Nishi-Hongan-ji Light Up
Today I'm posting one more photo from the Nishi-Hongan-ji light up that was held in October last year. I'm not sure if it's an annual event, but I plan to look into it again this year around October time. The building featured in this photo is Founder's Hall (Goei-do) which was built in 1636 and is on the world heritage list. Unlike the previous two images I featured from this event this is not a HDR image, this a single photo. Due to the changing light colours in projected on this temple building I was not able to do a bracketed HDR capture.
Normally it's easy to go into Nishi-Honganji, there's no entrance fee, you just walk through the gates. The process during the light-up was much more complicated and you had to pay a "donation". The whole process was daunting enough for me, if you don't have much Japanese language ability, it would be next to impossible to figure out the entrance process.
Once inside the grounds I then had find a spot where I could set up the camera on the tripod without it getting in the way of the crowds. I ended up in a few different spots behind the crowds. This photo was taken in the third spot I found.
Nishi-Hongan-ji is an interesting place to visit anytime of the year. It is the head temple of the Jodo-Shin-Shu Hongan-ji-ha branch of Buddhism, one of the most popular forms of Buddhism in Japan today. It's about 15 minutes walk North West from Kyoto Station. There are probably buses that can get you from Kyoto Station to the temple, but for me 15 minutes is a short walk, so I always walk there from the station. If you want to catch a bus the friendly staff at the bus office outside Kyoto station (north side) can probably tell you which buses you can catch.
This photo was captured with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera on a tripod. It was captured as a RAW (.NRW) file and post processed with DxO Optics Pro 11. I made the following adjustments: Default camera corrections applied; Spot white balance on the clouds in the sky; DxO Smart Lighting applied (25%); DxO ClearView applied (50%); Highlights -25%; Shadows +10%; Blacks +5%; Contrast +25%; Microcontrast +25%; Vibrancy +25%; and PRIME noise reduction applied.
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