Friday, 14 November 2014

Asakusa: Adding a Cool Japanese Wood Block Effect

We visited Asakusa, an older part of Tokyo, shooting in and around the huge  Senso-ji temple, complex.  Asakusa used to be a major entertainment area in Tokyo, in particular as a theater (Kabuki) district.  It was heavily damaged by US bombing raids during World War II but has been rebuilt - although suburbs like Shibuya have now surpassed Asakusa as a nighttime entertainment area.

I used a Mac plug-in called Jixi Pix to add a Japanese wood block effect to a few snaps of the area. Most filter special effects never do the image justice, but this one, called Moku Hanga, does a really good job of giving the image a specific look that fits the subject matter perfectly...

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