This morning I am off to Japan. I'm looking forward to a short get away to refresh the batteries and open my photographic eye in a new way. Last year this time I was in Japan as well and traveled to Sapporo, Kyoto and Osaka. This year I will spend all my time in Sapporo and travel around Hokkaido.
My first trip to Japan was ten years ago and I took the kitchen sink with me in terms of photograph gear. Last year I traveled light and took only one lens, which I really regretted. This year I am taking my Sony A900 and a few lens, but I've added my new HD video camera as well. I'm starting to shoot more video footage on all my shoots and hope this will lead to new and exciting things in the future. The first image in this post is from a shoot this week exploring new age Geisha's, but all other images are from my trip to Japan last year.
Here are a few images from last years trip filled with amazing uni, blowfish (something I would only eat in Osaka), and wonderful memories both personal and photographic. Now that I've experienced Hokkaido once before I want to really explore it photographically this time around. Last year it rained a lot while I was in Hokkaido and by looking at the weather it looks like I'm in for more of the same, but this too is part of the beauty.
Enjoy the summer, shoot only what you love and always dream big!