Sacred elements – The waterfall of Minoh in autumn

Sacred elements – The waterfall of Minoh.

Sacred elements. A view of the waterfall of Minoh, inside the Meiji-no-mori park, in early autumn. The Momiji tree that grows close to the wall of rock, whose harsh surface is polished by the flow of water, stretches toward the waterfall, as if it would breathe the air full of droplets.
Using a 6 stops ND filter, which extended the exposure time, I managed to emphasize the shape and the jumps of the waterfall, as well as smoothing out the surface of the pond.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 13 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Minoh Taki vertorama – Waterfall in the heart of the forest

Minoh Taki waterfall vertorama.

Minoh Taki vertorama. At the end of the gorge that runs between the mountains of Meiji-no-mori natural park, this 33m tall waterfall makes for an enchanting view. The luxuriant forest embraces this pond, hiding it from the outside.
To compose this vertical panorama I’ve taken 9 landscape-oriented shots, obtaining as a result a final image whith an unusual aspect ratio, similar to a scroll, with a resolution of about 98 MPixels. Moreover, every shot is a long exposure, thanks to the use of a 6 stops ND filter.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 65mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

Note that this photographed has been awarded with a Bronze Medal at the 2017 edition of EPSON International Pano Award.
 

 

Contemplation, a close up of the of the Nachi no Taki waterfall

Contemplation, a close up of the of the Nachi no Taki waterfall. Japan.

Contemplation. A detail of the Nachi no taki waterfall. This is a famous destination among travelers and japanese people as well, because of its beauty and its spiritual importance (being part of the “Nachi Taisha” temple area).
In this picture I’ve focused on the details, which are the soul of its beauty: the particular color of the stone, the complex and almost perfect vertical flow of the water, with its many small jumps, the way it creeps between the fissures and the presence of a pine tree which pushes out toward the water, all of this creates an almost poetic and timeless scene that brings to my mind the ancient japanese scroll paintings.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO80
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan

This photograph has been awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 edition of the ND Awards: Contemplation – Category “Other”
 

 

Nachi no taki the waterfall spirit of Kumano Kodo

Nachi no taki, the waterfall spirit. Japan.

Nachi no Taki waterfall, near the important Nachi Taisha shinto shrine in Kumano Kodo, Kii peninsula. This is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Japan, and one of the most important because it embodies the spirit of Hiryu Gongen, a worshipped “kami” of Kumano Kodo. The view of the waterfall from its base and the roaring sound of the impact with the rocks makes you feel tiny and reveal the possible presence of the “kami” within this wondrous manifestation of the power of nature.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/25 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan
 

Daimon-zaka the ancient pilgrimage path in the Kii peninsula

Daimon-zaka, the ancient pilgrimage path. Japan.

The Daimon-zaka is part of the Sankeimichi pilgrimage path in south-eastern area of the Kii peninsula; it is a monumental staircase made with cobblestones that climbs a slope of about 600 meters to reach the Kumano Nachi Taisha. The quiet atmosphere and the almost physical sensation of being embraced by the ancient forest establish some sort of spiritual bond with that natural place, arousing a pleasant peaceful feeling.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 1/50 s
Aperture: F/3.2
Sensitivity: ISO400
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan

 

Rising up to the light

Rising up to the light: A seascape of the Hashigui Iwa at sunrise. Kushimoto, Japan.

The dazzling beauty of the sun rising among the Hashigui Iwa filled my eyes and my heart, impressing in my mind a feeling of peace and joy; I’ll never forget that magical moment of a cold morning of autumn.
This image represents just a fraction of the beauty of that moment, nevertheless I’ve put all of myself in trying to catch a glimpse of that magic. It’s the result of the manual blending of five exposures (to capture the entire high dynamic range), using the luminosity masking technique to depict the scene as real as possible; I hope you like it.
The reason why I named this photo “Rising up to the light” is because I imagined to look at a group of marine titans who rise up towards the sun to catch its light and vital energy.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 5 exposures bracketed
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

You can find the complete article about the Hashigui Iwa in Kushimoto at the following link: Hashigui Iwa: A unique seascape in Japan
 

This photograph has been awarded twice at the following international photography competitions:
Honorable Mention in the 2015 edition of the ND Awards: “Rise up to the light” – Category Nature/Seascape Waterscape
Nominee in the 2017 edition of the FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards: “Rising up to the light” – Category Seascape
 

 

Otherworldly twilight

Otherworldly twilight: A detail of the Hashigui Iwa during twilight. Kushimoto, southern Wakayama, Japan.

The area of Kushimoto is the first one to be run over by the strong winds and the rains of the summer typhoons, which then proceed their route up to Osaka and the Kinki area. Here the coastline is rough and shaped by the strength of the natural elements. The Hashigui rocks themself seem slivers erupted from the ground: to take this image I chose a tele lens to get close to the rocks, emphasizing their sharp geometries and the textures of the stone.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 80mm
Shutter time: 1/80s
Aperture: F/3.2
Sensitivity: ISO400

You can find the complete article about the Hashigui Iwa in Kushimoto at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/hashigui-iwa-unique-seascape-japan/

Ocean scales

Ocean scales: A view of some of the 40 rocks which form the Hashigui Iwa group, taken at sunset. Kushimoto, Japan.

The coast of Kushimoto, in southern Wakayama, is characterised by the presence of a unique natural formation: it’s a group of about 40 rocks which stretches in line for 850 meters in the sea, in the direction of Kii Oshima.
After about three hours by car from Osaka, I arrived to Kushimoto in the afternoon and I found myself before the Hashigui Iwa just in time to capture their amazing beauty during twilight. The rough shape of the rocks in contrast with the soft gradient of colors of the sky made up a dreamy view, in which I floated in contemplation for an indefinite amount of time.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 30s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO80

You can find the complete article about the Hashigui Iwa in Kushimoto at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/hashigui-iwa-unique-seascape-japan/

Placid brook

Placid brook: a beautiful hidden corner in the Momijidani Park, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

The beautiful Momijidani Park, in Miyajima, can hold you some surprises if you look for them. I decided to follow a small path that didn’t seem to lead anywhere; at the very end of this deviation from the main walk, I’ve found an enchanting little waterfall, immersed in the forest. The rivulet of water was feeding the calm brook, bringing with it the fallen leaves and reflecting the warm colors of autumn.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 1s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

You can read the complete article about the Momijidani Park of Miyajima at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-japan-miyajima-momijidani-park/

The mystical Momiji grove

A light-up event in a Momiji grove, on the southern side of lake Yamanaka, represented a perfect condition to take a moody shot of the colors of Momiji leaves.

In autumn the leaves of Momiji trees, or japanese maple trees, change color turning into flaming red during the peak days of the season. The spotlights arranged below the trees, pointing to the branches, created a magical atmosphere: many flat-shaped clouds were popping out from the darkness, in an glow of otherworldly vibrant red.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
 
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
 
Focal lenght: 40mm
 
Shutter time: 1/2s
 
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO400

You can read the complete article about Mount Fuji in autumn at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-in-japan-mount-fuji/

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