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2018 > 05

During the month of May, the very southern part of Sweden turns all yellow with beautiful blossoming canola fields as far as the eye can see. This is the typical image of the county of Scania or as you say in swedish "Skåne".

Skåne is also the place which I am fortunate to call home. It's a highlight every year, chasing that perfect canola photo in perfect composition with some other specific detail of our county like a wind mill or our purple painted local trains. To make the hard even harder the canola fields changes every year since you can not grow canola in the very same field two years in a row. It's also just during a limited period of time you can see the canola in full blossom, my guess around one week so you have to be lucky with the weather and made your research about where to shoot well in advance.

The ever changing conditions makes it very challenging and you will always end up with new and interesting photos. Here is some of my canola photos shot from the last years!
 

Canola closeup
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/7,1 @ 300 mm)
 

The purple local train called "Pågatåg" among the canola fields and wind mills
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/640 sec, f/5,6 @ 150 mm)
 

Canola field with an old mill in the background
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/320 sec, f/7,1 @ 190 mm)
 

Contrasts to the yellow canola field
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/5,6 @ 300 mm)
 

The purple local train called "Pågatåg" among the canola fields
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/1000 sec, f/5,6 @ 300 mm)
 

Typical scenery of Skåne county during the canola blossom
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/500 sec, f/7,1 @ 300 mm)
 

Closeup of the canola flowers
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/6,3 @ 300 mm)
 

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One thing not to miss while visiting Japan is to take the advantage as foreigner to interrail with a Japan Rail Pass. This pass must be arranged from home before entering Japan via a travel agency or similar. It's quite expensive but it's all worth it just after a single return trip Tokyo-Kyoto. It's such a great experience to interrail and without doubt the easiest way to get around in Japan. Even though the pass cover most of the different trains and areas operated by Japan Railways, the highlight is of course riding the Shinkansen high speed train.  
 

Japan Rail Pass
 

The experience starts already at the station where you have to be in good time and stand in line at your assigned car and seat location. It's all clearly marked in the air and on the platform how to stand queing. When the train arrives the process of deboarding and boarding of passengers are impressive and very efficient. After a short stop the train starts rolling exactly on the minute for an on time departure. 

The comfort and seat pitch onboard the Shinkansen is just great even in the economy section and before you know it, you travel in the speed of nearly 300 km/h! Still with great comfort and quiet atmosphere. 

In my opinion the Shinkansen is something more than just a train, it's an extraordinary experience which you can't miss when visiting Japan. Since it's such a great part of the japanese infrastructure and significantly for the country, it sure has to be a part of my travel photography when in Japan. The train and many stations for that matter are very photogenic and it's quite easy to get some interesting shots of the trains and the operation while spending some time at the platform before your own departure. 

Still dreaming of that perfect photo of a Shinkansen train on the japanese countryside with Mount Fuji as backdrop...until then enjoy these shots! 
 

Shinkansen at the platform, Kyoto Station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/4,5 @ 47 mm)
 

Female train crew awaiting the signal for departure
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 125, 1/200 sec, f/5,0 @ 165 mm)
 

Shinkansen Nozomi train bound for Tokyo
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/4,5 @ 47 mm)
 

Shinkansen train approaching the platform at Mishima Station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 320, 1/2000 sec, f/5,0 @ 165 mm)
 

Onboard Shinkansen with its comfortable 3+2 seating and great seat pitch
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/40 sec, f/4,0 @ 24 mm)
 

Shinkansen trains arriving and departing Kyoto Station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/6,3 @ 300 mm)
 

Punctuality is of great importance for the japanese railway
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 200, 1/200 sec, f/5,0 @ 220 mm)
 

Older generation Shinkansen train arriving at Kyoto Station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/7,1 @ 300 mm)
 

Train crew overlooking the train from the rear station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/5,6 @ 300 mm)
 

Artistic shot of the train cab at Mishima Station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/500 sec, f/8,0 @ 300 mm)
 

Train crew overlooking the boarding at Kyoto Station
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III - ISO 100, 1/160 sec, f/5,0 @ 160 mm)
 

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