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Okunoin on Koyasan

Rain on Koyasan

Koyasan refuge

Rain delay

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Trapped under a shrine in Okunoin (奥の院)

Today’s photo is what happens when you are walking around Koyasan and rain begins to fall heavily. I took refuge under the only shelter nearby which was this small shrine. I took photos while I waited for the rain to subside. I could see sun so I figured it wouldn’t last long. You can’t really see the rain in this photo, but here is a photo I took less than a minute later in the other direction.

Okunoin (奥の院)

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Koyasan’s famous Japanese cemetery

One of my favorite places on this earth is this cemetery in the mountains of Japan. I’m dying to return.

Cleansing the gods

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Never mind that it had just been pouring rain or that the skies were about to open up again, these Buddhist gods needed more water, and this visitor to Okunoin was happy to oblige before crossing the bridge to Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum.

What a difference shooting in RAW can make!

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jpg version

I was going through and deleting some photos from last summer when I came upon the photo above. I almost hit delete, but I was curious what the photo was even of so I decided to take a peek at the RAW file before deleting.

This was the same photo in RAW format:

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RAW version of same photo

At first I thought I had opened the wrong photo, but then I checked the file name and sure enough they were the same.

I took this while walking through the Okunoin Cemetery just after sunset. I didn’t have a tripod so I just set my camera on rocks or headstones to take long exposures. Obviously, this one @ 30 seconds wasn’t long enough for a jpg photo, but in RAW it almost looks properly exposed.