This is one of four soldiers guarding the Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko, where the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu is buried. This one is an archer, located on the inside of the main gate (Yomei-mon). His armor is covered in gold leaf, although the gold itself is shadowed by a thick layer of dust. A very impressive figure, in a very impressive place. Look how the archer's hand gesture is frozen in time, and how it simulates both calm and focus, as this guard is ready to shoot any intruder...
On a technical note: I had very low light to capture, so I had to lean my camera on a post for maximum stability. This made-up pod paid off, it seems!
Photoshop: ajust levels and sharpen.
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Klapaucius (627) 2006-08-26 10:10
The makeshift tripod paid off. ^_^ This is very clear and in focus - very well defined.
There is some over-exposure on the bottom of the image, on those little posts, but I don't mind.
It is an interesting statue, and a good note to go with it.
If you could have taken it from a little further away, that would be better. As it is some of the statue is 'missing' from the photo.
Nice effort. Thanks for sharing!
Very interesting. ^_^