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Yokohama Night View

  Jan 17th, 2010

On the last night of my trip to Yokohama I decided to brave the cold and take some pictures of the night lights. I didn’t get much further than the bottom of the hotel complex, but was able to capture some of the different colors on display around Minato Mirai.

The Ferris Wheel at Minato Mirai. 10:01 pm on a cold night in Yokohama.

The Ferris Wheel at Minato Mirai. 10:01 pm on a cold night in Yokohama.

Plenty of lights here. Looks like the Christmas illuminations haven't been taken down yet.

Plenty of lights here. Looks like the Christmas illuminations haven't been taken down yet.

Nostalgic looking Hot Dog shop.

Nostalgic looking Hot Dog shop.

The Intercontinental Hotel at Minato Mirai.

The Intercontinental Hotel at Minato Mirai.

Lanterns in the water.

Lanterns in the water.

A warm glow to this photo, but it was cold out.

A warm glow to this photo, but it was cold out.

Christmas decorative balls still around in January.

Christmas decorative balls still around in January.

The colors of the Ferris Wheel make a nice backdrop to this photo.

The colors of the Ferris Wheel make a nice backdrop to this photo.

Changed the camera settings a bit to try different scenes with the Ferris Wheel.

Changed the camera settings a bit to try different scenes with the Ferris Wheel.

More lights and Ferris Wheel.

More lights and Ferris Wheel.

Local diner at Queen's Square shopping mall.

Local diner at Queen's Square shopping mall.

We stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel which is now owned by Tokyu Hotels.

We stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel which is now owned by Tokyu Hotels.

Ferris Wheel at Minato Mirai.

Ferris Wheel at Minato Mirai.

Night lights outside Queen's Square shopping mall, Minato Mirai, Yokohama.

Night lights outside Queen's Square shopping mall, Minato Mirai, Yokohama.

Decorative star for Christmas.

Decorative star for Christmas.

Queen's Square shopping mall.

Queen's Square shopping mall.

The Ferris Wheel seen from inside the Queen's Square shopping mall.

The Ferris Wheel seen from inside the Queen's Square shopping mall.

A view of Tokyo Tower and the red dots of Tokyo buildings, from the hotel window.

A view of Tokyo Tower and the red dots of Tokyo buildings, from the hotel window.

13 thoughts on “Yokohama Night View”

  1. lithiumangel says:

    I see you are really taking a liking to “fast” lenses ever since you started using them 🙂

    There’s some really good pictures in here, really great compositions in #15(star DOF) and #8(Ferris wheel DOF) . Also really loved #6 with the warm xmas decorations; can still see you in the reflection in one of the decorations 🙂

    1. shibuya246 says:

      The fast lenses are really nice. I am still trying to work out how many stops to move back when taken 2 people in the shot. I keep getting one focused and the other blurred. 🙂 Thinking f/2.2 might be a compromise position.

      Hadn’t noticed myself in number 6 until you pointed it out. nice find 🙂

      1. lithiumangel says:

        The nice thing about shooting people with a fast aperture’s of <2.8 is offcourse the "seperation" effect the bokeh gives.
        Making the person in the portrait stand out alot more due to the heavily softened background.

        You can use 2.2 yes if your subjects are 10 Meters away from you. But if your doing a portrait from a close distance (i.e people at an event) and their not hugging eachother. I'd be more looking at 4 really. That's what I always do ( I'm mainly an even/tparty photographer) If your on the streets, and shooting two people next to eachother as a portrait (i.e a bit up close again) and there's 10 meters of distance at least between them and the background you'd still get the bokeh isolation 🙂 That's one of the reasons why the pro photographers use 200 F/2.8 lenses . (yes. fixed 200 mm lol) some even with TC's (Tele Converter) rings that extend their 200mm to 1.5 or 2.5x times.
        You will get an EXTREMELY isolated person in the portrait with a background that's so blurred it's like a pasture painting.
        Often, this is used in movie making too.

        It also helps with <2.8 apertures if your subjects are on the same focal plane. I.E if one is standing even half a step behind the other the camera is focused on it's blur city already on that subject. So good line up and focus point selection are key too.

        Aaaand i've rambled too much 🙂 ! LOL

        1. shibuya246 says:

          Great feedback. I will try moving the f stop up further for that. Thanks

  2. shibuya246 says:

    my reflection caught here as well.

  3. shibuya246 says:

    Tokyo Tower looks like a Christmas Tree.

  4. whipcracker says:

    Yep these he is, nice reflection

  5. whipcracker says:

    I’ve always admired how they put a clock feature

  6. whipcracker says:

    Maybe they should leave them up year round, and turn them on for special occasions.

  7. whipcracker says:

    With the reflection of those lanterns on the water,it makes them look like they are floating on air.

  8. whipcracker says:

    RT @tweetmeme Yokohama Night View, Japan Photo-Post | Shibuya246 http://tinyurl.com/ye5zrjq A great way to have a vacation, with your family

  9. Sara Mari says:

    Oh I love Yokohama, thanks for posting all the photos and info about it recently. I especially love these night shots^^ The light bulb shaped lanterns in the water are extremely cute!

  10. Shockerz says:

    It’s funny that those Christmas light still hang around because usually it will be torn down at the end of New year. btw, great shoot!

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