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Karakuni Shrine…

by on Jan.14, 2017, under Life, Photography

A short walk to the side of Tōdai-ji is Karakuni Shrine. However just before you get to the shrine is this very nice large bell. Unfortunately for my daughter you’re not able to ring it but you can go right up to it and stand inside. What’s all that ringing in my head :).

Karakuni Shrine

Karakuni Shrine

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 35 mm, 1/40 sec at f/5, ISO 110

I just loved the details of this old temple high up on the side of the hill. Those funky huge lanterns hanging down the sides, the old worn doors, those signs above the doors. Plus it was nice and cool here in the shade after a long walk up the hill :).



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/8, ISO 1250

As soon as I saw this lovely set of old covered stairs I had a photographic idea in my mind. So whilst the family was taking refreshment and rest I spent some time shooting this.

Down and Out

Down and Out

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 72 mm, 1/80 sec at f/8, ISO 500

The contrast was heavy with inky blackness and bright full sun sometimes in the frame. So I exposure bracketed frames in the hope that I’d have salvageable pieces to use. I was shooting this all handheld so motion between frames was going to be an issue. Plus I was slightly tinkering with the composition to get it just right. And finally I was waiting patiently for any people to move out of view.

Anyway over a period of just under ten minutes I took six sets of five (5) bracketed frames.

This final image is an exposure merge of the second last set I took. Then converted to monochrome (the random colour in the original was distracting).

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