Monk in contemplation

Monk in Contemplation

Monk in Contemplation. Japan. A monk of the Buddhist temple Hasedera, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, contemplates the beauty of nature during autumn, when the leaves of Momiji trees turn red. Moments of contemplation like this are a common factor in all those meditative disciplines and activities which detach from the hectic modern daily life, slow down and meet the “pace of nature”.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/13 s
Aperture: F/4.5
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

You can find the full blog post about the culture and history of tea in Japan at the following page: Tea culture in Japan: history, tradition and plantation of Wazuka

 

 

The Daruma family

The Daruma family.

The Daruma family. Japan. In a big temple near Osaka, a sort of tabernacle shrine packed with Daruma shows how devoted are the people to these symbols of good luck and hope. Usually, a person who has a wish buys a Daruma doll, which has both eyes blank, and paints in black just one of them. If the wish comes true, the believer paints the other eye and brings the doll back to the temple.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 1/320 s
Aperture: F/2
Sensitivity: ISO200

 

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/

 

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