Monday, May 14, 2012

Landscape Mondays - Fantasy Trail Through Japan Bamboo Forest

japan bamboo forest
It really was as magical as it looks... when the wind whips through the bamboo forest in the middle of January it sounds like an approaching train as the bamboo trees crash together.  This is one of just a few HDR images in my portfolio, it's a bamboo forest in Japan, shot in January 2012.  The specs on this were: 5D Mark II, with a 14mm F/2.8L II, five shot HDR at F/22, ISO 50, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec, 15 sec and 30 sec exposures with a tripod.  I had to come back to this location twice for this shot, I tried shooting it in the morning and it was too windy.  When shooting landscapes, you've got to take into account the weather and season just as much as the actual subject you're shooting.  For this shot, any time of day the bamboo blocks a lot of the light, so even at noon there's not enough light to shoot this any quicker than 4 seconds if your lens is at its minimum aperture at a low ISO.  Thus, you need to work around the wind as the wind will make the bamboo trees blur with the required time for a well-exposed photo.  It was quite the trek getting back here twice, but it was totally worth it.. this image now hangs in my house as a laminated metallic print 40 inches wide.  If you'd like to purchase a copy, do so here (one week delivery on most prints) or email me clane (at) clanegessel (dot) com