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Live and learn

Today was a pretty good lesson. I got up extra early to make the most of the morning sunlight. I wanted to capture Mt. Haguro at what I think is the best time to be there, so I got there at sunrise.

Problem was, I didn’t think it would be that dark, and I didn’t think my camera wouldn’t be able to handle it. I spent probably three or so hours climbing to the top, then coming back down, and it wasn’t until I got home and checked the footage that I realised that my camera is useless in low light situations.

It was fine when there was a bit of light out, but in the forests of Mt. Haguro on a dark day, you’re a bit out of luck. So a lot of that footage I spent a long time capturing turned out to be worthless. Well, it wasn’t worthless in the sense that I learned not to use a GoPro in low light situations, but live and learn I guess.

This sort of stuff they probably teach you at film school, but when you are your own film school, these lessons hit pretty hard. On to the next video!

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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