Another upload from Kiyomizu-dera, this time from the upper terrace overlooking the spot where daredevils used to jump. Some survived (85.4%), some didn't.
"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. The expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" (「清水の舞台から飛び降りる」) is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge". This refers to an Edo period tradition that held that, if one were to survive jumping from the stage, one's wish would be granted.
This appears plausible: the lush vegetation below the platform might cushion the fall of a lucky pilgrim, though the practice is now prohibited. 234 jumps were recorded in Edo period and of those, 85.4 percent survived. The fall is indeed only 13 metres, which remains impressive for a wooden construction."
Taken late afternoon on a rainy day.
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rjb874 (597) 2006-12-17 3:42
It sort of reminds me of a monastery, until you see all those hoards of tourists on the deck. The trees provide a nice contrast to the dark color of the wood used in the building. Nice one.
jinju (14265) 2006-12-17 3:44
a very nice POV on the temple and trees. The Japanese style of temple is so different from the Korean but one thing they have in common is the dramatic setting high up in the mountains. If theres any thing to be picky about is the hazyness in the uper part, maybe due to a bit of excess light. Overall, a pleasing photo though.
sothy81 (9568) 2006-12-17 4:27
Hi Chris, this is such an amazing picture. Great colors of the trees. But more than that the peaceful look of the place makes this picture more attractive. Looks like the air in here is very fresh. Wonderful work. Sothy
snunney (86738) 2006-12-17 5:19
Very interesting architecture that looks as if it is sitting on the trees. Overall the picture seems slightly over-exposed to me but the colours are pleasing and the sharpness good. TFS.
jhm (141459) 2006-12-17 5:24
A very dangerous place as I your note read, you took a very lovely picture, you play splendid with light and colours, a pity of the rainy day, but the clouds are not so bad, very well done! Tfs.
Greetings from Belgium,
papagolf21 (87655) 2006-12-17 7:12
Bonjour, mon ami Chris,
Spectacle grandiose et qui fait ouvrir les yeux tout grands ! Architecture qui surprend toujours autant.
Une photographie qui nous apprend tous les jours davantage.
Merci, Chris, et joyeuses fêtes de Noël.
UnTrained (0) 2006-12-17 11:02
fascinating view. It is astonishing to the forest below the veranda. The dark forest below with the green and some mist in the air creates partly the impression of a painting.
danyy (0) 2006-12-17 11:02
une photo apparement diffcile à gérer dans les lumières.
Un rien de surexpossition dans les zones ensoleillées.
Par contre cadrage et POV, extra.
nwoehnl (122) 2006-12-17 14:52
Good showing of this hanging terrace outside KD temple, Chris. It almost seems that if the folks on the balcony would lean over a little more, the whole thing might fall over. Good choice of the vertical format to include the green trees as a contrasting foreground layer.
singuanti (15250) 2006-12-17 21:51
Hi Chris. Normally I would be inclined to make it a bit darker but I like the way this one turned out. Also the rich greens help fill out the compositions. Great shot Chris!
Cormac (26563) 2006-12-17 23:49
Great shot! This make it look like the buidling is a tree house, sitting right on top of the trees, with the branches down below. Very interesting and visually striking shot!
Rosa_d_MonteLua (1506) 2006-12-18 2:24
Nice shot with a very interesting perspective, very well framed, and with good clarity. I like the contrast created between the brown houses and the trees. I think there is some OE on the upper left corner, but I kown this is a difficult shot to take because of big clarity contrast among different composition parts.
TFS and have a nice week,
stego (24030) 2006-12-18 19:17
Very nice capture of that wonderful place. The pov is very clever, it looks like the building is built on the top of the trees.
Too bad for the pale colors, the over exp on the bg and the slight red/blue cast (probably resulting from the scan, no?).
TFS, Regards, Jose