The Serenity of the Flow…

On the way back down from the top of Mt. Misen we walk over this lovely little bridge with a gentle soothing flow of water beneath.

Spring Flow

Spring Flow

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1.30 sec at f/16, ISO 50

Whilst the rest of the family continue on down the mountain I had to stop and just enjoy the scenery. And do a little “serious” photography of course.

Cool Running

Cool Running

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 42 mm, 6 sec at f/13, ISO 50

This was one of the very few times during our trip that I had the opportunity to use the tripod. It’s also one of the few times where I did what I call my “normal” landscape photography. Where I’d take my time and put in the effort to craft a composition and final frame.

Miyajima Flow

Miyajima Flow

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 8 sec at f/16, ISO 50

The beautiful virgin forests of Mt. Misen, the smooth flowing water and the Kisekikaiseki (rocks of unusual shapes and sizes) all come together in this place.

It’s a place of beauty and serenity. All too soon I had to leave and catch up with my family.

Miyajima Ropeway…

The true value of Miyajima as one of the three most scenic views of Japan rests with the view from the mountaintop. The Miyajima Ropeway (宮島ロープウエ) refers to Japanese aerial lift lines. The route which opened in 1959, consists of two consecutive lines which climb Mount Misen.

Hiroshima View

Hiroshima View

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 65 mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Ropeway

Ropeway

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 70 mm, 1/80 sec at f/8, ISO 220

The ropeway station is a ten minute walk inland from Itsukushima Shrine or a 20 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier. The ride up the mountain takes about 20 minutes and requires a transfer of ropeways along the way.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

At 500 meters above sea level, Mount Misen (弥山) is the highest peak on Miyajima. On clear days, it affords spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Hiroshima City.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 720

It wasn’t so clear the day we were there with a lot of haze in the sky. Still the view was spectacular.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Taking a Ferry to Miyajima…

Miyajima (宮島) is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water.

Miyajima Bound

Miyajima Bound

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

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Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen, and numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments.

Torii Gate

Torii Gate

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 145 mm, 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 200

Undercover

Undercover

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 62 mm, 1/8 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Islands in the Myst…

It was time to head back and pass back over the six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Islands in the Myst

Islands in the Myst

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 110

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A chance to take a few more photos (from the car :)) as we travelled back over these amazing bridges.

I just loved how in the hazy late afternoon light the view from up here literally looked like islands in the myst receeding into the horizon.

… and this as we drove back onto Innoshima island.

Innoshima

Innoshima

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/8, ISO 560

Kurushima-Kaikyo…

The Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, which connects the island of Oshima to the main part of Shikoku, is the world’s longest suspension bridge structure and was completed in 1999.

Kurushima-Kaikyo

Kurushima-Kaikyo

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 180 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 125

Our day trip had started in Onomichi City. We’d made our way across all the bridges joining the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima, before terminating on Shikoku in Imabari City. This last bridge was the largest of them all.

Imabari

Imabari

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 190 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/6.3, ISO 1100

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The view from the rest area which overlooks the inland sea and back across this last great bridge is quite spectacular.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68 mm, 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 100

You can’t possibly capture the extent of Kurushima-Kaikyo in a single photo from ground level. This eleven (11) frame stitched panorama is my attempt to cover the span. That’s my wife and daughter enjoying the view in the far right corner.

The Great Bridge

The Great Bridge

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

The bridge consists of three successive suspension bridges with six towers and four anchorages. There is a shared anchorage that joins each suspension bridge to the next. The bridge’s total length is a massive 4,015 metres.