I visited Gokoku-ji located together with an acquaintance in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo on that day. This temple is a temple of the Buzan Sect of Shingon Buddhism where fifth syogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa was built in response to the wish of his mother in 1681 at the Edo period. Then, this temple turned into a prayer temple which prays for a shogun family's fortune. After the Meiji term, the relation with the Tokugawa family was broken off, and the cemetery of an Imperial family and ordinary people was developed. Some persons in character with a student were making a sketch of temple's building structure on the big campus at the approach which we go to Hondo(Main hall). It seemed that they would sketch Hondo's building of an important cultural property if it sees from a distance. It may be a subject exercise of the summer vacation. She was drawing quite precisely. Time had become about 5 p.m. The heat of daytime also softened, the wind also came out, so it had become the comfortable open air.
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goodwill (4224) 2013-08-17 10:07
Shot of perfect Concentration. Her tight lips declare the pressure of her being perfect, which is synonymous to Japaneses.
Wish I had an iota of this perfection.
subhendu_bagchi (25331) 2013-08-17 10:30
an excellent portrait shot. So much atmospheric. Like how you use the DOF. Nice bokehed background. Excellent colour tone. Like how the reflected light illuminated the face of her, facing the sun in back. Excellent idea, nicely executed. Like her expression with a lot of concentration in it... Lovely framing. Tfs.
SnapRJW (29422) 2013-08-17 10:47
Hello Mikio - I do like the quiet atmosphere here, the soft colours punctuated by the red shoes work beautifully and your shallow DOF focuses attention on the young lady engrossed in her work. Her posture and position on the top of the steps is effective and I like the way the light just touches her neck and arm but floods the pavement. Very attractive work and I am impressed with the light management and mood here. A fine piece of work.
serp2000 (38355) 2013-08-17 11:00
Kon ban wa, Mikio,
I like your photo, excellent PoV, very nice portrait girl at work. I told us so interesting story. TFS!
Good idea and excellent realisation!
pajaran (49053) 2013-08-17 11:22
Interesantan tekst o hramu, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na devojku koja radi ....
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
An interesting article about the temple, with the given data ...
Nice view of girl that works ....
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice place and time indicated.
All the best for the weekend.
korbee (6615) 2013-08-17 15:41
Good photo Mikio,we can see the concentration on the face of the lady as she is working,this is a strong portrait with good focussing on the mean subject and the soft ,blurred background...
marabu61 (7481) 2013-08-17 16:12
Konichiwa Mikio san
The concentration in the girls face is really palpable here, you caught her in a very intimate moment with the lips thighly sealed and the eyes straight on the board.
Very nice portrait indeed with a good shallow DOF to throw the background nicely out of focus, although jugging from what I can sea it looks well worth a shot or two too.
have a good sunday
Indrasish (2833) 2013-08-17 19:18
Excellent shot here.. You took a daily life moment of an artist.. Very creative.. Like the composition and the blurred background.. Superb image quality too.. Very well done..
Good morning from India nad wish you all the best..
mcmtanyel (10979) 2013-08-17 21:24
The red shoes stand out in mostly cold colors. The light, coming from the back of the sketcher, has made this very interesting. Your light management deserves praise, too. Excellent example of selective focus.
siudzi (32709) 2013-08-17 23:34
Very interesting capture taken so perfectly with good DOF and sharpness to focus our attention on the girl. Like this presentation a lot! Looks really attractive and special due to a great pose of the girl and charming palette of the colors of the scene. Well done!
ikeharel (53183) 2013-08-18 0:43
Nice face expression of the young student while working and not noticed of the camera and yourself.
I'd crop the most of the upper part of the image, to have a more concetrated view on the main subject( student), but this is only my humble suggestion.
Well spotted, good clear photo.
Have a nice sunday evening,
thebest (4272) 2013-08-18 4:28
Hello dear Mikio,
On my travels I have often seen a young person sketching different landmarks -sometimes they have positioned themselves in front of the image that you wish to take - can be frustrating - in this case you have captured a nice moment - the young woman certainly has found a good spot where she can sketch her images without being in the way of others... it is a lovely photo & I do like the young woman's expression.
holmertz (37793) 2013-08-18 8:47
This is a very beautiful photo. The woman is well positioned in the good light and she is very nicely seated. Although the background is blurred we get a good idea of the beauty of the temple. A really excellent photo.
Pentti (1451) 2013-08-19 12:43
Well timed shot of concentrated work
a tighter crop could also have been used (-> WS)
abmdsudi (40332) 2013-08-20 9:32
This is wonderful shot of a woman which is so fully concentrated in her task and clicked timely which is enhanced by the back lighting effect. Lovely bit of halo on her hair shrouded by softness overall lighting, Great that you managed the exposure pretty well without blowing the brightest part. Vivid red adds the extra colour just to alert the eye, an excellent observation shot nicely taken, Congrats.
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-17
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-17 9:42