Yukitsuri Japanese Tree Suspenders
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Yukitsuri Japanese Tree Suspenders

In the winter months, many Japanese gardens erect cone-shaped structures around trees; these are constructed of bamboo and rope, protecting the tree branches from breaking under the weight of the winter's snow. In Japanese, these structures are called 'Yukitsuri' in English 'snow suspenders,' I prefer a more straightforward terminology 'winters tree umbrella.' The winters tree umbrella blends in harmonically in a combination of function and beauty; with ropes spread out from the top of the tree evenly encircling in its natural pattern. Many Zen gardens across Japan have lighting events at night; spotlights are precisely placed under the trees, with snow falling around this creates a ...

High Dynamic Range Imaging - HDR
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Yukitsuri Japanese Tree Suspenders

Digital Camera sensors are limited in balancing for highlights and shadows of a scene, and I also find this to be the case when using the in-camera hdr software that is available to date in digital cameras. HDR Software is an excellent tool for blending the tonal range of any scene without having to rely on flash or long exposure photography. The two images displayed in this article were both shot using the HDR technique, while I was leading a Japan photo tour and we overnighted in the 250-year-old traditional Japanese ryokan that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spired Away.  For each dynamic traditional Japanese hallway scene, I shot five raw images two at 1/3 increments exposing ...

Happy New Year 2018
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Yukitsuri Japanese Tree Suspenders

Happy New Year 2018 あけましておめでとうございます 2017 was an incredible year, I met and traveled with many wonderful people while leading a Japan Photography Tour. I would like to take a moment to thank those many wonderful people who put their trust in me to guide them as we traveled either in a group photo tour Japan workshop or a private photo tour Japan workshop. Thank you again for trusting in my team and me to guide you on that adventure of a lifetime. A memorable moment was during our Hokkaido winter photo tour workshop when we stood face to face under a football fields length away from the largest herd of Sika deer on our planet, numbering over 500, ‘that sure was a spectacular ...

Thursday, December 28, 2017
Yukitsuri Japanese Tree Suspenders

Digital cameras are limited in the light tones they can capture, balancing the highlights and shadows in a scene. HDR-high-dynamic- range photography solves this problem when used moderately and correctly. In HDR imaging multiple images are taken of the same scene, each with a different exposure value. I recommend taking at least seven shots of the same scene; three shots expose for the shadows, one shot for the mid tone and three shots for the highlights. In many cases, three to five shots of the scene will suffice, but I highly recommend seven shots, due to the time and effort setting up your camera gear, and taking into consideration location. It would be a tragedy if you were on an ...

Frontier Hokkaido Photography Tour
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Yukitsuri Japanese Tree Suspenders

I can think of no other place I would rather be in the middle of winter, then leading a photography adventure tour in Hokkaido, Japan. Hokkaido has the Steller’s Sea Eagle, White-tailed eagle, Golden eagle, Blakiston's fish owl, black kite, whooper swans, white-tailed fox, the largest herd of sika deer on our earth, and breathtaking landscapes. Japan is the birders paradise all year round, over 600 species of birds have been recorded to date, over 60% of these species are migratory, such as the stellar sea eagle, whooper swan. Species that are endemic or sub-regional endemic include the Blackiston’s fish-owl, Red-Crowned Crane, Black kite; there are over 60 species in total in ...

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