An early morning shot with the famous orange torii shrine of Miyajima in the background. I considered framing the orange torii through the white one in the fg, but there were too many trees in the way. I laughed at Rafals response that a good photographer always carries an axe! Mediaeval Japan was segregated into classes almost as strict as the Hindu caste system. Fishermen were at, or near, the bottom of the pecking order, so the sea shrine was built solely for them.
"Itsukushima Shrine (Japanese: 厳島神社, Itsukushima Jinja) is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as national treasures.
The shrine dates back to the 6th century, and has been in its present form since 1168 when funds were provided by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori. The shrine's construction, consisting of pier-like structures built over the bay, is due to the holy status that the island once commanded. Commoners were historically not allowed to set foot on the island, and had to approach by boat, entering through the gate that appears to float. Beside the shrine is a noh stage.
The dramatic gate (torii) of Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan's most popular tourist attractions, and the view of the gate in front of the island's Mount Misen is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan (along with the sand bar Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay). The gate has existed since 1168, though the current gate dates back to 1875. The gate, built of camphor wood, is about 16 metres high and was built in a four-legged, (yotsu-ashi) style to provide additional stability.
The gate only appears to be floating at high tide; when the tide is low, the gate is surrounded by mud and can be accessed on foot from the island. It is common practice for visitors to place coins in the cracks of the legs of the gate and make a wish. Gathering shellfish near the gate is also popular at low tide. At night, powerful lights on the shore illuminate the gate.
Retaining the purity of the shrine is so important that until 1878, no deaths or births were permitted at the shrine. To this day, burials on the island are still forbidden."
This is a link to Wikipedia
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pastadog (13111) 2006-12-13 4:38
Hi Chris - I like the interplay between the two similar structures here, in different colors. I also like the early morning light and atmosphere. Pretty composition, cheers :) Daniel
nemesiss (2979) 2006-12-13 4:39
wonderfull composition and POV. Have a best image on light & contrast.
All the best . Iulian
Paolo (41222) 2006-12-13 4:43
Hi Chris, good one with the 2 doors of different colours along the same persepective.
good colours and excellent POV.
snunney (89108) 2006-12-13 4:55
Very good composition with the curve of the shore. The juxtapositioning of the two different coloured torii with the mountain peak beyond makes for a certain symetry. Very nice colours and excellent sharpness.
UnTrained (0) 2006-12-13 5:02
this orange in the blue and green is a good color spot. And also with this POV it is really good, or may be better than framed by the white one. The stairs as the leading point for the eye are a wonderful part.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-12-13 5:24
Nice POV and sharpnes. Only a question, why the orange torii is famous?
Cricri (110709) 2006-12-13 9:36
La bordure méne notre regard sur le tombeau, un beau mariage de couleurs douces, agréables, belle réalisation, compliment
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-12-13 11:29
great shot of Miyajima, very good colours indeed, well done
miuky (3335) 2006-12-13 11:55
Hy Chris, yet another great note, and pic...
tfs...I realy mean it:)
stego (24030) 2006-12-13 15:35
Really great pov! Everything it's very well placed and balanced, with the two gates nicely bound by the shoreline and that lane. The hazy mountain in the distance with a cloud above it is also of some importance to the overall impact.
I doubt that framing one of the gates with the other one would result better than this.
sothy81 (9582) 2006-12-13 22:41
Hi Chris, beautiful photo, beautiful place and great shot. Very detailed too. Sothy
berek (43030) 2006-12-14 0:05
nice tradationel architecture . good compostion and colors. have a nice day
my overall evaluation -> ***
Angshu (56462) 2006-12-14 3:37
I like the angled perspective along the water, with the two gates..the torii further down, in orange is definitely dramatic. Lovely view with the mountains in the backdrop
jmdaoudal (82) 2006-12-14 3:45
These two gates are attractively placed in the picture, youi construction with the lines leads to the second and main one, well seen. Thanks also for the note this is interesting.
Beau travail :-)
Gerrit (50880) 2006-12-14 5:56
very wel composed shot with all the cultural highlights as well as the green surroundings brought together.
John_F_Kennedy (43379) 2006-12-14 7:07
You chose a very nice POV to take this photo. The stairs leading to the curve and then to beautiful arch in the background. It is perfect. Alovely shot with a good clarity and great colours.
carper (96) 2006-12-14 12:43
I like the shot here Chris,
very nice lines, good point of view, very nice composition by the hard light, very good job.
Rosa_d_MonteLua (1506) 2006-12-14 17:40
Beautiful composition with very pleasant colors ( with nice contrast and saturation), a well chose POV, good luminosity and a fine framing.
Excellent definition, too!
TFS and best regards,
PixelTerror (0) 2006-12-15 4:39
Not sure a framing through the first one would have been better, here the way you placed them on the diagonal gives an excellent depth to the view and I appreciate you show in one picture the two torii variants. And last but not least there's even a nice blue sky on this one, Champagne !
Have a nice day,
macondo (18623) 2006-12-15 6:12
Chris, this photo has the look of one that has been very carefully set up to mazimise the effect of the repeating arches and the perspective effect of the steps and stone wall. Obviously the light here was very bright and there are strong shadows. The wide angle exposure and PP handle this very well. The eye is led inexorably toward that distant peak with its shroud of cloud. Well done.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-12-26 15:09
Hi Chris - this place is so photogenic I really want to go back there again (with an axe of course), natural and cultural beauty in equal measure.
mumek (20202) 2006-12-26 16:32
Good afternoon Chris!
Excellent picture with superb colours,light and shadows. The note as usual very interesting and informative.