Shibuya • Tokyo • Japan by William Bullimore


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From Wikipedia :

Shibuya is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. As of 2008, it had an estimated population of 208,371.

Shibuya has achieved great popularity among young people in the last 30 years. There are several famous fashion department stores in Shibuya. Shibuya 109 is a major shopping center near Shibuya Station, particularly famous as the origin of the kogal subculture. Called “Ichi-Maru-kyū,” which translates as 1–0–9 in Japanese, the name is actually a pun on that of the corporation that owns it — Tokyu (which sounds like 10–9 in Japanese). The contemporary fashion scene in Shibuya extends northward from Shibuya Station to Harajuku, where youth culture reigns; Omotesandō, the zelkova tree- and fashion brand-lined street; and Sendagaya, Tokyo’s apparel design district.

During the late 1990s, Shibuya also became known as the center of the IT industry in Japan. It was often called “Bit Valley” in English, a pun on “Bitter Valley,” the literal translation of “Shibuya.”

Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. Three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing. The Starbucks store overlooking the crossing is also one of the busiest in the world.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Exposure: 3 exposures (-2,0,+2 EV)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 5 April 2009 5.55pm

Post Processing:
Imported into Lightroom
Exported 3 exposures to Photomatix
Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option
Exported HDR to CS3
Contrast adjustment
Noise Reduction filter
Hue/Saturation layer
Unsharp mask filter
Exported back to Lightroom
Crop tool
Spot Removal tool
Added keyword metadata
Exported as JPEG


  • Richard Skoropat
    Richard Skoropatover 4 years ago

    OMG!! that is awesome, William!

  • Thanks Richard.

    – William Bullimore

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • rudolfh
    rudolfhover 4 years ago

    Very interesting, great image William

  • Thank you Rudolf.

    – William Bullimore

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    It’s almost as though the skyscrapers are leaning over and peering down at you, William, curious as to what you’re doing.

  • I like your description Gary. You’ve nailed it mate.

    – William Bullimore

  • micpowell
    micpowellover 4 years ago

    An interesting muse on mass commercialism in the big city, nice HDR work too.

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 4 years ago

    Wow William, this is so vibrant and lively.

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image and love the HDR. Well done :-)

  • paulakerr
    paulakerrover 4 years ago

    Incredible and amazing xxx Paula

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    excellent capture!!

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Wow! William … This is a great capture!!!

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