Hiroshima Memorial Park
Even though I spent just a single day in Hiroshima and on nearby island of Miyajima it’s one of the most memorable moments of my trip to Japan because Hiroshima is one of a kind type of place. City that was virtually erased from the Earth by atomic bomb in 1945 rose like a phoenix from the ashes and is nowadays very modern, beautiful and lively town, full of positive energy. But it doesn’t mean people forgot about the tragedy. No. In the area where atomic bomb fell and where the only building that survived is situated, Hiroshima Memorial Park was set. Beautiful green area full of hope.
Near the park there is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, museum dedicated to atomic bomb and its victims. I strongly recommend visiting it. Even though I didn’t took any photos there (I didn’t feel comfortable with it and I wanted to show respect to those who died) I think it’s a must-see place for everyone visiting Hiroshima. We have to learn our history no matter how difficult, horrible and painful it was to avoid making the same mistakes again in the future. And Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum together with Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp (set up by German Nazis in the invaded Poland) are the most powerful reminders of terrible things people did to each other during World War II.
There is always hope
The image below was taken in Hiroshima Memorial Park and it shows the only building, nowadays known as A-Bomb Dome, that had been close to the epicenter of the explosion and that still survived. It is now surrounded by beautiful cherry trees.
I wanted this image to be surreal, I wanted it to show there is always hope (cherry blossom is symbol of renewal and hope after all). I think that with this composition, very dramatic light, strong wind and long-exposure I managed to achieve that.
If you’re interested to learn how to make such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial.
And finally here’s EXIF info for this image:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 35 mm
Exposure time: 15.0 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 4
E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
Flash used: no
Filters: Formatt-Hitech 10-stop neutral density filter
Technique: manual blending, Long Exposure
Software: Magic Lantern, Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5