PHOTO OF THE DAY- HDR Image from “Ginza, Tokyo”

Ginza, Tokyo Japan, is block after block of giant shops ! It is the place in Tokyo where the wealthy and good looking flock to do their shopping.

In this image, titled “Ginza Tokyo”, I setup my tripod and Nikon D800 DSLR facing straight down one of the streets showing block after block of giant shops … There was this uncanny comparison to blocks of lego so that immediately was what I found compelling. I also wanted the subject matter of the image to be ‘the lights of Tokyo‘ because when we think of Tokyo what comes to mind is crazy fashion and neon lights, so a major focus during the editing process was light. Not just light bulbs and the light sources but also light within the scene itself. I also picked this place to setup because of the ‘Georgio Armani‘ and ‘Dior’ stores directly across the street, 2 big names within the fashion industry. I posted this image on G+ a couple of days ago and most people loved the lighting but there was one comment about them not liking that some of the cars were still and some of them were moving. This was partially intentional on my behalf due to my source files that I had to work with. I had 5 images from which to create the HDR and I wanted the shop windows to be showing and to do this I was only able to select from blurred bracketed images during the remove ghosts phase of photomatix. The final result due to the treatment of my Filter programs from On1 Perfect Effects made the cars pop out of the page.

Software Used:

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

– On1 Perfect Effects  An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

 Topaz Adjust 5 is a great Filter program with a variety of choices, 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

 On1 Photo suite the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

Image Location:

View HDR “Ginza Tokyo”, © Luke Zeme 2012. Nikon D800 in a larger map


Luke Zeme

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