1,000 Red Gates – and Photo Mystery of the Week

Great Photowalk in San Clemente!

Thanks to everyone that came out for a beautiful sunset in San Clemente! I was happy to meet you all and hope you had a good time. Victor from Typical Shutterbug put up a post with a link to a Flickr group where you can share your photos.

Photo Mystery of the Week

What is the mysterious blue light in the photo below?  Who can guess

Daily Photo – 1,000 Red Gates

What a wonderful and unique place on earth this is! In Kyoto, Japan, there resides the unique shrine of Fushimi Inari. It consists of thousands of red gates that wind up and down the mountain. I walked through it deep into the night…. I was the only one around and it was downright eerie. Every now and then, the gates would stop and there would be a mini-shrine off to one side or a graveyard to another. Both of these added to the creep factor.

I had a serious worry about an hour into the hike through these gates — what if they turn off the lights? I had no flashlight! I considered my two options — I could strobe my SB-800 to find my way out, which would be a totally surreal experience through these gates. Or, I could do what one of my Israeli hiker friends did in Argentina, use the back of my camera display for light (he actually used his to set up his tent)!

1,000 Red Gates

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 16:11:31
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length20mm (20mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • petrov

    ok, great photo but something missing! 🙂

  • Lovely Trey.

    Kyoto is one of, if not the most beautiful place on earth. Surrounding the city is countless beautiful areas such as this. Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkakuji along with Fushimi-Inari are some of my favourite places to stop and marvel. As always, love your shots. I wish I had have taken HDR shots last time I was in Kyoto.


  • Candace

    Wow, that’s a lot of gates.

  • hmmm… I seem to agree with petrov. I am not sure what is missing, but something sure enough looks odd.

  • Wow, that must have indeed been an eerie feeling up there all by yourself!!! Amazing place and photo. Glad your photowalk went well. Thanks for sharing!!

  • iPad… for photography


  • casusan

    Wow! Cool shot Trey!!

  • Stefan G

    Thanks for coming out yesterday!

  • Facebook User

    I think the blue light is the reflection of the moon?? 😉 Looking forward to the photo walk next month!!

  • I am guessing the blue light is a cell phone someone walked with.

    or one of those creepy ghosts.

  • Erica W

    Is it a cellphone causing the blue light?

  • I’ll hazard a guess that it’s an ungelled SB-800 while your camera auto white balance had set itself to tungsten.

  • Rob S

    Guessing this is a new format K-Mart, and there was a really fast moving blue light special.

  • Ray Hull

    Great shot. Its the backlight from the display of the Nikon (sb900) flash

  • jkiel

    I’d say it’s a cellphone as well, I have a similar effect (oddly enough, a red Japanese gate in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens) that I know was a cellphone wandering through my shot.

  • Facebook User

    Is it a flashlight app for the Iphone?

  • Was someone behind you welding?

  • Stefan G


    Do you have any tips for handling lens distortion for those of us with out pro caliber lenses? I’ve checked out DXO Optics a little bit.


  • Brenda

    Is the blue light a fire fly?

  • Doug M

    Is it the cops coming to bonk the people on the head that leave stupid non comments like “there’s something missing”. That kind of comment really sticks in my craw. Useless.

  • Facebook User

    You can see the ghost arm and hand holding a cell phone in the original sized pic on flickr. Pretty cool effect!!

  • Yeah, juding by the light trail to the bottom right, I’d say someone was walking along texting, or with a little LED torch. Looks like an awesome location.

  • Thanks all – the Clever Dave Wilson is right! It is the SB 800 as I ran forward on the last exposure to strobe some of the darker bits…

  • Della

    Hey Trey, I just noticed this tweet (below) and realized I never got the Newsletter??? I got the welcome one with links to the previous 8 Newletters on Jan 8th, but nothing since? Help me, I am missing out! 8>)

    # Hey everyone – I have a cool Nikon D3S video and full D3S Review coming tonight for newsletter subscribers! (it’s free yo!) 8:56 PM Jan 26th from TweetDeck

  • Facebook User

    I think it is from your flash. I remember you mentioning a trick on another picture from the same area awhile back. During the long exposure of the HDR capture, you ran around with your flash in your hand and hit the test button to fill in some light. Cool trick! I have used it a few times since I saw you mention it too.

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