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 could and then, a bit disappointed, headed back down the hill toward Kyoto. Thankfully, this leads right through some beautiful old districts, and taking me directly past the Yasaka Pagoda. Not only did it take me right past it, but it put me there right at sunset so I was able to capture some amazing colors in the sky. As far as consolation prizes go, this one was pretty great!

Along with today’s photo, I have a new photography quick tip up, covering how to use split toning – a simple tool and one of my favorites, and it’s especially nice because it’s available both in Lightroom and Photoshop. You can see how I used it to create this image in the video below the photo.

Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm
Shot Info: f/11 | Multiple Exposures (Blended) | ISO100 | 27mm

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  1. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

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