Posted by Mike Cash (Kiryu, Japan) on 6 February 2007 in Cityscape & Urban.
Bike ramp leading down from the combination rail/expressway/canal overpass at the north end of Tokyo's Ooi Wharf.
Nice composition, Mike; that's the kind of stuff I'd like to take.
6 Feb 2007 1:40pm
@Dan: It was a compensation prize, as they say in the game show world. I actually went up there to get some elevation for shooting a distant pre-dawn shot across Tokyo bay. None of them turned out well enough to post in public, but the path itself did give me a couple of nice locations. Thirty minutes of shooting, then I toddled off back down to my truck to nap while awaiting the opening of the container yard.
I like the composition too. The light over the pathway is framed nicely, brings your eye up and then back down the ramp.
6 Feb 2007 2:40pm
@Jen: Credit goes to Duncan, whose seemingly effortless masterful compositions provide me with lessons. He was kind enough to pass along the framing advice which made the shot work.
It has a very ominous air to it. Like a path I wouldnt like to venture down. Although being Japan I imagine it's not too dangerous ;)
6 Feb 2007 4:23pm
@Duncan Galbraith: The greatest danger came from two ojisans bicycling to work at 5:30 in the morning, totally unexpecting to have to dodge a lone gaijin and his tripod. It's a very safe area, since the only people one ever encounters are people who have business there.
oh and I love the compostion! hitting that corner worked well!
6 Feb 2007 4:25pm
@Duncan Galbraith: You may be assured that I had your very fine advice firmly in mind as I cropped the photo for posting! Anything other than hitting the corner would have totally ruined the shot, I believe. Hitting it gave the foreground railing a purpose for being there.
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