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Unexpectedly Snowy Photoshoot at the Joshokoji Temple
Three Photographers but only one crazy enough to take her jacket off and be the model. At the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of far northern Kyoto -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Three Photographers
but only one crazy enough to take her jacket off and be the model.
At the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of far northern Kyoto

Through the cycle group that I mentioned last week, I met photographer (and triathlete) Kumiko Mini, who as it happened was expecting photographer friends from San Francisco to join her for a week of photography fun in Kyoto. I got to tag along on a trip into the mountains where they planned to do a little photoshoot at a temple far away from the crowds of the city.

There was no forecast for snow, but as we got into the mountains the flakes started coming and got thicker by the minute. The mountains turned splendid with a puffy, frosty blanket...

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Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

By the time we stopped for a picture, I'd gotten to know Eric and Gigi for an hour, by which time they'd cemented themselves as fun to be around and fun to talk photography...

Eric and Gigi hamming it up for my lens -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Eric and Gigi
hamming it up for my lens

They'd come to Kyoto to give their new Pentax medium format(!) SLR and delicious lens a workout.

Checking Settings -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Checking Settings

Meanwhile Kumiko is shooting her Canon...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Three different brands, but somehow we remained friends. I just lament that I couldn't borrow lenses(!)

The snow is the heavy, sticky kind, but since Eric and Gigi had only the one camera between them, Eric was available for other tasks while Gigi shot...

Making Himself Useful -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Making Himself Useful
Now for Kumiko -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Now for Kumiko

We eventually moved on to the temple while the snow increased.

Entrance Path Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/7.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance Path
Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺)

I'd been here once before, during cherry-blossom season two years ago, as seen in On The Way Into Kyoto’s Northern-Mountain Joshoko-ji Temple. This time it was a bit different.

desktop background image of the entrance to the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) in the snow, Kyoto Japan -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Thin Flimsy Branches positively pregnant with snow -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Thin Flimsy Branches
positively pregnant with snow

Kumiko wore a kimono-inspired dress so that she could be a model, and with the snow falling and the place to ourselves, it seemed an opportunity to take advantage of.

Quick Test -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Quick Test
(My Quick Test) -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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(My Quick Test)

It was freezing literally and figuratively, but Kumiko took her jacket off for some shots...

Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pretending It's Cherry Blossoms -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretending It's Cherry Blossoms
Okay, Enough of That -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Okay, Enough of That
Eric's Turn with the medium-format SLR -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Eric's Turn
with the medium-format SLR
Quick Triage -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quick Triage

My confidence driving in the snow plummeted with this abandon-the-car-in-the-snow event some years back, at least if I don't have snow tires, which I didn't now. So, I was getting a bit worried about the hour's twisty-mountain-drive ride home. But we'd come all this way, so we may as well take a peek at what's at the top of the steps...

Heading Up -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Up

... and through the gate at the top we saw this:

desktop background image of the outer garden of the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) with a fresh coat of snow -- Outer Garden -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Outer Garden
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Compare to this August view of the same scene.

To be continued...


New Lightroom Plugin: People Support

Example Of My New Plugin in Action

I've finally released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom that I've been working on for some time, my People Support plugin. Once configured, it can tell you the age of people in a photo, and include that data in exports.

It's consumed me for weeks. The idea of calculating and displaying a person's age seems quite straightforward and simple, doesn't it? It's not. Date calculations are surprisingly fraught with complexity, and presentation all the more so when you take into account dealing with all the languages that Lightroom can work in.

English is simple in that we use the same year word for dealing with how long ago something happened (this picture was taken five years ago) and how old someone is (this kid is five years old). Not all languages are so simple... Japanese, for example, uses completely different words for years when talking about ages.

Then you have to take into account special cases, such as the day of birth, or even when someone is tagged in a photo before they're born (think ultrasound scan).

There's still plenty of features I'd like to add, but what I'm releasing today is a good start. Notably missing, for example, is a way to inject people information into exported captions when you're not using one of my many export/publish plugins. But if you are, the configuration for who's name and/or age should appear is remarkably powerful. A standalone solution will come later.

The plugin is here


Exploring The Mountains of Northern Kyoto by Bicycle
Pausing for a Quick Photo on a bicycle ride in the mountains north of Kyoto left to right: Kumiko Mini , Lianca Van Der Merwe , Antti Riikonen , and Ross McLean -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/4000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Pausing for a Quick Photo
on a bicycle ride in the mountains north of Kyoto
left to right: Kumiko Mini, Lianca Van Der Merwe, Antti Riikonen, and Ross McLean

Today I made my first real bicycling ride. Normally the bicycle is just for transportation from one place to the other, and not my first choice for either exercise nor pleasure, but I recently replaced my 10-year-old mamachari (Mama Chariot, heavy, built like a tank, and can carry oodles of kids and stuff) with a lighter cross bike.

今日は初めての本物自転車でツアーイング。新しい友達一緒に55キロの山巡。大原貴船を見に行きました。

Through the Cycling Kyoto Facebook group I learned that some folks would have a slow easy ride today, so I thought it was a good opportunity to give it a try.

We ended up going 55km (34 miles) up into the mountains and back. The and back part was easier.

We met up at the Sanjo St. bridge at 11am, and soon headed off...

City Riding heading north on Kawabata St. 川端通で北へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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City Riding
heading north on Kawabata St.
川端通で北へ
Back Street -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/4000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Back Street
First Sight of Nature along the Kamo River (賀茂川) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/8000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
First Sight of Nature
along the Kamo River (賀茂川)
Mountains Where We're Heading -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Mountains Where We're Heading
Heading Up it's been a mild ascent the whole 25 minutes it took to get here, but now it's starting in earnest -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Up
it's been a mild ascent the whole 25 minutes it took to get here,
but now it's starting in earnest
Oh Deer! construction -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Oh Deer!
construction
Village -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Village
Steep 坂がきつい -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Steep
坂がきつい

It wasn't all that steep as far as mountains go, but it was certainly the most steep road I'd ever taken on a bike. It rose 210m over about 900m length. Since it was my first ride I decided that I would always stay at the back. This gave me a great excuse to rest if I wasn't the slowest, and if I was the slowest, well, what do you expect from the guy at the back? :-)

It turns out that Lianca's normal road bike is in the shop, so she was using a heavy mountain bike, which wasn't really appropriate for this kind of riding. So, I could take it easy most of the time. ;-)

The trip down the other side of the mountain was equally steep...

Coasting -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Coasting

We stopped by the Family Mart near the Sanzenin Temple. I've visited that temple numerious times in the past, but I would have never imagined going that far by bicycle.

Ross's New Bike taking a break -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ross's New Bike
taking a break

We then retraced our path part way...

Ohara Countryside (taken 1-handed at 30kph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ohara Countryside
(taken 1-handed at 30kph)

This time I thought I'd try to stay with the two guys when we retraced our steps back up the aforementioned steep climb....

Starting the Ascent -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Starting the Ascent

Coming off an injury, Ross is riding for the first time in a month and so was taking it slow and easy, and Antti was kind enough to slow down to keep him company. I hadn't really been taxed in the 20km we'd done so far, but the photo above was the last I saw of them for quite a while. They made it look effortless, but I can assure you it was most certainly not effortless.

Still, I made it to the pass without passing out or even stopping, and so I waited for the rest of the group and tried to catch an action shot as they came by (though I realize now that I should have set up a bit downhill, so they'd have some speed...)

Kumiko -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kumiko
Lianca -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lianca
Single-Handed Snapshot at 50.3kph, downhill -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Single-Handed Snapshot
at 50.3kph, downhill
Flat(ish) Countryside -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Flat(ish) Countryside

Having retraced our steps for 8km, we headed back into the mountains, toward Kibune.

Staying With Ross (for a short moment) 貴船へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Staying With Ross
(for a short moment)
貴船へ

Somewhere near Kibune we stopped for a quick photo, seen at the start of this post.

Sharp readers will of course ;-) recall that the same bridge guardrail appeared on my blog eight years ago, at the end of Getting Ready for Summer, in Kibune.

Then some quick individual snaps...

Ross McLean very Mc, very Lean -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ross McLean
very Mc, very Lean
Antti Riikonen -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Antti Riikonen
Lianca Van Der Merwe -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lianca Van Der Merwe
KUMIKO mini -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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KUMIKO mini
Ross's Shoe Covers were so incredibly brilliant pink that the camera couldn't capture them properly -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ross's Shoe Covers
were so incredibly brilliant pink that the camera couldn't capture them properly
Chatting, Oblivious to the guys already leaving in the background -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chatting, Oblivious
to the guys already leaving in the background

Since I wasn't in any of the group pictures, I thought I'd at least grab a snap of myself for my own memory, on one of the road-curve mirrors ubiquitous in the mountains of Japan.

“ OSHA Orange ” is the color of my windbreaker. I call it my “ Ninja Jacket ” . -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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OSHA Orange
is the color of my windbreaker. I call it my Ninja Jacket.
Hitting the Touristy Area -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Hitting the Touristy Area
Short Pause at the entrance to the Kibune Shrine (貴船神社) -- Kibune Shrine (貴船神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Short Pause
at the entrance to the Kibune Shrine (貴船神社)
Something Is Just Not Quite Right about this shot, as we head a bit farther up the mountain. Can you tell what it is, and explain it? (Hint: it's not Photoshop) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Something Is Just Not Quite Right
about this shot, as we head a bit farther up the mountain.
Can you tell what it is, and explain it? (Hint: it's not Photoshop)
High Point of Our Trip 410m, at the Kibune Shrine Okumiya (貴船神社奥宮) -- Kibune Shrine Okumiya (貴船神社奥宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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High Point of Our Trip
410m, at the Kibune Shrine Okumiya (貴船神社奥宮)
Still Plenty of Snow -- Kibune Shrine Okumiya (貴船神社奥宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Still Plenty of Snow
Plotting The Return Home -- Kibune Shrine Okumiya (貴船神社奥宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Plotting The Return Home
It's All Downhill From Here -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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It's All Downhill From Here

Since the ride was done save for returning home, the two guys took off at their own speed, and we never saw them again. After getting down into town, I decided to pop over to a park where I knew Anthony was playing with friends. The moment I said bye to the other two I'd been returning with and was on my own in the city, the bike ceased to be fun. It was now just drudgery get to Point B work.

So, while I enjoyed the first 45km of the trip, it's the social aspect of it that appealed to me. The last 11k was drudgery.

Anyway, here's what the Google Earth shows for my ride:

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

The red arrow is about where this post's lead photo was taken.

Later that evening, I had dinner at Via Transito, the Italian restaurant located here owned by friend Salvo Mannino. Salvo had helped me buy my new bike, and had introduced me to the Kyoto Cycling group, so I wanted to stop by to thank him and report on my ride.

Damien and Kumiko joined me and Anthony for a wonderful dinner and conversation.

Chatting with Salvo Via Transito Italian Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chatting with Salvo
Via Transito Italian Restaurant

I remembered to take a picture of the salad, but then forgot after that. It was tasty.

Salad with Cheeze and Potato -- Via Transito Italian Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Salad with Cheeze and Potato
Making a Pizza -- Via Transito Italian Restaurant -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D3X + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 23mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Making a Pizza

My neck and shoulders are a bit sore from the ride, but otherwise I seem not too much worse for wear. Not sure when I'll do such a thing again, but it was a wonderful day for the experience, made all the better by the company I lucked into having.

Was a good day.


The 2015 Young-Adult Archery Event at the Sanjusangendo Temple
Archery Bows as far as the eye can see at the Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂), Kyoto Japan -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 160mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Archery Bows
as far as the eye can see
at the Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂), Kyoto Japan

Today was the annual toshiya archery event for new adults at the Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) here in Kyoto. I blogged about it extensively three years ago starting with Traditional Archery Like a Boss.

I then followed up with what turned into one of my most popular series of posts, starting with Total Discipline: Anatomy of a Japanese Archer’s Shot, followed by a note about the crowds and the hubub outside and the instructors taking their turn (More Badass Japanese Archery) and then a look at the colorful wardrobes of the ladies and then perhaps my favorite post on the subject: Badass Japanese Archery: Now It’s The Ladies’ Turn (followed by more and more ladies) and then finally more instructors. Phew!

Posing Behind a Veil of Bows -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Posing Behind a Veil of Bows

I'll post more about the day later, but for now just a few photos...

Camaraderie -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Camaraderie
Juggling phone, lunch, purse -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Juggling
phone, lunch, purse
Nervous Anticipation one lifetime, 60 seconds, two arrows -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Nervous Anticipation
one lifetime, 60 seconds, two arrows
Celebration (they perhaps think it's of youth or of archery, but it's really of friendship) -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Celebration
(they perhaps think it's of youth or of archery, but it's really of friendship)
A Single Hair was apparently out of place (I love the juxtaposition of the rough thick masculine archery glove, and everything else) -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
A Single Hair
was apparently out of place
(I love the juxtaposition of the rough thick masculine archery glove, and everything else)
Wonderfully Colorful men traditionally wear just black and white, but I for one appreciate the bold color -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wonderfully Colorful
men traditionally wear just black and white, but I for one appreciate the bold color
Silk, Leather, Feathers, and Wood -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Silk, Leather, Feathers, and Wood
At Full Draw yet, something just isn't quite right... -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
At Full Draw
yet, something just isn't quite right...

To be continued...


Inside the “New” Temple Building at Shogunzuka Overlooking Kyoto

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Geometric Temple
the new temple building at Shogunzuka, Kyoto Japan
将軍家の新しい本堂(元は道場でした)

This post continues from New Views of Kyoto from Shogunzuka’s New Observation Deck, about some big construction at Shougunzuka (将軍家) on a mountain overlooking eastern Kyoto that finally completed last fall. This post looks at the new temple building.

In that previous post I showed this photo of the new temple building from the outside:


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

This looks a bit odd for a temple building, and from the back you can see that it has what appears to be distinctly-new and distinctly-old sections:


Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 50mm — 1/125 sec, f/10, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
From the Back
後ろからの景色

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance
flanked by shelves where one can put their shoes, which must be taken off before entering

Above the entrance is a richly engraved/painted sign showing the name of the place. It's rare for me to see one new with all its splendid colors... normally they haven't been painted in 100 years, and any paint fragments that might remain are well faded. With that being the norm, this new one was almost grotesque in its vibrance:


Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 78mm — 1/160 sec, f/5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Blue Dragon Temple
青龍殿

Even the little cushion-pillows between the sign and the holders were splendidly new:


Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 290mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Puffy

The wood was clearly quite old, made to look all the older by the newness of some of the embellishments:


Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 240mm — 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Old and New

Inside it looked nothing like a normal temple...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/1.6, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

I asked about it, and it turns out that it's an old dojo (martial-arts arena, like this). It had been carefully dismantled and brought here piece by piece, then painstakingly reassembled.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/2.5, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Wonderful Ceiling

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
From the Side
entrance is on the left; the temple altar is off to the right

The new part of the building seen tacked on in the From the Back shot is where they put the altar and all the religious stuff, and in the shot above it's just out of frame to the right, where all the warm incandescent light is spilling into the dojo.

I know enough not to use a camera inside a temple building without asking, so that's the first thing I'd done when I came inside, before even asking about the building's history. I was told that it was fine so long as I don't photograph the altar area, so I didn't. Moments after talking to me, the lady had to go stop a Japanese guy from taking pictures of the altar.

The shape of the building made photography fun...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 19mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Repairs
you can see many spots where the wood was repaired
(though it's not clear that all repairs are recent)

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/11, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
From The Old Observation Tower
with the new observation deck behind, and north-east Kyoto in the background