Traffic lights intermittently ease the steady waves of people at Shibuya Crossing, but if the intention of this man was to actually stop them completely, then it’s arguable that even King Canute would have considered him deluded.
Photographs from a small group of islands
Haha… he was like the meme:
“They said I could be anything, so I became a traffic light”
Unfortunately a traffic light that nobody takes any notice of!
Meow â€¢ Japan & Urbex says
At first, I read: “Stopping the crows at Shibuya Crossing”. Then I saw the picture of that guy holding his arms in the air. Mmm. Well, I think I need a coffee 😉
Stopping crows would probably be easier!
He needs help. Many hands make lights work!
Excellent! Cheers for that. So that’s what he was up to.
He must be standing still at same position from the starting of green traffic light until it turned red
Yeah, not a huge amount of time, but just about enough to create the effect he was after.
Aha – looks like he’s doing an online review for a Neutral Density (ND) filter for his SLR.
Basically, a Neutral Density filter cuts a large amount of visible light (that black disc he’s holding in the linked page) – so in bright daylight you can get a really slow shutter speed – enough to make all the moving pedestrians merge into a blur while this bloke and his mate stand still. Interesting effect. He still would have looked like a clown in this position though.
Good pickup to whomever found this – wow.
Yes, I was amazed to see that. The internet can be an interesting place at times.
masanori ANDO says
Thank you for taking my picture!
You are welcome. Thanks for making it such an interesting image!