Kiyomizu-dera is one of the 'must see' temples, amongst the approximate 2,000 temples in Kyoto.
"Kiyomizu-dera (or Kiyomizudera; Japanese: 清水寺) refers to several Buddhist temples but most commonly to Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺) in Eastern Kyoto, and one of the best known sights of the city. The temple dates back to 798, but the present buildings were constructed in 1633. The temple takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills - kiyoi mizu (清い水) literally means pure water.
The main hall of Kiyomizu-dera is notable for its vast veranda, supported by hundreds of pillars, which juts out over the hillside and offers impressive views of the city."
There was a typhoon hitting Kyushu at the time this was taken, & it was raining in Kyoto, so not much I could do about the grey skies.
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pablominto (53746) 2006-12-16 3:38
The red gate is a real eye-catcher!
I like how the stairs lead me into the scenery, good colours and details and the ever present cloudy sky, a well composed image!
papagolf21 (105198) 2006-12-16 4:20
Bonjour, mon ami Chris,
L'émerveillement est toujours de mise en regardant ces fabuleux temples, de plus, l'environnement ajoute une beauté supplémentaire à la composition.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-12-16 4:42
all these places I haven't been and I'd like to see.
These gates are very nice. I like your perspective on the stairs.
So funny the 3 on the left posing for a pic.
Have a nice weekend.
snunney (103197) 2006-12-16 4:45
Good composition with a nice juxtaposition between the two temples and good framing from the overhanging branches. Lots of animation and I like the inclusion of the little group having their photo taken in front of the main temple; adds much to the atmosphere.
huynt (5079) 2006-12-16 5:15
A great composition. Thanks for sharing and learning. Nice week end. Huy
Floydian (30970) 2006-12-16 5:21
Interesting pov and including the overhanging tree is a minor though important detail....good work.
Have a nice weekend, Henk
vincz (19113) 2006-12-16 7:18
very good composition with the tree above , the green vegetation and the vibrant red door. It is very well balanced.
Paolo (41222) 2006-12-16 8:26
Hi Chris, excellent image, with a perfect composition, colours, light and quality.
UnTrained (0) 2006-12-16 11:45
nice view up and I always ask me how important color might be in your Asian cultures. A lot of things are in different intensive colors I never had thought of. I like the grey stairs leading to the temple which is just shining a bit, as the orange is within the green and grey very good visible. What about the sign at right one has? This is the wrong direction here in Europe and has what sense there?
john_c (24666) 2006-12-16 13:02
Well composed with the tourists and visitors nicely warming and balancing the frame. The perspective is well chosen and one can almost feel the texture of the paving stones with their multi hues. The lines and graphism are enhancing, with the steps running at right angles to the lines of the foreground pavement. Well captured.
nwoehnl (122) 2006-12-16 13:54
Hi Chris. This is a familiar sight to me by now, and indeed if a visitor to Kyoto could only see a single temple there, this would be the one to go for. Good wide-angle view to show some of the structures in the lower area of the temple premises, and nice to have some folks posing for photos included. The blown-out sky doesn't trouble me much but I think that the overall sharpness could be better. Overall it's a nice shot though.
Cormac (26565) 2006-12-16 14:41
This is a very well laid out shot - the lines all seem just right and the photo builds from the foregorund, higher and higher, until you reach the sky. Great work!
chinchini (31529) 2006-12-16 15:09
Salut mon Ami,
Nous avons quitté la Corée du sud et sommes avec tes dernières au Japon. Mais tu es et tu restes un grand voyageur ! Pour notre plus grand plaisir.
Sur cette photo, la petite famille pose, mais pas pour toi ;o)
Les couleurs ne me semblent pas naturelles. Pourtant, je sais que tu ne retouches pas tes photos.
Excellent week-end Chris
carper (96) 2006-12-17 3:22
looks a nice place to me Chris,
very fine shot, good lines and differcult light, but it's well handled and a good job.
keribar (43841) 2006-12-19 1:28
So you went to Japan this summer. I happen to know this place, and I can say that you managed a very good pictures by including the two pavilions exactly where I think they should be. The addition of passing people is also a good thing. One think I never understood is why the Shinto shrines are painted in red while the Buddhist temples are in wood. But here Kiyomizu must be a Buddhist temple, so how come these pavilions are red ?
Best - Izzet
Angshu (56760) 2006-12-19 4:23
You've presented this wonderful temple very well in this picture. The red gates really grab the attention with the steps inviting us up there. I think your wide lens has created a small distortion or leaning effect, but that is not a bother. Well composed
MIG13 (0) 2006-12-19 5:27
Hi, Chris! This is one of my favorite places in Kyoto and you've captured it very well! TFS! Regards! Miguel.