One-Year Ago (24-January-2016) — Japan

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 19: Arrival in Yokohama, Japan.

Once we cleared immigration control, we had to remain off the ship until everyone was cleared. It was cold. I’m glad I was wearing a sweater, coat, wool hat, and had a pair of “hunting gloves” from Norway for using a camera in the cold. In addition to a camera, I brought a tripod with a Mindarin Astro 360° rotating head for the tripod. This rotating head controls the camera for doing rotating panoramas or rotating time-lapse videos. I did several sets of images while on the Osanbashi Pier, which were then processed with AutoPano Giga Pro to create Little Planet, Mirror Ball, and Panorama views of the MV World Odyssey and the Yokohama skyline. Click on the images for a wider view.

Little Planet View of the Yokohama, Japan Skyline from the Osanbashi Pier. Composite of 37 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) using a 360° Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Little Planet view created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View of the Yokohama, Japan Skyline from the Osanbashi Pier. Composite of 37 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec) using a 360° Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Little Planet view created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Little Planet view of the MV World Odyssey Docked at the Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, Japan. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Bower 8 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec) using a 360° Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Little Planet view created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Little Planet view of the MV World Odyssey Docked at the Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, Japan. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Bower 8 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec) using a 360° Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Little Planet view created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Mirror Ball view of the MV World Odyssey docked at the Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, Japan. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Bower 8 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec) using a 360° Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Mirror Ball view created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Mirror Ball view of the MV World Odyssey docked at the Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, Japan. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Bower 8 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec) using a 360° Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Mirror Ball view created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Later in the afternoon I made two 360° time-lapse videos. The first of people enjoying the day at the Yamashita Park along the Yokohama harbor, and the second from a park with a view of view of the Osanbashi Pier and the MV World Odyssey. The images were taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera that was controlled by a Mindarin Astro 360° rotating head on a tripod. The time-lapse video was then created using Photoshop CC and Premiere Pro CC.

Yamashita Park Time-Lapse Video

Osanbashi Pier Time-Lapse Video

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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