Ancient Meets Modern at the Arashiyama Hanatouro
A big “Hello” to anyone visiting here for the first time after receiving one of my promotional photo prints outside the Kyoto Tower. I’ve finished handing out the batch with the Togetsukyo at the Top and the Bamboo background, the next batch will be a new design. Each promotional photo print is only printed in very limited numbers, so maybe one day when I’m famous, they’ll be worth something ;)
Today I’m sharing a photo I took on the first night of this year’s Arashiyama Hanatouro at Horin-ji (a Buddhist Temple). This is one temple which is lit up of for the Hanatouro, yet is free of charge to enter. Most other temples are charging a 500yen entry fee during Hanatouro.
There were a number of buildings in the temple lit up via digital projectors, however unlike other digital projector light ups I’ve seen, the patterns changed slowly and tranquilly (very fitting with the temple location). The temple gate and stairway were also lit up with flood lights and lanterns.
Horin-ji is conveniently located near the Hankyu Arashiyama station. It’s the best railway to use if you’re coming from Kyoto’s Southwestern Suburbs, Osaka or Kobe. You can also change to the Hankyu Line at Shijo-Karasuma from the Karasuma Subway line of the Kyoto Subway. Additionally are a couple of Hankyu stops in downtown Kyoto if you’re coming from there.
Today’s photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens on a tripod. I shot this photo in RAW and was able to recover the highlights in iPhoto. Note I usually only shot at base iso (iso 200 on D700) when using a tripod, but these lights were so low I needed to use iso 800 to get the camera to expose automatically. I guess I could of used bulb and counted off 2mins, if I wanted to expose it at base iso. I’ve done that kind of thing before, but then the light patterns may have change too much in that amount of time to get a good shot. In addition to highlight recovery I also used iPhoto to straighten the image, and adjust the white balance.
Note there are now only two nights of the Arashiyama Hanatouro left, tomorrow night (Sunday 22nd) and Monday night (23rd). If you’re staying in or near Kyoto at the moment make sure you don’t miss this event.