Finding your favorite place “nearby”

Autumn Valley filled with Autumn leaves

Autumn Treasure : D800E, NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR


Minou Valley is a small but has a big waterfall and many small streams. In Autumn many people visit there for seeing beautiful autumn leaves; One of the beautiful sightseeing spot in Osaka.

I live nearby there so I’ve been visited quite often with my camera. I prefer small water flows to shoot with ND filters.

Photograph reminds of the autumn by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Reminds of the Autumn: D800E, NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

While I organizing my old data, I tried to count how many times I visited there since I started photography.

2011 (10 times: when I just started photgraphy)

2012 (14 times: in Autumn I finally got D800E)

2013 (20 times )

2014 (6 times)

2015 (0)

50 times!

So far I’ve visited the same place 50 times during four years. (Recently I’m focusing on architectures, so the number decreased) After  purchasing  D800E, I wanted and had to get used to full frames, so the number increased.

Photograph Spring is beginning by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Spring is beginning :  D800E, NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Traveling is fun! Visiting a new location is absolutely the pleasure for topographers. But in reality it’s hard to visit different places and countries every time you shoot especially for an temporary photographer like me. Instead it’s pretty easy to visit a familiar place you live nearby. So I recommend to find your favorite place (nearby) and visit there again and again especially when you just started photography.


1.TIME EFFICIENCY Since you can access fast the location, you can afford taking the time for shoot a lot. The more you shoot, more you got experienced.

2. EXPERIMENT & EXPERIMENT You can shoot in different weather, season and light conditions. Don’t forget trying different angles and compositions.

Photograph Slow White by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Slow White D7000, NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

3. TEST You can try different lenses, filters, tripod, any tools to get use to them. Don’t use any unfamiliar camera and lens for an important session. Know your tools’ good and bad.

4.STUDY You can try new technique like,HDR, panorama, and post processing(after shoot)

5.ECONOMY No money after buying a new lens? Go your favorite place nearby.

Photograph East of Eden by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

East of Eden : D90, SGIMA 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM


Demerit: Gradually get boring

When you start to feel boring, it’s the sign you’re ready to fly!

The world is waiting for you, and you can take more beautiful photographs with much confident before.

Shoot more, try more, test your gadget, try new skills.

Don’t hesitate for visiting the same place many times.

Just hesitate doing the same things.

Photograph Autumn Dream by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px

Autumn Dream : D800E, NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Before the sunrise

Lost in Twilight: D600,16-35mm f/4G ED VR

I visited northan part of Ibaraki prefecture, where was damaged by 4-year old “Aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami”.

The huge rock called “Two Islands”. You might say “But there is only one, where is the second one?”.

Yes, there “was” the smaller rock next to the Huge one.
But after the tragic earth quake and tsunami, the Rocks’ appearance was drastically changed.

D600 and The Rock

Behind the sea. captured by coolpix A

The top of the unique trees were completely scraped by tsunami.
And the half of smaller rock was completely gone, which just can be seen only when the low tide.

The Two islands were absolutely photogenic icon for this area.
I felt pretty sad when I first visited after the disaster.

birds on the top of the rock

Birds sitting on the top. D600 & NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

But After almost 4years later, the green is sightly coming back to the top of the rock, and the sea birds are sit on still  as there were nothing happened.

Next morning, I got up 4 am  and head to the Rock again.

During magic hour I was pretty moved to see the appearance of the rock, bravely standing in the sea reflected by the golden sunrise.

No matter what happened the sun also rises.

Sunrise behind the huge rock

Edge for Tomorrow: D600+16-35mm f/4G ED VR

The Sun Also Rises


Akashi Kaikyō Bridge,Koube, Japan. 明石海峡大橋

Falling Down by Yoshihiko Wada

I often be asked to review my raw images.

It’ll may help for whom has just started this style of photos, “fine art black and white long exposure”,so here you go.

Photo of the RAW image

D800E 14-24mm f/2.8GED 300sec.F11, iso100, Filters:10+6 stops (total 16 stops) FORMATT HITECH

This is the very raw file from my most recent BW fine art work “Falling down” (I love the movie Falling Down, not related the image though.)

And here is the no-long exposure shot from the same composition. Just before the long exposures one.

no long expousure

ss:1/250, F11, iso100, D800E+NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Clouds are pretty dramatic, aren’t they?

And this is another shot, slightly changed the composition, I took after the first long exposure shot.


camera:D800E 14-24mm f/2.8GED 300sec.F9, iso100,

This was also 300 seconds long exposure shot. The light condition was pretty similar but you can see the expression of the clouds is slightly different.

I preferred the dynamism of motion of clouds which the previous image had.

some may think 300 seconds long exposure make the sky look similarly smooth. Sometime it wolud be pretty same, others wouldn’t.

Each of all the 300 seconds has different expressions of the sky.

Clouds are not a cotton candy, you can never find the same cloud again. Then here is one tip for you and me:

Don’t miss the best clouds!!

(along with the best light)

p.s Actually I missed many times though….

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge,Koube, Japan. 明石海峡大橋

The Lost World

Hiraiso, Ibaraki, Japan

There is a unique seashore where I visit every time I go back to my home town, Ibaraki, Japan.

This set of  unique shape of rocks were (claimed to be) remaining of Jurassic era.

The rocks themselves look like  the backbones of dinosaur don’t they?

Actually many fossil, like dinosaurs, shells, plants etc. were found around this area.

I’m not a scientist nor a romantic man  but  while shooting, I can’t help but keep thinking

“Why did they go extinct?”

This is still a big mystery among scientists, and of course many hypotheses for extinction of dinosaurs have been discussed.

This is not a place where which hypotheses is right.

I just want to say one thing is clear that “THERE WERE DINOSAURS” , and went extinct.

They never imagined that they were going to extinct with such a huge body and power, if they had thought.  So as we human.

I will die, you will die too. It’s an inevitable.  But we tend to forget that.

“The same conditions never come” is well said for and by especially landscape photographers. I think it’s true. That’s why we live today, we shoot the scenery in front of us with full power.

Enjoy our life.