Some time ago I was browsing my images from my last trip to Tokyo during Winter of 2015.
While browsing I discovered many unedited pictures and decided to make a series out of them because they all follow a consistent theme and unlike my previous modern architecture photos they are in colour. Please have a look here.
Once in a while I wanted to update my landscape aerial gallery because it’s long due!
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Gloomy Lake On this day my friend Quirin and I were hoping for a nice sunset at lake Eibsee. However all we got was a gloomy mood, the first time I've seen this lake in this kind of mood. I liked it despite the hope to catch a nice sunset 😉
The Green Divide Nature is a really inspiring painter. It keeps changing its canvas slightly on a daily basis. Those canvases inspire us landscape photographers to see and freeze the display of beauty.
In this example there is a nice complementary mix between red/brown hues from autumn/winter and fresh greens from early spring. I'm quite sure this very picture wouldn't work as nicely once spring will transform everything into lush greens. In fact, there is a dedicated season for every aesthetic highlight artists like photographers are interested in. As a landscape photographer I really like how this ever-changing canvas creates this synchronisation or connection with nature, which is based on visual stimuli and goes beyond the normal consciousness of time and the change of seasons. At least for me this connection has been dictating my holiday dates and trip destinations for the last couple of years.
Scars It's always interesting to see how water leaves its "scars" in mother nature, which is especially apparent in the mountains.
However this is just a minor display of this effect, glaciers are a by far more massive display of erosion.
Stormy Yakushima Although I never got into a storm on Yakushima, the weather above our heads looked stormy at times. Fortunately, the worst weather we experienced during the whole trip was some drizzle and cold blowing winds.
On our last day of the hike we met an old Japanese man who told us that he re-visited the island several times, because he got rained in during several trips and was happy with the weather this time, that's when we realised that we didn't really experience bad weather 😉
Over the Clouds The amount of early morning clouds and fog was enormous during my visit at the Mount Buffalo national park in Australia!
Before the fog rolled away you could only enjoy the view from high above.
Rushing Melody 2 Can you feel and hear the soothing sound of rushing water?
For me that has a meditative feeling to it!
Gloomy Alps During our last annual trip to the Alps my friend Alex and I experienced mostly overcast weather with heavy clouds. Despite minor frustration about the weather this aerial view from the French Alps shows the advantages of this weather, some very moody atmosphere!
Mountain Roads of Japan During my last trip to Japan I was hiking and road tripping together with friend Alex. Some of the roads we encountered were really scary, especially in the higher mountain areas, where we could only find bendy one-lane roads, sometimes those roads were even blocked by recently fallen rocks, caused by ordinary slides or minor earthquakes. This means we had to got out of the car and remove rocks blocking the road frequently. In this picture I show you another scary element: oncoming trucks! I was lucky enough to get a drone shot with big truck transporting wood.
I guess it took a while until we got used to those roads and situations 😉
Volcanic Creation Every time I'm exposed to volcanism it's so fascinating for me.
It gives the area a very interesting and distinct shape and due to the mix of minerals which were part of the ejecta different plants grow on the surface, which gives the area also a distinct colour. It's the kind of natural art which impresses me the most!
This aerial picture was taken around Mount Aso in Japan.
Good Morning Kyushu On the first day of our roadtrip on Kyushu (southernmost main-island of Japan) my friend Alex and I were blessed with a beautiful sunrise, one of very few unfortunately. This is an aerial view over the south-east of Kyushu, seen from the southern tip at Cape Sata. Only when I saw this view myself I noticed how mountainous Japan really was. The following days we learned this fact the hard way by driving over dangerous single-way mountain roads for hours, sometimes blocked by recently fallen rocks, caused by ordinary slides or minor earthquakes.
Surrounded by Fog During our four day hike on Yakushima in Japan my friend Alex and I got surrounded by fog! Below one of those big boulders I found shelter over the night.
Enchanted Yakushima Only on the 3rd day of our 4 day long hike on Yakushima my friend NicolasAlexanderOtto and me got lucky with the weather conditions for sunset shooting despite the wet and dull weather during the whole day and the day before. We were also lucky to have stopped hiking early to search for a suitable place to stay overnight on that particular day. Just when I finished building up my night camp the sky broke open. This is an aerial shot towards Miyanoura on the northeastern coast of Yakushima.
Fog Kingdom During our hike on Yakushima in Japan Alex and me experienced beautiful low hanging clouds constantly moving in and out, it even lasted until sunset which was happening only 30min after taking from this shot.
The gallery “Japan” with the first pictures of the natural beauty of Japan has been added to the “Landscape” section. Enjoy 😉
Hidden Gem This literally was a hidden gem, a little bit off the main trail. Well, I discovered it while I was already walking through the dense forest because I didn't want to be limited by the views I got while walking only on the trail. At this waterfall it was very fortunate that I didn't approach it from the front, I would have probably walked away immediately because the front is not very photogenic and there were so many more waterfalls I wanted to see. When I approach the waterfall from the left I immediately saw the beautiful bend with all those lovely lush plants around which act as the perfect frame for the waterfall. In the end I was really happy that I discovered this composition so quickly because there was so much more to discover on that very day.
The waterfall is called is Kudan (九段の滝) and is located at the Oirase River, close to Lake Towada in Japan.
Forest Magic 1 This one is from Shirakami-Sanchi, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
Although this area is quite touristy I didn't see many tourists on that particular day, maybe because the weather was not the best. We had (drizzling) rain more or less the whole day.
Good for me, because having everything wet around you means beautiful lush colours in the pictures later.
In this forest I even spottet wild monkeys here and there, but I couldn't get any good shots, they might be a little bit scared of foreigners, which are indeed a very rare species in this area of Japan.
Forest Magic 2 Another one from the beautiful lush forest in Shirakami-Sanchi, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
Lately I'm missing these lush colours a lot, winter has only been dull so far here in Germany, not even white, only grey and brown, can't await spring!
Cascade of Joy The Anmon Falls (暗門の滝) have been one of the highlights of my visit to North Japan last year. It is a collective name for three waterfalls in the forests of the Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage site in the northern Tohoku region of Japan, stretching between Akita and Aomori Prefecture. Here you can see the highest waterfall which drops 42 m, the second drops 37 m and the third drops 26 m. It's a beautiful and peaceful place which seemingly is not visited by many tourists during rainy days in autumn 😉
Lately I’ve been processing more shots from my past travels to Japan. This not only includes the beautiful landscapes of North Japan but also includes some modern architecture from Tokyo. I also managed to continue two recent series, the “Observer” and “Zebra” theme got an addition each.
Here are the first 3, enjoy 😉
Zebra 2 The zebra theme is getting an addition, I'm considering whether I should do more series just like the "The Observer" series.
The zebra was seen in Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Japan.
Tunnel View This one was shot in Minato Mirai, a central business district in Yokohama, Japan with a lot of interesting (modern) architecture.
The Observer 4 Again, from time to time I keep updating repeating themes which I like most. "The Observer" is a series about dominant, rather abstract looking buildings gazing over a bunch of smaller / inferior buildings, with an intimidating posture.
In this case it's the second tallest building and 4th tallest structure (as of 2016) in Japan named Yokohama Landmark Tower. It's located in a central business district of Minato Mirai, in Yokohama, Japan.
The area around the tower is very vibrant and I really liked the way how the tower is connected to the surrounding buildings, it's very clever and looks amazing.
It’s already three months ago, when I came back from Japan. Until now I only showed only a few abstract architecture shots, but I don’t want to miss to show some other pictures which represent Japan, unlike the other pictures.
Here is one from Mount Fuji and Tokyo.
The skyline shot is overlooking 杉並区 (Suginami), the west part of Tokyo, it was taken from the Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment building. On the left side in the front you see the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel which became famous after the movie Lost in Translation. On the right side in the background you can see Fujiyama, the highest mountain in Japan, overlooking the mountain ridge in front of it.
The other one shows a dusk mood at Mount Fuji (富士山). The shot was taken at Kawaguchiko.
Wow, long time no post again… Apologies for being so inactive (and lazy) in the meantime :/
Just in case you wondered where I’ve been lately: I’ve been to Japan for two weeks and of course I brought some new material from there. I’ve been to Tokyo, Nikkou and Fujiyoshida / Lake Kawaguchi. The main photographic subject for this trip was modern architecture, rather than nature / landscapes, so I spend a good amount of time in Tokyo, where I also met with Luca Cesari. I guess my main subject in photography slightly changed, it was nature /landscapes in the early days and became modern architecture and travel photography these days. If you ask yourself why I mentioned travel photography without having much of it in my portfolio, you’re right. Although I have plenty of material, I’m very picky about selecting pictures for publication, because it’s somewhat a new field and really difficult for me to judge whether an image is suitable / good enough for publication.
Btw.: I still owe you pictures from Thailand, right?
I really would need holidays to catch up editing all the images I want to publish. I guess, I will reduce the editing effort to be able to publish more frequently. What do you think?
Anyways, it’s already a lot of text, when I started to write this post I didn’t intend to write much… Let the pictures speak! I’ll start publishing new pictures soon, stay tuned 😉
I was out shooting some spring impressions in the last weeks. When I went out shooting the last times I wasn’t in the mood for and didn’t find nice subjects for wide-angle photography so I put on my 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD on the fourthirds adapter and looked around for details, spring details.Eventually I was doing macro photography, which I haven’t done for quite a while, so I was enjoying it.
How can’t you resist taking close-ups of spring flowers in full bloom anyway? 😉
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Currently I’m doing the last preparations for my upcoming trip to Japan. The trip includes Tokyo, Nikkou and Fujisan. If anybody has some recommendations regarding food to try and places to see in these areas, I’d be happy to know.