Trip Report: Japan in Winter Tom Bol Photo Workshops

We started our workshop in Tokyo on the man-made island of Odaiba. Odaiba provided beautiful night time vistas of Tokyo Harbor with colorful party boats.
Party boats in front of the Rainbow Bridge
For our first morning, we took a Manga-style ferryboat across the bay, past the new Olympic Village.
Black headed gulls on a peer in Odaiba

A visit to the Hama Rikyu Gardens in Tokyo provided the first plum blossoms of spring. The pink blooms were the perfect background for the tiny Japanese White-eyes.

Joan and Stuart taking in the colors
The second stage of our trip was near the city of Kushiro on the northern island of Hokkaido. We spent two days photographing endangered Red Crowned Cranes....in falling snow and sunshine.
Plenty of room to photograph at the Akan international Crane Center
Lauren using her telephoto lens
Tom and Anne discussing the image
Melissa channeling Alaska!
We had plenty of opportunity to photograph birds in flight, with three different species to choose from at the Tancho Kushiro Crane Reserve
Black Kite
Using group area auto focus to capture birds in flight
White Tailed Sea Eagle
A family of Red Crowned Cranes
For our next stage in Tokyo we photographed modern sites in the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
Our colorful group in the Shinjuku District
Terry capturing slo-mo tail lights
Our group working on pan and blur technique

Next we headed to the snowy mountains near Nagano to photograph the snow macaque, affectionately called "snow monkeys." We hiked through the beautiful snow covered forest to get to our rustic inn near the snow monkey park.

Sophie and Suzy in the snow
Lauren making good use of her camera rain cover
Kathy all smiles
Greg all smiles
Melissa thinking about her cat
Linda leading the pack
Joan getting a low perspective at the monkey pool
Who doesn't love a hot spring
For our final two days we traveled to Kyoto to experience Old Japan. The private photoshoot with a geisha was a highlight for many.
A traditional tea ceremony
Terry capturing plum blossoms
Richard with the largest and most expensive apple in Kyoto!
So how do photographers travel while in Kyoto?.....By rickshaw of course!
Pamela and Richard
Tom and Cree

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Easter Island 2021 and Costa Rica 2020


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