Exploring New Zealand

Exploring New Zealand

I had the opportunity to travel around New Zealand for a month, which was an unforgettable experience. Having a car for the entire time, I was able to go at my own pace and visit every little place I wished, when I wanted to.

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Exploring the 10,000+ Torii Gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

Exploring the 10,000+ Torii Gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

If you visit Japan, you'll want to see Kyoto; and if you're going to be in Kyoto, you absolutely must make sure that the Fushimi Inari Shrine is on your list of places to visit. For starters, it's completely free. Secondly, it's absolutely spectacular! 

Situated just a short walk from the respective Inari stations on either the JR line or Keihan Main Line, a trail leads you up the mountain through the forest. The pathway is covered by over 10,000 orange torii gates. Expect to take some time here, as the path ascends over 200m and is quite a long trail.

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Visiting the Volcanic Valley in Hakone

Visiting the Volcanic Valley in Hakone

Last year I spent a week in Tokyo with a couple of day trips out of the city, including a great day spent in Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture). Normally you'd want to spend at least 1 night here, but I caught the first train there and one of the last ones back, so it was a very long day.

As popular as this area is (and for a good number of reasons), I came primarily for just one: to photograph Mt. Fuji. After checking the weather meticulously, the day's weather was set for clear blue skies so I set off. There is a straightforward counter-clockwise transportation route that takes you through many of the popular spots, and what I was looking for was towards the end.

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My Favorite Mini Tripod - Feisol TT-15

My Favorite Mini Tripod - Feisol TT-15

One of my biggest photography resolutions of 2016 was to get low. At 6ft tall, I am regularly shooting from above-average height. Whether photographing a nature scene or city shots, I wanted to introduce new perspectives to my shots and getting low angles was a big part of this.

After trying two previous tabletop tripods that simply weren't up to the task, I learned that Feisol (who makes my full-size travel tripod) recently introduced their mini tripod - the TT-15. Being so new there was absolutely no information on it, but I knew what sort of quality I could expect so I went ahead and bought it.

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What's in my Camera Bag?

People often ask me what gear I use, and very much is the case that the gear does not ultimately matter. Nevertheless, sometimes specific items can be fantastic additions or upgrades to your setup. My geeky side certainly comes out when it comes to camera gear. I do lots of research and prefer not to settle if it doesn't work for me. After shooting for over a decade and going through multiple iterations of gear, I wanted to share with you what I currently use when out taking photos and why it works for me.

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