Category Archives: HDR

Sunset on Usui Lake

The last stop on my most recent photography trip ended up being a lovely little lake in Gunma Prefecture called Usui Lake. It was really the perfect ending to the whole trip; the lake was calm and quiet, the autumn leaves and sunset were both vibrant, and there was plenty of time to take in…

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Chapel at Karuizawa Kogen Church

One of the places high on my list to visit and shoot during my recent trip to Karuizawa was the Karuizawa Kogen Church. As a Christian myself, I have a keen interest in the few Christian locations that exist around Japan, and as a photographer, I love to shoot them whenever possible. This particular visit…

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Evening Begins In Tokyo

I may have said this before, but Ueno Station in Tokyo is one of my favorite train stations. Much of the photography you see out of Tokyo is focused around the Central or Western areas – places like Shinjuku or Shibuya, for example – and I think places like Ueno are comparatively less popular. Personally,…

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  • Sem's - ah, sugee…
    Tokina lenses are good?
    I’m considering buying one, the 12 28 F/4 or nikon 16 85 F/3.5 – 5.6
    in this photo, are you using Adobe lightroom?

    sorry for my poor english -_-!ReplyCancel

    • leslie - Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yes, I love my Tokina lens. I’ve used it tons since I bought it. Very sharp and sturdy build.

      As for this photo, I used Lightroom, Photomatix, and Photoshop CC. This is a true HDR photo, so it is made up of three different exposures.

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  • Sem's - hi les, sorry for my late rply.. lil bussy right here.. ^^^
    finally i bouhgt the sigma 17 50 F/2.8, since the 17 mm its wide enough for me to landscape, and 50 f2.8mm for nice bokeh portrait, and low light too…
    ow you use the lightroom and potomatix too? i am only used photoshop cs5.
    ow no no, my japanese is worst than my english hehe.. although my grandmother was the Japanese.
    I rarely speak Japanese language here, I live in Indonesia.
    nihongo te, chotto benkyo shitte ta ^^^

    yah, at least you still understand what i’m talking about… heheReplyCancel

A Yomiuri Giants Game at Tokyo Dome

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to a Yomiuri Giants game at Tokyo Dome with my oldest daughter and some good friends of ours. We had a blast! As both a photographer and a baseball fan, I thought I’d share the experience through photos and talk about a few of the differences…

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  • Sem's - hi les,
    I really enjoy the blog has been created by you.
    because I also really like photography, and I also use a Nikon DSLR ^^^
    and more by chance again, I also love Japanese culture!, because a long time ago i lived in nagoya when elementary school (maybe around 1989 -_-! , just a few months and along with my grandmother, and then come back there about 2 years ago for a vacation.
    with this blog, I can still enjoy that beautiful country, despite not stay there again.
    probably around next year, I’ll be there with my wife..

    I will be a fan of your blog! haha ….ReplyCancel

    • leslie - Hi Sem, thanks so much for sharing your connection to Japan, and for the kind words. It’s always great to hear from people who read my blog and enjoy my photos. Hope you enjoy your next trip to Japan! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!ReplyCancel

Bamboo Forest of Hokokuji

Although the bamboo forest of Arashiyama in Kyoto is likely Japan’s most famous bamboo grove (and for good reason), there are many other splendid bamboo groves around the country. The grove connected to Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura is a great example of this. Although Hokokuji itself is rather small and a bit out of the…

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  • Where Earth Meets Sky » Les Taylor Photo - […] This Thanksgiving my family had the chance to enjoy a final get together with some good friends of ours who have been living on Yokosuka Naval Base. They’ve blessed us each year with a chance to come down and eat with them, to enjoy a true American Thanksgiving meal. They’ll be headed back to the US this month though, which is why it was our final time together. Anyway, since we were down there and they are about to leave, I did a small family portrait session for them in one of their favorite places – Hokokuji. After we were done taking family pictures, I hung back for a few minutes to take some photos of the lovely bamboo, so that’s where today’s photo comes from. This wasn’t my first time to Hokokuji, but every time I go I can’t help but photograph the beautiful bamboo. […]ReplyCancel

  • Path Through The Bamboo In Kyoto » Les Taylor Photo - […] is almost certainly the aptly named “bamboo forest” in Arashiyama, Kyoto, but there are others throughout the country that offer their own unique version. In fact, there are others in Kyoto as […]ReplyCancel

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