The climax point of our visiting Oboke Gorge in Iya Valley is to walk through the Kazura Vine Suspension Bridge.
This suspension bridge was entirely made by hand from kazura vines. It is not known when they were first constructed, but the vine bridges are kept in excellent condition by the local residents, who trace their ancestry back to warriors of 11th century.
The bridge shown in this picture was the only remaining vine suspension bridge in the region. It has now been reinforced by steel cables to prevent accidents. This bridge is about a few hundreds meter away from my last post, going depth along the valley on the left hand side of that picture.
It began to snow when we reached this bridge. There was a big snow storm in that area a few days before our visiting. The environment was still well covered by snow as shown in this photo.
Pay a 500 yen admission fee; you can walk cross the bridge.
In the WS, I have posted two other photos of the vine bridge. One is a picture with a group of visitors walking on the bridge and another one is taken while I was on the bridge.
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alvaraalto (6177) 2006-01-26 18:05
I'm the first to walk over this dangerous bridge of you. I’ve seen stronger and larger bridges of you but this one is lovely too.
Janice (4403) 2006-01-26 18:24
Hi Wes, this suspension bridge does look a bit scary! But I guess it will be well maintained. Good POV looking down to teh other end. Well shown, thank you
Tue (27696) 2006-01-26 18:56
Great shot with the perspective of the bridge. Really well composed too, well done!
PJE (20758) 2006-01-26 19:00
Wes a very difficult photo to capture because of the lighting. Now I see you had to use a f11 to capture the depth of field. Excellent work Wes. I have to ask what kind of shoes you are wearing. Looks pretty classy Wes! Just bugging you. I am glad its reinforced with steel cables. A fine presentation!
klennon79 (0) 2006-01-26 20:11
Hi Wes. I like this perspective. Great lines and symmetry. It looks like a fun place to visit.
singuanti (15250) 2006-01-26 22:10
Hi Mr. Wes. That's a fun POV and you've really got the symmetry working. Good job hand-holding the 1/13th second shutter speed but it was essential you have a large DOF for this particular situation. About how much is 500 yen? Good shot Wes.
dsidwell (9783) 2006-01-26 23:11
This bridge looks like fun to cross! I love the point of view, Wes, and the tones are very engaging, too.
alford (3981) 2006-01-27 2:01
Hi Wes! Natural suspension bridges are one of my favorites! They're usually associated with isolated and nature-friendly areas - that's why. And it's usually an adventure to walk thru one, especially the higher ones. I'm amazed this is made out of vines! looks like a very nice place! rgds.
Graal (98670) 2006-01-27 2:39
unusual bridge and interesting place. Good informations in note and WS. I like the perspective and colours. Fine a trip. Picture well done.
jmdaoudal (82) 2006-01-27 3:27
Spectacular by this strong departure, the bridge is very exotic and you catch well.
Good colors and a nice mood
I like it
berek (40511) 2006-01-27 4:09
interesting architecture for a bridge. very good perspective. have a nice day.
feather (51130) 2006-01-27 6:10
You'll need a good head for heights to venture on to this bridge! Good DOF, sharp from front to back. And the slow shutter speed; I presume you didn't have your tripod with you. Excellent work
sergio1 (12152) 2006-01-27 6:17
Wuuuuaaaauuuu!!!!! Very nice this bridge. The compo is good and the contrast too.
sarhanp (124) 2006-01-27 7:05
as a bridge lover, I really like to see this very well composed fantastic bridge.
Thanks for sharing,
papagolf21 (87466) 2006-01-27 14:34
Très intéressante photographie de ce pont construit avec des matériaux rudimentaires (heureusement qu'il existe des câbles d'acier pour rigidifier l'ensemble). Toutefois, ce passage demande quand même de l'habileté compte tenu de l'écart entre chaque élément de bois.
Excellentes prises de vue.
Stepan (27210) 2006-01-27 15:32
Wow ! Must be impressive and scarry to walk there...
Excellent perspective and dof.
Cricri (108775) 2006-01-27 16:04
J'aime cette traverser faite de bois, et de toutes cette verdure qui l'entoure, bon POV,
une image pleine de naturel
Emile (20350) 2006-01-27 17:37
Sorry I'm late in this one but since yesterday a have a flu, I was in bed until this moment that I feel better.
Your picture is very good with great perspective and depth. Sharpness is very good. Good composition.
Well done. TFS.
ChrisJ (100840) 2006-01-28 3:37
A good pov lokking straight down the bridge, with marvellous diminishing linear perspective & vanishing point. Well done!
Galmeida (12559) 2006-01-29 16:46
This Vine Suspension Bridge is so well captured by you in a fine perspective and personal view. What a fine angle and aproach view with a excelent resulting composition. Good sharpness, light handling and clear picture. The enquadrement is good and your vision better. Congratulations and all the best to you. Have a nice week and my best regards.
aloyho (6798) 2006-02-06 19:50
Suspension bridges are fairly popular in our region where local materials like wood and bamboo were used for its construction but they are very different in structure from this one. I must say that I enjoyed looking at the details that you are able to capture and the angle certainly enable us to really have a good look at its construction. I am also attracted to the beautiful shade of green at the top. Excellent shot!! Regards.
Gregtom (7167) 2006-02-11 11:43
I like this central composition. Hanging bridge is really beautiful, I like this kind of little architecture very much.
evanrizo (456) 2006-03-11 4:19
Great perspective and very good sharpness also in the depth.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-03-18 22:31
Intereting to see such antique bridges still exist.Nice view you captured from centre of bridge.TFS
plimrn (21344) 2006-04-07 4:18
Yikes!! You're a lot braver than me, Wes. I was already dizzy looking at the bridge; then when I saw the workshop with the gaps nearly the size of your foot!! As always your photo, your note and the WS make a great presentation. I agree with your excellent critiques above especially, aloyho, PJE, Kath and singuanti.
- Copyright: Wes Wang (weswang) (18223)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-26
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70 DX, 67mm UV
- Exposure: f/11, 1/13 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: A Week of Self-Guided Tour In Japan
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-26 18:02
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