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Kinkaku-ji

My wife and I recently returned from a vacation in Japan where we visited many sites. One of the most beautiful was the Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto called Kinkaju-ki. In English it’s known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The gardens that surround the temple are of classical Japanese design and the Golden Pavilion gets its name from its gold leaf decoration. It’s a very beautiful place.

This is the Golden Pavilion.

The Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Another view of the Golden Pavilion.

Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Japan

A view of the gardens.

Sankei-en Gardens, Yokohama, Japan

These images are 3 image HDRs processed using the Exposure Fusion method of Photomatix.

Webster’s Falls, Dundas Ontario

A group of us from Google+ went on a hike to Webster’s Falls in Dundas, Ontario. It was an absolutely beautiful day which is great for hiking but not so great for long exposure shots of waterfalls.

This is my favourite shot from the day. I used the 3 stop ND filter built into the LX7 plus another 3 stop filter plus a polarizer. The polarizer really helped to bring out the colour in the rainbow and added saturation to the sky and foliage.

Webster's Falls, Dundas, Ontario

Sunrise over Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

Last week I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to attend a destination wedding. Beach vacations aren’t my cup of tea but a chance to get together with so many family members for a happy occasion was not to be missed. I managed to get up before sunrise on a couple of days and headed off to the beach to see what kind of photos I could take, just to prove that I didn’t spend the entire week indolently moving between beach and bar. You’ve got to admire someone who gets up before the sun for art. Right?

Here are some Caribbean sunrises that I hope you’ll enjoy.

My wife came with me this morning to see what it was that I was doing out here all by myself. It wasn’t as exciting as her imagination may have led her to believe but I’m glad she came as her silhouette is my favourite part of this image.

Watching the sunrise

I used a B&W ND110 10 stop ND filter on this next shot to get a 30 second exposure. I like the sense of motion from the blurred palm fronds and clouds.

Sunrise, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This was one of the more dramatic sunrises of the week. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the crescent moon in the top right corner, partially obscured by the palm frond. I debated cloning it out but in the end I left it in.

Sunrise, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Here’s another view of the same sunrise but zoomed in on a little boat that was anchored just offshore.

Sunrise, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Now that I’m back, it’s time to try and shed the pounds I put on with my week of leisure and gluttony.

Albion Falls, Hamilton Ontario

Yesterday, our waterfall Meetup group went to Albion Falls in Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton calls itself “The waterfall capital of the world”┬ásince it boasts 126 waterfalls within its limits. I’ve photographed a few of them over the past year but Albion Falls is, in my opinion, the prettiest of them all.

It’s a little tricky getting down to the base of the falls because of the steep slope and the occasional patch of snow-covered ice, but the effort is well rewarded.

Albion Falls, Hamilton Ontario

Albion Falls, Hamilton Ontario

Albion Falls, Hamilton Ontario

Here’s a shot from up above, before making the descent to the base. Albion Falls is 19m/62ft high and is quite impressive when the water is flowing well.

Albion Falls, Hamilton Ontario

It was cold yesterday at -6 and there were light snow flurries blowing around. This made it tough to keep the lens clear since snow flakes seemed to immediately land on the lens, making many of the shots I took unsuitably blurry. These images are 3 shot HDRs processed using SNS HDR. I used the LX7’s built-in 3 stop ND filter plus another 3 stop filter when taking these.