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Landscape photographer Takeuchi Toshinobu

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.) These are photographs of the highest quality, and unfortunately it's impossible to show this adequately in a Web display. All puzzles are 1000 pieces, and while there is the seemingly infinite variation in tone and texture that prevents photo puzzles from being tedious, these are probably all at the harder end of the difficulty scale.

Weeping cherry
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Weeping cherry

In the grounds of Kôrinji, a Buddhist temple in Nagano Prefecture, this pendulous cherry stands against a perfect backdrop of mature bamboos. Though obviously of considerable age, the tree does not fail in its annual display.

This is a beautiful photograph - the colours, while subdued, are rich, and the detail is breathtaking. Takeuchi comments that (rather than knowing about lenses and things) the key to taking photographs like this is knowing in advance where the best trees are.

Technical details: Zenza Bronica GS-1 Zenzanon PG 250 mm, 1/4sec f/22, Fujichrome Velvia; polarising filter and tripod

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10975 (10-975 on box)
Retail price ¥2800
After the rain
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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After the rain

The mist rises over the surface of Tadamigawa, the long river that flows through Fukushima in northern Japan. The rain has passed, leaving the vegetation of this mixed forest looking lusher than ever.

Technical details: Pentax 67II 200mm F4 lens, 1/10sec f/16; Fujichrome Velvia; tripod

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10988 (10-988 on box)
Retail price ¥2800
Rainbow falls
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Rainbow falls

This is Shiraito-no-taki, or "White-thread falls", just west of Mt. Fuji. At the right time of the morning on a sunny day, it displays the beautiful arch of a rainbow. With a drop of 25 m, and a total width of 200 m, this is only the most famous of many waterfalls of this name.

Technical details: Zenza Bronica GS-1 Zenzanon PG 250 mm, 1/2sec f/32; Fujichrome Velvia; tripod

Here's a site (in Japanese) dedicated to waterfalls of this name: Map of Shira(ito) falls across Japan (blue/cyan blobs: Shiraito-no-taki, red/pink blobs: Shirataki)

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10989 (10-989 on box)
Retail price ¥2800
Dazzling maples
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Dazzling maples

Fukushima in northern Japan again (but we're not given a precise location, so the map is a guess). The tints of autumn foliage are truly stunning, thanks to the abundance of mixed forest.

Technical details: Pentax 645N2, 80-160mm zoom, f/16 AE; Fujichrome Velvia; polarising filter; tripod

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10997 (10-997 on box)
Retail price ¥2800
Frozen dawn
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Frozen dawn

Deepest winter on the Tokachi plain in Hokkaido (no precise location), in the total stillness after dawn - the temperature -20 degrees. Against the dark forest background, steam rising from hot springs forms an ethereal floating cloud.

Technical details: Pentax 645N2, 600mm telephoto, f/16 AE +2/3 exposure adjustment; polarising filter; tripod

Detail
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10998 (10-998 on box)
Retail price ¥2800