Sompo Japan and beautiful light trails

Sompo Japan Insurance Building

I’ve loved the Nishi-Shinjuku skyscrapers for a long time.   Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time photographing them.  Granted, some are old, but they always bring back many memories from my early years in Tokyo.  And one of the best is the Sompo Japan building.  It makes my imagination race.

It’s a beautiful but imposing skyscraper.  The walls gently slope in from the base, then go straight up 193 meters to its forty-third floor.  In a way, it reminds me of a powerful fortress.  A location in Akihabara has a similar feeling.  Both are great.  There is a difference between them, though.

I made this photo at a pedestrian bridge near the skyscraper.  Shooting from there allows you to capture the light trails of the car below.  A flood of traffic will pass underneath you.  The beams divert left and right around the building, away from the walls.  It’s great for long-exposure photographs.

How did I take this photo of Sompo Japan?

  • Camera location: Tripod used: Yes
  • Camera used: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Fujifilm XF 10-24mm (Version 1)
  • How many photos?  9
  • I used an L-Bracket to put the camera in portrait mode.

Camera Settings: 

  • Shutter speed: It ranged from 20 to 30 seconds.
  • f/11 or f/14
  • ISO 200
  • Film Simulation:  Eterna

Notes on processing:

  • I made basic edits to the files in Lightroom and then exported them into PhotoShop for stacking.
  • A couple of buildings just entered the frame on the left side.  I cloned them out.

Where are the Sompo Japan Building and New City Pedestrian Bridge?

  • They are in Nishi-Shinjuku, about 500 meters northeast of Shinjuku Station.  The building’s address for map applications is 1 Chome-26-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo.  
  • The bridge will be just to the northeast.  Its name is New City Pedestrian Bridge  (新都心歩道橋).
  • You can see it here on Google Maps.

Nearest train/subway stations:  

  • Shinjuku (Yamanote, Chuo, Odakyu lines etc.)
  • Nishi-Shinjuku (Marunouchi line)

Location photo

Sompo Japan Building and New City Pedestrian Bridge

Please note:  A major road passes under the pedestrian bridge, so be careful if you use filters.  If you drop anything, it might fall onto the traffic below.  Also, the bridge is quite wide, but many people use it.  Keep your gear clear of anyone wanting to get past.

Notes on lenses

This photo is of a skyscraper and traffic.  Only a wide-angle lens can capture that scene from close proximity.  I used the Fujifilm 10-24 mm.  Stitching should also work.

What is Sompo Japan?

Sompo Japan is an insurance company. It is Japan’s second-largest property insurance company, only behind Tokio Marine.

Wrapping up

Sompo Japan and beautiful light trails make a beautiful photo.  The scene provokes images of fantasy or science fiction.  One’s imagination can run wild.

By the way, New City Pedestrian Bridge is the spot for another long-exposure photo.  Turn around, and you’ll see the cars move toward neon-filled Kabukicho.  It is also a great scene.  The link is below.

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