Photoessay: Tokyo reflections

One more from the Tokyo series. It never ceases to amaze me how clean everything is – combine that with strong, directional light, and you’ve got the making of images with instant depth. Reflections are wonderful things; they’re visual metaphors for something that might or might not be there in reality. Shot with a Sony RX100. Enjoy! MT

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  1. Amazing images Ming. Thanks for sharing them.


  2. As usual: Great shots, Ming!

    I was wondering how you are getting the straight lines of the buildings always parallel to the edge of the image. Do you use perspective control in post-processing at the expense of image quality or do you arrage the image that way when you are taking the shot and crop unwanted parts out afterwards at the expense of image resolution? Do you prefer one method over the other (and why?) when you are shooting with a camera/lens without tilt/shift?

    Best regards

    • I don’t crop unless it’s to another aspect ratio; doing otherwise is sloppy composition and changes the native perspective of the lens. On longer lenses, you canst be careful about your horizons and use the built in level; otherwise I do some straightening in photoshop.

      • I did not mean the even horizon in your pictures but some of the pictures don’t show any converging lines at all although I would expect them considering the perspective and usage of a camera/lens without tilt/shift. But I guess you correct converging lines in photoshop as well?

        • Actually, it’s a bit of both. For longer lenses if you get the horizon level, the verticals are level too. For shorter ones, careful horizon placement helps, but you can take care of the rest in photoshop.

  3. Mikael Borg says:

    Spectacular images!

    Your eye for photography is amazing. You can find and document motives everywhere, during a normal day in a normal area, where many people don’t see anything…

    Also thanks for your technical articels. They are always interesting to read. One reason for that is that you are quite objective, without regards to the trademark of the products your are testing. The opposit is a problem on many other websites (and you-tube films)…

    Best Regards
    From a former constructor on Hasselblad in Sweden – who nowdays frequently works with mirrorless cameras – like Sony RX100.

    • Thanks Mikael. Objectivity is something I strive for because I care about the end photograph, not the tools. I suppose that’s the difference between a photographer and somebody who sold their soul for blogging and corporate sponsorship (and it seems like most of the blogs online are that way these days – I’m still a commercial photographer first and a blogger a distant second). My 501C should be arriving today, actually…I’ve always wanted to try proper medium format film. 🙂

  4. Jorge Balarin says:

    Thanks for your photo essay. I’m going to buy a Sony RX100, because is a perfect camera to carry at every moment. Many times I see things that I would like to photograph, but of course, I’m not having everytime my D700 with me. The outcome is that I’m not doing photos very much. With the Sony RX100 I will have always a good image quality camera, and I will improve as a photographer.

  5. Hi Ming, thanks for the great images.

    I don’t recall if you mentioned which tool you use for raw conversion. Is it Lightroom and if it is, can it make lens distortion corrections automatically on RX100 raw images?

  6. Again great photos of Tokyo, you made me put the city in my bucket list…… btw, you missed a great opportunity of a self portrait at that circular mirror/reflector thing…. 😉

    • Thanks. It should be on every photographer’s bucket list, in my opinion. It’s so different that it provides plenty of shooting opportunities. I make an effort to avoid self portraits for the most part…

  7. Very Nice Ming! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I absolutely love all of the Tokyo photos ever posted on here…It is definitely a location I must visit before I die. Thank you for sharing!

  9. The RX 100 is fun, isn’t it? Ming, how accurate do you find the colors to be vis a vis , say, the other small cameras with which it is compared in your site? Or, asked differently, do you find that you need to do significant tweaking to achieve your desired palette?
    Great images of Tokyo…

    • Thanks Jeffrey. The raw files are 14bit, so it’s actually amongst the most accurate, if not the most accurate of the compacts. Comes pretty close to the bigger sensor cameras in delivering what I’ve come to think of as ‘tonal richness’.

      • More interesting and beautifully rendered images … you certainly make the most of the RX100 ! I presume you are now shooting raw? Are you thinking of producing a comprehensive review of this camera (or at least how you use it)? Any tips on how to increase the “tonal richness” in our photography? Sorry about the barrage of questions but I’m very impressed with the image quality you get from this camera (not to mention the quality of your images).

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