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on Dec 6, 2010 in Landscape Photography

Winter in Another Land

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I waited until it was the season before talking more about our upcoming adventure to Japan. That’s because on our 2005 visit, Sharon & I were incredibly fortunate to experience snow in Japan. It’s no secret I love the white stuff and to play in it in Japan was a special treat. This is Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine.

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We’re even more fortunate that we will be heading back to Japan in 2011. Not only do we want to explore more of the country, but I really wanta go back now that I’m a better photographer. I’ve never been happy with my images from the first trip. This is the village of Shirakawago Gassho, a World Heritage site and an amazing place with really sweet residence (great food too!).

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These images were all taken with D2x with very limited Photoshop finishing skills. One thing I’ll be sharing a lot with our folks in 2011 is knowing how to use Photoshop finishing skills for the moment you go click, Japan is a land of subtle tones that when brought out bring the drama to life this land. For example by shooting in AWB A6 and then a touch of Tonal Contrast to bring out the warmth of the wood. And winter in a Bamboo Forest, that is simple amazing!

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I type this as I watch the snow fall outside the window of our home in the Sierra. I reminds me of sitting in that tea shop by a fire in a small pot belly stove in the Village watching the snow fall in another land. Not sure if there is any more space in our upcoming adventure but we look forward to sharing our adventure with all the folks venturing to Japan with us.