Had an unbelievable experience in Hokkaido recently. It felt nothing like Japan - so removed from the noise, constant torrent of rules, so completely free. I can't recommend it enough.

This shot was from the 2nd time we visited Biei's Philosopher's Tree. First visit was near noon which may provide some interesting BW compositions, but we woke up at 3AM to catch the sunrise the following day.

Getting up at maddening hours has become the norm when I'm traveling for photography. Once shooting starts all sense of exhaustion fades, the mind is locked, only the subject is present.

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