EOS World Community Ambassador Tan Geng Hui is a travel photographer, and in the Autumn of October 2016, he went to Hokkaido, Japan – an incredible destination for photography. Discover why Hokkaido should be your next travel destination through his spell-binding pictures and exciting photography experience!

Pack Your Equipment

For my trip to Hokkaido, I brought a Canon EOS 5DS R and two lenses – EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF70-200mm f/4L USM. Both lenses can also be used to capture vast and wide landscapes.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 1/125s

In addition, bring a lightweight travel tripod to capture astrophotography. Consider also bringing another small Canon EOS DSLR or mirrorless camera as backup.

Plan Your Shoot

Autumn foliage in Hokkaido usually starts around late or end-September to mid-October, and different regions in Hokkaido have different start dates. So research on the necessary information and weather forecast to plan your travel photography route! Remember to keep yourself and your camera gears warm and dry.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/4L USM  | f/4 | ISO 800 | 1/250s

An experienced photography guide can bring you to locations for a wonderful travel photography trip in Hokkaido. Alternatively, join travel photography trips organised by Canon Imaging Academy and meet fellow travel photographers.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 1/125s

Compose Your Shot

Wake up early to explore, catch the sunrise, morning mist and if you are lucky – Unkai 雲海(sea of clouds)! Remember to respect the local culture and rules and do not trespass into private land or farm land.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/11 | ISO 100 | 1/250s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/4L USM | f/8 | ISO 800 | 1/250s

Komorebi (木漏れ日) can be found where light seeps through the trees, leaves or sky. Look out for such sights as it is what photography is all about – light and drawing.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/4L USM | f/11 | ISO 200 | 1/250s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/4L USM | f/8 | ISO 400 | 1/250s

There are ropeways in Hokkaido that bring you to the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain, take in the vast Hokkaido landscape and remember to capture the stunning view.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/11 | ISO 400 | 1/125s

Observe the surroundings beyond the gorgeous mountains, forests and landscapes. In some parts of Hokkaido, you might be able to view 2 seasons (autumn and winter) in 1 frame.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 1/125s

Keep a lookout for leading lines, patterns and roads that may help to make an impact on your landscape photography! Instead of only capturing bright and colourful autumn foliage and explore black and white landscape photography.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/4L USM | f/11 | ISO 100 | 1/250s

Follow Tan Geng Hui on more of his travel photography adventures at https://500px.com/tangenghui.

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