Snow, Blue and Gold
Kinkaku-ji was the destination I was headed on the snow day I BLOGGED about previously. I was hoping to avoid the crowds by getting there a bit early. Unfortunately they didn't open the doors until 9:00am and by that time every photographer in Kyoto plus quite a few tourists had gotten there! It rarely snows so heavily in Kyoto and I guess everyone had the same thoughts as me to photo the Golden Pavilion against the snow.
I took all the usual shots, working my way to the front of the crowd to get them. However, my favourite shot of the day was this one from behind the pavilion where few people were taking photos.
Kinkaku-ji is not near any train stations. You need to get there by bus, taxi or private transport. Ignore all the travel guides which tell you to catch a bus from Kyoto Station to this temple, you'll waste half your day on crowded buses. The quickest buses to Kinkaku-ji go from near Emmachi Station on JR's Sagano line, Saiin Station on the Hankyu Railway's Kyoto Line, Kitanohakubaicho Station on Keifuku Railway's Kitano Line, or from near Nishioji-Oike Station on the Kyoto Subway's Tozai Line.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments:- Default camera and lens corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting Applied (25%); DxO ClearView applied (%50); Highlights -15%; Shadows +10%; Contrast +25%; Microcontrast +25%; Vibrancy +25%; Saturation +15%; PRIME noise reduction applied; and image cropped to 5:7 ratio.