Pilgrims at the Nachi no Taki waterfall in Kumano Kodo

Pilgrims at the Nachi no Taki waterfall in Kumano Kodo. Japan.

A couple of pilgrims visit the Nachi no Taki waterfall shinto shrine. More realistically they are tourists who want to live a more intense experience, anyhow they are dressed up in a very traditional way, as in the Heian era.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/125 s
Aperture: F/4.5
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/kii-peninsula-sacred-nature-japan/

 

Jizos autumn

Jizos autumn: A detail of the shifting colors of the Momiji leaves which frame the staircase of Jizos, near the Shinomiya Shrine in Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

Jizos autumn. This photograph is a second view of the previously shared “Hundred Jizos path”, but taken a bit later, when the sun was setting. The low rays of light made the colors of the Momiji leaves even more vibrant than during the day and the statues of the Jizos below seemed to take life, as if they were walking and talking each other. The colorful skullcaps popping out from below the Momiji leaves made this glimpse curious and fascinating.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 80mm
Shutter time: 1/160s
Aperture: F/6.3
Sensitivity: ISO200

 

The photo “jizos autumn” is part of the article about the Momijidani Park of Miyajima at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-japan-miyajima-momijidani-park/

 

Hundred Jizos path

Hundred Jizos path: A staircase of stone surrounded by a hundred of jizos and framed by the colors of autumn in Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan.

The path the runs through the Momijidani Park, in Miyajima, leads to the nearbies of the Shinomiya Shrine; there you’ll find an enchanting staircase of stone, surrounded by hundreds of Jizos. Those many smiling statues, dressed up with colorful skullcaps and scarfs, represent the Bodhisattvas who protect the travelers, children and women. In Autumn, some Momiji trees, with their vibrant red leaves, frame the staircase making the walk a delightful experience.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/30s
Aperture: F/6.3
Sensitivity: ISO200

 

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/
 

Light the fire

Light the fire. A lantern of a traditional tea house pops out from the autumnal vegetation in Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

Light the fire. In the nearby of the first bridge of Momijidani Park there’s a deviation from the main path, along which you can find some traditional tea houses: they are surrounded by trees and low hedges and their natural colors make them almost mimetic. What catches your attention, anyway, is the feeble glow of the lanterns hanging below the corners of the roof: they pop out from the vegetation as you walk in the vicinity and make you enjoy the relaxing walk even more.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 115mm
Shutter time: 1/125s
Aperture: F/2.8
Sensitivity: ISO800

 

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/
 

Autumn fashion

Autumn fashion: a little girl in a colorful kimono during an “autumn fashion” walk in the Momijidani Park, Miyajima, Hiroshima.

Autumn fashion. The Momijidani park is one of the most famous and appreciated place in Japan to enjoy the beauty of red Momiji leaves. There I had the chance to attend a “fashion show” of a little girl; walking in a wonderful park in autumn is great, so why not catching this occasion to do it with style? So the parents have dressed up their daughter with a colorful kimono, decorated with symbols of long life and luck: needless to say that the little girl instantly became a superstar, attracting lots of tourists and photographers who wanted to capture her “cuteness”, maybe too many, judging from her mixed feelings that you can see in my shot.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 75mm
Shutter time: 1/160s
Aperture: F/2.8
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

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/
 

Red Momiji wonderland in the DaigoJi temple

Red Momiji wonderland in the DaigoJi temple: This shot is an alternative perspective of the view of the BentenDo hall that you can find in this gallery.

Momiji wonderland. I wanted to give you an idea of how immersive is the walk around this small temple when the Momiji are at their peak: you’re not just surrounded by the red leaves, but completely covered by them. Just look above your head and you’ll see a beautiful vault made of a natural mosaic of tiny leaves, irregularly lit by the sun; those spots of vibrant red over a deep blue sky represent the best frame for the view of the BentenDo.

To represent this atmosphere I opted for a “vertorama”, a vertical panoramic composition: using an L-plate mounted on the camera and a nodal rail, I’ve shot six slightly overlapping images in landscape orientation, looking progressively higher and higher until I’ve almost reached the zenith. Then I’ve stitched these images using the software Hugin. I hope I’ve been able to immerse you in this scene to make you feel the japanese autumn air.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
 
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
 
Focal lenght: 20mm
 
Shutter time: 1/80s
 
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

You can read the complete article about the DaigoJi temple in autumn at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-japan-colors-of-daigoji-temple/

 

Passage toward autumn

Passage toward autumn: Walking inside a japanese garden is always a fascinating experience: in every season it changes its shape and colors and provides many vantage points to enjoy the beauty of nature in its fleeting shades.

Passage toward autumn. The garden around the BentenDo hall, inside the DaigoJi temple, has all you can wish to admire the harmony between every natural element and the temple placed among them; in my case, what I liked the most has been a glimpse of the small vermilion bridge framed by some branches of beautiful red momiji, visible beyond the small pond in the upper part of the walk.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
 
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
 
Focal lenght: 50mm
 
Shutter time: 1/15s
 
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

You can read the complete article about the DaigoJi temple in autumn at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-japan-colors-of-daigoji-temple/

 

Impressionist autumn in the temple

Impressionist autumn: In autumn the pond at the foot of the BentenDo hall becomes a shiny mirror for the many momiji that in this period change color to become of a deep and vibrant red.

Impressionist autumn. The small walk that surrounds the pond provided me a nice spot from which I took a low angle shot of this explosion of colors; the warm light of the afternoon sun was saturating the already rich scene, making it an almost impressionist painting.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
 
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
 
Focal lenght: 20mm
 
Shutter time: 1/25s
 
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

You can read the complete article about the DaigoJi temple in autumn at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-japan-colors-of-daigoji-temple/

 

Autumn at DaigoJi panorama

Autumn at DaigoJi: the most scenic view inside the DaigoJi temple complex is around the BentenDo hall.

Autumn at DaigoJi. The small pavilion, raised for the goddess Benzaiten , and the rounded bridge which leads to it are reflected on the pond, together with the many red momiji. A walk that surrounds the entire pond and that widens in some viewpoints allows the many tourists to enjoy this view from various angles.
To capture a wide view of the pond with the many trees, I opted for a multi-shot panorama instead of a single frame with a wide lens: this pano is composed of six partially overlapping shots taken in portrait orientation and then stitched together with Hugin.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
 
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
 
Focal lenght: 20mm
 
Shutter time: 1/60s
 
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

You can find the complete article about the DaigoJi temple in autumn at the following link: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/autumn-japan-colors-of-daigoji-temple/

 

Yabusame Falling

The Yabusame archer loses the balance and falls from his horse.

Due to the complexity of riding the horse and take aim on the target while standing up on the stirrups, falling from the horse is a concrete possibility for the yabusame archer. Losing the balance is a matter of a fraction of second. Moreover, if the horse is nervous the ride is even harder. Luckily, in this case, the archer has fallen just a few centimeters beyond the poles and he didn’t report any injury. The jury is watching the scene with worry…

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL IF DC WR
Focal lenght: 100mm
Shutter time: 1/1000 s
Aperture: F/6.7
Sensitivity: ISO200

 

This shot belongs to the award-winning series in the PX3 Prix de la photographie 2014 edition: “Yabusame” – Bronze medal – Category Press/Performing arts

 

You can find the full blog post about the japanese traditional horse mounted archery at the following page: Yabusame, the japanese horse mounted archery

 

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