This is an image I took last summer during a trip to the Mt. Fuji Five Lakes area. Before this trip, I had been to three of the lakes: Kawaguchiko, Shojiko, and Motosuko, but had not yet been to Yamankako or Saiko. Out of the remaining two, Saiko was easily my favorite. Although the view of Mt. Fuji is partially obstructed at Saiko, the natural beauty and serenity of the lake made up for it. Out of all five lakes, Saiko might be the quietest. Additionally, the history of the lake is interesting; those large hills which obscure the view of Fuji were formed by lava flows thousands of years ago, which separated Saiko from Shojiko and Motosuko.
Aside from the opportunity to incorporate all of these elements into one image, the view also offer a good opportunity to show the power of Lightroom. With the sun going down over the mountains behind me, the lake and part of the hills were in the shade, making for a strong contrast. Lightroom was able to cut through this with no problem, and pull out great details on Mt. Fuji as well. Lightroom is truly an amazing tool to have at your disposal!
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4
Shot Info: f/11 | 1/50sec | ISO 100 | 35mm