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December Newsletter

This is a modified blog-version of the email newsletter that goes out to my commercial and editorial clients. If you want to receive a more personalised newsletter direct to your inbox, contact me and I’ll add you to the list.


November has been an interesting month. First, getting over random illnesses. Second, getting the new website online. Third, I now have a print-version of my portfolio (sort of). Fourth, it’s autumn in Japan; and it’s BEAUTIFUL! Fifth, I am getting very concerned about the climate and the environment… and I hope that we can help it. There’s a short Christmas message at the end.

Let’s skip over illnesses, and look at what I did during that time. Despite feeling poorly, weakly, stuffy, snuffly, coughy, I still got out and tried to get some autumnal photos. I couldn’t travel to the destinations I wanted, but I still managed to get some interesting photos locally. This photo features a few things about my style: I look for different perspectives, colour contrasts, natural colours (no tacky Instagramy filters), and non-cliche.

Autumn leaves at Nagoya TV Tower

Autumn leaves at Nagoya TV Tower

Secondly, the new website TravelPhotos.Asia is up, still a work in progress, but it’s there. I’ve realised that I’m over-using recent photos and not showing enough variety, so I’ll dig a bit deeper into my archives when I get the chance in the future. I’m still adding more to my Instagram account, so you can see the latest there.

Autumn scenes at Gifu Park with a lady in a bridal kimono posing for another photographer's shoot.

Autumn scenes at Gifu Park with a lady in a bridal kimono posing for another photographer’s shoot.

Thirdly, I don’t have much experience in dealing with the North American and European clients beyond stock photography, but I do know that having a physical portfolio is important. I’ve spent some time working on my portfolio, there’s still some tweaks needed, but it is representative of my work and I’m surprised that I could easily pull together a great collection of images; and I’m a little proud after seeing the final selection. In this first ‘edition’, I was happy with the texture of the paper, and I think matte paper is better, as shine on gloss hides portions of the photo. However, the size seemed too small for my liking. One challenge was finding an online company that can do a quality job, and deal with international types like me, so for time being I’ll use Blurb unless I can get a better recommendation. Currently, I’m editing a larger version, and I would be very happy to send it to you to look at with pre-addressed return labels; contact me if you’d like to see my work. Any feedback would be appreciated, but importantly I hope that you can get a feel for the quality of my work.

Andrew Blyth showing his draft portfolio

Andrew Blyth showing his draft portfolio

Fourthly, winter is coming!… to Japan. How can I resist saying that?! I enjoy snowboarding, and I can work well in cold weather. I’ll be heading to Hakuba, which is an easy hop, skip, and a jump away. I’d be happy to go again for more photos if you like. Anyway, just letting know and giving you inspiration for the photography that you can request.

Fifthly, there are more and more headlines regarding the climate and the environment. I already do monthly donations to Tree Nation, who help offset my carbon emissions to help me try to be as carbon-neutral as possible. With your help, I’d like to contribute more. Either, become your own direct supporters of Tree Nation, or hire me for your projects, and I can boost my contributions to Tree Nation. The photo below is one of my top selling stock photos (back when I thought stock was cool). It was taken in 2007 in Yokkaichi Japan, which was regarded as the worst polluted places in Japan in the 1960s, which had the worst incidences of respiratory illnesses. Today, it is much cleaner and safer. After seeing too many recent stories of sea life with plastic in their stomachs, and more stories like this: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46398057 I really want to photograph more, and show more to help encourage more people to do right for the future generations. I want to show the problems, and the solutions. I hope that you have a project that I can help with, or can help sponsor me to photograph and share these stories.

An oil refinery in the port of Yokkaichi. (Note, the colours were adjusted for dramatic effect)

An oil refinery in the port of Yokkaichi. (Note, the colours were adjusted for dramatic effect)

Finally, Andrew is available for commercial and editorial photography projects anywhere in Asia. He is currently working to fill his 2019 schedule, so please get in touch soon. With his passport he is able to stay in almost any country for as long as the project requires. He has professional equipment, and is focused on getting the job done, despite difficulties and problems that might arise. He has abilities in Japanese, Korean, and a bit in Mandarin. He also knows how to pickup enough survival language for other countries, and lots of experience in working with non-native speakers of English. He can find and organise the right people to help with the job at hand. To learn more about his company see TravelPhotos.Asia, and contact him here or by replying to this email.

Andrew photographing autumn scenes at Gifu Park (self portrait)

Andrew photographing autumn scenes at Gifu Park (self portrait)

Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year. I won’t write again until may be mid January or early February, but feel free to contact me any time for me to to help you with your next project.

Where should I go? Making a travel guide and get incredible autumn photos

In short, I will make a travel guide for a autumn-colours tourist spot here in Japan.

There is fledgling community of patrons following JapanesePhotos.Asia at Patreon.com/ablyth. There, I post a photo a week and share travel guide information for followers. From the 1st October a poll opens only for patrons in the $5 tier. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas on where I should go. I hope to create a great travel guide for a place to see autumn colours here in Japan. If we get enough funding, then I can travel to more adventurous places, or get the help of models (may be in a kimono).

Join the community, have your say, and access content including photos. Usually, these photos cost USD$25 each, but the minimum is $1 or $5 (whatever you can chip in).

POTW 25 Nov 2013: Autumnal afternoon

This Photo of the Week is of a great model I worked with recently. You’ll have seen her in previous POTWs, but not as relaxed. However, it’s a little cooler now than what it was when this photo was taken, but just imagine a warmer late afternoon sun in the early autumn. For this photo, and others like it, see my PhotoShelter portfolio, and my agent’s website.

TGIF 15Nov 2013 Nagoya Castle in Autumn

Looking for something to see or do this weekend? Nagoya Castle will probably be surrounded in autumnal colours (not that I’ve seen it recently). I’m pretty sure that you won’t be disappointed anyway. It’s a great place to go in any case. There’s something about the castle that attracts folks with cameras all year round. I’ve seen wonderful photos of it in autumn, spring, summer, and under snow. It’s one of those places you can keep going back to for photos. Since the original castle and attached palace was fire-bombed in the war, the castle you see below is made of cement and has a museum inside. But don’t worry if you or your buddy has a baby in a pram, there is an elevator. The gold things on top are indeed golden dolphins. The idea is that since dolphins live in the water, and they are perched there, then the castle won’t catch fire and burn down… so the theory says. They are currently rebuildiing the palace in time for the 400th anniversary of the castle complexes construction. I think they are near completion, so it would be interesting to see. To get there, take the Meijo Line to the Shyakusho-mae Station (City Hall station), and go out from Exit 7, it will be easy (and obvious) to find.

TGIF Autumn in Japan

It’s TGIF, again! Looking for something to do… well not this weekend, but sometime this month Gozaisho in Mie will look like this, and you’ll be able to either hike or stroll around there. This photo, and others like it are available on my agent’s website.

A gondola at a popular mountain hiking destination, Gozaisho, during autumn, Japan.

A gondola at a popular mountain hiking destination, Gozaisho, during autumn, Japan.

For travellers

The following is some information I posted on one of my old websites many years ago.

This is a great day trip that you can take by train. All you need is a good camera, good footwear (no heels or flip-flops / thongs), some money (of course), some energy snacks, and some mates. You’ll be 1,212m above sea level, so expect it to be a little cool and breezy.

For Japanese signs and maps:

Yunoyama: 湯の山, Gozaisho dake: 御在所岳, Yunoyama-Onsen: 湯の山温泉.

What you can see and do there:

The autumn leaves there are spectacular. Before this, I never understood the Japanese love of autumn leaves, and especially thought it odd that men got excited about these. For me, it was a good Japanese experience, and a great photographic one, too. In the off season, it’ll be great mountain hiking, skiing in winter, and just great views of unusual rock formations (see photos on my agent’s website).

How to get there:

From Nagoya, take the Kintetsu express to Yokkaichi, and then change to a branch line to the Yunoyama-Onsen station. There is a bus available from spring to late autumn, but not in winter. If you drive, be warned, that it’s really popular and you’ll have to wait hours for one of the 300 or so car parking spaces available. So, try to get there before 9am to have a hope of getting a parking spot. Car parking for us was 800yen for the day. From the Yunoyama bus stop or car park, it’s a 5-10min walk to the cable car (or ropeway / ロープウエイ), just walk up the hill. Then take the “ropeway” up to the top of the mountain. The mountain top is called Gozaisho-dake. It cost us ¥1,890 for a return ticket.

Suggested things to do:

1. Take the cable car up, take pictures on the way up, and from up there. Have lunch at the cafeteria. Don’t expect anything gourmet, it’s just regular cafeteria food. Lunch there is mostly ramen or stew with rice.

2. Cable car up, then walk / scramble over rocks and around trees for that real mountain hiking adventure. You’ll see more fantastic views than just from the top of the mountain.

3. In winter, from the mountain top, take the ski lift (with ski gear or snowboard) to the ski slope and have a ball over there. It’s a great place to go with a few friends, and it’ll be a great experience that you can write home about, and have some great pictures to brag about, too.

POTW 23Sept 2013: Autum at Nagoya Castle

Autumn has began, and here are two symbols of it, an autumnal cherry tree and Nagoya Castle. Japanese love the autumn colours almost as much as the cherry blossom season in Spring. It seems that autumn is the last hurrah of colour for the long, dreary, drab winter.

For this photo, and others like it, see my autumn photos on my PhotoShelter portfolio, and at my agent at Asia Photo Connection / Henry Westheim.

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