Mount Fuji before Sunrise
Mount Fuji, the highest peak of Japan and one of its three holy mountains, is one of the most iconic mountains in the world – almost everyone recognizes this nearly symmetrical volcano. With height of almost 3800 meters, this volcano makes everything around it look very small if not tiny so my first reaction when I first saw it was simple: “wow!” followed by long pause.
Below photo of Mount Fuji was taken around an hour or so before sunrise from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi which offers one of the best views of Mount Fuji (even if a bit obstructed by some houses and hotels). The water of the lake was almost perfectly calm with just a few ripples here and there as there was completely no wind. Also visibility was pretty great as quite often you can’t even see Mount Fuji from the spot this image was taken. In fact, several hours later the mountain disappeared and was completely covered in the clouds for many long hours much to my despair. The only drawback when shooting so early was temperature. Despite it was spring already, it was literally freezing so after an hour of shooting I could hardly feel my fingers. But I think that the sacrifice was worth it as the images turned out really great. Blue sky, calm water, nice reflections and the Fuji itself worked really nice together.
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 55 mm
Exposure time: 30 s
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Technique: long exposure
Software: Magic Lantern, Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10