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Tohoku winter wonderland

At various times during the end of 2017 and through into January of last year, I was on a shoot for the JTB and Japan National Parks Authority. It gave me the chance to visit some truly breathtaking parts of the country.

This was shot up in the Iwate section of the Towada Hachimantai National Park. The park actually straddles three prefectures: Iwate, Akita and Aomori. We did some shooting in each.

It was about -14C this morning and the snow was tremendously deep, as you can see by hw much the building in the bottom right-hand corner of the frame is buried.

We were snow-shoeing out to the fumeroles and hot mud pools of the local active volcano, which you see steam rising from in the background of this shot.

Stunning morning, great crowd of folks with me. Wonderful exercise to set me up for the day, too. Slightly more tiring for me as I didn't have ski poles to help steady me whilst walking with the snow shoes. Difficult to carry two cameras (Nikon D800e, which this was shot with, and a Hasselblad H6D-100c) and use poles. So, I just took it gingerly. Had a couple of falls down very deep drifts of snow but me and the cameras survived.

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