Kyoto - jamri

The Two Towers

As I promised in the last BLOG, here's a photo from this years Higashiyama Hanatouro (on every night in Higashiyama, Kyoto from 6:00-9:30pm until March 21st). For those unfamiliar with "Hanatouro" it comes from three characters in Japanese meaning flower, lantern and path. A Hanatouro is a special event where a certain area is lit up with flower lanterns and other lighting.
Currently there are two annual Hanatouros in Kyoto. One in Higashiyama (runs for 10 nights in March) and one in Arashiyama (runs for 10 nights in December). As well as the flower lanterns lining the road ways in the area, a number traditional buildings are lit up and some even have special night openings. In addition there are ikebana displays, various cultural performances, traditional costume parades, temporary food stalls in certain parks and many shops stay open til late.
The two towers in the photo are a Yasaka Pagoda and the Kyoto Tower. Yasaka Pagoda is considered to be the symbol of the Higashiyama area, so what better photo to show as my first for this year's Higashiyama Hanatouro.
For those of you who have being looking at my photos on some of my other galleries or sites, might be thinking you've seen this photo before. Well, actually this the fourth time I've photographed the Yasaka Pagoda and Kyoto Tower from this spot during Hanatouro. However on the other three occasions it was later in the evening. Taking it earlier means getting blue in the sky and the Kyoto Tower is not as bright in comparison to the background.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera on a tripod. It was captured as a RAW (.NRW) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default camera corrections applied; DxO Smart lighting (slight) applied; PRIME Noise Reduction applied; Highlights reduced; Black areas lightened; and Microcontrast levels increased. It was also cropped down from a 4:3 ratio to a 5:4 ratio.