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-western 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

 

 

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/
 

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