Japan Photo Hikes: “Koyo,” Autumn Leaves at Kogamane, Nagano

Koyo Autumn Leaves, Komagane
Koyo Autumn Leaves, Komagane

Koyo Autumn Leaves, Komagane

Autumn is settling over Tokyo, but in the town of Kogamane — four and a half by bus from Tokyo — in the highlands of Nagano prefecture, it’s in full flourish. Kogamane is at1660 meters (4,980 feet) elevation, and is home base to the cable car ropeway that carries hikers up to Senjojiki Cirque and the peaks of the Chuo Central Alps. But Senjojiki is another story… coming soon!

As always, all pictures were taken with an Olympus e-p5. I played with  the Landscape setting, selected in the Scenes menu; turns out, the Landscape setting makes colours more vivd – kinda like shooting with old-school Velvia slide film. I applied the usual post-processing in Lightroom 5, including the addition of a slight vignette, some saturation adjustment, and enhanced clarity. The picture above was taken with the m.Zuiko 45 1.8; the others were all taken with the m.Zuiko 17mm 1.8. Primes rule! Except in foul weather, when you don’t want to change lenses for fear of exposing the sensor to the elements…. Fortunately, the 17 proved a very useful focal length…

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