‘Kyoto - In gratitude for prosperity’
A very remarkable sight in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Thousands of red torii form a winding path of about 4 kilometers over the wooded hills.
The shrine is extremely popular and many visitors with cameras are crowding under and in front of the torii.
But like everywhere most people keep hanging out at the entrance and along the first kilometer.
Those who continue the path find themselves alone in the tunnels of torii in the quiet forest.
In the 8th century this remarbable shrine was dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake.
The fox is considered to be the messenger of Inari and bronze foxes can be seen throughout the shrine. Often the fox has a key in its mouth. It’s the key of the rice granary.
See the pictures in the workshop.
At the time the rice harvest was extremely important. Today Inari is regarded as the god who makes success and prosperity in business possible.
The thousands of red torii with black inscriptions are donated by businesses and individuals who are grateful for their prosperity.
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lousat (89230) 2014-07-13 2:16
Hi Paul,every country has curious things,religious or not,to hope a better future,and this is one of the most curious and original.A great capture of this neverending tunnel,its architechture is truly unique,i like the 3D effect of your pic and the usual excellent quality,very very interesting post! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
williewhistler (16310) 2014-07-13 2:22
what an intriguing photograph,the avenue form by the red torii has a very nice perspective with the approaching people helping to give a sense of scale to the scene.
Best regards Les.
ikeharel (69245) 2014-07-13 2:22
Looks as a nice "ordeal" to walk through this wooden structure, meeting people along the way, and with an ocassional view through on the park outside.
DOF and super sharp element, the orange color is vivid and fresh.
Have a nice week ahead,
Royaldevon (37633) 2014-07-13 2:48
With the w/s, you have given us a very detailed picture and understanding of this very special shrine. I think it must have had a very strong impact on you for it is quite remarkable.
Each of your photographs could have stood on its own.
You have shown a fine grasp of composition and of interesting details, with respect to your viewers.
Have a lovely day,
jhm (150812) 2014-07-13 2:55
Waarom men deze tunnel heeft gemaakt, begrijp ik niet perfect, misschien is mijn Engels nog onvoldoende.
Maar uw foto is heerlijk om naar te kijken, alle drie de foto's hebben hun eigen waarden, zeker de vossen met de oranje lappen rond de hals.
Hier deze foto is belangrijk door de diepte en het perspectief.
Excellent scherp en goede presentatie.
Mooi gedaan, bedankt.
Prettige zondag verder,
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-07-13 3:15
nice idea for the picture and well chosen POV to achieve very good depth. The small group of the people at the end of the alley adds strong human element to the composition. I very much like the orange color which brightened up the whole picture.
Thanks for sharing
ourania (43628) 2014-07-13 3:19
I like very much this composition, the slight but very effective tilt and the choice not to focus on the length of this corridor (which is easily perceived anyway) but on the graphical impact, the colour density and the inscriptions. Sharpness is wonderful and essential, the people are well integrated and enhance the dynamic impression. Your note and the workshop pictures are intriguing and useful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-13 3:45
An interesting composition taken with an excellent sense of depth! Your POV was selected perfectly to achieve an unique and special visual effect here. Very well done. Like it!
SWEETFREEDOM (24544) 2014-07-13 4:16
good d.o.f. and p.o.v.
interesting subject and good details.
holmertz (50782) 2014-07-13 5:19
I am glad you were not completely alone at this part of the tunnel, because the people coming towards you certainly contribute a lot to the composition. This tunnel was made for people, so it would be wrong to wait until it is empty. The red and black torii create a fine perspevtive and it also benefits the view that the tunnel bends slighty at the far end. This is a very attractive photo and the note is informative.
Sergiom (76381) 2014-07-13 5:40
Très surprenante cette photo. J'aime beaucoup l'effet entonnoir qui apporte de la profondeur à la composition ainsi que la couleur orange vive qui donne du dynamisme.
chrislo (4155) 2014-07-13 6:22
Deze torii’s doen me denken aan houten stutten die het dak van de mijngang ondersteunen. Nederlandse voetbalsupporters zouden zeker goed passen onder die oranje palen ! ;) Een mooie en aantrekkelijke foto, Paul, met een goede dieptewerking door het standpunt waardoor er een mooi perspectief ontstaat. Ook leuk dat je die mensen ernaast hebt gezet. Ze maken de foto levendig en geven als referentie goed de grootte van het geheel weer. Daarbij ook een sterk lijnenspel en fijne, warme kleuren. Mooi gedaan.
COSTANTINO (63723) 2014-07-13 7:44
Hello my dear friend
here we have a fantastic photoshowing a ine
grasp of composition you have given us
a very interesting ndetailed picture
I love this orange color
have a nice time
berek (49318) 2014-07-13 8:20
An interesting Japanese architecture. great perspective. I really like strong red color. . congratulations.
Have a Good Sunday
rbassin (22527) 2014-07-13 8:41
Une superbe photo, la couleur vive et les inscriptions en noir forment un bon graphisme; l'effet perspective est intéressant.
jemaflor (95389) 2014-07-13 8:53
Intéressante vue avec un bon effet de profondeur d'image, bien les présences humaines en fond de vue, bon rendu des teintes.
PiotrF (16688) 2014-07-13 11:13
unique and special visual effect here, great perspective and depth. Superb picture with saturation color, excellent sharpness and quality. Your composition are brilliant.
Excellent observation, congratulations and thank you
Very interesting note.
mesutilgim (94008) 2014-07-13 11:52
Also this one from Kyoto is a mastery work.
The Japans are real masters in creating great graphical effects with simple elements.
Very good seen and realised.
TFS and best regards
Cricri (117347) 2014-07-13 15:36
Splendide la profondeur du chemin entre la structure en bois colorées avec des inscriptions, bon cadrage et présentation
Fis2 (95521) 2014-07-14 3:32
Good frame and perspective.
saxo042 (37794) 2014-07-14 8:49
A very interesting picture of this red "tunnel", curving along with people inside. Also a very interesting note but most of all a very attractive photo.
macjake (66642) 2014-07-14 10:13
this is one of those well known places that i really want to see in person some day.
good to know about the first 1km of the path, its maybe best to head down much further.
glad to see you added in some of the writing too, it contrasts well against the orange.
wonderful subject, really enjoy the compo
ChrisJ (111674) 2014-07-14 14:54
Astonishing repetition of patterns and shapes and even the Nihongo text. Good warm cold color contrasts between the blue and orange with the people adding scale. I also like the diminishing linear perspective and vanishing point. Tfs!
danos (96145) 2014-07-14 22:37
i have seen this section of the Fushimi Inari Shrine but this one has even more brilliant light and vivid colours.The visitors in it add life as scele of path.Impressive that this constructios is four kilometers.
adramad (44330) 2014-07-15 15:08
Fantastic capture of this tunnel lacquered wood, covered with inscriptions, the image has a superb perspective and its dominant reddish color, makes it very attractive, in contrast to the black floor, the presence of the people, places the vital touch to the composition.
Good management of the brightness and sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a good day.
rychem (34037) 2014-07-15 22:38
Japan is a very interesting country with a lot of attractive places, this here is one of impressive and picturesque places, excellent photo with great perspective, colors and details
Graal (102474) 2014-07-15 23:46
unusual construction here. Good composition, I like the perspective. Interesting comment and complementary WS. Good presentation from Kyoto.
Have a nice day.
emka (94484) 2014-07-17 14:46
Hello Paul, Of course, this tunnel of red torii is a must when in Kyoto. it is really unique construction in the world. You chose the place very well with black inscriptions. It is OK to have some people there, good for scale. But when there are more of them and all want to have immortalize themselves with V-signs, it is a bit worse. Superb colours and sharpness.
Warm regrads MAlgo
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-07-17 22:12
Great shot of the colorful posts leading to the shrine.Nice orange colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-19 14:33
With your captures you are showing a very unusual Japan, good TE contributions with the very informative notes, all new for me
Must happens as in China, mostly tourist are natives and like to joke and take selfies
So this impressive structure going along so many kilometers must be an experience to go along
Like the contrast given by the black letter on the very orange toris
Well done, regards
photoray (13981) 2014-07-21 17:40
Very unusual architecture, Fushimi Inari Shrine's thousands of red tori flowing in unison. The repetition of the minimal temple like structures are impressive because of the sheer numbers.
Thanks for sharing,
aliabazari (16154) 2014-08-01 22:24
Hi Paul dear
Very beautiful shot of the steel bridge. Exposure deep and well performed. Good clarity and color. Thanks for sharing
mayjayne (5776) 2014-08-09 23:28
Your chosen perspective is quite refreshing for the depiction of the fushimi inari shrine, and the note is very enlightening.
abmdsudi (52449) 2014-08-10 6:30
Excellent composition. I like everything about it, superb capture of these tori with the figures nicely positioned. Striking colour, depth and superb exposure control, Great capture, TFS.
stego (24132) 2014-08-13 13:49
It's an image of great visual impact, for its colour, forms and the repetition pattern, which reminisce music in a visual form. All that geometry is nicely broken with the presence of people on the bg. I like also the tilted appearance of it.
jcpix (13908) 2014-08-13 20:37
Sometimes it hard to resist going with the crowds and snapping what's first seen, but patience and perseverance usually pays off...and it would certainly appear so here. A striking display of color and perspective, this really jumps off the monitor. i can imagine this would be an inspiring walk in such a relaxed atmosphere....well, aside from the mad rush at the entrance. :) The people in the distance also offer a nice sense of scale and that extra little interest to the imagery. Enjoy the new day. take good care.
alvaraalto (9556) 2014-08-16 6:47
Heerlijke foto's altijd met die eindeloze herhaling tot aan de horizon. Ik heb meestal een onbedwingbare neiging om de boel recht te zetten om een nog sterker grafisch effect te krijgen. Daarom heb ik met deze foto een workshop gedaan. Ik hoop dat je dat niet vervelend vindt.
ruisc_pt (10892) 2014-08-19 2:21
Good note and very nice POV.
Angshu (56750) 2014-08-26 22:38
Dag dear Paul
The perspective of the repeating Tori gates look fascinating. For sure this place has seen many pictures taken and we can see that inb many websites.
The close crop works well and I like the clarity of the scripts against the orange painted wood.
mcmtanyel (21382) 2014-08-28 21:30
The lively colors, repeating patterns, vanishing lines all make this a lovely photo. Good composition, inviting the viewer in.
Hansaphotos (7921) 2014-09-17 9:10
A great subject. The strong orange colour of this tunnel is really eye-catching. I agree with Gert (Holmertz) about the inclusion of people. A fine composition and an interesting text to accompany. Thanks.
claudeD (37800) 2014-09-23 4:15
very fine picture from Kyoto showing this typical scenery from Japan. Very good fresh colors, excellent composition and sharpness. I like your fotojob here very much.Very well done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
- Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) (27866)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-18
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-13 2:07
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