Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

Japan Highlight Video

My team and I recently visited four great cities in Japan as part of our ongoing 80 Stays around the World tour. Check out this short video with highlights from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa!

Daily Photo – Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

To me, this tower looks way cooler at night. In the daytime, it kind of reminds me just of some construction scaffolding. I think it is because of the color patterns of red and white. Also, the shape of the tower can only be compared to the Eiffel Tower, and I think the shape of the Eiffel is more compelling. Hey, I know I’m being really tower-critical, but it is something that I’ve obviously spent too much time thinking about.

Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:40:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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I Love Rain in Tokyo

Movie Night Presets!

Today’s photo was made using my Movie Night Presets. Go have a look and see if you are interested! Here’s a little promo video for them below.

 

Daily Photo – I Love Rain in Tokyo

I know you may be getting tired of my rain-in-Tokyo shots, but that’s just too bad. I probably took about 500 photos over the three nights it was raining there. I mostly stuck around Shinjuku, although I should have gotten over to Ginza. It was very very cold, and I was kind of hoping for some snow. I’ve seen some snow photos in Tokyo that are so beautiful. Oh well, maybe next time!

I Love Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 03:08:59
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO8000
  • Focal Length84.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Anthill and New Art Series

Series 2 in full swing

If you pop over to TreyRatcliff.com you can see today’s photos is one of the new works featured in Series 2.

Bag Giveaway Complete!

Yesterday we gave away two of the new bags! It went to Tobias Knabe and his dad! The winner gets to choose who the second bag goes to… anyway, there are about 5 days left in the Kickstarter for the new travel bag, so don’t miss out.

In the video below, I talk more about how I’ve been using the bag and how I plan to use it for this upcoming 100km hike in Spain.

Daily Photo – Anthill

This city is a three dimensional Tetris that built strange-shaped block by strange-shaped block. And they all fit in as the lower levels disappear year after year. One of my favorite things about this photo is that you can't quite tell what city it is… it happens to be Tokyo.

Anthill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

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A Cinematic Rain in Tokyo

Speaking of Cinema…

Don’t miss my new Movie Night Lightroom Presets! I think you’ll be really surprised how well they work! Here’s a little video about them.

Daily Photo – A Cinematic Rain in Tokyo

Nothing beats a light rainstorm in Tokyo. Well, maybe except for a snowstorm, but I've never been lucky enough to be there for those. I probably took over 1,000 photos this night in the rain. I didn't have any protection for the Sony A7r Mark 3 either… and it held up perfectly. I think I had on the 24-105mm lens the whole time… it was getting absolutely soaked, but it never missed a beat!

A Cinematic Rain in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:19:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Fast and Furious in the Fall in Tokyo

Rough Japan Plans

My rough rough plan with Ethan is still to head up to Japan when he graduates in late November and try to get him a job teaching English. I think it would be an amazing first job after high school. Japan is very safe and he already knows a little bit of Japanese, even though that isn’t a requirement. I also like this idea because it will give me more reasons to go visit him in Japan!

Daily Photo – Fast and Furious in the Fall in Tokyo

I know everyone goes on and on about the Cherry Blossom bloom in Spring as one of the best times to visit Japan, but I think the Autumn may be just as pretty. Japan has such a wide variety of trees… and they all turn and change color slightly differently. Also, Japan has a big weather difference from the far south to the far north, so, if you're making a longer trip, you can start up at the north and travel south as the leaves slowly change with your journey.

Fast and Furious in the Fall in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-04 05:37:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

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More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

New Videos on the Way!

While we have been all over Asia, we’ve been creating a ton of different videos for you. Some are instructional, but I’d say most are kind of inspirational. Little ideas to get your creative juices flowing! We’re just wrapping up a few more sponsors before we unleash them to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

Now I'm not exactly sure what this place of business is offering since I can't read much Japanese. I see that it says “Peep Show” but all the imagery on the outside seems to be of a 3D animated character. It would not surprise me at all if you went inside and were watching Anime Manga Porn of not-real people. The Japanese people certainly have their kinks. Actually, thinking about it now, I really should have gone in to see exactly what was going on… but I was with my son Ethan, and it would be strange to say, “Hey dude, wait here for 2 hours while I go inside to investigate.”

More from the Red Light District in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-30 02:38:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Inspiration for the Movie Night Lightroom Presets

Presets for Lightroom

Over in the “Presets” area of the store, you’ll see we all sorts from Lightroom to Aurora to Luminar. The newest ones are the “Movie Night” Presets and here’s a little promo video for them:

Daily Photo – The Inspiration for the Movie Night Lightroom Presets

This is getting me excited about going back to Tokyo! ๐Ÿ™‚ I went on a reconnaissance mission there with my son to look into him teaching English for a year after he graduates from high school. I don't know if we made a lot of headway with the research, but we sure had a good time anyway! I spent most of this last trip around Shinjuku, where all the lights are over-the-top amazing and make for great reflections in the rain.

The Inspiration for the Movie Night Lightroom Presets

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:28:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length48.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Wild Shibuya Crossing in a Small World

Daily Photo – The Wild Shibuya Crossing in a Small World

I've been using that Insta 360 camera more and more to get video footage for Passport Members. I don't really take many photos with it. It's a bit clumsy for that. You have to triple-click the button, then hold it over your head and wait for the 10-second countdown. So, there's a lot of luck involved when trying to time a certain kind of shot. Most are total rubbish, but I thought this one turned out kinda cool.

The Wild Shibuya Crossing in a Small World

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  • Date Taken2018-04-17 10:56:58
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

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The Mystery Ceiling

Today on Passport

Usually, I give photo tips, but for today’s Passport I give some travel tips. Mostly these are travel tips in Tokyo, but the idea of exploration will work almost anywhere. You’ll also see me use the Explore for Food options using Google Maps. I use that all the time now to find tasty places to eat!

Today are some travel tips from Tokyo! I take you to a few cool places around there, show you how I find good food, show you my favorite crazy store Don Quixote, and more! It’s all in 360, so feel free to spin the camera around to watch whatever you wanna watch! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Photo – The Mystery Ceiling

Here's a little trick for taking photos of ornate ceilings like this. It's not actually that difficult once you know the trick. The first thing is to find the very very middle of the room. If you're a little bit off, it's tough to fix. Then, take set up your camera for a longer exposure. If you have a mirrorless camera, you can just look up and see if the exposure looks right. If you have a DSLR, do a few handheld shots and look at the results. Sure, it will be blurry, but you're just making sure the brightness is good. Last, turn on the timer (I do 2 seconds), set it on the ground, take the photo, then jump away so you are not in the shot!

The Mystery Ceiling

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-19 18:28:26
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Another Rainy Night in Tokyo

Movie Night Presets

Today’s photo is a good example from my new Lightroom Presets! Every night I was there, it was very rainy, so that gave me a good excuse to go out and explore. I spent most of my time in Shinjuku, mostly because of all the ambient light and Blade-Runner like signs.

Daily Photo – Another Rainy Night in Tokyo

One thing, in particular, I've noticed about Tokyo is their penchant for opaque umbrellas. I think this actually makes a lot of sense because the umbrella holder can see where they are going. I, myself, would also use an umbrella of this sort if I was not so busy taking photos of people using these sorts of umbrellas.

Another Rainy Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-02 05:22:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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