Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove in Kyoto

I already shared photo from famous bamboo grove in Kyoto before in this post. But I think that that place is so beautiful than one more image won’t do any harm 🙂 So today here’s another image from there. BTW in the other post I mentioned that in order to shoot this location without people, I made several visits there. And well, this photo is from the visit where I came across real crowds of people. In the shot it isn’t that bad yet but 10 – 20 minutes later there were real crowds there despite it was early in the morning!

Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Camera and post-processing info

  • Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
  • Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
  • Focal length: 21 mm
  • Aperture: f/14.0
  • Exposure time: 2.5 s (“middle” exposure)
  • ISO: 100
  • Number of exposures: 5
  • E.V. Step: 1.0
  • Flash used: no
  • Tripod: yes
  • Filters: no
  • Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
  • Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5.1 (Contrast Optimizer), Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5

What I liked most about this image was light in the background and path leading the eye to it. So what I wanted to do was to enhance this light and make it stand out even a little bit more.

I started post-processing by fixing distortion and chromatic aberration for all my source images and then sent them to Photomatix Pro 5. I used Contrast Optimizer there with pretty default settings and saved tone-mapped image.

After that I opened it in Photoshop. I started with cropping the image on the left and right to make sure bamboos frame it nicely (there were a few distracting pixels that I didn’t like). Then I improved midtones contrast using luminosity masks and applied ON1 Effects plug-in to increase clarity and and some glowing effect for the light in the background.

Below you can see comparison of 0 EV image on the left and finished image on the right.

2017-01-17T19:42:24+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Posted in: Japan|