“The City of Juncture” is Yoshihiko Wada’s second urban junction series, which consists of 10 panoramic cityscape, shooting at Tokyo and Osaka.
In this new series ,what he wanted to express?
I wanted to capture junctions as a cityscape not only their structures but also their surroundings atmosphere. Those huge structures have an important role of the cityscape in Japan.
My previous series “Calculated Chaos” I mainly focused on the unique shape of their exteriors, so I wanted to try different approach.
“SHBW” color rendering is made from finished B&W image.
The main subject is junctions but also I wanted to capture atmosphere, where the junction is standing. Using ultra-wide lenses can capture widely though the image could be distorted.
To keep everything vertical and natural looking, the combination with PC-E 24mm lens and stitching panorama was the best for my purpose.
“With my previous series ,Calculated Chaos, I mainly focused on the unique shape of their exteriors, so I wanted to try different approach.”
They are certainly much beautiful during the night with massive light along with car’ light trails. However when to capture their structures and details, those glaring lights and deep shadows were just obstacles.
Rather eliminating moving objects with long exposure technique was suitable for my purpose, plus you can see much clearly surroundings.
I have to say that Kouhoku JCT(no.5) was not a long exposure, since the location was isolated and the sun took a great position.
“They are certainly much beautiful during the night with massive light along with car’ light trails. However when to capture their structures and details, those glaring lights and deep shadows were just obstacles.”
I mainly focus on Black and White, and this series supposed to be as black and white initially.
I finished the first 5 images by early summer in 2017, but I‘d felt something wrong for a while. That’s one of the reason I haven’t published them.
Some images were OK with black and white as seeing them a single image, but when it comes to see as a 10 set of images, I felt they were something missing.
Especially, the red line in “Ryogoku JCT” and “Horikita JCT” symbolize and different from others. So throwing away colors completely made me always feel guilty.
SHBW is stand for “Super Hybrid Black and White”.
This is because the base image is black and white, then I blended the color from the original source.
“Super” could be “slightly”, but I just prefer the word “Super”, it’s just cool, isn’t it?
They are not “selective color”. The definition of the “selective color”is, in my opinion, they should have only one or at least two of colors in the monotone image.
Double tone also didn’t work either. A double tone can work when the image is OK with pure black and white.
You cannot mitigate your weak image with just adding the color tone.
“Welcome to the Hall” (Double tone ver). You don’t have to rely on “tones” too much. You have to finish a convince BW image first..
Surprisingly I didn’t shoot any bridges in 2017. So now I want to shoot bridges more at anywhere, since there are still beautiful bridges which I haven’t shoot in Japan. Meanwhile I have a lot to finish while I took them in L.A.