 

 

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[R-EDEN]Daigo-Ji(temple),Kyoto

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.

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

 

Location: Kawakami,Nara prefecture

Mifune waterfall (御船の滝)

御船の滝2015_24_70_34mm

D800E, 24-70(34mm)

 

御船の滝2013_24_70_50mm

D800E, 24-70, 50mm

 

御船の滝2013_70_200_135mm

D800E, 70-200VR2(135mm)

 

The lower part of the fall.

御船の滝2015_70_200_70mm

D800E, 70-200VR2(70mm)

 

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

御船の滝2015_70_200_125mm

D800E, 70-200vr1(125mm)

 

Monochrome really suited the waterfall.

御船の滝2015_24_70_56mm_bw

D800E, 24-70(56mm)

 

御船の滝2013_16_35_17mm

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.

1. TOKYO TOWER

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

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.

 

 

 

 

Change the feel

What color do you like?

Beside genuine black and white, I prefer syan colors, i.e.  blue.
I some time modify the color when I want give my images an additional feel.

TONE

This is the famous tower “Tokyo Skytree” in Tokyo, Japan. I was initially making this as a genuine black and white image, but just before I was about to publish it, I felt that something was missing.

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OUT OF THE BLUE (B&W version)

I modified the tone curve and I found the bluish tone much fit the image.

Comparing with the original black and white version, how do you feel differently from both images?

The way to change the tone

RGB color curve

The easiest way to modify the tone is using  RGB color curve.

 graduated filter

If you don’t want to modify the entire of your image, use graduated filter. You’ve already familiar with  the graduated filter when you want to darken the sky, haven’t you?

Gradiat_filter

Split Toning

you can also use “Split Toning” when you can add another subtle tone to the highlight (or shadow). Remeber, this modify the whole highlights on your image.If you want to editing more precisely, more tiny space  on your image, you’d better  to go to Photoshop.

Split toning

Combination:

My “NEO OSAKA” was made by this filter techniques with much more precise manner.

The basic image was blue toned B&W image, then I added 4 different colors where I want to add.Especially I gave windows of center buildings color “yellow” in order to give the image subtle warm feeling.

Neo_osaka_workspace

Experiment

There are various ways to change the tone. Just use them, play with them!

Experiment gains your experience. That’s what I always do.

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Neo Osaka: Back to the Central (sin city version)

 

 

Sacred Gate

Tori-i 鳥居

The monument called “鳥居”(Tori -i)can be seen many places in Japan. They are mostly  gateways as the entrance to a Shinto shrine.The monument signs us “from here you are going to enter the sacred area”.

Its symbolic and photogenic appearance are popular for tourists.

Thousands of Tori-i, Kyoto:Fushimi Inari-taisha(京都 伏見稲荷大社)

Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto, is the most famous and popular destination. They have more than 5,000 tori-i (less than 10,000?) are standing in the line. The tori-i tunnels is simply amazing. Any companies or any individuals donate some amount of money in order to  build their own tori-i with their name on it. So the total number of tori-i in there is keep going up nowadays.

RED GATES by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px.com

 

Miyajima, Hiroshima prefecture (厳島,広島)

Miyajima(宮島) is also a popular sight. I visited there  the last summer with my family.
Allow me for showing you some snap shots from there.

 

Kami-iso no Tori-i(神磯の鳥居), O-arai, Ibaraki(茨城県大洗)

Let me introduce one of the famous “Tori-i” location”Kamiiso-no-Torii”, Oarai, Ibaraki, prefecture.

Since my home town is pretty nearby the location, I visit there in every new year holiday.

the sunrise on New Year’s day

In Japan it is celebrated as the first crack of dawn once a year,so lots of people visit to see the sunrise on New Year’s day. The location is so popular for the beautiful sunrise that many, so, sooou many people come to see the place throughout the night to dawn.If you want to visit there to shoot, you have better to avoid the January 1st, or you just hold your camera without the tripod in the crowded people.
I always visit there the 2nd day, January. Still there were so many photographers, but I can assure that you can find one or two spots for your tripod.

 

Panorama

Since I’d visited there many times before I wanted to try different method: Panorama.

You can find How to make panorama picturesanywhere in the Web,  so just let me show you the “before and after”.

Actually panorama method is not good for a closed seascape because sea stacks can be the  hindrance for smooth transition of stitching. However “long exposure” can solve the problem.

Below are 9 raw shots , before stitching panorama:

Tech info:D600, 70-200 f4(70mm),f9, 30seconds for each shot.

After stitching (rough edit):

The long exposure flattened the sea stacks, transition of the border of  each images were greatly done.

30seconds_stiched

The above is the just before the sunrise, and I was keep shooting for another version of panorama:

Tech info:D600, 70-200 f4(70mm),f9, 1/3 seconds for each shot.

result ( finished version)

godsent_fullpano

This time the transition was much harder but I blended the sea stacks manually and carefully for acquiring the  natural look.  Bellow is the right half of the  above, which original file has still around 6000×12000 pixels.

GODSEND_500px

Godsend by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Variation:

I visited the location the next day and tried some long exposures.

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302sec,f8,iso100,24mm used by Firecrest 16 filter.

 

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Yomi by Yoshihiko Wada on 500 px

I wish you got curious about the monument and will shoot “your” version of a tori-i images. Bye!