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Lost in Translation like Scarlett Johansson

A view of Shibuya crossing from Starbucks.Hi and thanks for visiting my gallery page! These photos are from my travels (I travel a lot for work) - if you want to learn more about how I take these shots and who I learn from, visit http://www.runningronin.com.

If you've been on my blog for some time, you know how much I find Shibuya Square to be totally amazing. This post is a small tribute to the famous crossing and to one of my favorite movies - Lost in Translation...

...and favorite actresses - Scarlett Johansson.



The  photo at the top of the post was taken from the Shibuya Starbucks, and it's part of my set of "Shibuya by Night" HDR photos (yeah, original name... but that is the simple essence :)) - the 109 and the Shibuya Alley. If you want more non-HDR photos of Shibuya, you should check my People of Shibuya post.

A few scenes of lost in Translation are shot in Shibuya. Some fun facts on the movie I collected from IMDB.com cover how difficult shooting there was but especially some interesting trivia.

  • Sofia Coppola designed many of the shots for the film by taking a series of photographs throughout Tokyo and then recreating them with the cast and crew, using the photos as references. - Seriously wish I had her talent!!!
  • The views of Shibuya were filmed from the 2nd floor window of Starbucks.
  • The hotel where Charlotte and Bob are staying is the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Which by the way is fairly expensive...going from 500 to 700 dollars a night for a regular room.
  • For gamers:
    • When Charlotte goes to the arcade she sees the games Taiko no Tatsujin, (the game with the big drum) by Namco, GuitarFreaks by Konami, and Pop'n Music by Konami. The latter two are part of Konami's Bemani music game series which is very popular in Japan. Konami had some music games down way before Guitar Hero exploded.
    • Most or all of the game audio heard in the arcade is not the original audio from the games shown.
  • This one is awesome: In 1999, Bill Murray replaced his talent agency with an automated voice mailbox that can be reached with an 800 number he gives out sparingly. Sofia Coppola reportedly left hundreds of messages on Murray's mailbox before he finally called back to discuss her offer to cast him as the star. Bill Murray is awesome.
  • The painting in Charlotte's hotel room in Tokyo was done by John Kacere called "Jutta" (1973). Kacere is a famous photorealist who specialized in photographing women in lingerie - Jutta in the image below. The opening shot of Scarlett Johansson is actually influenced by such painting.


  •  Still about the underwear: Scarlett Johansson said that she was reluctant to be filmed in panties until Sofia Coppola modeled the panties herself to show her how they would look.


For more trivia on Lost in Translation, hit IMDB or tvtropes.


Have you ever seen Lost in Translation? Liked the movie?

Now for those who got to the end of my post, here is another photo of Shibuya. I know, I can hear you say: "like I care!" However, the shot as usual tries to capture people and HDR. This shot, while I like it, has a lot of issues. For one, I DID NOT TURN OFF THE DAMNED VIBRANCE REDUCTION!!! ARGGGGHHH!!! That is such a noob error. For those who dont know, or forget like me:
  1. the first rule of a tripod is to turn of the vibration reduction on your camera (the VR on your lense if you have a Nikon).
  2. the second rule of a tripod is to turn of the vibration reduction on your camera.
  3. and so forth...

Hi and thanks for visiting my gallery page! These photos are from my travels (I travel a lot for work) - if you want to learn more about how I take these shots and who I learn from, visit http://www.runningronin.com.

The latter photo was:
  • Shot with my Nikon D90
  • HDRed with Photomatix Pro from a set of 3 photo
  • Detail Enhanced in Topaz Adjust - Mild Detail setting
  • Denoised in Topaz Denoise - Strong setting
  • Cropped
As for the one at the far top... apart from using Photomatix to HDR 3 shots... I really dont remember O.o. Worked that photo long time ago :)

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Non Ronin Photos sources: here, here, here, here, here and here.

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