Tokyo has many outstandingly beautiful parks and gardens. Most of them are only visited by locals and keep their treasures hidden away from tourists. We have seen fields of flowers in bloom, meticulously clipped shrubbery and artificial hills that have got their soft green coverage by centuries of trimming.
Many of these gardens have been more and more confined by the growing sprawl of modern Tokyo but a few larger ones remained. All of them create a strong contrast to their surroundings and are like oases in the middle of steel and concrete giants providing you with moments of calmness and peace.
The image below shows an old tea house within one of the remaining large ones and you can see how skyscrapers are surrounding this park from Edo times closer and closer.
The HDR image was created with Photomatix from 9 RAW pictures taken with Nikon D200 48 mm 1/6 sec – F4.5 to 1/350 sec – F10. It was post-processed in Gimp.
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This is an evening view from a room at the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo.
HDR image created from 9 RAW pictures taken with Nikon D200 12mm F4 1.8 – 30 sec (not photoshopped)
They gave us a really nice room just aside of their best suite hence the fantastic view. On a clear day you can see Mount Fuji in the background and – one thing you should not miss out when in Tokyo – you get the same view from their Sauna and Spa – yes we mean it – from inside their sauna or sitting in a jacuzzi
In fashion and brand conscious Tokyo it can be one of the greatest sins to step out of a shop with the wrong bag – ideally you are carrying one with a major European brand name printed on. Now help for those is literally – at hand. A department store in Tokyo has put up [...]
We recently mentioned that one of us will soon be going on a long travel around this planet so we got a professional digital camera to capture some of the impressions and share them later.
During the research for the latest in Digital Photography we also came across what is now called High-Dynamic-Range (HDR or HDRI) photography and tone mapping.
There are a few pretty good tutorials on the web how to achieve these effects and software is now also available to substantially reduce the process steps required (If interested we can provide a list of the best links we found).
But we thought that it might be best to introduce this technique by pointing you to the best HDR images and their creators we found on the web.
So following this post we will put together a small series of articles for each of the web sites we found the most interesting…
Some HDR photographs from a recent travel to Sevilla, Spain.
The pictures were taken at the “Casa de Pilates” a fantastic example of Mudejar architecture in Spain. Build by the Marques de Tarifa during the 15th and 16th centuries its got his name from erroneously thinking it would be…