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2010 Nara To-Kae

August 10, 2010

Last night I went to the Nara To-Kae festival. Monday was the perfect day to go, not too many people.

2010 Nara To-Kae #1

The problem with this festival is that it is too big and therefore impossible to shoot everything. The images look best with the blue twilight sky, and once the sky goes black it is too dark to shoot. That gives you a 20-30 minute window and it is hard to move around the park in that amount of time.

2010 Nara To-Kae #2

So this year I focused on the field just east of Todai-ji, where they had lots of wheel shapes set up. (Last year I shot around Sarusawa Pond.)

2010 Nara To-Kae #3

The festival continues for another five days, so if possible I’d like to go again. I don’t know if it will happen though. It is supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow and then the Obon crowds will be out. We’ll see.

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