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Festival of Seaside Lights

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Hundreds of paper lanterns containing candles light up Odaiba Kaihin Park Sunday night as part of the Festival of Seaside Lights to celebrate Marine Day on Monday.

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A gorgeous shot! I like the "lone" person right smack dap in the middle, looking out, in silhouette...

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A gorgeous but scary shot, don't know why !

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Nice shot, but kinda scary. Looks like there is a few ghosts in the picture.

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yeaaaa- nice one... I have a collection of shots and the Bay.

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These night scenes keep getting better. This shot has a sense of magic and mystery about it. Looks like a very slow shutter was used and 4:3 image ratio as well. So I am interested to know which camera was used here. Its so nice to wake up to shots like this and not sad headlines.

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These night scenes keep getting better

If it's from the TMG, I'm guessing a pro was probably hired to take it

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beautiful photo. love it lots.

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Odaiba is one of my favorite spots in Tokyo. Just traveling there via the Yurikamome Line is fun.

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Nice composition.

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This is one of the problems with HDR photos when there are people moving in the picture. You get the "ghosting".

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This is one of the problems with HDR photos when there are people moving in the picture. You get the "ghosting".

What gave you the impression this was an HDR shot? It could just be a slow shutter shot. Given that there are no details in the tree line or the sky I would say this is NOT an HDR photo.

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Yes I wonder how many exposures went into this image. I guess the slow shutter required for the correct background exposure has given the people time to move and turned them into ghosts. Its a fascinating technique. I would like to try it.

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You guys don't seem to understand HDR photography. Which I'm 99.9% sure this is NOT! The purpose of HDR is to bring out details in both the highlights and the shadows. It gives an image the dynamic range closer to what the human eye can see but no camera (no matter how good) cannot by combining multiple exposures metered for both the shadows and the highlights. Everything in this shot is lacking in detail from the buildings, the tree line, the sky, even the lights in the foreground.

That's not to say it's not a nice shot, because it is. It's just not HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography as many of you seem to assume. It is a long exposure shot. Completely different from HDR.

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very nice .. ^^,

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Darkknightnine is correct - this is definately NOT an hdr image...the 'ghosting' is simply the result of a slow shutter speed

There isn't enough details in blacks or highlights to be an HDR image

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I agree with the others. It's not an HDR shot. The shot was taken on a tripod most likely, something stationary. The person in the center stayed still. The others had stopped where they were momentarily then moved. I've taken night shots similar to this one.

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Nice shot, but kinda scary. Looks like there is a few ghosts in the picture

alladin: I was about to say the same..kowaiiii!

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Here's why I say it's an HDR shot...

The "ghost" to the far right is not blurred because she is not moving. If this had been simply a long exposure shot, she would have been as solid as the central silouette. Obviously she was in one of the exposures, but not in others.

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And for that matter, a long exposure would never let you see the wavelets THROUGH the ghosted silouette second from right. This has to be a composite of at least two images. At least one was set for proper exposure on the lanterns and one was set for proper exposure of the sky. Hence an HDR shot. If I were to guess, I'd say a third exposure was set for the illuminated bridge.

As far as the ghosts, I could make an argument for the 2 ghosts to the left of the central figure being the same two ghosts to the right. Both pairs have corresponding heights and the taller one appears to be wearing identical clothing. So I say the ones on the left were captured first as they were walking, and the ones on the right taken after they had stopped (or nearly stopped in the case of the shorter one).

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I was out there today during the day and they look more like 10,000 bags of trash cluttering the beach. Cool night show, not so much during the day.

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It's possible that this is a single exposure. The high or low definition of the "ghosts" is just a function of how long they stood still during quite a lengthy exposure (the depth of field is too great for this to have been shot with a wide-open aperture).

It's also possible that it's a 2-shot composite. The black area of the trees would make a good "seam", because it would be black in both shots. I think this is the more likely scenario.

I strongly doubt that this is a multi-exposure HDR. (Two shots composited does not an HDR make.)

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Agreed that simply because it's at least a double exposure doesn't guarantee it was an HDR attempt. But then you have to wonder why a multiple exposure was needed. One shot at one aperature and one (or more)at different aperatures. That they were relatively long exposure times is a given (check out the tail light streaks on the bridge), but we're going to have to agree to disagree on the possibility that this has always been a single photo.

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Odaiba is gonna be underwater sometime in the not too distant future.

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Wow, very pretty!

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