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Winter at a nearby Temple by JeanneABeck Winter at a nearby Temple by JeanneABeck
We got another nice batch of snow yesterday starting yesterday afternoon so I was out and about getting lots of pictures. I usually pass by a nearby temple around 5pm every day where someone dutifully rings the temple's bell. I usually just think "Wow, Japan's cool." when I hear the bell and keep walking, but yesterday I stopped and started wandering around the small temple's grounds, ackwardly bowing to the bell ringer when he looked to see who was down below.

There's something about snow on Japanese temples, shrines and in gardens that makes them look so magical to me.

Iida City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

EDIT: More pictures from this day here: [link]
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Photographer
Merry Christmas Heart
I featured your work in my journal here: lunafeles.deviantart.com/
have a nice time :)
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011   Photographer
*_* some day i want to visit japan in winter and want to see nagano <3
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Really? That's awesome! If you go to northern Nagano there are places where they'll get like 10 feet of snow or something ridiculous like that. Yup, found a ridiculous picture: [link] In southern Nagano we'd get a little less snow than the US Midwest, which was more my style.
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   Photographer
haha yeah I know this photo with the snow^^
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Nice place:nod:
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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SSSDante Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I even hate snow, but this is beautiful
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL. In general I feel the same way for you, but there's something about snow on Japanese temples that's just breathtaking. I think I'm going to post another snow pic now. :dance:
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SSSDante Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
haha, i think it's the temples themselves that handle the breathtaking, everything else around them is just bonus, lol
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failonmaas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
another outstanding work
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm finding that I'm starting to think more like a photographer when taking pictures; trying to incorporate as many elements as I can. It's fun!
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failonmaas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
thats all that matters is its fun for you and it shows in your work.when it stops being fun then the shots wont be as good. i can see you really enjoy photography.
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, before I forced myself at least one a month so people wouldn't think I was dead. Some of those photos were good just because of happenstance but others were pretty bad. *deletes* Now that I've found my niche -the post stuff that no other photographer in Japan would think of posting that will nonetheless teach about the culture niche - I'm starting to have fun again.
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failonmaas Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
thats all that matters is you have fun and it shows. keep up the good work
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RoxyHana Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
aaah i wanna go thereee someday! ;3;
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great! I hope you can! The question is how do you want to come to Japan? As a student, worker, tourist... start planning and make small steps every day towards your dream. :)
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RoxyHana Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
that's a grat idea,i'll just try my best >o<
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blaufeuer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
very nice!
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you thank you!
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KitxTsuki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Holy crap... this is amazing. o.o I love this picture....
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I was completely mesmerized by the scene before me when taking this picture. I have some more pictures from that day on my photobucket account too if you're interested. [link]
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Shiko-Jaie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
*o* Tis so pretty!

You get such awesome shots!
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I was standing around there for a while trying to figure out how to get everything I wanted into a shot. I was spazzing out so much I didn't relize how cold it was. XD Then at home I picked this one out of a dozen or so. Before I just randomly took photos of stuff and hoped for the best but I'm slowly startig to think more like a photographer. Keeps me entertained in rural Japan. :nod:
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This one looks great! I like the desaturation-ness :3
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting thing was I hardly editing this photo at all; think I upped the contrast just a little so people could see all the cherry tree branches. At 5pm the sun's close to setting and with all the falling snow everything appeared to be shades of white, black and gray.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really cool! 8D
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I think this temple would actually be a good background for you guys to photomanip yourselves into. Lot of nature and wide walkways, etc. I'm not sure which characters would work in here, but I'll try to get a variety of photos in Spring. Another nice thing is that no one ever goes here; it's not a famous nor popular. Photoshoots are so easy to do.
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KawaiiNoraChan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Oh. My. God.

I'm speechless.
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I was speechless too when walking around there. Snow really transforms a place, but now that I think about it this temple always leaves me a little speechless when I stop to look at it on my way to or from work.
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KawaiiNoraChan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
It's just so magnificent.
And lucky you for getting to look at that on your way to work!
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
There's something about Buddhist temples, the way they're laid out, how quiet and peaceful they look, etc. that really gets me. There's tons of Shinto temples but they don't always have the same effect on me for whatever reason. I should post more Shinto pictures anyways. :nod:
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SinisterSmirk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I'm sure that was, indeed, an awkward exchange of glances. The things you do to provide us with photographs and cultural enlightenment! :D Very nice!
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JeanneABeck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a bunch! I love enlightening others because it means I have to learn more myself. Everyone wins!
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