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open doors of a temple building
at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺), Shiga Japan
Last week's “Slightly Queasy Wigglegram” showed a small corner of a building at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) in Shiga Japan, from a visit last month toward the start of this year's fall-foliage season.
This post looks a bit more at the building, which is not the temple's main building, but does front the main garden. (The main garden was seen four years ago in “The Kongourinji Temple: Main Garden, and Beyond”.)
It can be partitioned into various rooms, but many of the partitions were slid away revealing an open view all the way through to the garden on the other side, naturally inviting this kind of shot...
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(The bright splashes inside are the sun streaming through from the side.)
When we shoot together, we often “see” the same shot naturally, but even when we don't, we do recognize a good perspective when we see one of the other's taking the shot. And as it happens quite often when we're out, once one of us starts taking a shot, other folks who happen by start doing the same:
A hundred people might walk by that doorway without taking a shot, but once one of us does, almost everyone who walks by for the next while will. It's funny.
If you walk around to camera right (as seen in the views above) and then look back at the corner of the building you just passed, you'd see the scene seen in the aforementioned queasy wigglegram...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image data — nearby photos
In the foreground you can see a kusaridoi (鎖樋) rain chain...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image data — nearby photos
If you step up onto the veranda seen above (after taking off your shoes, of course), then step into the red carpet and look back to where the above photo was taken, you get this view...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image data — nearby photos
And if you move to the edge and look down...
Inside, the main area is mostly open, with an altar (or whatever that kind of thing is called in a temple)...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.5, ISO 5000 — map & image data — nearby photos
The red carpet is the one seen in this post's lead photos, looking from left to right out the window at the far right.
It was very dark inside compared to the brightness outside.
On the other side of the “Flower Painting” doors is another set of paintings, of dragons...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5600 — map & image data — nearby photos
After loaning Damien my Voigtländer Macro 125mm f/2.5 so he could take detail shots of the dragons, I retrieved it and gave it a go myself.
It turns out that they're not just paintings... they're a hybrid painting / carving, and they have real depth.
This is, of course, the answer to the Deep, Dark “What am I?” Quiz from the other day.
I wanted to step back to get a full shot of the doors, but as soon as I did someone swooped in to take closeups of whatever I had just been taking closeups of.
I hope he has a good macro lens.