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Nanayo Falls at Mt Mitake

One of the main spots I wanted to hit on my hike around Mt. Mitake was Nanayo Falls. At a height of 50 meters it’s not a major waterfall by any stretch, but it’s still quite lovely and a nice resting spot for hikers along the way. That said, it’s also quite a climb down and back up to the main hiking path, with a line of very steep stairs leading the way. The fall itself is tucked into a little corner, with a shallow pool at its base. I had quite a time finding a good position for shooting the fall. There were some early autumn colored leaves laying in the water that I wanted to capture, and while the water was shallow, the spot where I needed to stand was just deep enough that my shoes would get soaked if I did. So, I took my shoes off and waded in. Here’s the proof!

Thankfully, some kind young hikers offered me some freshly made hot coffee about this time, so that helped keep the chill at bay. I’m pretty happy with the result, although I definitely want to give some different angles another try sometime. Even on a regular Tuesday, there were enough hikers coming by that it took me quite some time to get a shot without anyone in it or without being in everyone’s way.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/9 | 129sec (ND Filter) | ISO200 | 11mm

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Autumn In New Hampshire

Autumn has to be one of the world’s most beloved times of year, and for good reason; cooler temperatures and vibrant colors combine to make one of Earth’s most magical seasons. As an American, autumn is also special because it marks the beginning of our country’s most holiday filled period, with a major holiday taking place in October, November, and December. It’s just a great time of year, filled with great weather, gorgeous scenery, and time with friends and family.

In the United States, New England boasts some of the most famous fall colors. Each year tourists from all over flock to the New England states to do some leaf peeping, and New Hampshire is one of the best places for that in the region. The Lakes Region, as the name suggests, offers great combinations of fall colors and peaceful waters. Further North, you come across the White Mountains, containing some of the most beautiful natural scenery New England has to offer. From the North to the South there are little towns with their own special places to see and things to do.

Though I currently live in Japan, New England is a really special place to me and with Fall now upon us, I thought I’d share a bunch of photos I’ve taken from the area. I can’t wait to go back in the future and do more photography across this beautiful region!

The next several photos are from a little town by the name of Franklin. With lots of woods and the lovely Winnipesaukee River flowing through it, it’s a great place to take some photos in a regular New England town.

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Train Tracks in AutumnClick Here To Purchase A Print

The photo below is of Cannon Mountain, in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, where the “Old Man On The Mountain” once stood. Unfortunately several years back nature got the best of it, and the face fell for good from the mountain. However, as you can see, there’s still plenty of reason to visit the area!

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white mountains autumn colorsClick Here To Purchase A Print

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autumn leaves on the groundClick Here To Purchase A Print

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Even a regular New England home is beautiful in the fall. Trees in the yard or leaves fallen on a wooden deck make for a splendid scene.

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I hope you enjoyed going through these photos as much as I did! If you’re looking for a place to visit in the fall, consider New Hampshire. As you can see, I think you won’t regret it!

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Mt Mitake Rock Garden

I think this may be my favorite photo from my recent hike around Mt. Mitake. It took me a while to get around to the best parts of the rock garden (ロックガーデン) as I spent a lot of time at Nanayo waterfall and other areas earlier on in the hike. As you might imagine, after an early morning and many hours of hiking, it was nice to reach such a quiet, calm spot like this. Thankfully, unlike some other locations, I didn’t have to wade in the water or risk a fall to photograph it. I especially like this shot though because of how green everything is. It’s amazing how much just a little bit of water can give life to everything around it. Even the rocks through which it flows turn green and lush. Aren’t our lives much the same? If the right stuff flows through it, it turns vibrant and beautiful. The challenge then, I suppose, is to find the water that gives growth, color, and life. For me, John 7:38 helps me meet that challenge. How about you?

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/8 | 172sec (ND Filter) | ISO200 | 11mm

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Autumn On The Rocks

Over the course of this year, I’ve been trying to transition my photographic work more into the realm of nature. Although I do many kinds of photography, ultimately this is where I’d like to focus, along with some travel photography as well. Of course, Tokyo isn’t exactly rife with nature, and not having a car currently, it can make it difficult to find good places for that kind of work. There is, however, one area of Tokyo that does have a lot of nature. On the far western edge of Tokyo is Mt. Mitake. Though not part of the city itself, it is technically inside the Tokyo prefectural limits. There are actually a lot of mountains in the area, and it provides for a great nature getaway from the city, along with some gorgeous hikes. Earlier this week, I took one of those hikes out to an area called the Rock Garden, which is a gathering of moss covered rocks running between the mountains. Between the rocks flows a lovely little stream, and seeing as I was wanting to do some long exposure water photography, this fit my desires exactly. It was so nice, in fact, I had a hard time keeping from taking a stop every 30 feet to take another photo! I’ll definitely be going back sometime, but in the meantime here’s one of my favorites from the trip. Though summer isn’t totally done yet, autumn is showing glimmers here and there. This little orange leaf amongst the otherwise green forest I thought was a nice reminder of how near the season is.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/9 | 144sec (ND Filter) | ISO160 | 15mm

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Warmth of a Narita Autumn

As I look forward to the coming autumn, I’ve been going through some of my old fall photos to practice and prepare my processing techniques. I’ve learned some different things since last season, so it’s interesting to go back to some old photos with a newer set of processing skills with which to approach each photo. It’s also nice to remember what places are worth going back to visit during the season this year, and this place is definitely on the list of spots to return to. I took this photo at park/garden in the rear of the Narita Temple grounds. There are several different ponds, each surrounded by many beautiful trees with great autumn colors. As you might imagine, I wasn’t the only photographer there, but in comparison to many places in the Tokyo area it’s relatively quiet and certainly easier to access, at least for me. It’s also close to the airport, so if you’re in Japan during the fall and have a night time flight, it would be a great way to spend some time relaxing before you have to go.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/11 | multiple exposures | ISO100 | 11mm

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Autumn Is On The Way

The weather here lately has been extremely rainy, almost as if we’re going through a second rainy season. Thankfully, unlike the actual rainy season, it’s not nearly as hot or muggy. In fact, it’s been quite cool, with hints of autumn weather in the air. But the air isn’t the only place those hints are showing up. The ginko trees are slowly sliding toward yellow, although it will be some time before they turn fully and drop their famously stinky nuts. As for the sakura, they are still mostly green, but many of the trees have a few leaves that have changed and begun to fall. The leaf in the photo below is from such a tree. I found it laying in a quiet corner of a local shrine, and while the mosquito bites I received while taking this photo remind me summer’s not over yet, the scene itself is certainly a harbinger of my favorite season of the year.

Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/2 | 1/80sec | ISO640 | 85mm

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Rainy Day At The Tokyo International Forum

Ever since I bought my new camera, two things have not really allowed me to test it out all that much: my schedule and the weather. It’s been raining much of the last couple of weeks, and my schedule has been busier or at least busy on the days when it wasn’t raining. But I did get out this week on one of those rainy days to see what I could find behind my new equipment. One place that’s always good to stop by in that kind of weather is the Tokyo International Forum. It’s an architectural masterpiece, and with plenty of vantage points to explore, it’s easy to stay occupied for a good while. I had to wait a while for this shot though – people were walking by, but not next to the window. This lady with a vibrant pink umbrella was just the match I was looking for on an otherwise rainy, dreary day.

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