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Posts tagged night photography

Copenhagen Lake after dark

Sortedams Sø (Black Pond Lake) at night can give you a hint as to how the lake got its name. During the day, there is nothing black about it.

Details on this photo: Nikon D7000 with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical Autofocus Lens, 13 seconds, ISO 200, 17mm, F/5.

Nyhavn at midnight

copenhagen nyhavn evening after dark

Nyhavn after dark

It’s difficult doing night photography in the summer in Scandinavia. 9 p.m. is still pre-sunset, and 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. is sunset time. To get any kind of darkness you have to wait until midnight.

Today’s photo features Copenhagen’s famous Nyhavn. I didn’t plan to be here at midnight, but I ended up here on the way home from a dinner party so I decided to pull out my camera anyway. I used my 18-200mm lens, which isn’t the best for this kind of photography, because my other lenses were not with me at the time.

Freshly painted shrine gate after dark

Anahachimangu 穴八幡宮 tokyo shinjuku waseda university shrine japan

The entry gate to Anahachimangu (穴八幡宮), near Waseda University in Tokyo, had been restored only a few weeks before when I went strolling one evening and took this photo.

They perform yabusame (流鏑馬 or mounted archery) at this shrine in October. We missed it. I guess that’s yet another reason why I need to go back. 😉

Vending Machines at night

There is something like 6 million vending machines (自動販売機) in Japan. I kid you not. At night they are all aglow, which makes you wonder why street lights are even necessary since you can see the streets just fine by the glow of the vending machines.

I took today’s photo somewhere between Harajuku and Shibuya.

Sakura haiku (桜俳句)

The cherry blossoms have officially opened in Tokyo. I long to be there, but it’s not going to happen this year. I walked along the Kanda River nearly every night during sakura season last year. The massive cherry trees bent over the river and the lanterns lit them ever so sweetly. Notice the signs posted every few feet on the fence along the river. On them were written haiku by neighbors about sakura, the Kanda River, or both. Some of the poems were beautiful. Others were funny. This one was sad.

It says “桜見ず、パソコンながめ、勤務中” and was written by someone who calls himself 05パパ. Dad5’s poem reads, “Without viewing the cherry blossoms, I stare at my computer, in the middle of work.” I hope Dad5 is able to get out and see the cherry blossoms this year.

Omotesando (Harajuku) lights

December of 2009 marked the first time in 11 years that holiday lights lined Harajuku’s famous Omotesando. Everyone, and I mean everyone, came to see them. We couldn’t move. It was pretty though and quite festive with the incredible crowds.