Tokyo waterfront panorama – the making of

In my previous post I shared a panorama photograph of the Tokyo waterfront taken from Rainbow Bridge[^0]. It was not particularly difficult to do, and there were no ground-breaking techniques involved, but I thought I would write up how it was done as a small tutorial for anyone who might be interested in trying the same. The basic steps were:

  1. Take a series of photos,
  2. stitch them together,
  3. edit the photo, including altering the colours,
  4. upload and present the finished panorama online.

In the following I will go through each step.

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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.

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High-fiving my clone

Not long ago, Anthony pointed me to this terrific panorama photo of a concert for clones:

Remake: Suntory Hall, Tokyo

A bit of digging reveals that it was created in Suntory Hall, Tokyo in 2006 by Martin Liebscher, a German artist who seems to have made it his specialty to make panoramas full of clones of himself.

It reminded me of a very simple clone photo of myself I once made. I had read this tutorial on PetaPixel and wanted to try it out myself. It is actually quite simple and quick to do — at least for 2 copies. I am not sure that Martin Liebscher made the photo above in an afternoon…

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