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In early December, I took a single day trip to Akita Prefecture for an assignment. Akita is about 3-4 hours from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train) so suffice it to say this was a very brief trip! There was snow in the forecast though, so I was excited about potential photographic opportunities. However, with nearly 8…

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Most people assume that taking great photos requires lots of expensive gear and software. In fact, many go so far as to equate the two: upon seeing a beautiful photograph, the natural response is to say “you must have a nice camera!” While it’s true that equipment can be important in photography, it’s not true…

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One of the most important aspects of good photography is framing, that is, where elements are placed within the image. It’s important to have a good balance so that the viewer’s eye has a natural place to go to when they see it. Thankfully, there are many cases where you don’t have to figure out…

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Last year when visiting the Fuji Five Lakes area with my family I took some photos of the Milky Way over Mt Fuji, but having not prepared all that well, I did not end up getting any shots I liked. During my trip this year I was set on rectifying that mistake. Thankfully the weather…

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This image is one that I took about a year ago from a sunrise on Lake Motosuko, at the base of Mt Fuji. There are five famous lakes scattered around Mt. Fuji, all formed presumably from past eruptions. Some of the lakes even used to be connected, but lava flows cut through and separated them….

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