© 2009 Alfie Goodrich. All rights reserved.

First sunrise of the New Year, 2009; Tokyo Bay, Japan

Myself and one of my friends/students met up at 5am in Shimbashi today and headed down to the Takeshiba Pier to photograph the first sunrise of 2009. Not knowing exacctly where on the skyline the sun was going to appear, we may not have had - in hindsight - the best spot. But, we had a good spot nonetheless and an interesting background of some triangular shaped building and the Marine Survey vessels across the bay.

The only fly in the ointment was a drunk Japanese guy who turned up at exactly the moment the sun appeared, stripped to his underpants, jumped the railings to where I was set up, stood himself right in front of my camera and proceeded to shout about how stupid foreigners were in general and especially for sitting here with our cameras for hours to catch the sunrise.

Justin managed to pacify the guy but it meant he lost a lot of shooting time, more than me. But I was thankful for Justin's intervention as, especially when the guy started touching my camera [I was set up two feet from the edge of the pier], I was threatening to push him into the bay.

This is the first of a number of shots I made this morning. But, for now, I am off to have a rest and get some breakfast inside me!

Nikon D300

Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED IF @ f/8

Five-frame bracketed burst with HDR made in Photomatix 2.5.4


  1. jay

    Sorry to hear that you got shouted at by some drunk guy. That can really ruin a great experience.

    On the plus side, the colors in the photo are just amazing.

  2. Superb frame. Love the composition here, the colors… Fun to watch, amazing stuff 🙂

  3. ROB

    Beautiful first image of 2009. Seems like a very un-Japanese experience but I guess problems are everywhere.

  4. Again, amazing amazing HDR! It's such a paint to see crappy, unrealistic HDRs by other people. This one looks just right.


  5. Very beautiful golden light!

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