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As stated at the bottom of Page 2, this page continues December 19th at 4:05 PM. On this page you'll see the final 27 minutes of the sunset over Mt. Fuji - which is generally called "Diamond Fuji" - from the summit of Mt. Takao. The closest I achieved to catching a "Diamond Fuji" is the 3rd photo in Row 6. If atmospheric conditions are just right then one can see a "Diamond" for a few seconds just as the sun sinks below the rim of Mt. Fuji. This page also includes the table and chart of all mountains climbed during 2014.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

December 19th continues from Page 2 (at 4:05 PM)
  Here are two images taken at 4:05 PM. The first one is the original photo, which has only been framed. The second one has been Auto-Toned with Photoshop® - note how that reduced the orange and brought out more of the "natural" blue in the sky. The closest we have ever seen to a "Diamond Fuji" and the best photos we have ever gotten were taken back on December 19th, 2009 and you can view those best photos HERE.
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Dec19_96Adj_MtTakao_MtFujiRC
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  Same thing with these two images shot at 4:07 PM - the first one is the original, which has only been framed, and the second one has been Auto-Toned, again, reducing the orange and bringing out more of the blue.
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  And, here is the same thing with a photo taken at 4:11 PM.
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  All three images in this row were shot as Digital Negatives and processed. The second and third images again show the original vs. an Auto-Toned rendition of it. The time now is 4:14 PM.
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  Now it's 4:15 PM and here are another pair of images in which the first one is the original and the second one has been Auto-Toned.
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  Now, at 4:17 PM and 4:18 PM, the sun is disappearing behind Mt. Fuji and it appears that we will not get a "Diamond" today. Again, the first two images show an original and an Auto-Toned rendition. The third shot is zoomed out, and this is the closest I got to having a "Diamond Fuji" shot this year.
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  The first two images again show an original and an Auto-Toned rendition of it - taken at 4:18 PM. The third shot was taken at 4:19 PM and the sun is now gone.
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Dec19_147Adj_MtTakao_MtFujiRC
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  The three shots in this row were taken at 4:21, 4:23:30 and 4:25 PM respectively.
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  Here are the final two images of my "Diamond Fuji" adventure from this year. The first one is again an original and the second one has been Auto-Toned. The time was 4:32 PM. I stayed here until 4:45 PM hoping something would happen which was interesting, but it did not. Much to my surprise, there were not many people here for "Diamond Fuji" viewing this year. With the weather forecast for the next few days as it was - rainy, cloudy weather - I truly expected the place to be jammed with hundreds of people today, but there were only maybe 30 - 40 people here. That was actually rather shocking.
Dec19_187Orig_MtTakao_MtFujiRC
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End December 19th, End December 2014's Photos, Begin Mountains Climbed During 2014
  Here you can find a list of all the mountains which we, or I alone, climbed during Calendar Year 2014. Note that only 29 mountains were climbed during 2014 - although certainly not 29 different ones. Numbers in parenthesis (e.g. #102) indicate the number of times I have climbed that mountain since I've been in Japan. You might notice that we only climbed 3 new mountains during 2014.

Mountains Climbed During 2014
No. Date Mountain Name Elev., Ft. Elev., M. Location

1

Mar-16-2014 Mt. Takao (#102) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

2

Mar-16-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#46) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

3

Mar-29-2014 Mt. Kagenobu-yama (#11) 2,385 727 Tokyo, Takao Area

4

Mar-29-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#47) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

5

Mar-29-2014 Mt. Takao (#103) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

6

Apr-05-2014 Mt. Nakazawa (#2) 1,621 494 Tokyo, Takao Area

7

Apr-12-2014 Sougaku Mtn. (#9) 2,480 756 Tokyo, Mitake Area

8

Apr-12-2014 Mt. Iwatakeishi (#9) 2,602 793 Tokyo, Mitake Area

9

Apr-13-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#48) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

10

Apr-27-2014 Mt. Makiyose (#3) 3,898 1,188 Tokyo, Itsukaichi Area

11

Apr-29-2014 Mt. Ougi 3,733 1,138 Yamanashi Prefecture

12

Apr-29-2014 Mt. Okubo 3,638 1,109 Yamanashi Prefecture

13

Apr-29-2014 Mt. Momokura 3,292 1,003 Yamanashi Prefecture

14

May-06-2014 Mt. Mitake (#40) 3,048 929 Tokyo, Mitake Area

15

May-06-2014 Mt. Ohtake (#7) 4,155 1,267 Tokyo, Mitake Area

16

May-10-2014 Mt. Makiyose (#4) 3,898 1,188 Tokyo, Itsukaichi Area

17

May-31-2014 Mt. Takao (#104) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

18

May-31-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#49) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

19

June-01-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#50) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

20

June-15-2014 Mt. Kinashi (yama) (#2) 5,682 1,732 Yamanashi Prefecture

21

June-15-2014 Mt. Mitsutouge (#4) 5,860 1,786 Yamanashi Prefecture

22

July-29-2014 Mt. Takao (#105) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

23

July-29-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#51) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

24

Sept-14-2014 Mt. Takao (#91) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

25

Sept-14-2014 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#52) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

26

Oct-25-2014 Mt. Fuji Fifth Station (Subashiri) (#2) 7,562 2,305 Yamanashi Prefecture

27

Nov-23-2014 Mt. Mitake (#41) 3,048 929 Tokyo, Mitake Area

28

Nov-23-2014 Mt. Hinode (#17) 2,959 902 Tokyo, Mitake Area

29

Dec-19-2014 Mt. Takao (#107) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

Mountains Climbed in Calendar Year 2014
End Mountains Climbed During 2014, Begin Miscellaneous Links
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