Photography has allowed me to observe and discover in ways I would have never imagined. Perhaps I was merely unobservant in the past. I’ve learned the subtle narrow gradation only seen in winter sunsets are distinctly unique.
Clouds of fire surround Fuji as the sun’s last light wanes. Ice riddled shores know night soon falls.
Once again I have +Yuga Kurita to thank for this opportunity. His unparalleled regional knowledge provided countless compositions. I spent the day encouraging him to take up guide work; hopefully he gives it deep consideration.
You crazy (double) diamond Fuji! The sun crests over the top of Mt Fuji and welcomes in the new year.
While it could be said, with the right weather, everyday offers two chances for a Diamond Fuji somewhere in Japan, despite my best efforts, until now I had only been greeted with a sea of clouds.
I have +Yuga Kurita to thank for this shot… without his masterful guidance and deep generousity I would have attempted my New Year’s shot from what are mostly inaccessible ruins (Yokohama Skywalk) and missed this glorious event.
Chances are you already follow him, but if not, there’s simply nobody putting out better Mt Fuji work.
Fuji watches over the Yokohama bay as the year wanes.
Since the Bay Bridge Sky Walk is closed, I took this from a nearby pier… clearly off limits, but the old man manning his tripod and camera looked like he belonged, so I pressed my luck. As the best light rolled in, security came by to sweep us out and I complied… the old man came over and gave them a word and we were allowed to stay. Seems the warm tidings of the year carried a little further.
Talked to the old man I learned the area used to have a lot of photographers visit, but an incident occurred, security got strict, and now it is mostly desolate.
Despite the fierce cold of the ocean, the perfect gradients and endless views have changed my view of winter.
Pines consume the sunlight during winter’s deep sleep.
It is hard to look up and chase light while navigating iced over trails and I was lucky to catch this while walking towards the Jigokudani Monkey Park (snow monkeys). For those looking to make the trek this year, the lower platform is undergoing repairs and that will have a massive impact on the available angles (almost no potential for wide angle shots, something 85mm to 300mm is ideal). Just the same, it is still worth the trip.
The sun pierces Arch Rock, one of the countless unique stacked rocks that adorn Joshua Tree.
After a mad dash, I arrived with barely enough time to frame the setting sun within the arch. Although small, once shot ultra-wide, ultra close, this arch stone true character is released.
Typical process: brackets handled in Lightroom, digital blending, contrast, coloring, and sharpening in Photoshop. Before the new year I plan to get back into video generation and would like to cover simple images like this. Of course, if anyone has anything they’d be curious to see me cover, do ask ^_^;