The Golden Temple

Kinkaku-ji [金閣寺]. Or the Golden Temple. Kyoto, Japan. This photo doesnt do it any justice. The temple is covered in gold-plated leaf and shines in the afternoon sun. Its breathtaking to look at and photograph.

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September 29, 2009 | 37 comments
Architecture D700 Japan

EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/8 | Exposure bias: -2/6EV | Focal length: 42mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/100s |



37 comments

  • yz on 29.09.2009 @ 14:30

    wow, spectacular scene!

  • David H-W on 29.09.2009 @ 14:50

    Well, a very calming shot with those smashing greens and 'mill pond' water. Not surprised it doesn't do it justice, reckon it'd be tough to get the gold to stand out enough; maybe if the sun was at a lower angle. Nevertheless, it's still a strong shot.

  • faisal on 29.09.2009 @ 14:57

    Thanks David! The shrine closed before the sun set... I wanted to get the shot at sunset.

  • pernilla on 29.09.2009 @ 16:00

    Amazing place! The temple and the surroundings are so beautiful. Love the reflections. Excellent capture.

  • sherri on 29.09.2009 @ 18:19

    I particularly like the reflection in this image. Wonderful clarity and colors.

  • Greg Waddell on 29.09.2009 @ 18:33

    Very nice. Love the way the all of the lines flow with the temple.

  • Otto K. on 29.09.2009 @ 19:11

    this is beautiful; wonderfully captured.

  • Monique on 29.09.2009 @ 22:40

    I think you've captured it really fantastic, it's a wonderful temple in a beautiful surrounding and the colors and framing are just perfect! I love that little island in the foreground with the two trees.

  • Jolieke on 30.09.2009 @ 00:50

    Wow! The reflection in the water and the tree on that little island are beautiful parts of this photo! It seems as a nice place to be.

  • aleksarus on 30.09.2009 @ 02:13

    What a beautiful place! Excellent shot

  • grapf on 30.09.2009 @ 02:14

    The tree on the little island looks like a Bonsai.
    A very nice situated place, you've got here!

  • PCB on 30.09.2009 @ 03:57

    great shot & colors! and lucky you had far better weather than me...

  • Tayab on 30.09.2009 @ 04:38

    Beauty!

    I love the works you've been uplaoding of Japan

  • Raj on 30.09.2009 @ 04:53

    This is stunning. The portrayal of tranquillity oozes from this.

  • Alex on 30.09.2009 @ 05:58

    Impresionante!!!! Tanto por el tratamiento, composicion, encuadre y los reflejos simetricos en el agua.
    Buen trabajo, saludos.

  • minimodi on 30.09.2009 @ 08:06

    crispy clear and a nice color pressure... good work. I wanna go to Japan!

  • rian on 30.09.2009 @ 08:44

    don't do justice?! for real? but this looks awesome already.. :D man, japan's sure a nice place to visit.. excellent shot! :D

  • MARIANA on 30.09.2009 @ 09:34

    Wonderful shot . What a cool reflection . Great processing !

  • tetsu on 30.09.2009 @ 09:55

    Wow!!!
    Kinkaku-ji!!!

  • faisal on 30.09.2009 @ 10:03

    Thanks everyone for your comments!!!

  • Abhijit on 30.09.2009 @ 11:03

    Just awesome, Man! Loved the colors. Well composed image!

  • Arjan - PlasticDaisy on 30.09.2009 @ 12:36

    What a peaceful and warm looking place! I would very much like to go there!

  • elena on 30.09.2009 @ 17:14

    wonderful exposure and composition

  • Krista on 30.09.2009 @ 19:06

    This is incredible!

  • Luis A. De Jesus R. on 01.10.2009 @ 12:55

    Just beautiful in compositional strength. The colors, wow, the colors are spot and so crisp. Great range of tonality too.

  • Wolfgang on 01.10.2009 @ 12:59

    Brilliant composition; love the colours and this atmosphere.

  • Marie on 01.10.2009 @ 15:11

    wouaw, c'est splendide !

  • Ryan Rahn on 02.10.2009 @ 21:32

    The lighting is great here too...must be that gold leaf...incredible. The greenery, reflection, and clouds make it look almost like a painting. Excellent composition too.

  • Felix on 06.10.2009 @ 05:53

    This photo is really impressive. I like the great colors, the reflection and the water. Great work.

  • SD (Aspherical) on 06.10.2009 @ 19:15

    Nice shot, the perfect reflection makes it.

  • terrorkitten on 10.10.2009 @ 17:21

    Just amazing colour!

  • espennilsen on 11.10.2009 @ 12:45

    I really like the reflections in the water and the colours in this photo.

  • Sylvain on 11.10.2009 @ 16:29

    A post card !
    Colors are wonderful. Your composition with the trees in the foreground is perfect !
    Thumbs up !

  • Ivy on 23.10.2009 @ 10:45

    Beautifully depicted!

  • wasserbrunn on 04.11.2009 @ 11:51

    wow, great colors!!!! !

  • kyungmee on 28.01.2010 @ 10:28

    magnifiscent view..love the reflection! Wonderful site you have here!

  • Tommytheduck on 15.01.2012 @ 21:53

    This looks unreal. As in, so perfect it cannot be real. I'm amazed you are able to capture pics with no one in them.