Panorama of Tokyo’s waterfront from Rainbow Bridge

Tokyo Bay panorama, mini version

I left my former post doc position at NICT at the end of August and left Japan in mid-September. In the two free weeks I was busy wrapping up my life in Japan and preparing for the move. One important item on my “wrapping up” list was to walk across Rainbow Bridge and take a lot of photographs. The bridge is one of my favourite locations in Tokyo. Starting from Shibaura, a little south of the central Ginza-Shinbashi area, it rises to a maximum height of 52 meters above Tokyo Bay via a 300° loop, makes two soft turns and eases down on Odaiba, a large landfill area in the bay. There are some fantastic views of the Tokyo skyline and harbour from there, and Rainbow Bridge itself is quite beautiful. On top of that, the Yurikamome train line passes across the bridge. With its driver-less trains it makes for an amazing ride at the front or rear windows. I had taken a few photos of the bridge before, but never from the bridge itself. I promised myself to do that before leaving Tokyo.

I was lucky to get there on a day when the golden light from the setting sun and heavy clouds from a suddenly appearing rain-shower made for a perfect setting for some dramatic photographs. I still have a lot to learn in terms of capturing light, but I think I got a few good shots on this occasion — perhaps I will share them here later (you can already see a few on this Google+ post). What I want to share now is a wide panorama I took shortly after sunset from the northern side of the bridge. It spans from the bridge’s car deck and suspension span on the left to the northern part of Odaiba on the right. In between you can see most of Tokyo’s waterfront that has a rather large concentration of high-rise buildings compared to other, older areas of the city.

For the best full-screen experience, press F11 to maximize your browser window and go see the panorama here. Alternatively, the same image is put in a smaller box below. Move your mouse over the image all the way to the corners to pan across it.

You will notice that some areas of the panorama are pretty blurred. I am terribly disappointed with myself that I was not able to keep the camera steady even when using a tripod…

For a few more details on how I created the panorama, hang on for an upcoming post!