There are a few things I can say that are truly amazing while being a Photographer. Being a Tokyo Photographer, One I can say for sure is the experience of watching the rising sun from the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The experience is like being in the movie “lost in translation” . I was on assignment for a client and one of the things I needed to have was access to every part of the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The easiest way to fix this was to be a guest, so I booked a room.
When I was booking the hotel room, the main thing I asked for was to be placed on the east side looking towards the city of Shinjuku. This view gives me the best chance to capture a sunrise along with an spectacular night view. From shooting a majority of my work from Shinjuku looking towards Tokyo(see the images here), I knew that the haze season was coming, and it would cause the images to have some issues with visibility. However, I know that after a storm, the haze would leave the city for a day or two and you can capture some amazing images. This time the rain was supposed to come according to weather forecast but it never did, so i had to deal with the haze. All I needed to do was set an alarm to catch the sunrise the next morning.
The next morning was a ruff one due to the fact that I was up most of the night shooting 4 panoramic images from the different sides of the hotel for the client. This is a different story I will talk about later. So after getting about 1 1/2 hours of sleep (yes, it was only 1 1/2 hours), I woke up at 4:35 to get up and shoot the sunrise out my window. The main reason that I wanted to have this room was I could shoot with a tripod and have a black out screen to cut out the reflections in the room (I talk about it here in my Youtube video). I had a plan to shoot a wide panoramic image of the city with an amazing sunrise, a sunrise that everyone would love to wake up to, but I was given a flat hazy sunrise than the colorful one I hoped for. I took a few shots and quickly gave up on this and Went to plan “B”.
I did not have a plan B so I was scrambling to do anything to save the time I had at this moment. You can say that am a huge movie buff and love my fair share of movies that take place in Tokyo. I recalled this and I always remember some sort of close up building with a haze that gives a dirty dark feeling. I went to this look and feel for my Plan B to save this moment. So I put on my Canon 70-200 f2.8 and tired to get the right composition to make this sunrise different. After a few frames I realized that the sun was going to go right behind the Docomo tower and not just behind it but it was going to cross at the very peak of the building, or at least I thought it was going to do that. PERFECT I said, and now it was time to just wait.
CAMERA SETTINGS / IMAGE INFO
The hard part of this image was waiting for the sun to rise to the right part of the sky. If this did not work out, then I would have wasted this chance. I did take some other images of this while the sun was rising but I will share them in next post about shooting from the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel.
No. of Exposures: 1 images
EV Range: 0
Focal Length: 200mm
Lens: Canon 70-200 F 2.8 IS Ver II
Camera: Sony A7R
I hope you enjoyed on how this image came about. If you have any questions about the area and how I captured this image, Please feel free to ask in the comments below.