Message for those waiting for my Photo Hunt return: I'm back! And here's confirming that I was vacationing in Japan when the previous two editions of Photo Hunt took place -- and, also, that I had a great time once again in that wonderful country (which I first visited back in 1982!)!
Those who regularly check out this blog know that this past week's entries have been Japan-focused -- and that a couple of days ago, I put up an entry recounting my visit to Nikko (particularly the sacred area known as Nikko Sannai). Today's blog entry also features images from that part of Japan (that, ideally, would be enveloped by sunshine like its name suggests but, alas, wasn't particularly so when I was there!).
More specifically, it features two pairs of photos I took (of a Torii near Futarasan Shrine's Futara Spiritual Spring and a flight of steps near the Taiyuin Mausoleum's Koukamon Gate) -- with the first of each pair featuring people in them and the others being those I snapped only after spending time waiting for the areas in the photo to be clear of people!
So... which shots do you prefer -- the ones with or without people? I can't decide with regards to the first pair (taken at Futarasan Shrine). Alternatively, I definitely prefer the people-less photo taken at Taiyuin Mausoleum -- not least because while waiting for that shot, I also got time to compose it better (so that, among other things, it doesn't look like the steps at the bottom of the picture are tilting like they are in the "peopled photo" of that same place)! :b