Trash The Lens

Journeys and photos

Tokyo Density

All too often we associate landscapes and city-scapes with wide angle lenses. It's natural that we want to take in the whole scene and show as much of it as possible, but I'm starting to realize the wide views are not always the best views.

Here's a photo I took from the observation deck in Tokyo World Trade Center building. While struggling to find a good framing with a wide angle lens it struck me that it might be better to zoom in and avoid showing the horizon line altogether. This way we don't create an artificial boundary and therefore don't even hint as to where the city might be ending. Although technically it might be an open composition, in my mind it adds to the claustrophobic feel of the metropolis.

Tokyo Density

Tokyo never ceases to amaze me and I hope it'll always stay that way. (2014-11-05 Tokyo, Japan)