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Pontochyo 1 - Hug Me Please

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 30 April 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Starting a series looking at some of the sights on this famous street in Kyoto.
Pontochō (先斗町) is a district in Kyoto, Japan, known for geisha and home to many geisha houses and traditional tea houses. Pontochō centres around one long, narrow, cobbled alley. Geisha have existed in Pontochō since at least the 1500s, as have prostitution and other forms of entertainment. Today the area, lit by traditional lanterns at night, contains a mix of very expensive restaurants—often featuring outdoor riverside dining on wooden patios—geisha houses and tea houses, brothels, bars, and cheap eateries.

Canon EOS Kiss X 1/500 second F/2.2 ISO 200 50 mm

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Very nice capture of the expressions.

30 Apr 2008 6:23am

@Ana Lúcia: Thx Ana Lucia!

Saeed from ahwaz, Iran

This is a nice B&W shot and choosed a good angle.
well done

30 Apr 2008 7:56am

@Saeed: Thx Saeed!

Gnarf from Stockholm, Sweden

Nice catch of the moment! Do you have this image in color as well? I think the kimonos is often very colorful and pretty which make them stand out more.

30 Apr 2008 7:59am

@Gnarf: Thx Gnarf! Yeah I still have the unedited image in colour. I guess I wanted to focus on the expressions rather than the kimonos for this one.

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Great image, love the DoF.

30 Apr 2008 8:05am

@Alun Lambert: Thx Alun!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Delightful street scene. Very well framed.

30 Apr 2008 1:26pm

@GJC: Thx GJC!

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

That's a really great photo Stu!....really top class and a delight to look at on so many levels!

30 Apr 2008 7:22pm

@Ian Bramham: Many thx Ian!

Baz from Teglia, United Kingdom

Simply great!

30 Apr 2008 9:08pm

@Baz: Thx Baz!

Jeffster from Long Island, United States

Great b&w image. Interesting perspective. Looks like a "Kodak moment" to me..

1 May 2008 3:34am

@Jeffster: hehe. thx jeffster!

Gnarf from Stockholm, Sweden

Yes I can understand that and you did it great :)

2 May 2008 7:32am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

great perspective! lovely image..

18 Aug 2008 4:55am