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Sagano Path



My third picture from Kyoto. What a nice coincident to have now Kyoto in RGB. The red one from the Torii at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the blue one from a blue h...
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My third picture from Kyoto. What a nice coincident to have now Kyoto in RGB. The red one from the Torii at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the blue one from a blue hour shot at the ancient streets of Kyoto and now the green one from Sagano Bamboo Forest, located in Arashiyama on the west outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.
As like the Torii Shot I can really recommend to get up early. I arrived at 6.00 at the morning and had around an hour before it got crowded. To be there alone is also a so much nicer experience as with hundreds of Tourist later on. I hope you like it.
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johnslater_9693
 
johnslater_9693 December 08, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
johnslater_9693
 
johnslater_9693 December 08, 2016
Fantastic photo, love it, couldn't be better framed and shot!
lovelife PRO+
 
lovelife December 08, 2016
very awesome!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett December 08, 2016
fantastic
sandramoreau
 
sandramoreau December 09, 2016
I feel as if this captures the sense of living in an emerald. I now know what it would be like to view the world from inside an emerald.
JimMonty
JimMonty April 23, 2017
I love that point of view, Sandra!
AgaPhoto
 
AgaPhoto December 09, 2016
Amazing.
jvillainc Platinum
 
jvillainc December 10, 2016
Awesome - love your photo!
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb January 08, 2017
loooove your style,absolutely amazing shot
williamatkinson
 
williamatkinson February 24, 2017
Gorgeous colors!
jen4582
 
jen4582 February 28, 2017
Stunning!
CheriseEisdorfer
 
CheriseEisdorfer March 18, 2017
Awesome dynamic!
wklein PRO
 
wklein April 22, 2017
Amazing shot!
sventaubert
 
sventaubert April 23, 2017
THX a lot for all the comments
JimMonty
 
JimMonty April 23, 2017
I love the lines, the angle, the colors, and the contrast. Wonderful image!!!
just-live
 
just-live May 04, 2017
Beautiful, wish I was there.
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Jack_EJ May 26, 2017
Wow amazing! Plz can someone follow me as I am new and only have 8 followers
agostinaairoldi
 
agostinaairoldi August 15, 2017
Super
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte October 18, 2017
Awesome art creation!
Feld_afm
 
Feld_afm December 20, 2017
That’s a hard shot to get! Too many people!!!
morganmarinoni
 
morganmarinoni February 04, 2018
Love this
alfie64
 
alfie64 February 04, 2018
Amazing
aghoward
 
aghoward March 03, 2018
Beautiful
sap
 
sap March 03, 2018
Wonderful
00preetbrar00
 
00preetbrar00 April 02, 2018
Love this!!
Nefalhim
 
Nefalhim June 08, 2018
Breathtaking!!
katlynnicholecarr
 
katlynnicholecarr August 06, 2018
Beautiful colors
chrisbelesis
 
chrisbelesis August 19, 2018
Beautiful capture!
asoicerpgaborgabur
 
asoicerpgaborgabur September 03, 2018
Awesome!
Jlyles
 
Jlyles February 07, 2019
Very cool
Hood
 
Hood February 27, 2019
Amazing!!
ArtistrybyAmanda
 
ArtistrybyAmanda April 21, 2019
Very nice shot!
hamzehha
 
hamzehha June 19, 2019
How wonderful!
n3ssah
 
n3ssah December 03, 2019
Love the green
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO May 06, 2020
nice composition this photo
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh May 26, 2020
wow..so beautiful
NatttPics
 
NatttPics June 24, 2021
Amazing photo, shows how incredible Japan can be outside of Tokyo
Kmparker1987
 
Kmparker1987 August 08, 2022
😯
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at the Sagano Bamboo Forest, located in Arashiyama on the west outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.
Time
As like on many other famous spots all over the world, key is to get up early. In this case I arrived at 6.00 at the morning and had around an hour before it got crowded. To be there alone is also a so much nicer experience as with hundreds of Tourist later on. To be a bit quicker at the very best spot, I scouted the place one day earlier.
Lighting
Lighting is very tricky here. In the very early morning is it due to the bamboo very dark => So you getting very long exposures which leads to very blurry bamboo trees. I wasn't sure at that morning if I would like it or hate it. Therefore, I waited until the sun came out and took exposure brackets from -4 to +4. The result you see here is a manual blend of 5 different pictures. Four pictures for the equal lighting over the whole picture and one for the 2 ladies. Due to the walking speed of the girls I had to go on a higher ISO to get a sharp shot.
Equipment
The used equipment was: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens at 14mm on a tripod.
Inspiration
I wanted to take that shot years ago when I lived in Japan but due to bad weather I never got a chance. Normally I try to get the scenes without anybody in it but since this trip I somehow changed that. You have to wait maybe a bit longer but especially in Japan where women wear a lot of kimonos it gives the pictures so much more scale and a typical Japanese touch.
Editing
As mentioned before, there was quite a bit post processing to combine 5 different exposures to this one picture. As I don't like the results of an automated HDR software I blend all the pictures manually together. What helps here a lot are alpha channel masks. After blending everything together I worked on the contrast, the colors, sharpening and noise. Doing this after the blend makes the picture much more natural.
In my camera bag
When I travel I normally carry: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF11-24mm f/4L USM, EF24-70mm F/2.8L USM II, EF70-200mm F/2.8L USM II, Gitzo Travel Tripod, Lee Big Stopper Filter, Batteries and CF Cards.
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Be early and be patient. Everything else will come automatically to you.

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