Towards the Gate of Higashi Otani Mausoleum
Here is another HDR image made from photos I took last Saturday night at the Higashiyama Hanatouro. This event is currently on every night from 6:00pm till 9:30pm until March 12th. This image was the favourite of some my friends when showed them the various HDR images I made from the photos I took last Saturday night.
During the Higashiyama Hanatouro this walking path that runs between just outside of the south gate of Yasaka-jinja and the gate of Higashi Higashi Otani Mausoleum is lined with lanterns and illuminated art works. During the time I was there on last Saturday night it was fairly quiet on that part of the Hanatouro course.
Otani Mausoleum is where the famous Japanese Buddhist teacher, Shinran was buried. His descendants have the family name Otani. From Shinran came the teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. This is now the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan today. The original Hongan-ji (the head temple of Jodo Shinshu) was located at this same location. Hongan-ji eventually was relocated and is now known as Nishi-Hongan-ji after the school split into the East (Higashi) and West (Nishi) branches.
This HDR image was made from 5 photos from -2EV to +2EV captured on a Nikon D700 camera and an AF-Nikkor 35mm f/2D lens mounted on a tripod. The RAW (.NEF) files were used in Aurora HDR 2017 to produce the final image.