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Bamboo forest in Kyoto

Bamboo forest in Kyoto
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2 Comments |
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst March 22, 2018
Very good
Joseph_Kirkman
 
Joseph_Kirkman May 22, 2018
Beautiful.
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took this photo in Kyoto's Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in the western part of the city.

Time

This was taken during the late morning, probably around 11am-noon. We were walking around the western part of the city checking out a handful of temples as well as the bamboo forest which was high on our list of experiences.

Lighting

I think my style has matured into something that incorporates moody lighting as much as possible. So when I was walking through the forest and thinking how I could best capture the feel of the forest I was in, I thought that incorporating the bright light from the sky contrasted against the darker shoots of the bamboo underneath the canopy would best express the lighting mood.

Equipment

My Nikon D7100 with a 16-85mm lens.

Inspiration

I love bamboo forests and really wanted to capture the essence of walking through one. My go to in these situations is looking up usually, but I wanted to create some effort of leading lines and really liked the effect of having them arise from the corner of the image and bringing you into the center.

Editing

Yep - I use Lightroom CC. As I mentioned earlier, I like to elicit a more moody feel in my photos. To do this, I usually play with the tone curves, increase the low point on blacks, and adjust color hue/saturation/luminance.

In my camera bag

At this point, I usually only carry my D7100 with my go to travel lens, the 16-85mm. I also like to carry a handful of ND filters and a polarizing lens. If I have room in my travel bag (I try to pack as little as possible) I'll pack my 35mm and my tripod, possibly a speed light if I plan on shooting at night.

Feedback

Explore, explore, explore. Ideally you'll be able to carry a prime lens in a lot of situations for better clarity and just walk around areas of interest to find that perfect perspective you're searching for. I am a pretty big advocate of the rule of thirds and try to incorporate it into my photos as much as possible. I like the off-kilter weightiness it elicits, especially if there aren't any main subjects of the photo.

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