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/

 

Enryakuji Bell tower

Enryakuji temple’s Bell tower

A fascinating element of the Enryakuji temple complex is the Sho-ro, the pavilion that houses the giant bell of peace (Heiwa no kane). It’s located near the main Lecture Hall (Daiko-do), just alongside of a beautiful grove of pines and red momiji. One of them stretches its branch full of red leaves towards the roof of the vermilion colored pavilion, offering me an amazingly vibrant view.

When someone hits the heavy bell with the wooden clapper, the air fills up with the metallic but warm vibration emitted by this giant piece of art, creating a peaceful and meditative atmosphere. The two elements that I truly love of Japanese temples are this sound and the fragrance of the incense: I feel them as gifts for my senses, and I’ll miss them when I’ll leave this beautiful country.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/60 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

 

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