Today’s Warm Up: Cinematic Photographs of Tokyo at Night.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/01/cinematic-photographs-of-tokyo-at-night-by-masashi-wakui/

After viewing these photos respond with a comment to THIS POST. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos? Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos? How do you feel when you look at these photos?What about the photos makes you feel that way?

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42 thoughts on “Today’s Warm Up: Cinematic Photographs of Tokyo at Night.”

  1. The element of darkness and lights. I love how he uses the lights in his pictures. It makes me feel like there’s always light in darkness and gives me ideas to create how even in darkness there’s light.

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  2. – What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    The idea that jumps out with me with these photos is messing with different white balances to tinker with lights and see how they compare to these night shots.
    – Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos? The use of warm color tones to a night shot.
    – How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    Crowded but in place with everyone in the shot.
    – What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    The way of people just going on with daily life and the use of warm tones making it inviting

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  3. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    When looking at these photos the ideas that jump out to me are what kinds of mystery’s are going on in that town. I want to do deeper in to the town and take photos of the stands and what is in the stands.

    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos?
    The warmth of all these photo really draw me in. I loved looking at these photos. They were really appealing to the eyes. There was no main focus so you could look around and everything in the background.

    How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    I feel like I want to go actually be there in Tokyo with the photographer so I can see the town. These photos make me want to go to Tokyo.

    What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    It was the depth in these photos that made me want to go there. I really want to be able to see what is going on in the image and be able to explore the town.

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  4. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos? getting pictures with a lot of colors makes the picture look great.

    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos? all the colors in the pictures

    How do you feel when you look at these photos? i feel like i want to be their, just cause it looks great over their

    What about the photos makes you feel that way? just how beautiful its over their and that i can take very similar pics in the same place

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  5. When I view Mr. Wakui’s work i feel like i am a part of the crowd in Tokyo. His work is really a first person perspective of a truly marvelous city and brings the viewer into the setting. We get a candid view of the city as if we are a citizen of Tokyo and going through the daily routine. I’m especially drawn to his use of color in contrast to the dark settings. The bright pop from the neon gives my eyes excitement and a sense of mystery when i think about Japan’s great city.

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  6. The main idea that jumps out to me when I see these photos is the feeling of isolation. The darkness, rain, and lights make the photos give off a feeling of abandoned. Waiting in vain for a lover during a rain storm. Walking alone during a foggy night to yourself, hoping that someone important may cross your path. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me being sentimental.

    Looking at these photos, at first glance, I’m immediately drawn to the colors reflecting off the puddles on the ground in the very first photo. The way the neon of the signs reflects off the ground adds to the mood of the photographs. Also, the people holding their umbrellas seems interesting to me, for some reason.

    I feel unusually content. I’m a person who loves the nighttime and rain, so seeing a calm night when it’s rainy or foggy just makes me feel right.

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  7. Ideas that jump out to me are using vivid colors and street lights in a unique way. My eyes are really drawn to the colors and objects. These photos make me feel inspired, they make me want to get out there and capture city moments. Just the uniqueness and the way the detail is captured gives off that inspiration feel because there is so much out there to do in the real world.

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  8. I like how the colors stand out against the darkness in the city, and how there’s a lot going on in each photo. These photos are mysterious but also exciting and make Tokyo look like a really interesting place. My favorite photo is the third one, with all of the people with matching umbrellas; it emphasizes all of the big signs and activity going on.

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  9. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    Taking photos at night
    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos?
    All the different colors of lights
    How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    These make me feel like i’m there
    What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    The fact that the photos are each unique and different but also real

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  10. The elements that draw my eyes in when i look at the photo are the lighting in each photo it just draws me in and makes the photo seem more serious and adds depth to it. When i look at the photos it makes me want to know what he was thinking when he shot these.

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  11. I love these photos because they are so beautiful to look at. It makes me want to take photos at night time because their are a lot of cool lights and you get a sort of night mood I don’t know how to explain it but those photos are just awesome. The elements that I get from the photo is color and leading lines. I love seeing photos at night time because I never tried it before, Maybe some day I will attempt to take a photo at night time.

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  12. When I saw these photos I thought of chase scenes from movies and fighting scenes in street markets from movies.

    When I look at the photos my eyes are drawn towards the saturation with the lights in the image.

    These photos make me feel as though I am “walking” through these photos and they are taking me towards somewhere.

    The images make me feel this way because I have previously lived in China for 2 years and it somewhat reminds me of walking through the city, looking at the different types of food in the market place, and also of seeing all the people throughout the city during the day and the night.

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  13. Ideas I get from Masashi Wakui is using the dark to make the me focus on the wide spread of colors in each image. This makes me inspired to take pictures in the city life at night because the use of the dark and use of vivid color to capture good detail in the image.My eyes are drawn to the colors and objects.

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  14. One idea that jumped out at me was the lighting he used. i’m drawn to the contrast of the lighting. I feel impressed when i look at these photos. the contrast of the lighting is what makes me feel that way.

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  15. The contrast and color in these photos are amazing. The photographer really knows how to make the lights pop. Looking at these photos really makes me want to go to Tokyo and take my own photos, or at least experience it for myself. I have seen a handful of photos that were taken at night in the city, and I have got to say, that these are by far my favorite!

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  16. I love the way that there is a lot going on in the photos like people, umbrellas, shops and other random objects, my eyes are draw to the lights. The lights in the lamps, on the ground and on the big red sign. The photos make me feel happy and engaged. They make me feel this way because bright colors are usually parallel to happiness. There is also a mystery about the photos, I’m constantly trying to figure out what the artist was thinking when he shot the photo. I love how this photos can be interpreted in different ways, and there are countless ideas you can get from one and all of his photos.

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  17. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    I could the lighting to make the texture pop out like Masashi Wakui does.
    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos?
    Texture, lighting, rule of thirds, and leading lines.

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  18. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    I can see colors and the contrast between all of them

    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos?
    My eyes are drawn to the colors and the shops that are in the images and the writing .

    How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    i feel like Washington is much more spacious than the place in the images

    What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    The narrow streets and shops that are attached to each other are what make me think its super crowded

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  19. In the photos, their are bright colors on led screens and color lights. This is further emphasized by the darkness of the night and surrounding area. This properly shows that the city is just as active at night as it is in the day. The second photo is a bit different than the others as it shows less activities, but the dark wall with area’s of illumination perfectly shows the contract between a warm light and the dark. The use of the yellow lights rather than the normal bright white lights was a good choice.

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  20. Some ideas that jump out at me, are he isn’t a simplistic photographer, there is a lot going on in his photos, but it works, it isn’t over crowded to where it looks bad. My eyes are drawn to the lights, and the people on the streets and how they are almost like shadows in some pictures because they are so dark. These photos make me feel like I am actually there, and I am walking the streets Tokyo at night. These photos make me feel this way because of how real they are, these pictures, there was no setting up, fixing the lighting or anything, he just snapped a photo of what he saw and that makes it original.

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  21. Some ideas that jump out at me the contrast of the lighting is very vibrant the photo makes me happy I don’t really know why it’s possible again the vibrence.

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  22. Some ideas that jump out at me is the how simple the pictures are, there is a lot that the picture is capturing but the thing that captures my attention the most is the lighting in the picture. And how he/she captures the light. These photos allow the viewer to seem like they are there on the streets with the people. These pictures make me feel this way due to the realistic values inside the photos.

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  23. In these pictures it seems dark but all the bright lights kind of pop out and bring the attention to those lights. My eyes are drawn to all the bright lights. This photo makes me feel that I am standing where the photographer is at taking the picture. The photos make me feel that way because I feel relaxed looking at those pictures.

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  24. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos? Looking at these photographs inspires me to take pictures of how our community is living at what really is around us.

    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos? My eyes are drawn to the beautiful colors and the people.

    How do you feel when you look at these photos? I feel calm and at peace looking at these photos. It makes me want to go out more and explore the different types of cities there are in the world.

    What about the photos makes you feel that way? The sort of dimness, but also brightness, of the photographs has me remain in peacefulness. I can picture myself walking the streets and admiring the noise and colorful lights.

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  25. I can see color and contrast between them. What stands out to my eyes are the photos and the Japanese writing. When I look at these photos they look real adventurous . The narrow roads and how close everything is makes it looks fun.

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  26. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    The ideas that jump out of me are what if I could remake these photos but use Vancouver instead. The other ideas is a movie, you could make a movie and with the right cast you can make an action movie that would shot the beauties of Tokyo.

    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos? The use of the street light and the environment and how calming these photos are to me.

    How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    I feel calm and I can imagine myself in these location and also curious about how he did this and how much patience was required to take these pictures.

    What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    The perfection of the photos make me feel so involved in these photos and the calmness of the streets.

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  27. one idea that jumps out at me is that this photographer doesn’t focus on certain things, but more on how everything comes together. his pictures show us how the lights and the darkness and all the different colors come together to make up the city of Tokyo. having his pictures in the dark makes my eyes wander all over, from light to light. these photos make me feel like im in the city because of how clear the photo is and how it makes your eyes wander.

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  28. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos? Took let the light take over and capture the beauty of it
    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos? it makes my eyes follow the leading lines it has .
    How do you feel when you look at these photos? It makes me feel that there is a lot out there i just takes one its self to go and explore
    What about the photos makes you feel that way? The image created in each one of them has a person in it going through the path and is usually alone .

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  29. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    The colors
    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these photos?
    The spot they chose to take the picture at.
    How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    Just looking how good the pictures look it makes me want to go to where they took it and go check it out.
    What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    Just the place and how they took it at a good time makes me want to go check it out.

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  30. When i looks at the photos ideas that jump out to me are the light the photographer captures in dark places. My eyes when i look at the photos are instantly drawn to all the lights. When i look at these photos i feel refreshed for some reason and i think its because of the lights just popping out at you.

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  31. The idea that jumped out to me when I looked at these photos was to use streetlights more effectively. My eyes were drawn to the lanterns and vibrant colors of all the signs and lights. These photos have a somewhat sad and isolated tone to them because of the lighting and darkness and the busyness of the city being captured.

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  32. when i look at theis photos i tend to look at the lights, the corners, and the people do their thing. i also like to look at the background (that’s my kind of thing) for beautiful mountains, or a lake with the sun reflecting off the water.

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  33. One idea that jumps out to me is, how he is in a place that is busy with different things to look at and usually you would be distracted by the other million things going on in photos similar to these ones. But he makes it work. Your eyes do go to one main place. My eyes are drawn to the people living there daily life on the street and the lights that show the brightest. When I look at these photos I feel like I am walking on the streets with them. Then I have to look down and realize I’m still sitting in a classroom. These photos also make me feel happy, calm, and relaxed. I think I feel this way about the photos because they have some sort of peace and happiness to them. Also the photos aren’t just a picture of a flower or something they are real life streets, people, and environment.

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  34. Some ideas i get when i see these pictures are how serene and tranquil they are which represents a large part of japanese culture. The bright colors and lights are what my my eyes are immediately drawn to. These photos give me more reason to go to Japan, which I’ve always wanted to do.

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  35. when i look at these images i notice that his gradient changes allow a lit space to glow with a strong warmth while not overshadowing the features of the dark spaces near it. when i look at them i get a strong sense of wonder and it feels like i’m looking at a picture of a city that is unlike any other place in the world because of the heavy amount of paper lanterns that are present in many of the photos. i am drawn to many elements within these images but i am typically drawn initially to the light of the lanterns which i find to be a much warmer and lulling light than that of the bright city lights but when both are present they do not battle in the image but together paint contrast in the features that the light encompass. the city is very photogenic and japan as a whole is a very beautiful place to take photos of but what he is doing is balancing the light in photo perfectly to being a sense of otherworldly and warm light. the fact the blend of old world with the lanterns and new world with the city lights and busy city atmosphere makes me want to go there for a very long time.

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  36. What ideas jump out at you when you look at these photos?
    Ideas that jump out at me when looking at this photos are taking pictures that include very detailed lighting and color. In these pictures, the light is very vibrant and much appealing to the eyes.

    Which elements are your eyes drawn to when you look at these
    photos?
    My eyes are drawn to the wonderful lighting and colors, and also the “warmth” look to it making it so that I would be able to look at this photo all day.

    How do you feel when you look at these photos?
    I feel appreciative of these beautiful pictures. It makes me want to find really good backgrounds for my pictures and include various different colors of light to make the picture much more appealing.

    What about the photos makes you feel that way?
    It makes me feel this way because I bet that these beautiful photos took MUCH time to develop and create. Beautiful art like these pictures should always be appreciated no matter who the photographer is.

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  37. When i look at these photos the thing that jumps out to me is how he shows a main point by putting it under the light. The elements my eyes are drawn to when i look at these photos are the ones lit up by the light. When i look at these photos i feel like he is showing something isolated. The way he uses light to bring out the objects underneath.

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  38. Few ideas that jumped out at me is that he is really good photographer. My eyes are drawn to the lights, and I like his idea that some parts are dark but some parts have some light in it but you still can see everything what is happening in these pictures. When I look at these photos I feel like I’m there and I can see all this with my own eyes because it looks like all that is happening right now not on the pictures, these photos look so real, and spacial.

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  39. i like this photos a lot because they ARE NOT Photoshop a lot and it shows the true godlessness of Tokyo. this photos makes me feel like i want to go to Tokyo

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  40. When I see these photographs, i immediately notice the shadowing, glossy look, and the angles that the photographer takes them in. The elements that my eyes are drawn to are the neon lights, the darkness, the hanging lanterns, and usually the places most cluttered. When I look at these photos I am inspired to take better photos because I could end up like that someday. The thing about these photos that make me feel that way is the intricate designs, and the apparent thought behind the photo, no matter how simple.

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