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JAPAN IN FALL

Japan is a country that calls for travel, each one of us has a memory linked to this archipelago made up of thousands of islands. Some will talk about the animated films of the Ghibli studios, others will evoke the period of the samurai or the landscapes seen in National Geo books. 

 

It's a whole world full of beauty, contrasts and mysteries that we want you to discover in pictures: a small temple hidden between the buildings of the capital, Mt fuji during the sunset, monks praying on the top of a mountain or a woman wearing a kimono in a Kyoto alley. 

 

My name is Nicolas Wauters, I will accompany you throughout the Workshop from Tokyo to Osaka. With my experience as a tour guide and photographer, I will show you the most beautiful places of Japan while explaining my vision and my photographic technique.

28 NOVEMBER 2020 - 08 DECEMBER 2020

4 - 6 participants

BOOKING WILL START SOON!

11 DAYS IN JAPAN - ITINERARY 

DAYS 1 - 2 :

TOKYO - KAWAGUCHIKO

Our photographic adventure will start in Tokyo.

After a small meeting on your lobby at 08h30, we will take a local train to Kawaguchiko, to enjoy during two days the beauty's of Mount-Fuji.


After arrivals on our accommodation on the day one, we will make some pictures of the Mount Fuji reflecting in the lake until sunset.


Day two will be around the area and small villages to enjoy the fall colors and we gone make a sunset session at the famous Pagoda.

Accommodation :

2 nights in a Ryokan (Japanese tradtional hotel)

DAYS 3-4-5  :

KYOTO - NARA

Kyoto is a city that has kept its authenticity and traditions, we will spend 3 days there to shoott the old capital.

 

The first two days we will visit the most beautiful temples such as the Fushimi Inari, the silver pavilion and the kyomizu dera, then in the evening we will discover the Geisha street in the Gion district and the magnificent Yasaka pagoda.

 

Then, not far from here is the city of Nara.
Nara in one of the first capital from Japan and is famous for its sumptuous temples, strength of history related to the most important families and gods of the archipelago. But something else very curious happens in Nara, hundreds of deer welcome us near the entrance of the temples.

Accommodation :

3 nights in a Ryokan 

DAYS 6-7 :

MOUNT KOYA

The next day will also be full of surprises, we'll go for a walk on Mt Koya and visit cemeteries by night, then we'll spend the evening with monks to finally go back down to Osaka city.

If the weather is great, Mount Koya will be a chance to shoot stars or milky way.

 

At the dawn of the 7th day, the early risers will have the opportunity to attend the ceremony of the monks we met the day before and will be able to take pictures of them. 

Accommodation :

1 night in a monastery with monks

DAYS 7-8  : OSAKA

The next two days will take place in Osaka which will offer us beautiful pictures of architecture with its colorful buildings, crazy mascots but especially its splendid castle located in the heart of the city.

 

We will start with the very animated and lighted streets of the city in the evening and will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Umeda tower and photograph the city, the next day we will walk in the streets of Dotombori, Namba and Shinsekai.

Accommodation :

1 night in Western hotel

DAYS 9-10-11 : TOKYO

Our last stopover will be in Tokyo for the last 3 days, it's a huge city and we will need 2 days to go around it.

We'll start on the East side with the oldest temple of the capital in Asakusa, a visit in the highest tower of Japan: the SkyTree, then we'll visit the video game and manga addicts in Akihabara then finish on the artificial island Odaiba.

 

The next day, we'll end our trip in the western districts of Tokyo, with a breathtaking view of the city, the red light district and its small lively bars in the evening, and finally, a view of the most populated pedestrian crossing in Shibuya. 

Accommodation : 3 nights in a Hotel

SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES WE WILL COVERED DURING THIS WORKSHOP

The purpose of our trip is on the one hand to discover regions of Japan, but also how to capture them.

I would like to share my knowledge with you, and my knowledge on the following points:

 

  • Long exposure: managing Shutter speed on waterfalls, crowd movement...

 

  • Night photos: stars, the Milky Way, a street with small lights

 

  • Panorama: creation of panoramas with several images 

 

  • Bracketing: bracketing option to get high color and resolution

 

  • Composition: understanding light, how to create a good balance of elements and how to deal with weather phenomena.

 

  • Architecture: creating effects of gigantism and managing parallels on buildings in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

  • Equipment and settings: explanation of which lens, filter or accessory to choose in the field and the settings

It's not enough to take pictures, you still need to be able to edit them. During the stay we will take the time to discuss how to use software such as Lightroom and Photoshop: 

 

  • Importing photos to Lightroom

  • Contrast and colors settings for beginners and advanced users

  • preset management

  • Creation of masks and adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Export in print and web format

  • Sharpening images

ABOUT OUR TRADITIONAL JAPANESE ACCOMMODATION

During this trip, we will spend many nights on western style hotel, but also be able to experiment the Japanese traditional hotel "Ryokan".

During these nights, you will sleep on a tatami room with a futon and be able to try the Japanese baths call "Onsen".
A unforgettable and very relaxing experience, especially after those walks days.

At Koya San, the Ryokan is situated in a Monestary.
You will be able to access to some Japanese monk fire ceremonie and relaxation session.

 

*Keep in mind that the dinner in Koya san will be monks tradtionnal food who is vegetarian and not flexible on timing delivery.

WHAT TO BRING TO BRING

ABOUT CLOTHES :

  • Comfortable and waterproof shoes or boots.

  • A windbreaker or insulated jacket for some morning shoot

  • A camera bagpack

  • Beanies and gloves 

  • Easy removal shoes for somes temples in Japan (where you have to take off your shoes)

  • Charge adapter for Japan 

  • Charging cables 

ABOUT GEAR :

  • A DSLR camera or a mirroless camera.

  • A wide angle lens, for instance : 14-24 MM

  • A mid range lens, for instance : 24-70mm 

  • A telephoto lens, for instance : 70-200

  • Filters for polarizing or ND type lenses

  • A laptop with Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW

  • Charging cables and type C adapter

  • A tripod

  • A drone (some are can be fly with a drone)

SMALL BUT IMPORTANT DETAILS

Almost the whole workshop is organized by us, we will pick you up at the hotel from the first day and we will be together all along our trip. We will have several opportunities to take the subway, local trains, enjoy good food and visit temples.

The JR Pass: it's the Holy Grail, it allows us to travel freely on the main lines all over Japan! We will take care of your request for JR Pass and we will go to validate it as soon as you arrive. 

Here is the list of what is included and not included during the Workshop:

  • Single or double hotels

  • The JR Pass

  • Transfers between Tokyo city and the airport for your return journey

  • Luggage transfers

  • Breakfasts

  • The guide during the whole stay

  • 1 to 1 session on Adobe Lightroom

  • The entrance of the temples

  • occasional subway transports 

  • evening meals, according to your tastes you will be free to enjoy whatever you like 

  • snacks

  • insurance

  • round-trip flights to and from Japan

INCLUDE

NOT INCLUDED

Price : TBC SOON

Participants : 1 to 6 maximum

Difficulty : easy

THE GUIDE :

My name is Nicolas, and I would be proud to be your guide for these 11 days spent in Japan.


Now based in Tokyo-Japan, I have left my own country in 2012 to come in Japan live my dream.


Guiding and landscape photography are more than a job for me, they are two passions.


I want to share with you all my knowledge for the country and photography, so more than a simple Workshop, it will be a trip experience with people who have same interests.

AND WHO I'M WORKING WITH :

Living in Japan since 2012, I spend years of working here as a travel guide and travel all around the country.


Thanks to this experience, I have a lot of knowledge of the right spots, language and of the country to share with you.

I have also create my own travel company as a guide in 2013, called "Tokyo Trip" and create some strong partnership with travel agency.


This tour is made with my company Tokyo Trip for all the guiding and photography part and with Connections for all the booking part.

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