Snow at dawn

Tokyo woke up today to snow on the ground and I went for a while to take some photos to the Meiji Jingu temple. It’s a pity that when I arrived the snow at the inner part of the temple had been almost completely cleared out. However I have been able to take some nice pictures and a couple of videos of the monks and temple workers removing the snow using shovels and hoses.

Dawn snow at Tokyo

Dawn snow at Tokyo

Dawn snow at Tokyo

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow Meiji Jingu

Snow in Tokyo

Snow in Tokyo

Snow in Tokyo


I think I changed something unknowingly on the camera and that is why the colors on the videos are a little bit weird.

11 Comments
  • Morten

    February 2, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Love the two first photos. Epic win:)

  • oliphant

    February 2, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I like the contrast between the sunlight filtering down through snow capped trees,, and then the monks in white shooting streams of water rising up to the roofs.

    The world looks b&w in the video, until you see a green tree. Actually it might be that mode that highlights one colour?

  • Maria hayes

    February 2, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Photos are absolutely heavenly! They are all beautiful BUT love the blackNwhite ones! All snaps just gorgeous!

  • Raymond

    February 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

    What aperture are these taken on? They are so crisp.

    I know you use a D90?

    And what prog. are you using to post process?

  • Martin F

    February 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Fantastic photos, a real treasure. Thanks.

    But please note that there are no “monks” or “temple workers” at a Shinto shrine. The term monks usually refer to Buddhism. When speaking of Shinto, the term “shrine workers” would be better. Some of them also looks more like volunteers, rather than actually belonging to the shrine. Shrine maidens and Shrine priests are other terms that may be better for the people in these images.

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    February 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

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  • XSportSeeker

    February 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    All colors gone, only green showing up! 😛
    Nice pics and videos!

  • Protocol Snow

    February 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    This is probably my favorite photoset that you’ve posted. Bravo!

  • Protocol Snow

    February 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    By the way, any chance you can post these photos in high-res? I would love to use them as desktop wallpaper.

  • kirai

    February 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    You can get the high res pictures from my flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/torek/page3/

    Click on “All Sizes” in the detail pages of each picture

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/torek/4324088312/

    thanks!

  • Ann

    February 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I’m currently scrounging to save for a decent SLR. Looking at such lovely pictures makes me want to rob a bank for the monies. Your pictures are just lovely.

    The unwashed masses demand more!