This is one of the most amazing streets to walk down in Kyoto and it’s in the Gion District where Geisha meet clients and can be seen if you are lucky. I saw a few earlier in the day and as it was my first time and Im not going to lie, it was very exciting ! 🙂 I think my heart skipped a beat and it’s hard to explain why…
This cute little alley is the beginning of the philosophers walk, a very famous set of streets in Japan and it got its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan’s most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University. It is like stepping back in time and one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been, well during the weekdays anyway when the tourists are all gone. I got lucky and it rained quite a bit and this is perfect for making HDR images as you can see it has brought to life the cobble stoned street. I also love the little veneers on the restaurants, how inviting they are with their menus and lanterns shinning out the front of each establishment. There are many amazing things here to explore and experience during the day as well such as temples, water canals, tea houses traditional gardens just to name a few. Cherry blossoms line the canals during april which is a highlight for the area
If you want to step back in time and experience the real Japan, the Gion District is the place to go and it’s so so beautiful !
– Topaz Detail 3 is a great little filter program and you can get 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography
– IMAGENOMIC NOSIEWARE 5 to reduce the digital noise
– NIK collection
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Post-Processing info for other photographers wanting to learn how to edit like this:
I used this software on a 5 bracket image:
- Topaz Detail 3- This is the new filter software from Topaz and its got lots of new filters to play with, Ive used it on my last 3 images.For 15% discount code use code LukeZemePhotography
- Photomatix – 15% off use discount code LukeZemePhotography. I use Photomatix to tonemap my HDR brackets as I like the amount of user customisation.
- Noiseware 5- IMAGENOMIC NOSIEWARE 5– discount code “LukeZemePhotography” for a 10% discount. This is great for reducing noise over an entire image or just selectively using a mask in photoshop. very very powerful noise reduction software and can highly recommend it.
- I also used NIK Color Efex Pro 4 to get some glow in the path and NIK sharpener
For a comprehensive list of software to use in your own HDR images please head to this link
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