The Gion District in Kyoto is best known for it’s Geisha but there are so many other amazing things to see and do. You have a rich tapestry of historic culture living within a modern urban sprawl and they both manage to work beautifully in tandem. Whether its heading underground to catch a quick subway train across to the other side of the city or heading into the markets to experience some traditional food, the transition  is seamless between these new and old aspects and this is one of the great things about Kyoto. It’s old but its new at the same time !

I loved Kyoto in the day, the smells, the people and sounds all fascinated me. But Kyoto at night is a truly special experience. Exploring the back alleyways that are paved in coble stones and wandering through historically preserved temples is an exciting way to spend your nights there.

Pictured here is the Gateway to the Yasaka Shrine but instead of looking into the shrine itself I positioned the perspective so we are looking straight down the main shopping district of Gion. Pedestrians were not flooding through the gateway, but I did spend quite a long time waiting for a gap between them. Was definitely worth it !

Software Used:

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

– On1 Perfect Effects  An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

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For Photographers- How was this image made ? 

“The Gion Gateway” was first edited using the HDR engine from oloneo and then the tonemapped image and some of the original files were taken into Photoshop in a layered image. I blended portions of the original exposures back in using masking techniques to create tone and shadow. I then took the image into On1 Perfect Effects to play with the colors and texture. I then took into NIK Color Efex Pro 4 to add some glow to areas and add a small colored vignette, which is a slightly different process to a standard vignette.

Hope you enjoyed the extra info on this image,
Thanks Luke 🙂

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I love you work Luke, always so clear, not only the photography but the story, the concept and the creativity. I really enjoy following your work & im glad we got to study together at one point. Following your work gives me inspiration to keep following my passion.

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