First sunrise of the New Year, 2009; Tokyo Bay, Japan by Alfie Goodrich

First sunrise of the New Year, 2009; Tokyo Bay, Japan by 

Myself and one of my friends/photography students met up at 5am in Shimbashi today and headed down to the Takeshiba Pier to photograph the first sunrise of 2009. Not knowing exacctly where on the skyline the sun was going to appear, we may not have had – in hindsight – the best spot. But, we had a good spot nonetheless and an interesting background of some triangular shaped building and the Marine Survey vessels across the bay.

The only fly in the ointment was a drunk Japanese guy who turned up at exactly the moment the sun appeared, stripped to his underpants, jumped the railings to where I was set up, stood himself right in front of my camera and proceeded to shout about how stupid foreigners were in general and especially for sitting here with our cameras for hours to catch the sunrise.

Justin managed to pacify the guy but it meant he lost a lot of shooting time, more than me. But I was thankful for Justin’s intervention as, especially when the guy started touching my camera I threatened to push him into the bay. I was set up two feet from the edge of the pier and given his totally random behaviour I was worried he would pitch me and/or my equipment into the water.

This is the first of a number of shots I made this morning. But, for now, I am off to have a rest and get some breakfast inside me!

Nikon D300
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED IF @ f/8
Five-frame bracketed burst with HDR made in Photomatix 2.5.4


  • Fremme
    Fremmeover 6 years ago

    i’m sure this will stick in your memory as one of the weirdess morning ever, great shot, love the sun effect and the city line makes for an interesting background, great colors, well composed shot

  • Alfie Goodrich
    Alfie Goodrichover 6 years ago

    Thanks man. The perseverance paid off, it made Pic of the Day and the front page of ‘Japan Today’.

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 6 years ago

    wish i was there… :P
    hi alfie~

  • Braedene
    Braedeneabout 6 years ago

    Interesting story ! Love the light – you have caught the sun beautifully and the orange colours are stunning. Liz

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtabout 6 years ago

    Stunning! Nice shot!

  • Tempe
    Tempealmost 6 years ago
  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 5 years ago

    Wow….I love this shot, but the story is a little scary…guess my rottweiler keeps guys like that away when I’m out on the shoot…talk about fly in the ointment alright !

  • orko
    orkoover 3 years ago


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