Don’t Jump! Kiyomizu-dera

Don’t Jump! Kiyomizu-dera – HDR Image, ISO 400, 50mm, f/9.0, 1/200 sec +/- 2 stops. Canon 5D.

Don’t Jump! Kiyomizu-dera

I did not use a tripod to take these images, instead I let Photomatix Pro auto-align them for me. In post processing I  manually de-ghosted the people using photoshop.

Kiyomizu-dera is one of the temples I randomly ended up at while walking through Kyoto during my visit in 2010. The city is surrounded by mountains and from what I was told the mountains are full of temples. Its kind of hard to walk anywhere in Kyoto without running into a temple. Learn more about Kiyomizu-dera. I ended spending a good portion of the day there as there is so much to see and photograph.

The hall is built on tall supports putting it 13 meters (43 feet, or roughly  a 4 story building) above the hillside. Legend says that if you jump off and survive that your wish will be granted. Of course jumping is prohibited in modern times. Of the recorded jumps 83% survived.


Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at