Tokyo & Mount Fuji

February 15th, 2010
Tokyo & Mount Fuji

This shot of Mount Fuji and the skyscrapers of Shinjuku is one of my favourites from my trip to Japan.  Before my trip, I had made a list of quintessential photographs to take while in Japan, and Mt. Fuji with the city in front of it was at the top of my list.  After a fair bit of internet research, I managed to find a “top secret” location in a public building to get this shot.  I was surprised when I eventually got there to find a handful of other photographers with the same shot in mind.  Obviously my secret location was well known.  🙂

Those familiar with Tokyo will undoubtedly know that such views of Mt. Fuji are quite rare.  In fact, even on a clear sunny day the chances of being able to see the distant mountains and Mt. Fuji are slim to none due to the typical heavy layer of smog covering the city.  I somehow lucked out on this occasion, as a weather system had rolled in over night.  It was quite windy the night before this shot, which I suspect helped clear out the smog.

I will admit, that when I made my way onto the observation gallery and saw this spectacular view I got quite excited.  This was exactly the view I had pictured in my mind.  Unfortunately, in the rush of it all, plus the lack of coffee (I’m a mess without it) I forgot to switch the ISO on the camera back to 100.  I had been shooting night scenes the night before.  Sadly, all of the shots I took of this view were made at ISO 800 on my Canon 20d, which is quite a shame.  This actually ruined my day when I realized my mistake about an hour after I left the gallery (and by then the smog would have hidden the mountains).  I highly doubt I will ever get this shot again, so this is one of life’s hard lessons I learned.

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5 Responses to “Tokyo & Mount Fuji”

  1. Fusao says:

    It’s wonderful!

  2. Will says:

    Brilliant shot. I’ve been living in Tokyo for nine years now and haven’t seen Mt. Fuji so clearly across Tokyo like this before. Winter is the best season for it I guess. Maybe I missed the good days when I was over in Seoul.

    Intrigued about your not so secret secret location as well…will have to do some internet research myself.



  3. Rob says:

    Thanks Will and Fusao. I found the location of the secret shot from Wikipedia. It’s the Bunkyo civic centre.

  4. Will says:

    So that’s the location, something to think about for next winter. From now on Mt. Fuji will be covered with cloud for most of the year. Thanks for sharing.

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