Stone lanterns at Nara in Japan, an important historic town south of Kyoto. I've sharpened the oof fg, and added density to the oe highlights. Also desaturated the blue sign at left.
I think this was at Kasuga Taisha. Will come back & edit. Cannot get into Google right now.
Edit: "Few things are simpler but more quaintly enchanting than the stone lanterns padding the walking path leading up to world reknown UNESCO World Heritage Site Kasuga Shrine in Nara Park. In fact, one of the reasons why Kasuga Shrine is famous is because it has some of the oldest bronze and stone lanterns, called Toro, in all of Japan. Toro were originally created as religious elements for temples and shrines, but today they are used in Japanese gardens more for their beauty." Source:
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Silvio1953 (143278) 2012-03-20 1:36
Ciao Chris, great composition with a lot of fantastic stone lanterns, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Nicou (142210) 2012-03-20 2:19
suepr compo et iamge quel pierres, avec la mousse vert qui reocuvre ce pierres, fantastique vue et iamge, bravo.
Merci et amitié
besnard (56385) 2012-03-20 3:34
C'est curieux et intéressant tout ce rassemblement de lanternes aux formes multiples et variées.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jhm (152982) 2012-03-20 3:36
I though to a cemetry with all these extraordinarily stone lanterns.
Technical perfect, excellent composition.
Sharpness and clarity are lovely.
Very well done, TFS.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-20 3:58
I like this superb composition and the beautiful details, the lights and POV are splendid, great shot of this place, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-20 4:16
wonderful shot of these Kasuga lanterns. So perfectly sharp, detailed and textured. Looks like a few have been around for quite a number of years here, the moss adds that little touch of colour and magic. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
pierrefonds (66476) 2012-03-20 4:43
The trees are framing well the lanterns. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Nara stone lanterns. The afternoon light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-03-20 4:55
So Chris - All these lanterns are in situ .. what a sight and so beautiful with the lichens and mosses growing all over them. Fascinating shot, the green leafy backdrop is super blending in nicely without distracting. Warm regards rosemary
Sergiom (79755) 2012-03-20 6:11
J'aime beaucoup la mousse verte qui chapeaute les monuments gris. Elle ajoute une belle touche de couleurs à ces belles formes.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-03-20 6:49
Unique capture.Nice POV.Perfect saturation and contrast.TFS
Graal (102896) 2012-03-20 7:33
unusual stone lanterns. Good informations and pp. Photo I like. Very good quality.
Have a nice day.
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-03-20 7:57
سلام دوست من
جای جالب در محیط خوب
mohammad_H (9904) 2012-03-20 8:10
Really interesting and beautiful stone lanterns and the resolution recorded in the appropriate box did it. Have a nice evening
rychem (36097) 2012-03-20 10:13
It is very interesting to read abut these stone lanterns, excellent captured and presented
yquem46 (38752) 2012-03-20 10:57
I have absolutely everything to learn from Japan and its traditions
This is therefore a nice image with which to start my education
emka (97717) 2012-03-20 16:44
Hi Chris, There are so many stone lanterns in Nara, and specially in kasuga Taisha. In the Temple there were also other lanterns. Nice view with the moss covering the stone. Superb composition.
adores (45347) 2012-03-20 18:28
And they are right to use them this way because they are just magnificent, specially here, when we have so many together!Good pov to show this wonderful place- Good light and sharpness also. I really like the effect of the moss on the lanterns!
TopGeo (38216) 2012-03-20 23:52
Ideal idea and pattern a cemetery!! with all these extraordinarily stone elements
Technical perfect all the best!
Royaldevon (38896) 2012-03-21 1:40
Good Morning Chris,
I like how you have positioned the tallest lantern in the immediate f/g where it provides fine textural and sculptural details and makes a fine lead to the vast array of other lanterns.
Have a lovely day,
angel66 (1006) 2012-03-21 1:59
this photo looks to me technically perfect! TFS
Have a nice day
jjcordier (79297) 2012-03-21 3:03
Ces lanternes de pierres sont vraiment très surprenantes et tu en as réalisé une excellente photo.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-03-21 6:11
Ola Chris ,
Muito interessante este kugar com estas lanternas de pedra , os detalhes estão muito bons , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Didi (60588) 2012-03-21 8:12
Very original and interesting subject
Very good frame quality.
I'll be return from Normandy in the first of april.
siolaw (38292) 2012-03-22 0:52
An interesting site and a fine picture of it! I like how these stone lanterns are tight, pleasantly filling the frame. Compo and POV are fine too with good balance of this image.
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-03-22 5:17
The way these stones are carved into so many lanterns are amazing. Your capture rendered such pleasing tone and details. Nicely composed shot and thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (58789) 2012-03-22 13:20
Amazing place, superb rock lanterns. Well captured, very beautiful scene.
delpeoples (58080) 2012-03-24 2:04
What an amazing subject, I love the lichen that covers over the stone lanterns and the beautiful textures. I probably would have cloned out the white sign in the left foreground, but that's just a small nitpick.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day.
ikeharel (71475) 2014-08-01 4:24
Fabulous sight of the many stone lanterns, same pattern but each is a bit different.
Green moss adorned as a cap or a hat atop of some.
Fine picture, DOF and clarity.
Have a nice weekend,