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May 17, 2006

Hasedera Zen Garden

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/60 s @ f/4
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOCenter weighted average w/0.00 eV @ 200

I wanted to sit down and really just work on one image tonight. I had to resort to resizing this one a little larger for presentation than usual. It just did not look right at any smaller size.

I wanted to take a photograph that I really wasn't happy with but one that I felt would be good to include on the photoblog for continuity and really post-process it the best I could for presentation. I wanted to give it balance. I wanted to give it focus. I wanted to give it interest.

This is one of the front gardens from Hasedera Temple in Kamakura, Japan. The gardens of Japan are so exquisite. Peaceful. Tranquil. Everything looks as if the universe made a mistake in not forming as it is to begin with. Everything in its natural state.

The peace of mind to be had in places like this is real and tangible. It permeates everything and refuses to be ignored. It is similar to the urge to be quiet when walking into a great cathedral, only carved out of nature and in the open.


Posted by jordanh at May 17, 2006 12:38 AM |

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Jordan, you really have a way with words.
Yes, this definitely needs to be seen at full-size because there is so much going on here. Good choice to go with b&w, which gives this an almost infrared look. The vignetting is great too.

Posted by: Bella at May 23, 2006 1:50 PM

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