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.

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

The mirror of lacquer.

The mirror of lacquer. Japan. One of the most sought-after sights during this season in Japan is definitely the one you can enjoy inside the Rurikoin: in this private temple there’s a room opened on two sides to the garden. The special feature of this room is a polished lacquered table that reflects the amazing palette of colors of the Momiji trees in late autumn.
If you are going to visit Kyoto, this is a must see location. Unfortunately the stiff admission ticket is not a deterrent for the hundreds of tourists who want to enjoy this place everyday, so you have to be a bit lucky and hope not to visit the Rurikoin packed in a crowd…

Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 1/30 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100


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