Guarding the pool

Guarding the pool. Sunset over an ancient quarry in Sardinia, Italy.

Guarding the pool. South western Sardinia, Italy. Sunset over a unique place on the coast: where, during the punic age (about 8th century BC) there was a quarry, now there’s a pool, whose water mirrors the colors of the sky and gives a glimpse of the submerged stones. The thin line of eroded rocks divides the the perfectly still pool from the rough sea, making this scenery even more fascinating. Further on, a watchtower built in a more recent era, dominates the promontory and guards the entire coastline.
To make this photograph I’ve used a 4 stops ND filters and a 2 stops graduated ND filter: the first one helped to extend the exposure time, emphasizing the movement of the waves, while the second one darkened the sky, balancing the light in the scene.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 1,6 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Corsair’s mirror – Sunset over the western coast of Sardinia

Corsair’s mirror. Sunset over the western coast of Sardinia, Italy.

Corsair’s mirror. Sunset over the western coast of Sardinia. In this photograph I’ve played with the opposites: the emptiness of the sky with the richness of the foreground; the intersection between the harshness of the rocks and the clean stillness of the water of the puddle within.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 4 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Waterfhole – Sinkhole waterfall in Sardinia forested inland

Waterfhole. Sinkhole waterfall in Sardinia forested inland. Italy.

Sardinia, Italy. In a narrow canyon surrounded by limestone cliffs, a unique place forged by nature and by time is hidden in the deep of the forest: it’s a sinkhole with resurgence, whose waterfall feeds a pond. Depending on the time of the year and the weather, the waterfall can grow from a feeble stream to a roaring gush.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 4,5 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

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/

 

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