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Sunset at The Yasaka Pagoda In Kyoto

One of the main places I wanted to visit and photography during my recent trip to Kyoto was the Kiyomizu Temple. I was able to go but unfortunately the grounds close at 6pm, which is far too early during the warmer months to capture the sunset, as was my goal. I took what photos I…

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  • David LaSpina - Nice tutorial. I go through phases with my usage of split-toning. For a month I’ll use it on all my images, then I won’t touch it for a few months. Come to thing of it, I treat a lot of photo tools this way (HDR, textures, etc)

    Lovely photo too. I love Kyoto and when I first arrived in Japan I went there every few months (it’s only a 30 minute trip from Okazaki via shinkansen). At this point I haven’t visited in several years… I feel the urge to go there again when I see photos like this.ReplyCancel

    • leslie - Thanks! I love using split toning … I use it in some form in a large portion of my photos. I’ve sort of got a basic workflow I go through for most of my professional photos now, though it depends on the photo as to what I may or may not use of course. As for Kyoto, I loved it. The last time I went my photography skills were lacking at best, so it was a lot of fun this time to get to shoot it and feel like I could produce something worth sharing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Day’s End At Ninenzaka Kyoto » Les Taylor Photo - […] location to enjoy the atmosphere of years gone by. It’s also right next door to the famous view of the Yasaka Pagoda – if you walk maybe 20 steps behind where I took this photo, you can see that view – […]ReplyCancel

Cherry Blossoms At The Meguro River In Tokyo

For the last week or so my brother has been in town, and during that time we went and visited a number of places around Tokyo to enjoy the cherry blossoms. If you follow me on Instagram in particular, you’ve probably seen a few of the images I’ve been sharing. This is one I just…

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Stones of Choshi & Color Range Selection Tutorial

Feels like a long time since I last posted! And really I guess it has been, but for good reason – my third child and first son was born this past week. As you can imagine I’ve been quite busy (in a great way) with the new person in the family, but now I’m back…

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A Stone At Rest

After seeing the first sunrise of 2015 with my family, we drove further north a bit in Chiba Prefecture to the town of Choshi. Since I was with my family, I didn’t really have a ton of time to take photos. I wasn’t really there to take photos at all, but of course being a…

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Photographing Summer Fireworks

Everyone loves fireworks! They’re beautiful, bright, and just generally awesome. And no matter where you live, you’re likely to have at least one day during the year when your town hosts a grand fireworks display. In Japan this is certainly the case, particularly during the month of August, when fireworks festivals are held across the…

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