Frozen Protector

This is another photo from one of the big snows we had around Japan in February. The statue here is called “komainu” – a lion/dog which is believed by some to protect the nearby shrine from evil spirits. I don’t know about that, but I do know it makes for an interesting photographic subject and I’ve often been interested by this particular angle, but until it snowed I had a hard time getting a shot that fit what I was thinking of. One of the great things about snow is that it has the ability to make a scene much less busy, allowing you to focus on a certain point without distraction, since the snow permits a clearer contrast between objects in the right situation. Of course, one does need to be careful not to let the snow get into the camera. *facepalm*

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/3.2 | 1/125sec | ISO800 | 85mm

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