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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure 2018 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 604)

Just back from the 2018 Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure tour and workshop, today I'm going to start a travelogue series to walk you through our antics as we pretty much circumnavigated the beautiful northern island of Japan. Having met the group over dinner on the Sunday night of January 7, we gathered...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Mark
    Posted at 07:48h, 24 January Reply

    The simplcity of subjects makes these photos look majestic. This post has inspired me to look for similar landscape opportunities in Northern Michigan. Simple, beautiful and just plain stunning!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:04h, 24 January Reply

      Thanks for the awesome comment Mark!

      As you head out, remember that most of these are how they are because the snow was falling as we shot them. Without snow, the background is too busy. At the very least you’d need very heavily overcast skies to make this sort of image work.

      That’s what I love about Hokkaido. Not only does the landscape have a Japanese feel aesthetic to it, the weather fronts from Siberia give us plenty of falling snow. I’m sure you get that in Northern Michigan too though, so finding the right subjects and visiting at the right time is probably your biggest challenge.

      Good luck!


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