This photograph is taken in the precincts of a temple in Meiji-jingu. Meiji-jingu is the shrine which deified Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. In response to Emperor Taisho's sanction, founding Meiji-jingu on May 1, 1915 was announced by the Department of the Interior notification. The ceremony of completion was held on November 1, 1920. It is the shrine which received the popularity of the Japanese who respect the Imperial Household in memory of Emperor Meiji who built the foundation of modern Japan. I entered this shrine from Yotogi entrance, and arrived at the oratory on that day. When I are walking along the courtyard in front of hall of worship, I met heavy rain suddenly. I moved to the near corridor having a roof, and I sheltered from the rain for a while until it stopped getting down. The person in character with a traveler had sheltered under the corridor as preventing the rain like me.
The chrysanthemum flower seal in the upper left of a corridor is the Imperial Household's crest.
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avigur_11 (22099) 2012-09-21 7:30
Wonderful image. despite the rain, the light is perfectly managed, and creats such a magical atmospher. great Job.
holmertz (50774) 2012-09-21 7:31
This is a rather unusual picture, but it is a great composition and the heavy rain is very well captured. There is a good balance between the lighter and dark areas and we can see people taking shelter. The rain is so heavy that those to the right are barely visible. I can't deny that this reminds me of a scene from a Kurosawa movie. I am sure there was heavy rain in some of them.
romanaa (7984) 2012-09-21 10:54
this is such a moody shot. You have capture all the essence of rain in one picture. The contrast between the dark parts and light absorbed in raindrops is charming.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-09-21 13:32
Oh I do like this Mikio. I have tried (unsuccessfully) to capture a sudden deluge like this one. Yours is full of atmosphere and I can hear the rain thundering down. The contrast of light and shade and the small red-clad figure all work so well together. Very nice work. Warm regards Rosemary
worldcitizen (8436) 2012-09-21 17:21
It is really raining hard in this photo! I like the separation of the pouring rain in the courtyard, and the dry walkway. We can still enjoy some nice details of the temple roof, even though the rain is so strong. I like strong rainstorms...as long as I can enjoy them from a dry place. :-)
sabermonajati (11151) 2012-09-21 22:02
amazing moment with evocative style from rain you captured.
abmdsudi (52431) 2012-09-23 10:33
Wet day does not deter imaginative shutter bug from making a shot like this. Opportunity well taken as shown here and so well exposed. The bright falling rain and wet floor together create dark shadowed area in high contrast. It's the hint of details -the speck of red, the coouples and the series of Imperial Crests intrigue me and makes it special, an image that cheers up the rainy day and a dream-like quality to this shot makes me feel optimistic just looking at it. Great stuff and creative, Well done
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-09-25 9:37
Ola Mikio ,
Interessante foto conseguida neste dia de chuva , gostei do contraste entre as duas atmosferas , boa sensação de movimento da chuva a cair , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
nikkitta (17066) 2012-09-25 17:54
Interesting note to introduce this beautiful and well captured image
Like the way you managed the failing water that seems almost a transparent curtain
Good work, congrats
Didi (60586) 2012-10-01 11:06
Interesting difference of contrast, a very interesting scene.
Good frame quality
mcmtanyel (21362) 2013-07-22 18:11
This is a superb photo! The intensity of the rain is quite apparent, the contrast between the rainy middle and the sheltered edge says it all! The lines in the photo contribute to a very pleasant perspective.
ikeharel (69213) 2013-12-22 3:22
An excelent sharp photo, as the heavy rain poured from aloft, mikio.
We can actually feel but can't hear the big drops falling.
Fine managed the light, good division on picture space.
Have a nice new week,
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Light [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-21 6:49