Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later.
Source: Japan Guide
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Taken from the top of Braemar Hill, this is a famous lookout point among Hong Kong photographers, especially for Chinese New Year when people arrive up to 10 hours early to get one of the coveted two spaces big enough for a tripod. Before photographing the panorama, I spent two hours recording a timelapse sequence of the harbour activity as the sun set.
Boracay was originally home only to the indigenous Ati tribe. Of small stature, delicate frame, dark brown complexion, nappy hair, this indigenous people arrived crossing land bridges when sea levels were lower and the Philippines was still connected to the mainland.
A little something in-between the heavy rain showers battering Hong Kong this weekend; a 16-image panorama of the Tsing Ma Bridge with heavy rain clouds overhead. A poster print of this image is also available.
Rambler Channel, formerly Tsing Yi Channel, is spanned by Stonecutters Bridge, a high level suspension bridge connecting Nam Wan Kok Island and Stonecutters Island. The bridge has a height of 298 meters making it the 4th tallest bridge in the world.
While the heatwave hits North America, it has reached "very hot" levels (as officially declared by the Hong Kong Observatory) here in Hong Kong as well. Yesterday it was blistering 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit), but that didn't deter us from heading out for a walk up to The Peak to watch the sun set over Victoria Harbour.The shot above is a composite panorama of 15 images (5x3) taken from the top of the Hong Kong Trail just as the sun was disappearing. Somedays you get nothing as the mist / fumes / fog at the horizon blocks the sun in the final minutes, but last night we were lucky...
On Thursday night I led a group of 30 from the Hong Kong Photography Club to practice long exposures on Hennessey Road. Here are a couple of my shots from the evening. You can see more of my images from Hong Kong here.This is a compilation of 4 images layered on top of one another in Photoshop simply using the Lighten layer blending mode. The Lighten blending mode compares the colour information for each pixel of the lower and upper layer, and applies the lighter colour as the result. Therefore any pixels in the lower layer image that are darker than the upper image are replaced, and pixels...
"Ha Long" is literally translated as "Bay of Descending Dragons." Prior to the 19th century, this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Halong Bay appear on a French Marine Map. “The Hai Phong News”, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, “Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay”, reporting the following story:
Today I ventured out to hills far from the bustle of Hong Kong Island. The 4.5 hour hike in extreme heat should probably have not been attempted carrying so much photography equipment. I know better for next time. The spectacular scenery included a view of the first city on the Chinese side of the border, Shenzhen, home to 9 million Chinese. Otherwise, the route snaked up-and-down along the ridge of the 8 peaks, each taking the name of one of the Immortals. Click here for more details about how to reach the Pat Sin Leng, Stage 9 of the Wilson Trail.
Haytor derives its name from heah meaning high. It stands in Dartmoor National Park at 1,499 ft (457m) and consists of two granite outcrops classified as an 'avenue tor' because the central section of the tor has been eroded leaving an avenue running between two outcrops.