Midnight Adventure in the Japanese Cemetery

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    The night had been dark for many hours by the time I hiked to this point. It was raining and somehow the wetness seemed to make everything even more black. There were old and new crypts, spider webs, lonely rotting wood, creaking trees in the heavy rain, and more strange sounds from the woods. Talk about eerie! Japanese cemeteries are not places that people visit very often. It's bad luck. Naturally, I don't believe in any of that, so it was my good luck it was empty for photography!

    Of all the spots around Kyoto, this is probably my favorite. There is an area of 1,000 Red Gates that flow up and around a picturesque little mountain. This cemetery is about halfway up the trek and it shoots off to the right. It is both great and annoying to shoot in the rain. I had to carry an umbrella, tripod, bag of camera goodies, and the like, and everything gets all jumbled up when it comes time to set up for a shot. I need an assistant! :)

    How did I do this one? There were three exposures +1, 0, -1. Normally I do 5 from +2 to -2, but in this case, it was so dark that the shutter speeds were outrageous enough. I kept the ISO at 200. The 14-24 lens was at 15mm (on a D3X). It was aperture priority at f/5.6. The three shutter speeds were 2/4/8 seconds.

    Here is one special thing I did on the last exposure. It was DARK out there. And I mean DARK. I had my SB-800 in my bag. On the last exposure, I ran over behind the gate to the right like Carl Lewis, and jammed the "Test" button about 5 times in every direction to light up that area. I almost slipped and died... I have no idea what a police investigator might assume if they found me in the morning.

    from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

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    1. J-C-P 55 months ago | reply

      Great night photo

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    3. ccto 55 months ago | reply

      OMG - wow!!! Fantastic shot!

    4. /\ltus 55 months ago | reply

      Great pov...I have yet to go there, but will someday.

    5. MacOffutt 55 months ago | reply

      This is a great shot! I absolutly love Japan. I just got back from Okinawa in fact! Didnt get as many shots as I would have liked, but it happens!

    6. Bisbing! 55 months ago | reply

      The Gates are called Torii

      Very cool capture

    7. ☼ Helder 55 months ago | reply

      awesome shot

    8. 'faisal' 55 months ago | reply

      really love the shot!!!

    9. Muhammad Ramzan 55 months ago | reply

      Very Beautiful photo.

    10. Apogee Photography 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot! It has such an eerie glow to it!! Fantastic!

    11. Qba from Poland 54 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning shot !

    12. xeabaudoin 52 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Nice shot!

    13. Pawel Tomaszewicz 50 months ago | reply

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    14. JustmeStephG [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      Absolutely Beautiful!!!!

    15. 54StorminWillyGJ54 37 months ago | reply

      Absolutely fantastic!!!

    16. BlufoxImages (Larry) 31 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot! I am picking up a 14-24 lens for my journey there this November!

    17. David Coyne Photography 30 months ago | reply

      All I can say is, Awesome!

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