Nanayo Falls at Mt Mitake

One of the main spots I wanted to hit on my hike around Mt. Mitake was Nanayo Falls. At a height of 50 meters it’s not a major waterfall by any stretch, but it’s still quite lovely and a nice resting spot for hikers along the way. That said, it’s also quite a climb down and back up to the main hiking path, with a line of very steep stairs leading the way. The fall itself is tucked into a little corner, with a shallow pool at its base. I had quite a time finding a good position for shooting the fall. There were some early autumn colored leaves laying in the water that I wanted to capture, and while the water was shallow, the spot where I needed to stand was just deep enough that my shoes would get soaked if I did. So, I took my shoes off and waded in. Here’s the proof!

Thankfully, some kind young hikers offered me some freshly made hot coffee about this time, so that helped keep the chill at bay. I’m pretty happy with the result, although I definitely want to give some different angles another try sometime. Even on a regular Tuesday, there were enough hikers coming by that it took me quite some time to get a shot without anyone in it or without being in everyone’s way.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/9 | 129sec (ND Filter) | ISO200 | 11mm

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