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To the Emperor's Gate

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 5 April 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is a bridge leading to a wide path up to the Kenreimon gate (建礼門) on the south side of the Old Imperial Palace. In the past the Emperor was the only one who could use this gate. It leads to another large vermillion gate (you can see its tiled roof in this photo just stretching out behind the Emperor's gate) and then to a large courtyard headed by the Shishinden (紫宸殿), the Great Hall of State Ceremonies (you can just see its brown cypress roof rising up above the Kenreimon gate).

NIKON D300 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

All looks very inviting . . adore these distinctive traditional details in your shots.

5 Apr 2011 5:44am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Perfect composition, as always!

5 Apr 2011 5:57am

@Hoshisato: As always? I am blushing...

rainboy from Nainital, India

very nice shot and info :)

5 Apr 2011 10:03am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Love the movement in this picture, it is effortless, the eye just calmly goes where your lens takes us.

5 Apr 2011 11:10am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent framing and composition in this shot GJC! The eye is led beautifully into the shot! 5-stars!!!! Bravo! ;-)

5 Apr 2011 12:15pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Lovely composition!

5 Apr 2011 12:31pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

The depth is majestic in this image GJC. The lines following from the posts on the right - leading us back to and through the open space is fantastic...This is truly a stupendous view and image here...I love it!

5 Apr 2011 2:03pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Excellent leading lines with this lovely bridge railing. Lovely image.

5 Apr 2011 3:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An elegant scene. I love the focus on the bridge with the beautiful buildings and gates beyond.

5 Apr 2011 10:13pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

I remember this place very well. Your framing and choice of focus is excellent

6 Apr 2011 6:18am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Beautifully composed, the angle is perfect! ( Have you ever had the chance to go inside?)

7 Apr 2011 12:17pm

NIKON D300
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
225 mm (35mm equiv.)