Lantern Ceiling

Lantern Ceiling, Daisho-in - Miyajima, Japan

Lantern Ceiling, Daisho-in – Miyajima, Japan

I know some people meticulously plan their photo excursions, investigating their sites online, looking at pictures, even saving GPS coordinates. I’m a lot more laissez-faire. I may look for places to visit, but once I pick a destination, I like to explore — see what I can come up with, photographically. Today’s photo is a bit of an exception.

When I discovered Daisho-in in Miyajima, I saw photos of a dramatic room with a myriad of lanterns. I made a mental note to take a picture of it. Except, during my visit, I had a hard time finding it. I expected it to be in a building, but it wasn’t. Rather, it was more of a man-made cave or cellar carved into the hillside. The site didn’t disappoint.

It took a steadier than unusual hand to shoot this, even with image stabilization. As you can expect, this place was rather dark, despite all the hanging lanterns. I shot at 1/3 of a second with my Olympus 9-18mm wide-angle attached to the PEN-F. I kept the ISO at a reasonable 800, to create a high quality image. No tripod, of course — it would have been handy — though I’m not sure if they would’ve allowed it. In-body image stabilization has mostly freed me from my tripod which certainly helps during travel.

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