One of the most photographed icons is Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. It is located in Kyoto about half a mile south of Tofuku-Ji. There are about 40,000 Shinto shrines dedicated to the deity Inari around Japan, and this one, said to have founded in the early eighth century, is the most important of all.
This shrine is very popular, so it is very hard to miss once you get off the train. You can just follow the crowds and you will end up here! However, I would recommend waking up very early and getting here early to avoid the crowds. Even if you haven't been to Japan, you have probably seen the photos orange Torii gate path of this temple. Here is a photo that I was able to capture even with few people walking in the frame. Below I will explain how I made them disappear!
If you look very closely, you can see the shadow of a man moving in that shot. I was able to ghost most of the intruders by setting a shutter speed of 15 seconds. I did this by selecting a very small aperture (f/22). So that very little light was entering the sensor through the lens opening. I also lowered ISO all the way to 100 to make the sensor less sensitive to light. The result is a 15-second exposure and a ghosting effect of anything that is moving. Of Course, you would need a sturdy tripod and guard it well to prevent people from bumping into it! If you want to get even less shutter speed, only way is to use a ND filter to manually block light from entering the camera. I did have a 10 stop ND filter on this trip but I didn't want to use it here because the setup would take too much time.
You can get an idea of how busy this place is from the photo below. Unless you go really early or close to closing hours, it would be hard to take a photo without people in it. However, you can climb up this Torii path and eventually it will get better with less traffic. As you go up, the Torii gates are less dense and as not beautiful as they are at the bottom, though.
As always, thanks for visiting this photo story. I would appreciate your comments and critiques. Please stay tuned for part 2!