Photo Tip: Experiment using different times of day

Photo Tip: Experiment using different times of day

By |2015-12-31T17:31:23+00:00Sep 1st, 2015|

This photo tip popped into my head yesterday as I was browsing through photos from my trip to Tokyo last year. I was scanning through a Lightroom folder and came upon a series of photos I took of the Tokyo Tower from my hotel room, in Roppongi Hills, at night. When I clicked on the folder for the next day, I saw another series of photos, again of the Tokyo Tower from my hotel room, but this time, they were taken during the day. Naturally, revisiting a scene at night and during the day can yield completely different results but it was important enough for me to want to make a post around it. It’s not so much the difference in light that I want to bring up. Rather, it’s the act of mentally planning out specific areas to return to at different times of the day so that you can capture that scene with all of its intricacies and nuances. Learning to identify particular aspects of your surroundings to anticipate how they may change over the course of a the day is a hugely important skill to master and will serve you very well at home and on your travels.


Sure, returning to a scene across several seasons, or times of year, can yield great opportunities, but I find that to be less probable of a goal to achieve. It’s not as likely that I could return to Tokyo for all four seasons, no matter how much I’d love to. However, because I was visiting for a week, it was very easy for me to at least capture this scene during the day and during the night. Do you have any similar series of photos that highlight the same scene at different times? If so, please share them with us!


  1. Albert Dros Photography September 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    What lens was this shot with & aperture? The bokeh looks very interesting. Tilt shifted?

    • Brian Matiash September 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Glad you noticed. :)

      The top photo was taken with a 70-200mm and the bottom was with the 55mm f/1.8 prime. I simulated that T/S look using the Blur Gallery in Photoshop. :)

  2. Joram September 3, 2015 at 3:59 am - Reply

    I like the night shot over the day shot. Sometimes it also looks cool if you combine different times of day.

  3. David Mullin September 8, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Wow, that night shot really pops! It would be interesting to see the day photo with a similar crop for a more tighter comparison. As for your topic, this is something I haven’t done much of as I usually visit a place and then take off. This is something I will think about going forward, however.

  4. Jessica Otto Was Smith September 11, 2015 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Great tips. Love your work

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