Fushimi Inari Taisha
Fushimi Inari Taisha is probably one of the most recognizable shrines in the Kyoto area and maybe in the whole world. It’s most famous for thousands of vermilion torii gates which lead to the inner shrine. It’s said there are around 10.000 torii gates. Near the entrance they are so tightly placed that walking through them is like walking through a tunnel. The farther you go from the beginning, however, the larger the spacing between the torii gates becomes.
What’s more each of the torii gates was donated by a company or organization giving thanks for their prosperity or in hope of good fortune in the future. In fact you can donate one too and in the shrine there is even price list – the most expensive (many thousands of dollars) are the ones closest to the beginning of the “torii tunnel”.
As a result of popularity of this place Fushimi Inari Taisha is very very crowded no matter it’s early in the morning or late at night. Narrow path doesn’t make things any easier as whenever someone stops to take a picture it leads to people queuing behind him. For that reason similarly to bamboo grove, I had to make several attempts to get the photo I wanted. And as you can probably guess, what I wanted was a people-free frame to give the place deserted and mystical look.
Photo: Fushimi Inari Taisha in the Evening
I took below photo around 9 PM and despite it was very dark already there were still crowds of people so it took me a lot of patience (and probably luck) to get empty frame. After about half an hour I was so disappointed with all those waves of people that I wanted to leave and not take a photo but luckily my girlfriend didn’t let me do that. So finally I managed to take a photo I had in mind what makes me really happy.
The photo is an HDR from 3 exposures, taken with 1.5 EV spacing and fused in Photomatix Pro 5.1.
If you’re interested to learn how to make such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial.
Camera and post-processing info
And finally here’s EXIF info for this image:
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 35 mm
Exposure time: 3.2 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 1.5 EV
Flash used: no
Technique: HDR, Exposure Fusion
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5.1 (Fusion/Real-Estate), Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5