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Aug 30, 2011 22:30 |  #766

Is this from Roppongi Hills? If so, how'd you get it so still? They don't allow tripods <facepalm>. Or maybe it's just Tokyo Tower? Nice shot, nonetheless.




  
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Aug 31, 2011 02:24 |  #767

Yeah, that was taken from the Mori Tower. I had a tiny tripod, which they said was not a problem. Besides, I saw people using some decent-sized tripods, without anyine saying anything, so I am pretty sure you would be fine with a small one. Worth trying, anyway.


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Aug 31, 2011 20:44 |  #768

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Any tips on taking better cityscapes or urban shots in general? I tried my hand at it last night and realized I'm pretty terrible at it lol.

Well, for one thing do you have a tripod for your cityscapes? Some people can shoot those kinds of scenes without one, but they sure can help big time, so that you can set your exposure to get the best light and sharp, crisp detail. Then it becomes a question of what exposure variables will work best for your scene. For a "classical" cityscape I'd typically use a low ISO, an aperture that is narrow enough to get a good depth of field, and a "I don't care" shutter speed -- I'm using a tripod and will often use a shutter release cable so that a longer shutter speed is not an issue.

But that is, like I said, for a "traditional" cityscape, which pretty gets handled like a "traditional" landscape. Things that can matter are moving objects, good framing and light considerations -- if there are "challenges" with how a scene is lit you want to figure out what to do about it, either in your position or with your photographic approach. Getting a balance in a scene with a high "dynamic range" (bright highlights and dark shadows) can be a challenge with cityscapes and you want to learn how to best approach shooting such things.

You mentioned "Urban" and that can be very different from cityscape shooting -- often just running around with a camera and grabbing scenes of interest "on the fly", sometimes with more thought and planning, sometimes even with a tripod (or monopod)!

If I were you I'd go through the various threads here that offer a place for multiple people to post their urban shots -- this thread is one, and then any of the active "Show us your urban _______ shots". Check out the photos and feel free to ask a question and to learn!


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Sep 01, 2011 01:24 |  #769

Don't remember if I posted this... Taken on the day of the Tohoku earthquake, March 11, 2011. This was shot from the 25th floor and I remember being distinctly uncomfortable being this high up, especially when just a few hours earlier I had to jump out of my building during the earthquake. But I had this chance to go up...

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Sep 01, 2011 20:18 |  #770

Arutemu wrote in post #13028599 (external link)
Yeah, that was taken from the Mori Tower. I had a tiny tripod, which they said was not a problem. Besides, I saw people using some decent-sized tripods, without anyine saying anything, so I am pretty sure you would be fine with a small one. Worth trying, anyway.

I'll give it a shot. They gave me a TSA-worthy exam when I went. Pretty sure they have a box of surgical gloves just in case. How tiny is tiny? I've got a mini one, but I don't think it will fit on the glass there. ?!




  
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Sep 02, 2011 01:10 |  #771

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Sep 03, 2011 21:55 |  #780

Found another version in the archive that I liked better...

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