To set the scene for this shot “inside an Artist’s Studio in Kyoto, Japan”:

Late at night I was wandering the quiet streets of Kyoto, Japan, when I found this artist’s studio. I think the fact that I don’t seem to have any fear when it comes to exploring allows me to end up in some off the map locations, but I suppose it could be a worry too ! hehe, but so far I haven’t ended up in too much danger yet. As I’m an artist too I of course was interested in looking at his work, which was at the entrance to his small Japanese house. There were about 5 framed paintings on the front wall of the house and near the entrance, amazing because I found this so trusting of passerby’s. Looking inside the front door I saw a hall with many tables that were so piled up paintings were hanging off the edge them. The whole scene was an invitation to come in, so I did ! inside I found that the walls were also covered in paintings and that is when I found the artist sitting at a table drawing, mind you it was about 10pm. He smiled, and I realised that I hadn’t misread the obvious signs outside to enter. He swept his arm across horizontally with his palm up saying “look?”. I nooded and also tilted up the lens of my camera, the international sign for “Can I take a photo”. He also smiled and nodded his head and this is the scene I captured, the artist just off to my left and behind me. I didn’t take an image of him because I felt the late visit was already enough of an intrusion and I think the language barrier might have come into play.

The places you end up with your camera can be so exciting sometimes and this definitely was truly a gift to explore.

Software Used:

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

– On1 Perfect Effects  An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

-NIK Collection

How did I make this image?:

I used a Nikon D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm on a Manfrotto 055 ballhead and tripod and shot 5 frames at 1EV, f 3.5, ISO 100 and on aperture priority mode to shoot the 5 bracket frames. I then edited the image in photomatix and then, in Photoshop, I blended portions of the original exposures back in using masking techniques to create tone and shadow. I then took the image into NIK Color EFEX PRO to adjust the contrast and then into On1 Perfect Effects to play with the colors and vignette.

Japanese Artists Studio detail

In the Detail #1 shot above you can see one of his wave Hokusai paintings, and below is a wave photograph of mine which I felt looked like a real life Hokusai painting ! 😀

Bondi Waves


Japanese Artists Studio detail

I like this “#2 Detail” crop of the image because it shows all his jars of paint and the variety of colours he owns. The good thing about my camera is that the size of the images are extremely large (the largest for any for Full Frame camera in fact) and this means that if I have taken a sharp images at the time of capture that I can then explore them back at home on my computer.

This is a perfect example of where all the Detail of the Nikon D800 comes in handy. We are able to look at his sketches, the types of materials he uses… see his style of work and what he uses for inspiration all from the one photograph.

My Friend, Daniel, referenced this scene from Blade Runner “Enhance 224 to 176″… stop… enhance 15 to 23. I love Sci-fi and found that I couldn’t leave this reference out (Harrison Ford is/was the man) 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone, till next time !

signing out, Luke xo

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2 Comments on "PHOTO OF THE DAY- Inside an Artist’s Studio, Kyoto Japan"

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Love your work, as always Luke!
Makes me homesick for Japan. I think I will find my way back there to live fairly soon. There is nothing mundane in the poetry of everyday life in that enchanting country – I found the people and the beauty a constant inspiration.
Keep up the great work,

Luke Zeme

*Bows Deeply* Thanks Dylan :0

“There is nothing mundane in the poetry of everyday life in that enchanting country – I found the people and the beauty a constant inspiration”

… you and me both, well said !

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