Emily Kawasaki  

Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, -Osaka, Japan by Emily Kawasaki

November 2020 - Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, -Osaka, Japan

About the Image(s)

This image was taken at Sumiyoshi-taisha, also known as Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, in Osaka, Japan. The photo was taken on July 2, 2018 at 3:11pm Japan Time. The image shows the shrubbery and flora in the foreground, the moat and bridge in the mid-ground, and grounds of the Grand Shrine in the background. The photo was taken on my SONY ILCE-5000 camera. The ISO is 320, the exposure time is 1/80 sec., the f stop is 14, and the focal length is 16mm. Post-processing in Lightroom with slight increase in dehaze and slight decrease in highlights.

9 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I love the images that are taken in Japan. The artistry of the Japanese people is amazing. I do feel, however, that in this particular image, the greenery in the foreground is a bit overpowering, so I opened it in Photoshop and created a non destructive layer mask. I darkened the foreground foliage, brightened the bridge and with the new sky replacement changed the sky from somewhat drab to a brighter morning sun. Hope you like it.   Posted: 11/09/2020 07:49:02
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Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Bev for the suggestions. I like your edit a lot and agree that the bright colors can sometimes be a bit much. Great edit - I love how the clouds came out as well!   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:43:28

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
I really like your photograph. The colors are beautiful, and the intricate design on the bridge is lovely. I wish that the angle had been a little different because I think there is too much greenery in the foreground distracting from the beautiful bridge. I can see some reflection of the bridge, and I would have loved to see more.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:14:28
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thanks for the suggestions Mary. I also love this bridge, especially the round design and crisscrossing pillars underneath it. I struggled with that same issue when taking the photo. The row of trees and shrubbery is particularly lush and heavy there, so another photo I had taken more to the right had less greenery, but more of the bridge bridge was blocked by the stone pillar.   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:49:56

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I love the bridge and red rail (orange?). The only thing that really bothers me is that I don't think it is as sharp as it could be. Were you hand holding when you used 1/80 sec.? Did you increase the clarity in LR? I like what Bev did to the sky. In LR I may have tried to decrease the highlights more and open up the shadows so the greenery in the back would not be so dark. I may be wrong about the sharpness because my depth perception is non-existent (it took me a while to figure out that the big stone piece was in front of the rail).   Posted: 11/09/2020 09:23:36
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Margaret, that's a helpful suggestion. Yes, I was out exploring around town and hadn't brought my tripod with me on the trip (it was a 3-week business trip that started in LA, so 90% of my suitcase was dedicated to work stuff). I will work on the clarity and shadows. I agree, I also like what Bev did with the clouds and sky. That shade of red-orange is called Vermillion/Vermilion and I also really love it. It's a really warm color that is eye-catching but not too loud (in my opinion).   Posted: 11/17/2020 12:52:51
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Thanks for telling me the name of that color - I'll try to remember it because I like it too. What do you do that takes you to Japan and requires a suitcase full of work stuff? I hope you are not having to travel now because I think it is probably pretty hazardous.   Posted: 11/17/2020 13:35:35
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Until July 2020, I worked for American Field Service (AFS), so I led the orientation for a group of US students going to Japan, acted as their flight chaperone (it was a group of 30 students), attended the Arrival Orientation, and met with the AFS-Japan staff. I also got to be a chaperone for a small group that rode the bullet train southwest towards Osaka. I enjoyed revisiting Osaka after being away since 2013. So, it was a great trip - but definitely busy and full of responsibility.   Posted: 11/17/2020 14:03:04
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Interesting! You had a very responsible job.   Posted: 11/17/2020 14:57:31


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