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Vermillion Tunnel

Vermillion Tunnel

The Vermillion Tunnel

This image comes from The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. It's probably my favorite sight in Kyoto, and I've managed to visit it several times during each of my brief periods in the city. While I love pictures of this shrine, the truth is that pictures done do it justice.

Thousands of the red torii gates line the trails leading around and up the mountain east of downtown Kyoto. Donated by individuals and companies, and dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice, the red gates go on and on, and in many places are so densely packed it seems as if one is walking in a tunnel.

This image is one of my first attempts at a focus stacked panoramic. Comprised of 22 separate images, I took each vertical slice 2-3 times, each with a different focus point. Back in the studio, I stacked each slice for focus, ensuring a deep depth of field. Each of the seven slices was then merged into a panoramic image. This approach yielded incredible detail, near and far, left to right; even when printed very large.