Between the Japanese town of Nikko and its main shrines is the Shinkyo (sacred bridge), a red lacquered span that arches gracefully across the Daiya River.
The Shinkyo has long been considered one of the most beautiful structures in Japan, its simple elegance contrasting with the wildness of the river gorge, the green hills, and the tumbling waters.
It used to be known as Yamasuge-no-Jabashi (Bridge of Snakes with Wild Sedges) after an old legend concerning the priest Shodo Shonin It is said that when Shodo and ten disciples tried to cross the river Daiya, they found the current to be too strong. They began praying fervently for a way to cross, and the god Jinja Daio interceded on their behalf. He appeared carrying red and blue snakes, which he threw across the river. The snakes intertwined to form a bridge. In this way, Shodo and his disciples crossed.
In feudal times the sacred bridge could be used only by the emperor.
From here, a road leads into the park, threading through 16,000 towering cedar trees.
The scene was difficult to photograph as I was facing the sun. I persisted since I liked the soft, hazy appearance of the distant trees against which the bridge was nicely delineated.
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npecanhuk (75460) 2009-12-13 4:07
A very pleasant and truly beautiful photograph!
Level of sharpness is suitable to the image, a sort of painting-like one! Exposure, pov and colors are all excellent! The composition is effective and pretty attractive!
TFS - congratulations!
phwall (6785) 2009-12-13 4:20
The backlight although creating a slight haze, illuminates the shot perfectly. The trees especially benefit from the backlight, they show the autumn colours superbly.
Your POV provides a good look at the bridge and the river as well as opening up the forested background.
It's a very pretty shot, my compliments.
For some reason this is my first notification of your Japan posts. The new TE strikes again.
piemei (1384) 2009-12-13 4:35
hello nikko's.. i like this picture, but there is to darkness in the upper left.. so, i decide to make a WS, hope you like it
gut31 (103) 2009-12-13 8:22
Very nice colors and composition......
Vasa (515) 2009-12-13 9:27
Za snimak ovog lepog i pravog japanskog mosta izabrao si optimalnu poziciju, Dado. Možda sa nekog sličnog mosta na ovoj prelepoj planinskoj reci. Fotka je dodatno lepa sa izmaglicom u pozadini i pojašnjenjem u noti. Hvala ti prijatelju i uživaj.
PS. Mislim da verzija Piemei nije bolja od tvoje postavke.
Gerrit (51935) 2009-12-13 16:55
good composition and a fantastic autumnal atmosphere due to the hazy colors,.
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2009-12-13 17:43
Gorgeous scenery with the unique vegetation and bridge
Good lighting management
Jonathan_Tree (0) 2009-12-14 2:01
Nice landscape. Amazing river. Excellent bridge. Nice colors. Good frame.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-12-14 7:33
Well done with the light management. You are right it was a difficult image to get right but you did well my friend. Also photographing it in the Fall added additional colour from the trees in the BG.
alftrek (3270) 2009-12-14 14:40
I think you managed the light superbly. The backlighting actually works for the good, highlighting the rapids in the river and the autumn colours, and also getting the misty effects. The details are not lost in the shadows too.
ellelloo (6572) 2009-12-14 23:27
A beautiful landscape and an enchanting bridge. In spite of difficult conditions, you have managed to control the light very well. A lovely autumn mood and a nice play of shadows and light. A good POV and composition. Enchanting!
Greetings from cold south Finland (-17 °C now),
agjika (3177) 2009-12-15 14:58
What a wonderful composition, colours, architecture just superb.
Thanks for sharing
Skimjack (219) 2010-01-08 11:48
Good POV, peacefull view and nice colors!
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (26788)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-30
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-13 3:48