As a photographer, you must get comfortable with compromise. For example, I wanted to use a crane to hoist a Tokyo taxi up into the air above Shinjuku.
I then wanted to lean out a window and photograph it, lit only by the ambient lights of Kabukichō’s iconic signage and the street below.
Reality check: I have no taxi and no crane. I’m also not in Tokyo at the moment. What I do have, though, are a toy taxi, a portable hard drive, some white paper, my phone, and my bathroom.
I turned out the lights, and used my phone to light-paint the front aspects of the toy taxi. Then I slowly moved the phone around behind the taxi to approximate the signage.
I held the phone still in a few spots to get some of the busy-ness of the screen to approximate the aggressive signage of the actual street; otherwise it’s quite easy to create a smooth, streaky background by simply sliding the phone (or any light source) behind the model.
I guess my point is, should anyone in Tokyo be able to hook me up with a crane and a taxi, I feel I’d do a great job with that shoot.