Threshold of Earth – The sun rises through the Torii

Threshold of Earth.

Threshold of Earth. A part of the study of the connection between the Torii and the natural elements which surround it. The Torii is an iconic japanese structure belonging to Shinto shrines, in other words it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve aligned the rising sun and the Torii with the intent of representing this one as a threshold of a passage that connects our world with the sun, one of the most sacred natural elements, that gives life to our planet and venerated by human being since the dawn of history.
This photograph required some of planning. I wanted to align the rising sun with the Torii, positioning the latter at the same time at an angle of 45 degrees. As a result, the two opposite pillars of the gate would have pointed directly the sun. In order to obtain this “construction”, I made use of a useful smartphone’s app which keeps track of the ephemeris and the relative position of the stars in relation to the photographer’s point of shooting. The app has simplified this planning significantly, reducing at the same time the chance of failure. After that, the shoot and the subsequent post processing have been fairly straighforward: essentially, it’s a simple silhouette which required some adjustments in contrast and color, plus a crop to my taste to modify the aspect ratio of the image, making it appear wider.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 36mm
Shutter time: 1/1000 s
Aperture: F/9
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

This photograph has been awarded with a nomination in the 2017 edition of the Fine Art Photography Awards: Crossing the threshold of Earth” – Category Open Theme

 

Illusion of time – Long exposure of a Japanese Torii at dusk

The illusion of time.

The illusion of time. Another part of the study of the connection between the Torii and the natural elements which surround it. The Torii is an iconic japanese structure belonging to Shinto shrines, it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve took advantage of the soft light of a cloudy day and, by capturing the scene after the sunset using a long exposure, I tried to convey a sense of stillness: the boundaries between the water and the sky almost disappear, leaving the Torii and the distant mountains in an undefined space, untied from the flow of time.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 111 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

Note that this photograph has been awarded with a Nominee at the 2018 edition of FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards

 

 

Gate to eternity – Japanese Torii during sunrise

Gate to eternity.

Gate to eternity. Another part of the study of the connection between the Torii and the natural elements which surround it. The Torii is an iconic japanese structure belonging to Shinto shrines, it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve composed a scene in which the Torii can symbolize the doorway to the light, source of life and joy diffused on our world by the sun.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 46 s
Aperture: F/9
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

Note that a black and white version of this photograph has been awarded with two Honorable Mentions at the 2012 edition of ND Awards: “Gate to eternity” – Category Special/Long Exposure + Category Fine Art/Landscapes

 

Gate to the stars – Japanese Torii during the Blue Hour

Gate to the stars.

Gate to the stars. A study of the connection between the Torii and the natural elements which surround it. The Torii is an iconic japanese structure belonging to Shinto shrines, it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve composed a scene in which the Torii can symbolize the boundary between night and day, a moment in time that allows to see our world together with the stars above it.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 5 s
Aperture: F/4
Sensitivity: ISO200

 

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