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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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