Path to the forbidden forest

Path to the forbidden forest.

Path to the forbidden forest. Japan. A stairway of stones, plentifully bestrewn with the last leaves of autumn, leads to the heart of the sacred forbidden forest.
With this work I wanted to convey a sense of mysticism, which can be felt during this particular moment of autumn, when the flaming red leaves of the Momiji trees (japanese maple trees) adorn the ancient stairway of stones that leads to the temple into the forest. This scene represented for me the perfect bond between nature and the work of man to approach the divine.

To capture this image I used my Pentax K-3 camera with the Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM lens, mounted on a tripod, and the Lee Polariser filter. To reach the highest possible resolving power of the sensor, I’ve set the aperture to the lens’ sweet spot of f/5.6, then I shot using the Mirror Up function and the wireless trigger, avoiding any unwanted micro-movement. This is actually a composite image of seven different shots, blended together to remove some tourists from the scene.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
Focal lenght: 58mm
Shutter time: 1/2 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

This photograph has been awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2018 edition of the ipa int’l Photography Awards: “The Path to The Forbidden Forest” – Category Nature/Seasons

 

Visit to the shrine

Visit to the shrine.

Visit to the shrine. Two japanese girls, dressed with colorful kimono, pay a visit to the Hirano Shrine, part of a large complex located in the north-west area of Kyoto. I took this shot after what it seemed an endless waiting: the shrine was packed with tourists dressed in the most disparate ways, resulting in a somewhat uninspiring view. In a stroke of luck, I seized the only moment in which those two girls were alone inside the frame and, what is more, it coincided with some clear up in a rather cloudy day.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Focal lenght: 35mm
Shutter time: 1/100 s
Aperture: F/2.8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

Fortress of the sky

Fortress of the sky.

Fortress of the sky. The mighty castle of Osaka, at sunset. To emphasize its imposing structure I’ve composed the frame placing the camera below its base. Long exposure executed using a Lee Big Stopper and an additional Lee Soft ND Grad.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 25 s
Aperture: F/6.3
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

The great white heron

The great white heron.

The Himeji jo, known as “The White Heron” or “Shirasagi jo”, is the biggest castle of Japan. After the restoration works that took several years and ended on March 27th 2015, the walls of the structure were dazzling white and its reflection on the moat was more visible than in the past.
Shot with the Lee Filters Big Stopper to obtain a long exposure and the Lee Filters ND SoftGrad 0.6 to darken the sky.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 34 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

This photograph has been awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2016 edition of the ND Awards: “The Great White Heron” – Category Special/Long Exposure

 

The mirror of lacquer

Oiran

The Daruma family

Last snow on the Kinkakuji golden pavilion in Kyoto

Last snow on the Kinkakuji.

Last snow on the Kinkakuji. After a light snowfall in Kyoto, some white spots still adorn the dark roofs of the Kinkakuji golden pavilion and its surrounding garden. The lightly rippled surface of the pond reflects the shiny color of this unique monument.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
Focal lenght: 28mm
Shutter time: 1/500 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO200

 

Kinkakuji golden vision during a heavy snowfall in Kyoto

Kinkakuji golden vision.

Kinkakuji golden vision. A view of the Kinkakuji golden pavilion during a heavy snowfall. The entire garden is covered in snow, becoming almost monochromatic: this makes the shiny color of the pavilion stand out even more, turning the Kinkakuji into a golden vision.

Note that this photograph is licensable for many different uses through my Stock Photography Agency SIMEPHOTO.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 20mm
Shutter time: 1/200 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO200

Threshold of Earth – The sun rises through the Torii

Threshold of Earth.

Threshold of Earth. A part of the study of the connection between the Torii and the natural elements which surround it. The Torii is an iconic japanese structure belonging to Shinto shrines, it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve aligned the rising sun and the Torii with the intent of representing this one as a threshold of a passage that connects our world with the sun, one of the most sacred natural elements, that gives life to our planet and venerated by human being since the dawn of history.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 36mm
Shutter time: 1/1000 s
Aperture: F/9
Sensitivity: ISO100
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