Mt Fuji Reflected In Rice Paddies

Just before I left the Mt Fuji area during my recent trip, I met up with Yuga Kurita to take some sunset photos. He has lived in the area for some time, and is an incredibly talented photographer with most of his photography being focused on Mt Fuji itself. I had not planned anything all that special, but he recommended we photograph Fuji along some local rice paddies, and I’m so glad he did! These were some of the best shots I got during the trip, and certainly very unique at least from the perspective of a foreigner. This isn’t a place that most foreigners would look for, let alone find, but to me it is quintessential Japan. Very thankful to Yuga for introducing me to it.

This photo also happens to be another in my series of Lightroom Only posts, meaning this photo was edited totally in Adobe Lightroom. Probably the biggest edits for this image were done in the color adjustment panel and the split toning panel. I also used a few graduated filters to help control the lighting some. But of course there were various smaller edits done throughout Lightroom. You can use the slider below the image to toggle between the before and after images and see what a different the edits make.

Speaking of Lightroom, I’ve been working on a Lightroom digital workshop focused on landscape photography for several months. I was very close to finished, but then Lightroom was updated and changed the layout. So, I’m going to have to start again from scratch. It may take me a little longer than I anticipated, but be on the look out – I think you guys are going to love this workshop and find it very useful to your own post processing workflow.

Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4
Filter: Tiffen Circular Polarizer
Shot Info: f/11 | 1/4 Sec | ISO 320 | 28mm

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