Off the Beaten Path, Japan #31: Walking the Ridge

Walking the Ridge

The photo connoisseurs of the internet often disparage the snapshot, but in reality some of the best scenes are those most unplanned.

Off the Beaten Path, Japan #29: Morning Light on Kamegamori

Morning Light on Kamegamori

It was the next morning after 萌 and I watched the sunset over Stonehammer together. I rose early as usual the next day to catch the sunrise. This time I looked not west toward that rocky mallet but rather eastwards that vast field of sasa grass spreading out on the slopes high above sheer cliffs dropping a hundred meters or more to the valley below. As I waited, suddenly the sunlight caught the grass on the mountains shoulder, lighting it brilliant gold.

Off the Beaten Path, Japan 27: Sea of Clouds

A sea of clouds at sunrise near Ishizuchi Mountain, Shikoku, Japan

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Off the Beaten Path, Japan #26: Kurobi Peak

Kurobi-dake and Koma-ga-Take rise up over the crater lake Ono below

On the second day of my trip to Akagi Mountain in Gunma Prefecture Japan, Tianyu and I climbed to the top of Jizo-dake, where we were able to gaze across the caldera to Kurobi-dake, the highest peak on the mountain. We had stood on that summit yesterday, but the sky was so crowded by clouds that we couldn’t hardly see a thing. Thankfully, on this day we were blessed with good weather.

Off the Beaten Path, Japan #22: Sunset on Kanna Lake

Sunset on Kanna Lake

A picture from my trip to Kanna Lake in February. Nothing like a little sunset to counteract the dull winter colors. It’s a shame I hadn’t bought an ND filter yet!

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Off the Beaten Path, Japan #21: Neighborhood Garden

Brilliantly orange flowers in a garden in Kinshicho

While wandering my local neighborhood of Tokyo, Kinshicho, I found these orange flowers growing in a garden outside an elementary school near my apartment. It looked so good I had to take a shot, and this is what I got. It looks so perfect you’d think it was photoshopped, but actually I only added some relatively heavy vignetting to cut down on peripheral distractions. What do you think?

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Off the Beaten Path Japan, #21: Kasai Ferris Wheel

The ferris wheel in Kasai Rinkai Park

Another photo from my visit to Kasai Rinkai Park several weeks ago with model Gwyneira Li. Though she wasn’t the shot, she was right beside me as I took it. Just moments before, I took this gorgeous shot with her in the frame. Be sure to check it out too!

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Off the Beaten Path, Japan #20: Lantern and Blossoms

A paper lantern illuminates cherry blossoms in Kinshicho Park, Tokyo

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