I was back in Tokyo and did a little side trip to Shanghai.
Having been to Tokyo a couple time before within the past year and knowing that I would have some spare time I knew what I wanted to shoot and I also realized that the opportunity would be perfect as it was just the day of full moon. The weather was perfect which would guarantee a nice sunset up on Mori Tower – unfortunately without any clouds in the sky, which was quite fine as I knew that about one hour after sunset I would be able to shoot the rise of a full moon on the opposite side of Mori Tower! Before the sun went down and during sunset everything was perfect but the it got really windy and cold and I had to wait of one full hour before the moon came up. But it was well worth it. One thing to keep in mind when going up to Mori Tower for picture taking: no tripods allowed, no bags allowed! So I had to carry ma lenses in a plastic bag and try to sport opportunities to rest my camera for some of the shots after sunset.
Then I also wanted to take some city scales from the Odaiba side which included the Rainbow bridge an the city in the back. Location scouting was quite challenging and took quite some time. The waterfront is quite accessible but the view from there is not very nice. So I had to scout for some other locations. As I stayed at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba I used the opportunity to take the early morning breakfast up in the top floor bar. With service starting at 06:30 this was perfect for the sunrise. They really cater to people who like to enjoy the nice city view early in the morning when the sun came up.
A couple pictures are from a short side trip to Shanghai. When in shanghai with only one evening to spend for picture taking one has to focus and settle for one side of the river and some shooting in the closer area. I wanted to take pictures of the Bund from the opposite river side and therefore could only go on to later take some photos of the TV tower. Which was quite o.k. with me.
The nice thing was that while I was shooting the Bund I had a young photographer very close by. I realized that he must be quite ambitious as he was waiting for a long time to take some of his shots and was really focusing on getting this right. I started talking to him and we started exchanging hints and ideas. We hit if off right away and together continued on to a couple more locations to shoot. Since we met we are now exchanging mails and pictures and plan for a joint photo outing the next time I’m in Shanghai. He is a local living in the city and promised me to show me a few cool locations to take nice pictures. So watch out for my next post on Shanghai hopefully in the near future.
Meanwhile enjoy the picture below.