About the Location: Southeast of Yokohama, Japan, along the rugged coast of Atami, a calming night scene presented itself. This area of Japan is also known for its hot springs ,or onsen, where you can unwind after a day of hiking in the beautiful foothills of Mount Fuji.
About the Shot: Shooting at night in a quiet location is a great joy for me. The process can take some time (hours even) in experimenting with the right shudder speed and ISO, and gets even more fun and complicated if you are light-painting foreground objects. In this image, I love how illuminated the tree is in the foreground, and also like that there is some motion of the leaves in the breeze in the top-center of the image due to the long shudder speed.