gate by HillbillyDeluxe
HillbillyDeluxe

gate

by HillbillyDeluxe in HDR

One of Japan's most recognizable symbols. This one is located in a medium sized shrine near the center of my city.

There are many styles of "torii" and I believe this one is a "Daiwa Torii".

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  • Submitted:Jul 23rd, 2011
  • Resolution:1400x1000
  • Date Created:Jul 23rd, 2011
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  • Camera:NIKON D300
  • Aperture:f/16.0
  • Focal Length:50mm
  • ISO Speed:200
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  • UmbraRegina

    UmbraRegina

    Perfect shot. I totally love it.

    Sep 21st, 2011 Reply
  • SuharLeonheart

    SuharLeonheart

    Superb composition, lighting & angle Tom

    Aug 24th, 2011 Reply Shadowness Staff
  • animalartist16

    animalartist16

    I love shrine gates. Beautiful capture of this one, love how the red stands out against the greens of the trees. :D

    Aug 17th, 2011 Reply
  • CrimsonThrenody

    CrimsonThrenody

    A beautiful piece! Great work!

    Jul 24th, 2011 Reply
  • Handie

    Handie

    Nice shot Tom! Is there a certain significance to the shape of the gate? It almost looks like a symbol. I think I would also have to compare it to the HDR version to say which I like better. This is nice in that the red is so vibrant and everything else seems to be less saturated so the gate really draws your attention.

    Jul 23rd, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      There is a symbolism but no one is really sure. These types of gates are also found in other Asian cultures too.

      I played with the saturation a little. Out of the box it was too overpowering and after the HDR even more so. Thank goodness for plugins.

      Jul 25th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • Handie

      Handie

      Perhaps it was just a design that served it's purpose!! It sure is neat to see the design styles of other cultures! I like to play with different techniques too - but sometimes it's difficult to know what works and what doesn't. I like what you did with this one.

      Jul 25th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      Thanks.

      I went out on Saturday to try some street work but soon realized that I am in the wrong city for it. My city has very poor public transport (ie only one train line, crappy bus service and no metro) so most people travel by car and very few people walking around.

      And the city center has been "gentrified" (gawd I hope I'm using that word correctly) in the past few years so all of the character buildings have been replaced and the color scheme is....well.....quite bland.

      IN ADDITION to that, the citizens around here are quite conservative so not too many colorful characters out and about. I got a few shots but nothing to write home about.

      Jul 25th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • Handie

      Handie

      I've got the same problem around here. Pretty boring for street shots - I took a few at the fair this spring - as that's when all the interesting people come out. It seems the European countries are so good for street as they have older historic areas with tons of people who have so much character.

      Not only that - but people around here get pretty pissy if they catch you taking their photo. People are so suspicious these days.

      Jul 25th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      Bigger cities with a pedestrian history are the best!

      People aren't to bad here yet. In Canada taking their picture would be the easy part....I would be worried that someone would mug me for my gear.

      Jul 25th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • Handie

      Handie

      Well, yes, there is that too! I have to admit that there have been times when I'm out alone and I get nervous when someone approaches me. That's why I don't shoot more at night - which is something I would love to do more of :(

      Jul 25th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      Yup...you'll need a body guard for downtown 'Peg.

      Jul 26th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
  • Wroth

    Wroth

    I need one of these at the gate to my ranch :] Looking really nice man, very slick.

    I would have to see side by side the same set of photos processed once in Photomatix and once in Nik HDR to say which I like better :o

    Jul 23rd, 2011 Reply Subscriber
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      oops... I wrote that in a hurry. I should have been more specific. Might try a photomatix edit tomorrow just for giggles. ;) But so far, Nik seems less "cartoony" than photomatix pro, imo.

      Jul 23rd, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
  • Darren

    Darren

    wonderful shot, it must be a fasinating place to live..

    Jul 23rd, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      It has its good days and it has its bad too. Pretty much like wherever you live. Thank you for the fav too!

      Jul 23rd, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...