Sorry for not posting for a long time but I have been busy with traveling, photo tour work and with a secret secret project that I will be talking about later next year. So I just got back from spending a week down in Kyoto, shooting all the sights and trying to get “the Shot” from each temple or shrine. One of the places that I fell in love with is Arashiyama which is commonly known as the Kyoto Bamboo Forest(Click here for the Drop PIN). I went there on the first day and tried to get there around 10:00 to beat the crowds but unfortunately it was still shoulder to shoulder of people in Arashiyama(Kyoto Bamboo Forest). Nonetheless, I still can’t take away the beauty of this place. I was able to get few shots with the tall bamboo reaching to the sky with the sunlight casting a glow on the top of the trees with the wind blowing the very tops back and forth. I already knew that I needed to come back in the early morning(5am) to get an image with no people in the path way which I always dreamed about. The sunrise was not till 6:45 in the morning here in Kyoto so I knew that I need to arrive at the Bamboo Forest around 6 am to get set up and beat the tour groups. When I arrived here at the forest, it was still very very dark inside, so dark in fact that even with the camera set to 30 secs at F/4 and ISO 100, the camera was saying it was still under exposed. So I went back to the beginning of the path to start planning my shots that I wanted to get(plus it’s kinda scary being in a dark bamboo forest hearing all the sounds….lol). To keep this post short, here is a video from my early morning trip to Arashiyama(Kyoto Bamboo Forest) with one of my favorite images from that morning.
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