After finishing a shoot for Mazda the other day I took the wife and kids out for a drive down to the coast. It was raining most of the time but by 10pm the rain had stopped, so I dropped the family at home and headed out by myself for a bit of night photography.
There are a lot of interesting places in Tokyo, especially down by the water, where it really pays to have your own wheels. I don't really miss owning a car here but sometimes, especially late at night, it's just much more convenient to drive. Especially when tripods and other heavy gear are involved.
I know some nice spots down around the Bay to get shots and headed around a bunch of them the other night: Tsubasa Park has great views of the planes on final approach to Haneda; Shinagawa Futo is good for looking across to the Rainbow Bridge - and that's where I took this.
Trouble is, there is a high fence between me and the view and there is no way of getting past the fence. Cue the car......
I'm only 64kgs in weight, which helps when you want to use the roof of the car as a platform for yourself and the tripod. With the tripod at full extension [about 7ft high] and the height of the car taken into account, I guess I had the camera about 12ft in the air - which was perfect for getting most of the fence out of the equation and elevating the super-wide lens to a point where it wasn't just seeing loads of low-level foreground.
I put the tripod on the roof of the car, framed up the shot and then used the self-timer to take it:
Self-timer set to fires 20secs after I pushed the shutter button [giving me enough time to climb down off of the car roof and for the car to be still] shoot 3 shots, fired 0.5 seconds apart from each other, bracketed 1stop apart.
This is not an HDR. I just wanted three shots at slightly different exposures so i could choose the most well-exposed. Plus, getting up and down off of the roof of the car was kind of annoying... so getting three shots each time was a bit more sensible.
I took an iPhone photo of the setup, which I will post later....
Techs and Specs?
Why not 50ISO or a smaller aperture and longer speed?
The wind was strong.. and I wanted to minimize any effect of the car being blown around.
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