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Photographer's Note

With the fall season about to hit Tokyo in a week's time, I would like to post a picture I took last year of the fall color.

This picture was taken inside the bamboo temple of Hokokuji in Kamakura. Walking through the Bamboo Temple of Hokokuji is an experience of quiet majesty, whether on a sunny day with cathedral-like light filtering through, or a rainy day of with mist in the air. At a teahouse set near a little waterfall in this bamboo grove, tea ceremony is performed.

I used a tele-zoom lens (Sigma 135-400mm F/4.5-5.6) at its maximum focal length to capture this. With a crop factor of 1.5 in D100, this is shot at 600mm at F/5.6. No cropping was used in this picture.

My first experience of Fall Color was when I came to Japan. I had seen them previously, in Bollywood movies, especially in Yash Raj films. Seeing them in nature was a wonderful feeling.

Why do leaves change color?

As the Earth makes its 365-day journey around the sun, some parts of the planet will get fewer hours of sunlight at certain times of the year. In those regions, the days become shorter and the nights grow longer.
The temperature slowly drops. Autumn comes, and then winter.

Trees respond to the decreasing amount of sunlight by producing less and less chlorophyll. Eventually, a tree stops producing chlorophyll. When that happens, the carotenoid already in the leaves can finally show
through. The leaves become a bright rainbow of glowing yellows, sparkling oranges and warm browns.

For more scientific reason read here http://ncnatural.com/wildflwr/fall/science.html

In the next coming weeks, I will be off with my camera to shoot more of them. I am sure you will be seeing lots of them being posted under Japan my others too.

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