Kiyomizudera (literally meaning Temple of Clear Water) is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. In autumn, the temple will open in night time for visitors to see the red maple trees at night. With excellent lighting and the temple itself having an orange colour, the night scene is actually a very good subject for photography, but a difficult one as well.
I was standing on a wooden bridge when I took this picture. Around me were full of people holding all sort of cameras, some with flash, to shoot this scene. At the background there were security guards telling people to move on and do not stay on the bridge. There was no way to put a tripod, or even a monopod there so I must use very high ISO – and the image noise was really unbearable. Also the dynamic range of the scene was extremely wide (and the flashes made it even more challenging) and any perfect exposure without post processing was out of question.
Even with Nik’s Photoshop plugins, it took me a long while to fix all sort of problems (and I am really not proficient enough to fix all of them). So apart from being one of the most difficult pictures I have ever taken, it’s also one of the most difficult one for post processing….