10 Hometowns for Each - Takumi Nasuno Photography
Shooting skill without tripod leads to good manner in sightseeing spots

I went to Kawazu Town which has fully-bloomed Kawazu Zakura this week.

Although I took photos of Sakura blossoms, too, I would like to write about the photo of a waterfall because I thought of many things while taking photos there.


This is the photo of Shokei Waterfall, the first of Seven Waterfalls of Kawazu. It takes 25 minutes from JR Kawazu Station by bus.


Shokei Waterfall of Kawazu Town

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/11, 1/4 sec, ISO-100)

I took this with the wide-angle lens of 24mm.

As this waterfall is wide, the right edge of the waterfall is close to me compared with the left edge. By approaching to the basin as closely as possible, the right edge, which is closer to me, looks bigger and more dynamic. This is my intention to describe the impact of how this waterfall appeared in front of me. It gives us another impression. If I had used a telephoto lens, the photo would have had a totally different impression.


I adopted slow shutter speed because this is a waterfall.

However, I must note that this is a waterfall for sightseeing. Many tourists are willing to take photos for memory in turn. It's not that good to set up a tripod at the very close place to the waterfall. This is one of the reasons why I didn't use a tripod.

Although I often use the shutter speed of 1/5 sec to 1/6 sec for waterfalls, I tried 1/4 sec because it was a bit dark in the shade. ISO value of 100 allowed me to choose the F-number of 11, a relatively large number.


I described how the water flowed down to the basin and spread there. I felt that I captured how a waterfall looks well.  As soon as I finished taking photos, I let other tourists take photos there.


As a photographer, I shouldn't damage landscapes, and I shouldn't cause trouble to others. Shooting skill without tripod leads to good manner in sightseeing spots.

Mr. Kent Shiraishi condemned the bad manner of a photographer in another topic. It reminds me of how important it is to have good manners as a human, rather than a photographer.

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