Otodome Falls

A couple of weeks back I had a meeting down in Shizuoka Prefecture. After the meeting I took the opportunity to stop by Otodome and Shiraito Falls. I mostly focused on Shiraito, and I’ll be sharing those photos in the near future, but I thought I’d share this one as a kind of foretaste. Actually, at Shiraito I was using my neutral density filter for the first time. I’ll talk more about the ND filter in the Shiraito post, but for now it’s enough to say that it allows you take long exposures during daylight. However, by the time I got to Otodome for shooting, it was night, and the ND filter was unnecessary. I took this shot straight through the lens, with a shutter speed of over a minute and a half (and that was ISO 200)! It was quite dark! I could barely see the fall myself at this point, which made it a challenge to focus, but in the end I’m happy with how it turned out. The lack of light made for a sort of magical/dreamy photo.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Shot Info: f/7.1 | 97 sec | ISO200 | 13mm

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