I'd done a photo tour in Tsukiji yesterday morning and was on my way to teach a three-hour class... and was just killing a little time around the Shimbashi area of Tokyo.
There are a few spots in town where you can get pics of the bullet-trains at track-level. There aren't many where you can get people into the shot at any sort of close-up. I've walked past this one a few times but haven't had the right lens, the right light or the right moment. Yesterday I had all of them.
Re-visiting locations and making 'the shots that got away' work for you is one of the great pleasures of living in somewhere you love shooting. Tokyo and me is a long-term relationship, not a one-night-stand. So if I miss a shot one day, I just remember the exact ingredients that would have made it great and store that knowledge up for another day.
That other day doesn't always happen but sometimes it does.
What had I stored up about this scene to save for another day? Well, the train tracks and the place within the urban scene that the train would fit. Perfect. The other big thing is the Rising Sun flag. Next is the balancing element to that flag of the No-Entry sign: they are both red and white. The pedestrian crossing meant that, one day, I'd have people there in the scene - in the bottom right corner to balance the train at top-left.
So, yesterday it all came together.... happy me :-) One more shot in Tokyo ticked-off.
Gear & Processing?
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm
Topaz 3's 'Exposure Adjust' to even out some of the areas of light and dark.
Nik Color Efex Pro 3's 'Brilliance and warmth' to cool down the shot a little and punch the colours.
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