View of Hakodate Japan

View of Hakodate in Hokkaido Japan

In the city of Hakodate Japan you can ride a gondola up to the top of a nearby mountain and see the view of the city. It's a pretty popular view and very spectacular, except it's insanely crowded.

Japan and especially Hokkaido has become a hotspot for Chinese tourism. I guess they're looking to escape the air pollution that plagues most of Asia. Can't blame them either, well yeah I guess you can. It's mostly their fault. 

That's one great thing about North America, it's like the Garden of Eden compared to Asia when it comes to air quality.

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Fukuoka City Rush & What's Coming Up

Fukuoka City Street Photography

The other day I accidently posted this image as part of my Fujinon 56mm f1.2 Review. I've been actually working on two reviews simultaneously and this photo was for my Fujinon 10-24mm f4 Review.

Anyway, still working on my Fujinon 10-24mm f4 review. It's a bit more complicated and takes a lot longer since it is a zoom lens. There are also a lot of settings I'm still experimenting with on the Fuji X-T1 and I'm learning a lot about this camera.

For example the camera automatically corrects for some diffraction. It's called Lens Modulation Optimization. 

Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R Lens Review And Sample Photos

Fukuoka Nakasu Yatai. Fukuoka's version of food trucks

I have completed my review of the Fujinon 56mm f1.2 lens. It's absolutely fantastic, near optically perfect and overall a really fun lens to use. Check it out.

A Perfect Day In Southern Japan

A perfect day in Southern Japan.

We finally had a break in the weather. It's been stormy and windy because of the typhoon, but yesterday it cleared up for a perfect day.

I'm not exactly sure where these rice terraces are on a map, but they were pretty amazing. They extend all the way down into the bay and to the right, out of frame were these giant windmills just over the hill. It was such a perfect view. And not a soul was there.

Shooting Japan From Inside A Car

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This trip to Japan has had me in the car a lot. Driving, driving, driving. Especially in Hokkaido when I had the flue. That was not fun. Two days with a fever with some bronchitis sprinkled on top. I've also learned a new meaning of pain. Descending down from 36,000 feet in an airplane with congested sinuses.

Anyway, something I saw Patrick La Roque do awhile ago was shoot the city from inside his car with the Fuji X30. The results were awesome and inspiring so I thought it could also work as an interesting perspective of Japan. It turned out to be a pretty fun way to shoot and a great way to pass time while stuck in a car. Thanks Patrick for always inspiring.


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