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Hot night photography in Shibuya

I hadn’t done any night photography in Shibuya for a long time.  Thanks to the pandemic, I have avoided it for the past two years.  But, I figured it was time to get back in the swing of things.  And it was raining, but that was okay.  I really wanted to shoot there, especially around the crossing.

2 people on Shibuya Scramble Crossing in rain at night

My plan for the night soon went astray.  The weather forecast said cold and wet.  I dressed in jeans and a light jacket.  Upon arrival, I discovered it was damp and warm.  I overheated quickly. 

cars and neon lights on Shibuya street on wet night

My night was brief, but I should have expected that anyway.  With the rain, there weren’t many people around.  The only crowded areas were Shibuya Crossing and 109.  But I also went up to Tower Record to photograph Astro Boy.  

The French artist, Invader painted him in 2014.  He is high up above a tunnel.  Did you know Astro Boy also has some murals in Takadanobaba?  They are far more extensive and cover a whole wall.

people walking under Astro Boy painting on Shibuya tunnel

The rain wasn’t heavy.  It was more of a constant light drizzle.  For most of the night, I had to juggle the camera in one hand and my umbrella in the other.  Whenever I wanted to take a photo, I couldn’t find an awning or roof for cover.

many people on Shibuya Scramble Crossing at night in rain

I used two lenses for the night.  One was the Fujifilm 16-55 mm.  It is weather-resistant.  I didn’t have any problems with it, as I expected.  

The other lens I used was the 55-200 mm, which is not weather-resistant.   I was a little worried about taking it with me.  But, it performed very well.  It got a little wet, but it had no problems.  

people crossing wet Shibuya Crossing

My visit was brief, but that is okay.  I had so many places to go, but the area was so large.  It was impossible to photograph everywhere in one night.  I always need an excuse to photograph in Shibuya.  

people in Shibuya alley at night

Next time, I’d like to see what is around Yamashita Park.  Its redevelopment finished some years ago, and I still haven’t seen it!  I also need to explore Centa Gai.  That is a place I have never visited much.  Night photography in Shibuya is endless. 

people waiting at Shibuya Scramble Crossing at night

If my work schedule isn’t loaded next week, I’ll go again.  Hopefully, the weather forecast will be more accurate.  I don’t mind the heat, but I don’t like it when wearing jeans!  I

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