Beyond the Gloom

PhotographerYoshihiko Wada
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryOsaka, Japan
Photo Date9/18/2014
Technical Info24mm, iso100, F8/480sec.
Entry Description

Tokyo Gate Bridge was opened on 12 February 2012. Many photographers aim to shoot the bridge with the sunset, due to nice location of the bridge and the sun perfectly overlapped at sunset. Others aim to shoot during the night for its beautiful illuminated appearance. Instead I shot the bridge with 480 seconds long exposures. Longer exposure doesn't matter, but without 480 seconds I couldn't achieve this creamy sky and flat sea. Also there were a few people who were fishing in the wharf. But long exposure made them out of the stage.

About Photographer

As well as being a passionate photographer, Yoshihiko is also a professional sound designer in the very demanding video game industry. The long days and nights debugging games or sitting in a sound studio would eventually wear him out. In search of something new and fresh, Yoshihiko's passion for photography started in 2011 when he purchased his first DSLR, a Nikon D90 which was the beginning of his unique photography career. Waterfalls were his first obsession and found himself totally enamored with the surrealistic smooth flow caused by ND filters and found himself visiting a creek near his home every weekend, and experimenting with various filters. He gradually changed his preferences and photography style and now finds himself in his most comfortable place in the black and white fine art genre. He finds inspiration from both Julia and Joel Tjintjelarr, who are pioneers of this genre. He learned the basics of this distinct post process style from them, daylight hyper long exposure with high contrast black and white processing. He now incorporates his own ideas, themes, colorings, and methods into his images. He believes his photographs are not philosophical or difficult and everyone can easily understand them when they first see them. He thinks of his photographs as entertainment and if people can be entertained and feel joy from them he'd be very happy.