Moonlit Sanjo Ohashi Bridge in Kyoto

Although Kyoto is most famous for its wonderful temples, I found Kamo River area also charming and welcoming place. Kamo River flows through the city from north to south and it’s embankment is a favourite place for locals. The western bank is lined with small restaurants and the eastern bank is utterly belongs to people. They are walking, running, biking along the river or just sitting on the bank and watching trout splashing in the shallow water.

There are five bridges crossing Kamo River in the centre of the city and the most famous one is Sanjo Ohashi Bridge. It was originally built in 16-th century by general Hideyoshi Toyotomi and it was the end point of Tokaido Road which connected Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Although it was rebuilt and empowered with concrete in 1950 it is still looks old-fashioned and authentic.

To photograph Sanjo Ohashi Bridge I had to wakeup at 3 am in the morning. It was a full moon night and bridge was perfectly lit by the moon. I used panoramic technique to get more foreground in the frame.

Sanjo Ohashi Bridge and Kamo River at Dawn, Kyoto, Japan
June 2015, panorama from 2 horizontal images aligned vertically, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 8 seconds, ISO 250, tripod.

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