Photo: Green Forest of Yakushima
Trekking in the green forest of Shiratani Unsuikyo on Yakushima island was definitely one of the highlights of my 21 days trip to Japan and I wrote a little more about it here and here. And despite the fact I spent only 2 days there I have a few hundreds of photos to post-process. So far I edited only 3 or 4 as I’m quite anxious about working on them. This might sound strange but the reason is the place was so beautiful that I fear that with my edits I won’t be able to do it a justice, to show its real beauty. But nevertheless I want to try and today I would like to share another attempt with you 🙂
BTW I would repeat it once again – if you ever come to Japan, make sure to spare a day or two to visit Yakushima (which is easiest to access by plane from Osaka or Kagoshima; from the latter you can also travel by boat). The place is often omitted in travel guides but it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. And if you’re photographer… well, I think it’s a paradise for landscape photographers.
Camera and post-processing info
What you might find interesting is the relatively long exposure time of 5 seconds. Despite this photo was taken in the middle of the day, it was so dark in the forest that even pushing ISO to 200 required long exposure times.
In this case I used manual blending using luminosity masks to create the image. Most of the image comes from 0 EV frame, apart from the darkest shadows between rocks and from the trees in the background which were too bright and I had to use -2 and -1 EV images to tone them down a little bit to achieve more balanced exposure across the frame.
And finally here’s EXIF info for this image:
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 16 mm
Exposure time: 5 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Technique: manual blending with luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern, Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5