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Hirosaki Castle Park Gate

I captured this photo at the entrance of Hirosaki Park at the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 Hirosaki, Aomori whilst on my Japan Haru 春 Spring Sojourn....
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I captured this photo at the entrance of Hirosaki Park at the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 Hirosaki, Aomori whilst on my Japan Haru 春 Spring Sojourn.
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Behind The Lens

This photo I captured whilst attending the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival 2019. It is part of the Sannomaru Otemon Gate of Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki, Japan. Before embarking on this particular Haru Sojourn to Japan in 2019 I had excitedly completed Jimmy Chin's awesome Adventure Photography Master Class and I found myself sublimely from deep within actually hearing his shared guidance at each of my photo shoot capture point and then naturally putting into practice his recommended photography hints, tips and techniques from his inner guidance and from his highly valuable lessons and I therefore proudly I was blown away as such on how much my photography has dramatically improved ever since.
This photo was captured when I arrived mid morning at the entrance of Hirosaki Park...The sun was gently reflecting onto the roof of Hirosaki Castles Sannomaru Otemon Gate and the gorgeous weeping cherry blossom trees were draping magically over and next to it..
I did not need to use any artificial lighting (flash) as the natural light was creating it's own beautiful shimmering subtle hues.. and as always at the onset of the day I ask in a deep quiet space within a prayer to the "Grand Order Of Design" (GOD) to show me the best that I can see and capture through myself - my own eyes, GOD's eyes and through my camera's lens...
I used for this particular shot my Nikon 125x optical zoom COOLPIX P1000 Digital Camera., aperture 40/10, ISO 100, Focal length 261/10, and did not use a flash.
I have a personal creative project capturing beautiful Japanese Castles, Temples, Shrines and Japanese Gardens that is still very much a work in progress and as such have been sojourning to travel around Japan at various times and seasons over the past 5 years and will continue to do so once travel is permitted once again. Eventually my highest quality captures taken on these sojourns will be included in a series of Japanese Castles, Temples, Shrines and Japanese Gardens Photography Books. Hirosaki-jo (Castle and Park) were special places that I had intended to visit to capture their beauty at Springtime. I am so grateful that I made that happen as Hirosaki-jo (Castle and Park) was more magical, beautiful and absolutely stunning than I had ever anticipated.
Post processing for this capture and the series of "Hirosaki Park and Castle" captures were some very minor adjustments I made with my photo application editor on my Hewlett Packard Pavilion Lap Top.
In my camera bag
I do not normally have a huge amount of equipment in my bag so to speak for each shoot, as it depends on what Camera I intend to be using for a particular shoot. If it’s my heavier P1000 125 X Optical Zoom (as in this instance) which due to needing to distribute it’s weight evenly so as not to topple over when the zoom is totally extended I take with me a heavier Weifeng WF 717 1.8 Professional Camera Tripod that also has a Fluid Head for DSLR Video. I also take at least 3 spare batteries, a portable Nikon Battery charger and at least 6 x SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-I Cards as I have learned the hard way in the past by not having enough spares on hand.
I personally love experiencing all seasons to capture my beautiful Japanese inspired photos and I am always totally prepared to leave to travel to my intended shoot destination sites early in the morning before dawn and also staying all day to capture all aspects of the day’s light and various nuances then leaving my shoot site when it’s dark! Feels great, very rewarding and satisfying and I always can’t wait to get to my Hotel to view and sort through my shots and to catalogue them using a five star edit process (an editing process that I proudly learned from Jimmy Chin in his Master Class). Be brave, be daring, be adventurous, just be yourself, enjoy your exciting creative photographic adventures and journey's in all aspects and most of all have fun!

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