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Ikebukuro Traffic – Photo Fun

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 21, 2014

One of the first thing you’ll notice when visiting Tokyo is that in the evenings, more than half of the traffic on the roads are usually taxis. Tokyo taxis are parts of the visual make up of the city and I know many photographers and tourists who have a soft spot for the mostly yellow, green and red taxi cars! They’re a given for any collection of “the” Tokyo tourist photo collection!

A fun thing you can do with almost any camera to get some interesting travel photography is “tracking traffic”. I took these photos outside Tokyo’s Ikebukuro JR station a while ago of the traffic zooming past the station. Tracking shots like this are really easy to do but sometimes tricky to get just right. What you do is move the camera to follow the car or object, blurring the background but (hopefully) keeping the moving object razor sharp.

I set the camera to 1/10s, f10, and ISO 500 for this fairly bright city street. Then I waited for a car to come into my viewfinder. I follow the car with my camera and while moving, press the shutter, keep following (or tracking) the car and don’t stop until the picture is done. Repeat, try different settings, and enjoy!

No photoshop was used to alter these images.

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  1. romainboitier said, on January 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

    For novice like me tutos like that are nice and pretty self-explanatory, you should give us more maybe 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:26 am

      Thank you for the kind comment Romain! I am sure there are a million photo sites that describe the best photo tricks much better than I could ever hope of doing… (^-^;)

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