Another highlight from my recent visit to Tokyo was checking out the life-sized Gundam statue near the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba with Trey Ratcliff, Mark Louie, and May Fukuyama. As a guy who grew up with the Transformers, Robotech, and Voltron during my formative kid years, seeing this enormous figure was especially awesome. The first few photos I took were with my ultra-wide angle lenses but I quickly realized that something was lost with that, so I switched to my longer lenses and opted to capture some more compelling sections and poses. This photo was taken with my Sony A7 and the Sony FE 24-70.

Despite having a beautiful sunset, the sky itself was pretty bland, so I masked it out and replaced it with a stock cloud image and applied a motion blur in Photoshop to give it some more impact. Originally, I had the clouds moving in a perpendicular direction to the statue but when I showed it to Trey, he asked to see what it’d look like if I made the movement more parallel. After doing so, I agreed that it was a more effective change and kept it as such. The stylization was done using a combo of Nik Analog Efex Pro and Lightroom.

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