On the back of a Jetstar 2 for 1 deal, we took off to Osaka for a 10 day trip. I guess really July was the worst time to visit Japan, being the middle of summer and the latter part of the wet season, but it was a 1 day sale so we didn’t have time to think about things like that. Really on some of the days it was so hot and humid I just wanted to sleep all day in the air conditioned hotel room.
We had a crazy hard schedule – it was hard to plan the trip as I had never been overseas with a DSLR, so I didn’t know how long we needed to spend at each spot. In fact there were temples that I had visited before that took 20min, but this time we spent 2hrs there! We had to keep cutting parts out of our plans due to time constraints.
In the end we saw a few temples in Kyoto, Hiroshima and the floating torii of Miyajima, the whirlpools of Awaji, the bridge at Iwakuni, the night view from the mountains of Kobe, and bits and pieces all over Osaka.
I bought a new Nikon D90 especially for this trip, and was able to get movies of the whirlpools and Osaka Kaiyuukan aquarium. But unfortunately I wasn’t used to the new camera, and many of the pictures were overexposed as I had set the rear LCD a bit too dark. I also found it very difficult to photograph in the harsh sun during the day, even on cloudy days the contrast was too great. Well, that teaches me to buy a new camera so close to a trip.
The high ISO quality of the D90 was excellent though, and I still managed to get some good pics. You’ll see them up here over the next few weeks.