Color of Momiji, by Madoka Hori

People go out to see and enjoy seasonal changes of nature in Japan. In fall, Minoh park is one of the most popular spots in the region to enjoy the color of momiji (Japanese maple) leaves. It was a bit chilly afternoon when 45 minutes hike took me to the 33 meters high waterfall. On the way, 2 girls and I enjoyed the fresh air, colorful leaves, famous stout beer, hot snacks and luckily, WILD MONKEYS…I stood this point and shot several photos only to find out the first one showed the combination of colors; red of the bridge, waterfall’s white, and various colors of leaves just like the way I saw with my eyes..

Midnight Snow, by Madoka Hori

OLYMPUS E-P2 | Exposure 1/60 @ f/4.2 | Focal Length 22mm | ISO 250
Midnight Snow, by Madoka Hori

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 03
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Nature Photography
Photograph Location: Osaka | Japan

Photographer: Madoka Hori (Ashiya, Japan) Guest Photographer
Madoka Hori’s first camera was a toy she got in Singapore when she was on a family trip at age 4. She could press shutter release button, use flash, change filters to see the world differently and it amazed her. She knew it could be fun to hold a (real) camera someday rather than just being the subject of her father’s photography all the time. She started to take photos during high school and after she shifted to digital when she was 20, it got a lot easier for her to capture the moment she wanted to remember. Now she primarily uses Olympus Pen E-P2 and occasionally experiments with her father’s NIKON D800. Travelling and looking at people on the street through a lens is the most exciting thing for her. Feel free to contact her if you have any advice on photography or just want to know about Japan. She’s 27 years old and working for online marketing start-up.

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