Yasaka no To is a pagoda in Kyoto’s Higashiyama district that is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city.
The picturesque pagoda, coupled with the adjacent old-style streets, makes it very popular for photographers, tourists and locals alike, and by day you would be hard-pressed to find an angle without dozens of people throughout the scene.
There are a couple of ways of dealing with these crowds:
- Ignore them, and in fact embrace them in your images;
- Remove them from the scene in post-processing; or
- Get up early and capture the streets with no one in them in the first place!
The third option was obviously what I did with this image, and I am really happy with the result. Not only did I get the images that I had in my mind’s eye, I was also able to have the experience of wandering these lovely streets and having them all to myself!
- C: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
- L: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4
- E: Lightroom CC