Kiyomizu-dera Temple Cherry Blossoms | Kyoto, Japan

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Mom came for a visit here in Busan, so I took her on a short trip to Kyoto. It’s one of my favorite cities in all of Asia. We were lucky because the cherry blossoms were in bloom when we went. I heard they were going to light up Kiyomizudera Temple for the occasion.

We waited in a long line, then made our way up a bunch of stairs. I found my spot and set up my gear. She stood by while I took this photo. Both of us said that it didn’t seem real to be there, in a pink fantasy land halfway around the world.

This was her second trip to Kyoto. Her first visit was in the early 70s’ with my father. Every photo has a story behind it. I’m grateful I could share this one with her. So, this one’s for you Ma! ~

  • Camera: Sony A7 II
  • Lens: Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Taken: March 31, 2016
  • Focal length: 30mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 4s
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Author: Pete DeMarco

Pete DeMarco is an award-winning travel photographer. His passion for helping people transform their photography shows through in the expert advice he shares. His work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, CNN, and as a staff writer for Digital Photography School.