Ancient Mount Fuji Village

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Missed this behind the scenes video?

Last week I posted a behind-the-scenes of this shot. You can find that video right here on the blog!

Daily Photo – Ancient Mount Fuji Village

Here I am in that little village of Saiko. I don’t know if it is always relatively empty or just this one day, but hardly anyone was around. I did see this one older gentleman sauntering around, and he happened to saunter right into the frame! A lucky grab! 🙂

This “look” for this photo is a bit experimental, but I kind of like it. To achieve it (this is Photoshop-heavy-jargon I’m afraid!), you can duplicate the layer then do some extreme sharpening and a black and white conversion using something like Silver Efex Pro (there is a review here on the site). After that, you can change the blend mode to Hard Light… it makes an interesting effect!

Ancient Mount Fuji Village

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-14 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

  • Aman Anuraj

    Awesome photo as always Trey. That said, I think it is very very cool of you to share these tricks most photographers ask people to pay for in exclusive tutorials. Your spirit of sharing is something I have always admired – something so few people do these days! Obviously that’s not to take away from the paid tutorials from the website that are all the more awesome – I’d know (having been through every one of them). But yeah, very good of you Trey – giving back to the community and all.

  • It’s another screenshot from ‘Mortal Kombat – Deception’s’ Konquest Mode hehe!
    This one looks a bit more serious than the one you posted recently from this locatiom – is it my tired morning eyes or has it been desaturated slightly? It’s very moody – good job!

  • Casper van Zyl

    You can say that again Aman, he is very generous. I have learnt so much just sand bagging to Trey and others. i will never reach perfection but who does. I just love seeing others, how they do things and where they have travel to. Never yet been to this side of Japan,South yes but not North,nice shot.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Hey thanks Aman – that is nice of you….

  • Trey Ratcliff

    yeah – haha – very mortal combat – and slightly desaturated ! 🙂

  • Chris Lehman

    You know I normally really really like the HDR and array of lovely colors that blazes through my senses when viewing photos. However I really like that this one is “experimental” and different than your normal processing. Well done on this one and thanks again for giving back to the photography community when most others fear someone creating something better than them.

  • susan ratcliff

    Wonderful photo Trey – beautiful! 🙂

  • love the look. reminds me of an old black and white converted to color 60+ years later

  • Dee

    While I am a purist when it comes to photography (no photoshopping – except filling in light and adding a bit of contrast), looking at your pictures makes me want to convert. I never shoot RAW. I am going to start experimenting now. My next trip is to the beautiful Utah and Arizona, so I think I have a great chance to try out the HDR settings.

  • Hunter

    Hi Trey, this is a very wonderful photo of a scenic village. Would you mind sharing what village this is / if this is a resort?

  • TY


    You can find the information at

    Originally this village was located at the hill side,
    but after a heavy storm destroyed the area,
    local people re-located / re-built those very antique
    houses (I was told so…).
    IMO, they made this village very naturally and
    I love there if the weather is good so that
    Mt. Fuji is clearly seen.


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