So recently (May 2016) I travelled to Japan for 10 days. I’ve been twice before and fell in love with the place. I love everything about Japan! The food, the people, the scenery, the food, the culture, the food (did I mention the food? Because THE FOOD!).

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However, during the last trip, in 2015, I only went to Kyoto for 5 days. This time, I was determined to explore this amazing and incredibly beautiful country a lot more. I had recently purchased a second hand Olympus E-M10 and had it converted to infrared (590nm). I entered the country very excited but I knew that I didn’t have many chances to get the photos I wanted. This is because it’s was hard to tell whether or not my infrared photo would come out the way I wanted and a lot of the photos I took were not useable. Why? Well, contrast is an issue for a start. In some of the photos I took, it was hard to get the contrast right and would look flat and boring. While in other cases, it was horrible and too contrasty!

I took hundreds of photos and experimented with different white balances. The trouble was that I couldn’t find out what the photos would be like until I got home 10 days later… It was very hit and miss and really made me think about my position and settings. However, the thing I love most about infrared photography is that you can edit it to looking very unnatural! Still, I’m very happy with the outcome and I definitely want to visit Japan again. This trip, I went to Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe (Kobe Beef = WOW), Himeji, Nara, Hiroshima and Miyajima but next time I want to go to more rural places where the infrared camera will be very useful as foliage looks stunning!

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Path leading to the stunning Himeji castle

A Torii gate leading to Meiji shrine in Tokyo

Meiji shrine in glorious purple!

Barrels of alcohol donated to Meiji shrine

Infrared looks great in black and white (except an overcast sky)

Creepy steps in Kyoto

When going on holiday don’t leave ND filters behind!

Lonely girl in Miyajima

Mount Shosha – they filmed The Last Samurai up here (climbing up hurts!)

This is an unedited photo, pre-red/blue conversion

Foliage turns white (after editing) in some photos!

The Moat outside Himeji castle