Miyajima: Approach, Path, and Gates
Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18mm — 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Miyajima Island
from the car ferry crossing from the mainland

More pictures from our short trip to Miyajima Island, Japan two weeks ago.

The view above, taken on the ferry ride over, doesn't show much detail, but does show the relative positions of a few landmarks, including the famous main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島) almost a mile away, the smaller stone gate for the foot path to the shrine, and our hotel. (Mouseover the bold words in this paragraph to see the items highlighted in the photo.)

You can also see Mt. Misen in the center, which I posted about recently.

As you get a bit closer (and zoom up a lot further), the main gate stands out quite well, particularly when the tide is lower as it is in the next shot, at eight tenths of a mile away. The shrine itself is to the left. The smudges in between are people, which are fairly easy to see when you look at the bigger version. (As always, click on an image to see a larger version.).

Main Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima, Japan -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 200mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima, Japan

It was a bright, partly-cloudy day, but when I looked back toward the mainland and exposed for the highlights, the result takes on a dark, foreboding look, but I love the rays of sunshine.

Exposing for the Highlights Japanese mainland, toward the South -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 46mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Exposing for the Highlights
Japanese mainland, toward the South

I took some similar photos in Kyoto after a typhoon had swept through.

Approaching the dock, I was impressed at how nice the area looked, neither industrial nor touristy.

Car-Ferry Doc Miyajima, Japan -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 80mm — 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Car-Ferry Doc
Miyajima, Japan
Two Gates at High Tide -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 32mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Two Gates at High Tide

The smaller stone gate at the left in the shot above is for the land approach. It doesn't look smaller in the photo because it's half the distance of the other one. The shot was taken from right in front of our hotel (Kinsuikan Inn錦水館).

At low tide, you can get way out onto the intertidal zone, although in the shot below, I'm only 30m out because I had sort'a nice shoes on.

Two Gates at Low Tide -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 28mm — 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Two Gates at Low Tide

The path along the water is quite nice. We saw one view in my Miyajima Bench post. Here's a view from the intertidal zone, replete with wild deer grazing on the green seaweed....

Stone Lanterns, Deer, Benches and lots'a wet slimy (but tasty) seaweed -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 150mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Stone Lanterns, Deer, Benches
and lots'a wet slimy (but tasty) seaweed

And a closer view....

Stone Lanterns and a Wall (but no deer, benches, or seaweed) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stone Lanterns and a Wall
(but no deer, benches, or seaweed)

And to augment some of the night shots I posted earlier, here's that path just before we took it to attend the Kousuke Atari concert.

Stone Gate and Path -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 65mm — 12 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stone Gate and Path

And from a bit further down, a few hours of rising tide later....

Path and Orange Gate -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 48mm — 5 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Path and Orange Gate

And finally, a somewhat similar view during a daytime high-ish tide.....

Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 75mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos

Continued here...


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