I found this shrine whilst exploring at night with my camera in Kyoto. There were people roaming amongst the gardens and temples interacting with their surroundings. A group of people was ringing bells just on the other side of this shrine by shaking these giant thick ropes that were hanging down off them and the sounds chimed throughout the area.You can see in the vermilion temple area just behind the shrine where all the bells were. I don’t exactly know why they were doing it but it seems to be some kind of prayer. I loved all the lanterns though and took my time to take them in and walked around the shrine a few times before finally coming up with this composition. I think the HDR technique has really brought them to life in a way a normal photograph couldn’t.

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

– Adobe Photoshop CC  used to layer and mask, plus much much more

– 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

– On1 Photo Suite the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

-NIK Collection

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