In the Bamboo Tunnel
Before I take a break for Christmas and New Year, I just had to share one more image I made from photos I took at this years Arashiyama Hanatouro. I've been going the Arashiyama Hanatouro every year since 2009 and the numbers seem to increase each year. I had to wait at this spot for about two hours to get a gap in the crowd to get in and make the 5 shots I used to make this HDR image of the bamboo tunnel. In the first couple of years it was easy to take photos in this location with a tripod.
A few years ago a photographer named Trey Ratcliff (aka "Stuck in Customs") made a HDR image near this spot that became famous. That photo wasn't taken during the Arashiyama Hanatouro, so the Bamboo wasn't lit up. Since I saw that photo I've had it in mind to make a HDR image from photos taken there during the Arashiyama Hanatouro. So now I've done it and I used Trey's software Aurora HDR 2017 to do the post processing.
This image was made from 5 photos captured as RAW (.NEF) files on a Nikon D300 camera with a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. It was post processed using Aurora HDR 2017 and DxO Optics Pro 11.
I'd like to wish all my readers and fellow smugmuggers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. James