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 ! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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,ย a very famous set of streets in Japan and it got its nameย 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 !

Software Used:

Photomatix PROย – 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 ofย Photomatixย you can get aย 15% Discountย with the coupon codeย LukeZemePhotography

–ย Topaz Detail 3ย is a great little filter program and you can getย 15% off all Topaz software use discount codeย LukeZemePhotography

–ย ย IMAGENOMICย NOSIEWARE 5ย 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-ย 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.Forย 15% discount code use codeย LukeZemePhotography
  • Photomatixย –ย 15% off use discount codeย LukeZemePhotography.ย I use Photomatix to tonemap my HDR brackets as I like the amount of user customisation.
  • Noiseware 5-ย IMAGENOMICย NOSIEWARE 5ย discount code “LukeZemePhotography” for aย 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

Cheers, If you want to leave a comment below that would be appreciated

Luke

Photomatix PROย – 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 ofย Photomatixย you can get aย 15% Discountย with the coupon codeย LukeZemePhotography

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