Tokyo Blue Skies II (Sky Worship IV)

Damn, that title could have used some work, huh? *laughs* At first I was going to call it something like “tokyo upshots” but decided against it because that might bring in exactly the wrong kind of intarnets traffic… (see, ‘upshots’ can apparently also be used to describe (especially in Japan) the phenomenon of taking a picture up a woman’s skirt… which, needless to say, is not what today’s post is about.) (sorry to disappoint…) Lacking imagination and time, I went with the clumsy title above.

tokyo blue skies

Sometimes I like to just go outside and point my camera straight up and see what I can capture. I’ve mentioned before how there is so much of interest in Japan not only right in front of our faces, but also below our feet and above our heads. To paraphrase the old term “urban jungle”, one might call big cities in Japan “urban rainforests”, because just as the rainforest has three distinct different “worlds” (the forest floor, the forest itself and the soaring canopies above), so too does urban Japan.

tokyo blue skies

I’ve been stressed lately (work, study, life dramas, etc.) and decided I needed a “mental health day” earlier this week. So I took Tuesday off work and went into Tokyo to point my camera straight up, and in fact, see what I could see.

When I leave Japan, I often wonder what memories I will keep with me forever. I think that one of them must be Tokyo in all its urban concrete steel solidity on a brilliant blue and sunny summer day. While I feel that places like Kyoto are at their best during the Autumn[LINK], and places like Himeji at their best during the spring, nobody does summer as well as Tokyo. On a clear summer day with that sun creeping towards its zenith and nothing but those flat out in your face fading to all azure eternity sheet blue skies soaring up above the stretching, towering skyscrapers and urban steel and glass monoliths, snaking power cables and sharped edge architectural shadows, the grays and blues and glass and solids, darks and lights all mixing and jutting and flexing and mashing together… man, just forget about it…! I could stare at Tokyo on a blue blue blue sky summer day forever and never get tired…

tokyo blue skies

The sky is a beautiful thing indeed… people say its hard to perceive nature’s majesty when you’re trapped in the concrete jungle, but one need only raise their eyes upward and behold the beauty of a blue sky pouring over a sun drenched Tokyo below to know that’s not true.

More sky worship here, here and here. More pictures of Tokyo and its blues skies after the “keep reading” link below.

tokyo blue skies

tokyo blue skies

tokyo blue skies

tokyo blue skies

tokyo blue skies

tokyo blue skies

tokyo blue skies

I guess the image above will teach me to think twice about shooting a bright blue sky at f/16 after changing lenses in the middle of a dusty and busy tokyo street. Yeah, I could have photoshopped the dust out, (and actually, i already did for several other dust spots) but then all I would have been left with would be a mediocre image of tokyo shot through a thick window (and it looks like it) instead of a mediocre image of tokyo shot through a window with a witty comment slapped on top of it!!! Ahh, I’m so clevar. Hey! Why are you rolling your eyes like that at me? *laughs*

But seriously, I’m either going to have to either bring the camera in to get the sensor cleaned (expensive) or else buy a sensor cleaning kit (also expensive) and hope that I don’t accidentally ruin my sensor whilst cleaning it. Goddamn dust. Grrr…

That’s it for now. Off to study at the library!

Now listening to: “Benz & MD – Turning the Curve”

5 Reactions

  1. SabineM

    lovely shot. I am dizzy looking up!
    I have dust in my camera….being at horse show I have more dust then not!
    I hate that…….
    that reminds me I need to clean it before I leave today!

  2. felix

    remember, the sky is great – but it’s the solids/containers against the void that create context for it. that’s as philosophical as my comments will get. :)