There are certain places in Japan that are truly unique to Japan – you can’t find them anywhere else. There are other places that actually remind me a good bit of home. This little spot fellow photographer Anthony Wood and I found in Gunma early last month is an example of the latter. Particularly, it reminded me a lot of North Carolina, where I lived both as a child and for several years as an adult right after getting married. It’s not especially common, but it is always nice to find those special places.
Regarding editing this photo, I kept it pretty basic. Primary edits for color, white balance, and lighting done in Lightroom, then brought into Photoshop as a smart object. From there, a number of adjustment layers were added to help enhance different aspects of the photo. Mostly, I just wanted to share the great autumn vibe going on in this spot when we were shooting, so I lot of my focus went into color adjustments to keep things warmer. In many cases I might try to keep the water cooler, but it was so shallow here that I actually liked it soaking in the warmth a little bit as well.
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4
Shot Info: f/14 | 1/165 (ND Filter) | ISO125 | 16mm