Japanese cemetery – Infrared composite

Japanese cemetery – Infrared composite

In my last post I commented on how the Japanese follow both Shinto and Buddhist traditions at the same time.  One place where you see Buddhist beliefs is in funeral and death related rituals.  The Japanese cremate their dead and places the ashes into family tombstones.  I’ve been told that in Buddhist beliefs cremation is a way to free a person’s soul or karma.

This is a photo of a Japanese cemetery.  The color is not a digital effect, but rather the result of a technique that combines infrared and color light to make the photo.  Plants strongly reflect infrared causing them to stand out dramatically in infrared photos.  A normal color photo is made by combining red, green, and blue light.  What I’ve done here is combine infrared, green, and blue.

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