The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Light at night


Just entered the pic above in the Geographical Magazine`s photographer of the year competition under the idea of light pollution. Light pollution is a big problem in Tokyo, in the centre it never really gets dark and I haven`t seen stars for months. This image is not digitally manipulated (aside from some straightening) and believe it or not was hand held at 3 seconds. 

But those days of balancing the camera on railings and bags because of not enough light are gone as I am now digital and lowlight photography (I think) just got easier. I would say I have a swanky new Canon EOS 20D but it is a well-travelled camera and looks a little lived-in. But a bargain none the less and I`m looking forward to going out and playing with it tomorrow.

Take care



2 responses

  1. What a great pic! Reminds of that scene in ‘Ghostbusters’, when the team look up at the skyscraper. Moments later and they are panting up the emergency stairs after discovering that the lift is broken…

    November 10, 2007 at 11:23 pm

  2. Thanks Paul. Is a bit like that movie isn`t it? Light pollution is such a feature of Tokyo that I hardly notice it most of the time, but when the clouds come down and whiz and spin around it really does get quite special effect like. And can even be, dare I say, quite beautiful on occasion.
    Talk to you soon

    November 14, 2007 at 3:04 pm

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