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Chicago North Michigan Avenue Apple Store BTS

I recently went to Chicago and so that means that I took pictures of the Apple Stores there. In that city, there are two Apple Stores; one on North Michigan Avenue and another on Lincoln Park. I first went to the one on North Michigan because it was right down the street from my hotel.

Due to things I needed to do during the day, I decided to go there at night, after supper. The store was closed, of course, but some Apple employees were having a talk in the back inside. Though I did not really mind, they left not so long after I had arrived. So, I went to the other side of the street and set up the camera. That particular Apple Store has a window in the front right on top of the doors. That window is the shaped exactly like the Apple logo. The rests of the walls around it are kind of boring and I did not feel bad leaving them out. So, I decided to just focus on the front center by doing a "close-up" of just that. Also, I thought it would be nice to have separate sections in the image. So, I lowered the tripod and placed the road at the bottom third line.

Once everything was set up, I started shooting. First, I did some bracketing to give every part of the image the change to be well exposed. Then, I made the aperture smaller in order to have a darker image and be able to get better light streaks. There were surprisingly not many cars and, so, it was quick shoot. You can see the final result here and on the Applephania page.



Places I'll go while in Japan

If you been following my Twitter lately, you know that I will be going to Japan in a few days. I’ve been looking for places to go and things to photograph. Here’s the list.

Apple Stores

The new Omotesandō Apple Store

In Tokyo itself, there is only 3 Apple Stores. Of course, I’ll visit all three for Applephania. Figuring on the list is the Apple Store Ginza, Shibuya and Omotesandō (this one is fairly new; it opened on the 13th of June, 2014). I will also be going to Osaka (a city to the south of Tokyo). There is one Apple Store there.

Shibuya Crossing

The Shibuya Crossing

You can’t go to Japan without going to the Shibuya Crossing. It’s the busiest street crossing in the world. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station. Just like Times Square, there are multiple TV screens presenting advertisement. It is also host of a very famous Starbucks Coffee shop which gives you a view from the 2nd floor.

Yodobashi Camera in Osaka

The immense Yodobashi in Osaka

If you think B&H or Adorama in New-York are big camera stores, think again. Yodobashi is a chain of stores selling mostly electronic products. It is composed of 21 stores over Japan and 2 onlines in China. Of course, there is a global online website. The store in Osaka is 12 stories tall and there are restaurants and parking lots inside. Crazy!

City View

Mori Tower's Sky Deck

The Tokyo City View is at the top of the Roppongi Hills complex, more precisely, in the Mori Tower. For $18, you can go up to the 54th floor (the Sky Deck) and have access to the Mori Art Museum. The Sky Deck is open from 11am to 8pm, making it suitable for taking sunset and night shots if you go when the sun sets early (which is the case in December). You can take pictures without shooting through glass, which is cool. Unfortunately, you cannot bring your tripod, which is a real bummer. There is also an heliport up top.

Tsukiji Fish Market

This is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market on Earth. Located in Tsukiji, it is quite close to the Apple Store in Ginza I talked about earlier. The interiors are no where near what we expect to see in North America in terms of cleanness and organization, but this is what makes it charms.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The bamboo forest in Arashiyama

You probably have seen images of this place without knowing it (I know I did). It’s the famous bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. It is known for its feeling of being in another world because you are enveloped by bamboo plants. It has that sense of midst to it that makes it differentiate from other regular forests.

Arakurayama Sengen Park

The view from the Arakurayama Sengen Park

Once again, you must of have seen pictures of it. It is near the Shimoyoshida Station in Yamanashi. From there, you have an awesome view of a traditional chinese building with the recognizable Mount-Fuji in the background. It is a place not to miss. The park is also known for its cherry blossoms that are blooming in the Spring. I’m not going in Spring but the leaves will, however, be Autumn colored (if we look at this chart) when I’ll be there.

These were the main places I’ll be going on my trip to Japan next week. I will surely be going to more places and the best way to keep in touch with me is by following my Twitter.