This is the Japanese traditional archery as a ritual deed. Some big shrines conduct this ritual at the beginning of new year. This is called "the first arrow" in Japanese. They wear the original traditional clothes, caps and sandals strictly due to the rules.
This early morning I just knew today's event via internet and hurried up this shirine to witness. This was the first time for me to take shots.
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olive224 (2719) 2013-01-03 2:42
Nice morning light and the geometric shapes are just fine
Your composition works fine ;)
raszid62 (18583) 2013-01-03 3:38
Beautifully shown by you traditional archery competitions. In the foreground, the doyen of the sport, but I can see that a professional, I can see that he knows what he's doing. Fantastic sharpness and depth of field. Great color image.
holmertz (39415) 2013-01-03 7:42
You have composed this picture very well and cleverly used the parallel curved diagonals and the parallel horizontals of the arrows. The archers form a fine line, gradually getting more blurred but with perfect sharpness on the nearest man.
Noel_Byrne (22669) 2013-01-03 8:05
Your caught a perfect moment here, the one man tense and about to fire, while the others are all facing him, there angles seem to draw the full attention to the man firing. Great subject, and the costumes make it so much more too. I used ot practice archery many years ago, this shot makes me want to try again!
All the best
marabu61 (8037) 2013-01-03 10:23
Konichiwa Takero san
Good for you to go out so early for this tradition. I hope you hit the target with your shots?
Great framing with the shooters in diagonal array and only the first shooter aiming at the target. Lovely morning light to round up your composition.
have a good time
Sonata11 (33223) 2013-01-03 12:24
this is very beautiful post of this scene. Fantastic lighting, sharpness, clarity, POV. I like very much POV. You created very beautiful photo.
All the best,
Energysavingelk (1051) 2013-01-03 13:08
Well done, Takero,
with a narrow depth of field, a traditional arrangement of the bows and the luck of a good light.
A happy New Year to you and your family, and
best regards from rainy Rhineland
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-01-03 13:57
Great repetition of form in this bright light, Takero. The variation in your subject - his age, pose, directionality - makes this quite dynamic, and as usual you've isolated your subject well with a wonderful DOF. Odd that they are shooting into the light - hopefully the sun doesn't blind them into an unfortunate miss!
carlo62 (30409) 2013-01-03 14:38
la tradizionale marzialità dei guerrieri è ben rappresentata ed il tuo scatto ce la mostra in tutta la sua bellezza.
Cricri (104267) 2013-01-03 22:17
Une image bien capturer au bon moment ou l'homme est prêt a tirer, traditionnel costume, le jeu ombre et de lumière et les autres personnes qui suit dans un léger flouté
mirosu (13135) 2013-01-04 1:14
Excellent action photo in great light. I like selected DOF with the first man in excellent focus. Great composition.
cornejo (29965) 2013-01-04 11:42
Takero Hello, very nice picture of this interesting scene of archery. Interesting photo perfectly composed and performed with very good quality. Interesting note too. Very good job well done my friend, my congratulations. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Greetings from southern Spain.
mayjayne (3171) 2013-01-05 2:30
Nicely composed shot with good use of DOF. This is the first time I come across Japanese archery actually. Interesting instruments and costumes !
abmdsudi (41936) 2013-01-05 8:00
Pak Takero YTH
Kyōyū ya ibento ya gishiki no ācherī de manabu tame ni watashi no tame ni nanika kachigāru mōhitotsu no dentō to natte imasu. Naniyori watashi wa yawaraka-sa no bokashi no haikei o umaku tsukatta mein shiri ni shūchū shimasuga, kontekisuto ni zentai o irete furēmingu o sonkei shite imasu. Itsumo no yō ni miryoku-tekina e ga totemo umaku satsuei. Omedetōgozaimasu, arigatōgozaimashita
- Copyright: Takero KAWABATA (bukitgolfb301) (35182)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-03
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Canon 1D Mark‡W, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/2000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-03 0:39