Trees and Patchwork Snow

Hokkaido Landscape Tour 2019 Travelogue 1 (Podcast 647)

In this post we start a travelogue series to walk you through my 2019 Hokkaido Landscape Photography Tour & Workshop, starting with the beautiful snow covered hills of Biei.

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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.
  • chris
    Posted at 22:55h, 21 January Reply

    Martin, as a member, I downloaded the eBook version of this post and was sad to discover that the formatting breaks up your beautiful horizontal images into two separate vertically formatted pages. Is this something you can fix? Otherwise your posts are better to view in the online version, reducing some of the value of the membership.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:23h, 21 January Reply

      Hi Chris,

      Please read the instructions here:

      The book is designed for maximum flexibility, but you have to change the settings to view the double page spreads.

      I’ve found the best way to view is using the Mac OS X Preview app. Just open the PDF with the Preview app, then hit the CTRL + COMMAND + F keys to go to full screen, and press COMMAND + 3 to show the two page spreads, and navigate between pages with the arrow keys.

      The eBooks look great in Preview, as well as the other apps I mention on the above help page.

      Please let me know if you continue to have problems and thanks for subscribing!


      • chris
        Posted at 10:53h, 26 January Reply

        Thanks Martin. I got the Goodreads app and it’s working as you said. Problem solved.

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 11:12h, 26 January Reply

          Good to hear. Thanks for the update Chris, and again, thanks for subscribing!

          I hope you enjoy the ebook articles.

  • Yvonne Todd
    Posted at 08:54h, 22 January Reply

    Dear Martin. These images are magnificent. It is disappointing that I was not able to join you on this workshop but I am hoping to get some equally stunning landscape opportunities during our wildlife workshop next month. Regards, Yvonne

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:33h, 22 January Reply

      Thanks Yvonne!

      Sorry we weren’t able to accommodate you the Landscape Tour. Please don’t get your hopes up too much for landscape work on the wildlife tour though. We travel in different parts of Hokkaido and the priority is on Wildlife. There will be a few Landscape opportunities, but it’s not really like the Landscape Tour. That’s why they are separate tours.


  • Yvonne Todd
    Posted at 10:57h, 22 January Reply

    Hi Martin. I am equally eager to photograph the wildlife. It is a compliment to your images that you make the landscape so enticing.
    Regards, Yvonne

  • Tim L
    Posted at 12:17h, 23 January Reply

    I have always dismissed drones as something separate from photography until the travel-sized Mavic 2 Pro with its 1″ sensor came out last summer. Now I look at scenes like the last one in this post and see tremendous possibilities with what is essentially a flying camera. I don’t own one (yet) but if I did I would definitely have pulled it out to drop down into that canyon for a cool perspective—assuming the rules allow for it.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 15:26h, 23 January Reply

      You have a good eye for a shot Tim.

      We did just that for my Hokkaido Tour video that we created two years ago, and you can see the footage interspersed in the video here:


      • Tim L
        Posted at 03:49h, 24 January Reply

        Cool! I obviously missed that but I’ll check it out now. Thanks, Martin.

  • Andy Davis
    Posted at 03:39h, 28 January Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I heard you mention on the podcast you were having problems seeing the edge of the histogram on your new camera.
    If it’s any help, I used to have the same problem on my EOS 60D when I started exposing to the right after your advice.
    My solution was a very narrow strip of duct tape stuck on the screen in line with the end of the scale. It doesn’t interfere with the display in any way that causes me a problem and can be seen in the brightest sun light, when the histogram is only just visible.

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