Photographing Kinkaku-ji in the rain

Kinkanku-ji Golden Pavilion

We recently had a chance to revisit Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto. You may recall the post I did in 2009 about photographing this amazing place.

So with a better camera this time around, I was excited about capturing some great images. Unfortunately, the weather had different plans.

Shooting in the rain

While overcast weather can be good for photography, rain in buckets is not. And that’s pretty much what was in store for us on our revisit to Kyoto.

As a Canadian, I of course do not believe in umbrellas. But even I started to break down the wetter things got. So with a heavy heart, I purchased an umbrella and made my way to Kinkanku-ji.

Although the weather was crummy, we actually had a fun time. At the gates to the pavilion we were approached by some local students that were volunteering to show tourists around in exchange for working on their English. They were about as excited to see us as we were of them. Apparently not as many tourists were as silly as us to go out in the rain.

We actually learned a lot more about Kinkanku-ji thanks to these helpful students. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend using them.

So while it was increasingly frustrating to try and photograph while holding my umbrella in the crick of my next in a way that would keep my equipment dry, we still had a good time.

Here are a few of the photos I took. If you would like larger versions, please check out my Flickr photostream.

Kinkanku-ji Golden Pavilion

Kinkanku-ji Golden Pavilion

Kinkanku-ji Golden Pavilion

Kinkanku-ji Golden Pavilion

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Kinkanku-ji Golden Pavilion

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