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On the steps of a temple gate in Kyoto, Japan.

It was early morning and I had seen similar pictures like this hanging in photographic galleries I had visited so I really wanted to capture the same kind of scene. Thankfully most of the other photographers around were at the bottom of the steps shooting the gate so there was no one walking in my shot. Took me a bit of waiting before a sufficient gust of wind blew the sakura in front of my lens. :)

Quite proud of this one.
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sparklene907 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Nice pic!! which temple did you take this photo on?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Photographer
I cant remember I'm sorry.
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sparklene907 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
I really love your pic, and I want to share your wonderful picture with my readers.
Could I collect your photo on my wall "Things to do in Kyoto"?
Here is the address: www.diitu.com/wall/14382569248…
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Photographer
Sure, go for it.
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NoneAlphabet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
coollll
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nettoallmeida Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I Love It
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011   Photographer
*________________*
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SpinningStarshine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Just all around pleasant. :heart: It makes me imagine how perfumed the air must've - or at least could've - been.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Bleh, it's in the middle of the city :) Smelt like a city. I guess it was a fairly cold day, so it smelt 'crisp' :D
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AliceInTheDark Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Oh my god!
That is simply an amazing shot - almost other worldly
to be able to capture something like that; it's like the image is moving.
I think I've visited this temple, stunning shot.
Most would think to take a frontward shot, this is different and its really striking.
Those three blurred petals that are much closer than the others really make the shot complete - you have petals in the background and the foreground. I really love it!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Its a gate set in the middle of suburbia, and you have to walk a fair while to get to the actual temple.

Glad you like it
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AndrewMarston Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
You did request a critique but I feel like this shot deserves a brief one.
I like the overall color scheme, very enchanting, ancient, warm, but natural which lends itself well to the subject matter. The pedals are well composed and I'm sure there are many shots where they weren't floating in just the right spots, but good choice with this one. I'm not sure how much post production you do, but I would suggest doing a basic transform on the whole image to correct for the slight perspective distortion that you can see as the left most pillar slowly diverges from the left side of the frame. By widening the image at the top you would get everything square and it would be technically a more engaging piece.
Finally, the sky in the background seems bland and may worth warming up with a slight warm tone at a very low opacity so it isn't a visual trap in the middle of the frame and may separate the sakura trees from the sky more too.
Overall really good or else I wouldn't have mentioned anything.
You're other works are stunning and you most likely thought of everything I crit'ed anyway.
Sincerely,
Andrew Marston
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qpixie Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
huh what a beautiful picture!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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s-u-s-i-s Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
i really love the feeling in this one...so peaceful and calm! ahh
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
smiley
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aukate Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waw...amazing!!!me dá arrepios
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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sonicsp33d Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing picture. Right time, right place.... just excellent. I love it. :)
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heeeeman Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks a bunch :)
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sonicsp33d Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob man, keep the pictures comin. ;) You've got my devWatch already. :lmao:
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m-otempora Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Really amazing! I loved this picture...
It's gonna turn the entry of my computer with our permission!
I'll see your other works...

No words to describe how much I loved this pic.

Sorry for all this words with no sense.
I love sakura's witch a non natural felling. It's just nostalgic.

This image makes me win the day. Can I report it how a daily deviation?

Kisses
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
I would be honored if you did, thankyou for the lovely comment :)
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Beautiful shot. I know what it's like, waiting forever for the sakura to fall just to get that one perfect shot. Unfortunately, there was always someone walking into my shot when the sakura were falling...

Was this taken at Chionin Temple?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
To be honest I'm not sure where this one was, I know it was a short walk from the Kyoto backpackers hostel. I'm usually qite marticulous when it comes to the locations of my photos, but those two you commented on I was quite lax :P This one was just a passing photo I diddn't even vist the temple beyond it's gates.
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
It's a shame you didn't go inside, I'm sure it was lovely. If it was Chionin Temple, though, the stairs are enough to dissuade more than a few people from entering ;).

Nonetheless, the shot is beautiful.
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Kalifrak Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, this is a beautiful shot! I use to live in Japan (I also saw the Tory gates that you took a picture of, but in high tide), and when the cherry blossom trees would shed their petals, it was gorgeous. The temples were full of wonderful photo opportunities. You got the perfect moment.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
Tori gate at high tide? You mean Miyajima in Hiroshima? I have been there, but I haven't uploaded any shots from there, you may be thinking of someone else. I also lived in Japan for 2 years, where did you live? I was in Southern Saitama.
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Kalifrak Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I lived across the bay from Tokyo, but on a navy base. I lived there twice, about 4 1/2 years in all. Sorry, I mistook your gate for the one I saw. Great shot of it, anyways!
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's simply beautiful!! :wow:

One of those scenaries you normaly only see on movies or anime... 'cause it looks just too perfect to be real...!

Wonderful angle and light, too... Congratulations, that's definitely a memorable and inspiring shot!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
That's what I was going for :) It's such a stereo-typical scene I had to try and capture it.
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Gerard19 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
OMG when I see more of your pics I fall more and more in love with Japan XD
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Goodo :)
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Gerard19 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
what is that? hoho
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
good + o :D
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LisaG Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Nice shot. Love cherry blossoms
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illy-dirly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry for the emoticons...it was a mistake:)
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illy-dirly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful pic...i love japan:X
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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phoenixdragon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Patience is a virtue.....most of the time.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
:)
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josephacheng Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Noise or pixilation? Who the hell cares :XD:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeah... Thanks :D
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PurpleWolfStar Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Whoa. Great capture. How did you ever get the petals flying RIGHT then? O.O I'm stunned!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
I waited :) Glad you like it :)
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Channel-Square Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
stunning *o*
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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zelos22 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
wow... this is very... cinematic *_*

theres much to be proud of here
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thankye :)
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vervex Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This shot is so beautiful! I love how you got all the sakuras on the stairs, and the ones passing by the camera, floating!
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