By Dawn’s Early Light

A deer in the early morning autumn light in Nara, Japan

A deer in the early morning autumn light in Nara, Japan

I remember reading that the best photo opportunities occur when most people are inside…either because it’s too early or because the weather is too bad. Yesterday morning, I set the alarm early intending to go for a run, but one look outside at the thick fog and I was out the door, camera bag in hand. Nara is not a very foggy place, and so it was an opportunity not to be missed.  This corner of the park is about 10 minutes from our front door by bike…I’m lucky to live in such a gorgeous place!

I ended up with 112 images in less than 3 hours before the fog cleared completely, and this is one of the last one’s I took before the mist finally cleared. Some minor adjustments in Lightroom followed by some layering and final cropping in Photoshop. This was taken with the same kit lens that I dropped in the local pond last month, and it’s showing no ill effects so far. This was an exposure of 1/250 second taken at f8.0, with the lens zoomed all the way in at 50mm.

Ukimido in Autumn

Nara Japan Autumn

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
– William Cullen Bryant 

The Koyo (autumn colors) season is here and Nara Park is stunningly beautiful. I headed to one of my favorite spots before sunrise but quite a number of photographers were already there. Nonetheless, I managed to find a spot and get quite a nice view of the Ukimido pavilion through the trees. I wanted to keep the ISO down to 100, so I used the tripod and I took this at f11 with a shutter speed of 1/90. I particularly love the slight mist that was still lying on the surface of the pond…