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Fushimi Inari Taisha
01/06/2010 James Clarke

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Japan view map

It's listed in the Lonely Planet Kyoto Guide book as one of the top 5 sites to see in Kyoto (along with the Kyoto Imperial Palace Gardens, Nanzen-ji, Kurama-dera, and the Nishiki Markets). It's also the second easiest to get to from my house of the top five, but for some reason it was the last of the top five for me to visit. Since Ritsuko and had a rare Tuesday afternoon and evening off, so we decided to head to the Shrine in the afternoon and stop at Kyoto station on the way back for a dinner at a nice restaurant near the station.
Given the conditions (it was overcast with a bit of light rain) I was glad I had my D700 and 24 f/2.8 lens, to be able to capture a handheld shot at high iso and wide open aperture. It would have been hard to do with the D80 + Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 under those conditions, given I'd lose two stops of iso and at least a stop of aperture.
It is usual for a Shinto shrine to only have a few gates, because each gate represents passing through to a more holy part of the shrine. However there are thousands of gates all next to each other in the kilometres of maze like paths at Fushimi Inari Taisha. It's not the only shrine like this, there is a similar one near Tokyo.
Note 04/11/2011: Still very busy at the moment, might be a little while before I post another PBLOG, but I will try to update some of the other galleries in a few days.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D AF
1/30s f/2.8 at 24mm iso6400 full exif

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Milan Vogrin31-Dec-2011 12:23
Great compo!V!
eye2see08-Nov-2011 05:06
Magnificent work! ~V
marko gregoric07-Nov-2011 22:55
Great colors and composition. V
Ali Majdfar07-Nov-2011 15:00
Superb capture for ISO 6400! ~V
Jim & Josefina07-Nov-2011 01:14
Lucky you to have taken this route! Amazing shot!... Josefina
Simon Chandler06-Nov-2011 01:03
Excellent low light shot. Great clarity and exposure. v
parallaxes05-Nov-2011 14:22
It's always nice to follow you, James... great caption and a wonderful shot of this beautiful amazing place :^)
norbi05-Nov-2011 11:33
Great colours and perspective in this high ISO capture. v.norbi
Sam_C05-Nov-2011 08:24
Fantastic shot and place! But of course, the one closest to you is the one you visit last! BV :-)
shatterbug05-Nov-2011 07:20
Excellent frame, and a feast of color!
Zoltán Balogh05-Nov-2011 06:44
How marvellous James, a masterpiece! V
Raphael_E04-Nov-2011 23:13
Amazing picture, James !! Love it ! BV.
Kaden Kratzer04-Nov-2011 20:11
Gorgeous. V
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