This oughtta blow your mind. Tokyo, Japan has a Statue of Liberty just like France and the United States do. Located in Odaiba on Tokyo Bay is Lady Liberty. Apparently back in the 50s or so, France lent theirs to Japan. It became such an awesome tourist attraction that when Japan had to return the borrowed statue back to France, they commissioned one of their very own.
You can get right up next to her so it’s basically a photographer’s wet dream. Now I’m not a very good photographer. In fact, I’m still learning (and have been for a reallllly long time now) but here’s my best recommendations for photography for Japan’s Statue of Liberty. During the day, you’ll most likely need just your camera because you can get right up next to her so your shots should come out tack sharp (unless you’re doing HDR or something like that then you’ll have to mount your camera on a tripod – see tripod notes below.)
If you’re shooting her at night obviously you’ll be on a tripod since you’re working with longer exposures. Do not set up on the walkway right next to her. You can feel every footfall as folks walk up to look at her resulting in ugly camera shake. Off to either side of her and still very very close, you can set up there to shoot Lady Liberty or swing around 90 degrees and shoot the Bay with Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and all the colorful tourist boats that come out at night (see yesterday’s post to view these pics.)
So here she is below, in all her glory….Tokyo, Japan’s Statue of Liberty
The Fuji Television Station in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan is a must-see for visitors to Tokyo; it is an architectural feast for the eyes. For photography lovers, this is one of the best places to set up shop as it offers some of the best photography in Tokyo, from Fuji TV to Rainbow Bridge, or from the harbor at night lit up in the water with skinny neon tourist junkets painting the water with color, or their very own Statue of Liberty. That’s right, the Japanese also have a Lady Liberty Statue. More on that in later posts though.
Today’s focus is on Fuji TV. For photography tech, try to shoot Fuji TV on a cloudy day so you can use the sky as a giant softbox.