Shadowblade wrote in post #17747476
Thanks - will have to dedicate a trip to it next time - I'm spending the first half of November shooting mountains in Yunnan, China.
Can you get around the no-tripod thing by using a beanbag mount or Gorillapod, or simply putting the pan-tilt head directly on the ground? Or will the 'lip' in front of the window get in the way? My C1 Cube is pretty stable even without a tripod... I'm guessing you can kill reflections using a polariser or simply a jacket blocking out the lights.
I'm not sure of what you want, do you want to shoot from the FujiTV ball no matter what? I think they close pretty early. Or do you just want a good spot to shoot the bridge, etc. from? A bean bag might help inside, but i don't remember how close the tables were to the windows. Outside, there are all kinds of places to shoot from, at the water's edge to the top of the parking structure.
Planning to stay in Shinjuku, since it's right by a few interesting places (Shinjuku Gyoen park, etc.). Hoping for some rain at night for the reflections and umbrellas. How hard is it to get from Shinjuku to the Tokyo Shinkansen station? I'm guessing taxi drivers won't speak English...
Really easy, and faster by train. Traffic is bad in Tokyo and you waste a lot of time and money sitting in it. They should be competent enough to take you to Tokyo station tho.
I'm planning to go to Hakone, for a sunrise and sunset shot of Fuji over the lake from Daikanzan. What else is there to see/do there? Is one night enough?
Been a while, but the surrounding towns are very cultural and photogenic. I think one night is enough.
The sun won't be setting over the gate that day, but I'm just after the brilliant colours in the sky. Hoping for no cloud.
I was planning on staying 2 nights in Kyoto, on 22/11 and 23/11, but looks like it's all booked out and the cheapest accommodation I can find would buy me a new lens for two night's worth... Any alternatives for accommodation?
You tried everywhere in Kyoto? Are you willing to stay in a nearby city/town? Look for a business hotel about 30 min to 1 hour away and it will be real cheap, Osaka is like 30 min away and has better night life.
I figured I would be using trains a lot. What's the best way to get from a train station to a hotel or other attraction, while lugging around a 30kg pack and lots of camera gear?
I have the Think Tank Airport Express "bag", it's a rolling suitcase and turns into a backpack when you need it. Do research on where you're going, most temples don't allow tripods. Stash as much as you can in a coin locker (pay locker) at the train station and take what you need to the attraction. If I'm staying somewhere safe overnight like a hotel, I will transfer stuff to a backpack and roam around. Take care, some lockers have a time period, but most are max 3 days etc.
How do you pre-book onsen resorts/ryokans? Not sure where to find them online, especially at a reasonable price - not every room in Japan can cost upwards of $250 a night!
I know there are deals, try Tokyo Walker magazine, they may have a website. There's also Kyoto Walker, Yokohama Walker, etc. Also look at the city's home page, Miyajima had an English section and was informational. If you know the name of a resort, they may also have a webpage.
Do you (can you) prebook accommodation at internet cafes or capsule hotels? Is there room to leave heavy equipment while exploring the town? How can you safely stow camera equipment in communal accommodation?
The nicer ones you can book ahead of time, and the nicer ones usually have secure lockers. Otherwise, use a coin locker outside or pay more for a hotel. Some capsule hotels let you check in bags at the desk too. I would like to try Air B&B one day, but hotels are usually more convenient in being close to train stations.
You should also rent a smart phone if you can, unless yours works in Japan. It's about $100 for two weeks? Comes in handy for reservations, looking up train schedules, etc.