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Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Bamboo Forest in Kyoto
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25 Comments | Report
danzarate
 
danzarate June 13, 2016
Welcome to the Group. Keep on sharing your beautiful photos! May you have a wonderful day.
brittabia PRO+
 
brittabia June 23, 2016
Simply stunning!
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wojciech_toman June 23, 2016
Thank you
JKPeters
 
JKPeters June 25, 2016
Wonderful Image !! Welcome to ViewBug !!
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wojciech_toman June 29, 2016
Thank you :)
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SuperPhotos August 09, 2016
Nicely done!
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wojciech_toman August 10, 2016
Thank you
santoshpatanaik
 
santoshpatanaik August 10, 2016
Awesome ! Love it.
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wojciech_toman August 10, 2016
Thank you
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bonjoy August 11, 2016
Your page says you won "HDR Colors Contest". So this is HDR? I usually don't like HDR pictures but this one is very nice.
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wojciech_toman August 11, 2016
Thank you. Yes, it's HDR. Most of my images are in fact but I try to keep them as natural as possible. I use HDR to overcome limitations of camera and not to create some surreal effect :)
brandonbowman
 
brandonbowman September 07, 2016
What a wonderful image - makes me want to walk right into it and keep going. Very well done!
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wojciech_toman September 07, 2016
Thank you :) I'm glad you like it
stevenruffles
 
stevenruffles September 07, 2016
superb shot
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wojciech_toman September 07, 2016
Thank you
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh September 07, 2016
WoW this is a total winner what a beautiful picture
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wojciech_toman September 07, 2016
Thank you very much
gallmese
 
gallmese November 18, 2016
this is just too beautiful!
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wojciech_toman December 02, 2016
Thank you
Arrudense
 
Arrudense December 03, 2016
Wonderful
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wojciech_toman December 06, 2016
Thank you very much
Beegirl
 
Beegirl December 25, 2016
Very nice capture
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wojciech_toman December 27, 2016
Thank you
Blindjustice PRO+
 
Blindjustice April 21, 2017
such beautiful light to guide us down the path. if you will what pp was used?
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ruthsavage May 02, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
zannybc
 
zannybc May 06, 2017
Love this photo!
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wojciech_toman May 09, 2017
Thank you :)
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose May 22, 2017
Wow, wow, wow, you took my breath away.
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wojciech_toman May 23, 2017
Thank you
christopherkou
 
christopherkou May 26, 2017
Hah. I was just there a couple weeks ago. Nice shot
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wojciech_toman May 28, 2017
Thank you
garykavanagh PRO
 
garykavanagh June 08, 2017
Excellent lighting and composition. The curves really draw you in.
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wojciech_toman June 08, 2017
Thank you
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drawemeafish June 22, 2017
Awesome capture......
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wojciech_toman June 22, 2017
Thank you very much!
podesta
 
podesta August 27, 2017
amazing perspective
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wojciech_toman August 28, 2017
Thank you
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson April 07, 2018
Nice work. Congratulations.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 13, 2018
Awesome
CrystalWolf
 
CrystalWolf January 18, 2019
I'm soooooo surprised that you'va managed to find it so empty. Good timing :).
Drosera PRO
 
Drosera April 14, 2019
An amazing photograph creating a secluded atmospher.
Brightybeach
 
Brightybeach April 15, 2019
Love your pix and love japan.

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo during my travel to Japan in a place known as Bamboo Grove in western part of Kyoto.
Time
It was early in the morning, soon after sun rose (it was around 7 AM). The idea was to avoid tourists as the place is very popular among them.
Lighting
Light was pretty difficult. It was early in the morning and it was still very dark in the grove (bamboos are planted very densely not letting much light in). At the same time there were some very bright spots here and there making dynamic range of the scene extremely high. That's why I decided to use HDR for this photo - to balance the exposure and avoid both completely black shadows and blown highlights.
Equipment
I used Canon 5D MK III with Canon 16 - 35 f/4 L IS lens. I put this combo on a tripod.
Inspiration
I first saw this place in a photograph by Trey Ratcliff many years ago and ever since then wanted to photograph it.
Editing
It's an HDR image so yes, I used quite a lot of post-processing. I started by loading my 7 bracketed photos (-3 EV to +3 EV) into Photomatix Pro, where I balanced the exposure making sure I don't have clipped highlights or shadows. After saving tone-mapped image, I opened it in Photoshop where I spent a lot of time perfecting the image. This involved improving colors and contrast using luminosity masks and making some adjustments in ON1 Effects (enhancing details, adding vignette effect and so on).
In my camera bag
I always have with me Canon 5D MK III body (and sometimes 50D as backup). I also always have a few lenses with me: Canon 16-35 f/4m, 24-105 f/4, and 70-300. This way I can cover any focal range from 16 to 300 mm. Even though most of the time I shoot at wide angles sometimes it's useful to have some extra reach. I also always have steady tripod with me as well as several filters (neutral density, circular polarizer), a lot of batteries (3 to 4) and a number of memory cards.
Feedback
If you want to shoot iconic (or at least popular) tourist attraction make sure to be the first one there. If it's accessible during sunrise - it's even better (bamboo grove is) as you will have nice warm light that will make the place even more beautiful.

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