At The Centre Stage
Today, I present a HDR image made from photos I took at this year's Higashiyama Hanatouro on Saturday night. This event is currently on every night from 6:00pm till 9:30pm until March 12th. This image is of the centre stage at Yasaka-jinja (Yasaka Shrine). Out of all the images I made from photos I took on Saturday night, this one's my wife's favourite.
The centre stage is used for various purposes. I seen it being used for weddings, for blessings of children and for dance performances by Geisha. Around the time I took the photos used in this image something was being set up on this stage.
Yasaka-jinja is an interesting place, the first time I visited, I was a bit shocked by by the rather mercantile nature of it. How they allow so many vendors on the premises. It's also a shrine with a long connection to the Geisha. As I've read more on the history of Kyoto and this part of town (Gion), I realise the lines between secular and sacred not the same here than in other places.
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.