Snow in Tokyo: February 2014 sees the biggest snowfall in Tokyo since 1969
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Tokyo’s biggest snow since 1969: by the Tokyo Tower

Saturday saw the biggest drop of snow in the capital since 1969 which, coincidentally, was the year of my birth.

I went out for a walk about 2pm, starting at Hammamatsucho and walking up through Zojoji Temple, past the Tokyo Tower and ending up in Roppongi.

Many other places I could have gone but I was meeting a friend for dinner in Azabu and didn't want to be too far away from that objective in case the snow really came down.. which it did.

Getting home after dinner was a bit of an adventure.

Details of the shot....

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 AiS
In-camera monochrome, shot as RAW but with a custom picture control. Localised exposure changes in Photoshop.

I use Nikon's ViewNX software as the first part of my workflow, which unlike Lightroom [which displays all the RAWs as colour] shows me the files as-shot. I then convert from RAW to TIFF after making a few basic adjustments [shadows, highlights etc].

Why not just convert to monochrome afterwards? Because like the old film days, when I chose the type of look I wanted - with a specific film - I like to shoot in a style that suits my subject or my mood. It helps me pre-visualise the scene just as I want it and it helps me choose subjects that suit the style I am shooting in. It also cuts down on post-processing time.


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  1. That's a superb shot Alfie. If it wasn't for the Tower and the taxi – you would never say its Japan. I like the drama of the tilted Tower.

  2. wonderful capture, beautiful!

  3. Wow beautiful shot Alfie, I love it!

  4. Anne B

    Thank you for sharing with us the everyday life and special events of this marvellous city of Tokyo, that we all adore here in Paris. I thought at a first glance that it was our Tour Eiffel!

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