An Enkoji-Temple Fall-Foliage Preview
a whimical statue at the Enkoji Temple (圓光寺) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Whimsical Statue
at the Enkoji Temple two years ago
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今回二年前圓光寺(京都市)写真です。撮影日は11月17日でした。

It's gotten suddenly chilly here in Kyoto, Japan, reminding me that the fall-foliage season is approaching. So just as with last year's Looking Ahead To Fall with a few Shots from Last Season post, this post is to help get me in the mood. All the photos on this post are from the same mid-November 2015 visit to the Enkoji Temple (圓光寺) in northeast Kyoto.

This temple has been featured on my blog many times, so the nearby photos link under any photo brings you to other posts from the temple.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance Rock Garden

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Paul Barr

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Edge of the Main Garden

The whimsical statue seen at the top of this post is just off to the left of this path, a tiny smudge of darkness in the photo above.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
It Usually Attracts a Crowd
though still difficult to see in this photo

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Ignoring his $8,000 Camera
for a cell-phone snap

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Paul Selfie

Of course, the little statute is just one small feature of the lovely moss-covered garden....


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
and my squished nose
photo by Paul Barr

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Garden-Viewing Room

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
From Inside
the garden-viewing room

It can get quite crowded, but even when it's not, it's almost impossible to get a people-free view of the room and the garden. I (almost) did once, as seen in Impossible Shot at Kyoto’s Enkoji Temple: Garden *and* Garden-Viewing Room at the Height of Fall Colors, Devoid of People. That was five years ago... I should try it again this year.


Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Statue
Sleeping Man with Rats?
( not so popular for some reason )

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Serendipitous View
but I've got my 35mm lens mounted

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Better at 125mm
but I would have liked somthing in between

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Different Angle

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Serious-Looking Camera

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
At Least Five Cameras
for this couple

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
So He Goes With the iPhone

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy Shoes
but maybe a bit vibrant for the location

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Lens
and kimono, a lovely combination in my book

This is the couple that posed for Wigglegram of a Pleasant Couple Among the Fall Colors at Kyoto’s Enkoji Temple


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Paul Found a Leaf

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Even the Bathroom
is tastefully done

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Exit
back to the rock garden

Minh and Nghia Wigglegram at the Murin’an Garden

Here's a wigglegram of Minh and Nghia at the Murin'an Garden in Kyoto. The last photo of Nghia and Minh in Kyoto, Part 2 is actually part of this wigglegram.

Animatable Wigglegram (16 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

Finally Venturing Inside Northern Kyoto’s Kurama Temple
Entrance to the Kurama Temple a photo from this post a couple of years ago -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance to the Kurama Temple
a photo from this post a couple of years ago

I'd heard that the Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺), nestled on the side of a mountain in a northern suburb of Kyoto, made for a nice visit, but despite riding past it dozens of times since I got into cycling, I'd never actually entered it. This week I finally did.

The main part of this post is about this week's visit, but first let me recount my prior experiences with this temple...

Normally I just ride past and perhaps snap a photo along the way, such as the following shot from my first real bike ride 2½ years ago:

Flying By The Entrance not realizing I was about to enter a world of snow -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- 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 + 35mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/13, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Flying By The Entrance
not realizing I was about to enter a world of snow

Sometimes I stop at the entrance to take photos, such as the following shot from the two-year anniversary ride of my first real ride earlier this year:

Kurama Temple -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2017-02-10/2773 -- 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Kurama Temple

Apparently I had stopped by the entrance to this temple during a photo outing in 2012, with Paul and Damien, when I took this photo of the edge of the entrance stairs:

Entrance Detail Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kurama Shrine (鞍馬神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 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 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance Detail
Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺)

I post this shot because I really like its richness, its vibe, and to contrast it with all the crappy iPhone photos we'll see below, from this week's visit.

On that same drive in 2012, I took these shots of a monkey harassing someone (for, I suppose, food of some kind):

No Luck Here... -- Kurama Shrine (鞍馬神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 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 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
No Luck Here...
... Nor Here -- Kurama Shrine (鞍馬神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 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 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
... Nor Here

That day-long outing five years ago, with Paul and Damien, was really great, and many blog posts resulted, including:

On that wonderful 2012 outing, I also took this slightly-overexposed shot of Damien:

from this blog post for Damien's parents -- Sourenji Temple (宗蓮寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
from this blog post for Damien's parents

And that photo brings me to the reason that I finally visited Kurama Temple this week.

Damien was about to start his fourth and last Hell Week course of chemotherapy, a week-long torture of nausea-inducing drugs that saps the will to live, so he wanted to get out into nature one last time before. He intended to hike from Kibune to Kurama, and then relax at the Kurama Onsen. I wasn't able to make it in time to join the start of the hike, so I went directly to Kurama, hiking up to meet him at the temple at the top of the mountain.

All the rest of the photos on today's blog post are from this recent trip, taken with an iPhone.

Entering The Temple Grounds Proper at only 300 yen (US$2.60), a bargain -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Entering The Temple Grounds Proper
at only 300 yen (US$2.60), a bargain
Theme For the Day lots of steps -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/25 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Theme For the Day
lots of steps

The path to the top has many different sections, both with steps and just a plain gravel path. The only thing that was consistent was the climb... whether steps or path, it kept going up and up.

A Road Diverged... you can take the gravel path to the right, or the steps up through a sub -temple -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
A Road Diverged...
you can take the gravel path to the right, or the steps up through a sub-temple
More “ Up ” -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
More Up
... and More -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
... and More
... and So Much More -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 80 — map & image datanearby photos
... and So Much More
Oh Hey, Steps! -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Oh Hey, Steps!

Finally, after 20 minutes of brisk climbing, I arrived at the lowest part of the temple proper.

Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/610 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos

... where I found Damien waiting for me. I was tuckered out from the hike, but took a quick selfie...

Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 at an effective 32mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
The View of the Mountains is “ Meh? ” -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/480 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
The View of the Mountains is Meh?

Apparently there's a huge multi-level complex to be explored, but we had neither the time nor the energy (nor the appropriate camera) to enjoy it, so we headed back down the way I had come.

Heading Down -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down
Old Staircase -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/240 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Old Staircase
Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/500 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos

Even though we were taking the exact path I'd just come up on, the view was so much more interesting heading down. Time and again you could see much more splayed out before you. It was wonderful.

Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/460 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Side View of he landing seen in the previous photo -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/220 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Side View
of he landing seen in the previous photo
Disconnect it makes you wonder whether the two sides had ever been level with each other -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/310 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Disconnect
it makes you wonder whether the two sides had ever been level with each other
Down Down Down -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Down Down Down
Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Hazy Side Area -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
Hazy Side Area
Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/95 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos

All in all it whet my appetite to return with a real camera. Paul will likely be visiting next month, and by then Damien should be recovered from his chemo, so I hope the three of us can spend a day here with the camera. It will be glorious.

After we exited the shrine, we went to the Kurama Onsen, and I tried the outside bath for the first time. Until now, the Kurama Onsen for me was merely the start to one of Kyoto's hallmark tough cycling climbs, the 5km @ 9% climb to Hanase Pass.

In the evening, for his last meal before returning to the hospital for Hell Week, we indulged in American-style Pizza from Dai's Pizza Kitchen...

Picking up a Pizza -- Ichijoji Takatsukicho Bus Stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Picking up a Pizza
Mmmmmm.... half “ Hawaiian ” , half “ Combo DX ” -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Mmmmmm....
half Hawaiian, half Combo DX

As I write this, it's the Friday at the end of his last Hell Week, so he's got light at the end of the tunnel. The week after Hell Week is usually filled with all kinds of side-effect problems, so that's still in the way, but he should hopefully be back to normal by the end of the month, just in time for some awesome fall-foliage photo outings.


Joshua’s Eclectic Birthday Ride
Birthday Boy Reaches the Top Joshua Levine looking comfortable at the top of a 23 % slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Birthday Boy Reaches the Top
Joshua Levine looking comfortable at the top of a 23% slope

We had an eclectic little ride the other day to celebrate Joshua's birthday. Unlike a common ride that makes a big loop through some gorgeous mountains, this ride stayed closer to home, hopping from interesting point to interesting point, at a slow, fun pace.

It was my 16th time to ride with Joshua, since joining him on a NORU bike tour two and a half years ago.

Starting Out Joshua · Kevin · David — as usual, making our way through some suburb to reach the mountains — -- (株)長栄今出川センター -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Starting Out
Joshua · Kevin · David
— as usual, making our way through some suburb to reach the mountains —
Unexpected Off-Road Descent Nigel follows Tomas -- Nasty 21% Slope -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Unexpected Off-Road Descent
Nigel follows Tomas

It turns out that one can use this dirt trail to get around having to descent the Nasty 21% slope. Personally, I'd rather just descend on the road because neither my bike nor my courage are set up for off-road riding.

This little off-road excursion fit within the spirit of the day, which was to throw caution/inhibitions into the wind and just have fun doing crazy things with friends. (That crazy things are as mild as a dirt path and the other things you'll see here speaks to the fact that we've settled down in our maturity.)

The first true crazy thing came immediately after descending on this dirt trail: we rode up Old Kyomi, a road that is now paved but was likely a trail for 1,000 years prior. A car-friendly bypass road appeared in the 1950s, so this older road is now rarely used.

It's very difficult.

Nigel Suffers up Old Kyomi Even though the slope is only 19% at this point, the road surface makes it more challenging than the steeper parts. -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Nigel Suffers up Old Kyomi
Even though the slope is only 19% at this point,
the road surface makes it more challenging than the steeper parts.

The overall average of the segment — 1.6km (1mi) at 13% — belies the true difficulty of the climb. It's really unfair that the photo makes it look flat; it's very steep.

The 100m leading to the point where I took the photo above averages 22%, which for me would not be an insurmountable problem if the road surface were trustworthy. But it's not... just look at it... the road pavement is rough and crumbling to begin with, and on top of that it's littered with rocks, sticks, leaves, moss, sand, etc., all just waiting to take your tire out from under you.

That's why I was taking photos where I was. I had hoped to complete the climb without stopping (something I'd not been able to do when I tried this climb a couple of years ago), but at this point I wasn't able to avoid a rut or something, and my wheel slipped and I had to put my foot down before I fell down. So, I set the bike aside and sat down with the camera to await the others.

Nigel was the first to arrive, and was pushing his bike. He's probably the strongest among us all, and you might remember him from the outlandishly crazy Ascending Hanase Pass on a Mamachari, so might wonder why someone so strong would be pushing. The answer is that he was on a single-speed bike, one that didn't have multiple gears to choose from. My bike has 22 gear combinations; some folks' mountain bikes have 30. His had just one, and the road surface was just too difficult for the one he had.

David and Tomas Actually Ride Up with some random, selfish guy in between who shouldn't be there -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
David and Tomas Actually Ride Up
with some random, selfish guy in between who shouldn't be there

I don't know who the guy in red was, but he shouldn't have been there. Riding close behind someone on this road is simply dangerous, and to try to pass would be as ludicrous as it is selfish. If the other person is part of your group then at least you have some basis of trust on which you can perhaps negotiate the selfish move, but if you don't know them, wow.

Crazy-Bad Road Surface I sooo want to visit with a broom -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Crazy-Bad Road Surface
I sooo want to visit with a broom
Kevin Powers Up while Lianca and Tal watch from the side -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Kevin Powers Up
while Lianca and Tal watch from the side
Power and Concentration both are required for this climb -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Power and Concentration
both are required for this climb
Birthday-Boy Joshua has the requisite power and concentration, but wears them differently than Kevin -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Birthday-Boy Joshua
has the requisite power and concentration, but wears them differently than Kevin

After this bit of fun, we made our way across the northern outskirts of Kyoto toward the next crazy climb, and this involved some short but steep residential roads.

Pathetic Camera Work on a sudden steep bit in the suburbs -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pathetic Camera Work
on a sudden steep bit in the suburbs

I'm still hit and miss with the small camera I bought for cycling. The biggest problem that I have with it is that the controls get bumped off to some crazy setting, and I don't always notice right away, especially when I'm trying to take an impromptu shot while riding. Most often the exposure compensation gets bumped to the maximum negative, so all the photos (until I notice) end up almost black. I can recover quite a bit in Lightroom, but the loss of quality is noticeable.

Up Up Up -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Up Up Up
Lots of Smiles despite lots of blurriness -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots of Smiles
despite lots of blurriness

Another problem I have is severely overestimating the amount of camera shake I can get away with. Many potentially-great shots are ruined because they're crazy shaky like the one above. I include it here mostly because the smiles shine through despite the quality, and to illustrate the point.

We made our way to another steep climb — 580m @ 15% with sections approaching 25% — but this one is much easier than the first because the road surface is good.

Exhausted at the Top Tomas and Nigel collapse on their handlebars as Kevin crests the top -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 62mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Exhausted at the Top
Tomas and Nigel collapse on their handlebars as Kevin crests the top

Here's a video of the last half of the segment, after I had gone ahead of the others and rode at my own pace. At the start of the video there's no one close behind me, but then suddenly Nigel and Keven appear on my tail, and then at the start of the super-steep final 120m, in a display of incredible power, Nigel blows by me on his single-speed and rockets to the top.

Remember, Nigel (the first to the top) is on a bike that has only one speed, and it's not a speed designed for 20%+ grades. He's just that powerful.

Also powerful was Tomas, who almost caught me at the top despite my having started so much earlier. In fairness to me, I was just going at a steady pace, and was 30 seconds slower than my best time on this climb. But in fairness to him, despite his speed at the end he was still almost a minute slower than his best time (which also happens to be the KOM best-recorded time for the segment).

The photo that leads this blog post shows Joshua and David cresting the top.

At a top is a cemetery (for all the people who have attempted the climb) with a nice view:

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Enjoying the View Nigel, Tal, Kevin, Tomas, Joshua, David -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Enjoying the View
Nigel, Tal, Kevin, Tomas, Joshua, David

This view has appeared on my blog before, here.

I'd made this climb six times prior, but hadn't noticed that the cemetery extends off in one direction, so was happy that Joshua showed me.

Nature-Centric View -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nature-Centric View
Heading Back Down this shot is a lot more difficult to take than you might imagine, going down a 23% grade with one hand occupied by the camera -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back Down
this shot is a lot more difficult to take than you might imagine,
going down a 23% grade with one hand occupied by the camera
Descent near to far: David, Tomas, Lianca, Tal -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Descent
near to far: David, Tomas, Lianca, Tal
Three Musketeers L-R: Joshua, Kevin, Nigel -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Musketeers
L-R: Joshua, Kevin, Nigel
Huh Wha?! Another unexpected section of dirt that Joshua led us on -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Huh Wha?!
Another unexpected section of dirt that Joshua led us on
Lovely Long-Way Around the same excursion that Joshua led us on earlier in the month -- Hirosawaike Hotokedaihirosawakomae Bus Stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Long-Way Around
the same excursion that Joshua led us on earlier in the month
Hirosawa-no-ike (広沢池) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Joshua Bids Us Farewell he had to be home for another appointment -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Joshua Bids Us Farewell
he had to be home for another appointment
So Different than two weeks ago before the rice was harvested -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
So Different
than two weeks ago before the rice was harvested
Rolling Through Northern Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rolling Through Northern Arashiyama
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Normal Photo Spot that we're bypassing due to the car and the caution tape -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Normal Photo Spot
that we're bypassing due to the car and the caution tape

We opted not to stop at this spot this time, but as the nearby photos link under the picture shows, I've stopped many times.

Then on to the next steep little climb, just 315m at 13%.

David and Tomas cresting the climb -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
David and Tomas
cresting the climb
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Kevin and Nigel -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Kevin and Nigel
Group Shot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Shot
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos

Now we were making our way to the Kuuya-taki Waterfall, a place I've been visiting for years, after having discovered it five years ago. When I got into cycling, it was one of the first rides I did.

It'd been a while since I'd ridden there, and the approach was longer and in worse shape than I remembered.

Steep, Broken Concrete as little fun going up as going down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.9, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep, Broken Concrete
as little fun going up as going down
Arriving At the Entrance to the Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving At the Entrance
to the Kuuya Shrine (空也神社)
Quick Cooldown Lianca didn't realize that a waterfall awaited -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Quick Cooldown
Lianca didn't realize that a waterfall awaited

Everyone else left their bike at the road, which is probably fine because it's essentially deserted anyway, but out of habit I brought mine with me.

photo by Tomas Svab -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Tomas Svab
Lianca, Me, Kevin photo by Tomas Svab -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lianca, Me, Kevin
photo by Tomas Svab
Getting Closer photo by Tomas Svab -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Getting Closer
photo by Tomas Svab

The short approach hike is beautiful, and I've posted many photos from it over the years, including:

Then on top of that you have the beauty of the shrine/waterfall area itself.

Almost There you can tell by this composition that Tomas is a real photographer photo by Tomas Svab -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Almost There
you can tell by this composition that Tomas is a real photographer
photo by Tomas Svab
photo by Tomas Svab -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Tomas Svab
Tomas and David confirm what we already had guessed: the water is cold -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 54mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tomas and David
confirm what we already had guessed: the water is cold

David's pose is a natural one for a waterfall; I did the exact same thing the first time I went in.

We relaxed for a while, then headed out

Heading Back -- Kuuya Shrine (空也神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back
Natural Spring along the road -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Natural Spring
along the road

After returning to the city, a few of us thought to get a cup of coffee in Arashiyama. We went through its famous bamboo groves, which had a lot of people, but, thankfully, no where near peak.

Crowded Road Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (嵐山竹 やぶ) (and yes, it's a road open to vehicular traffic) -- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (嵐山竹やぶ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Crowded Road
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (嵐山竹やぶ)
(and yes, it's a road open to vehicular traffic)
Main Road is Crowded Too -- Nonomiya Bus Stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Road is Crowded Too
Nope no coffee is that good -- Nonomiya Bus Stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nope
no coffee is that good
So, Heading Home -- Nonomiya Bus Stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
So, Heading Home

All in all it was a fun day of relaxing friendship punctuated by short, intense efforts, occasionally with a bit of terror thrown in.

Happy birthday, Joshua.


Nghia and Minh in Kyoto, Part 2
Nghia and Minh main gate of the Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Nghia and Minh
main gate of the Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto, Japan

Where does the time go? I'm finally following up to Minh and Nghia Photoshoot Preview about two weeks later than I expected.

First Photo -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
First Photo

After having a coffee and chat to get to know them a bit, we headed toward the always-photogenic Heian Shrine. I wore Nghia's backpack so it wouldn't bother the photos, and we got down to it...

Standard Posed Shot -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Standard Posed Shot

I never really expect anything to come of the first shots, since we're just starting to get comfortable with each other and with the situation, but what came immediately after the shot above pretty much foreshadowed the entire day:

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 98mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 98mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

I don't recall what it was that set them off, but it didn't take much. They just seemed so easygoing with each other, laughter seemed to come spontaneously.

Proper Form at the end of the “ cleansing ” before entering the shrine -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Proper Form
at the end of the cleansing before entering the shrine
Heading In -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading In
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Out “ Wish Boards ” people write their wishes on these wooden boards -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Out Wish Boards
people write their wishes on these wooden boards
Found a Funny One -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Found a Funny One
“ I wish that stuff I read could happen ” -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
I wish that stuff I read could happen
Laudable Practice humility & love. Be thankful for everything & do not be complacent. -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Laudable
"Practice humility & love. Be thankful for everything & do not be complacent."
Now This One is Funny... -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 120mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Now This One is Funny...
“ Bye Bye to Donald Trump ” -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Bye Bye to Donald Trump
Silly Pose I dunno. Worth a try. For me, their laughing at it makes it. -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Silly Pose
I dunno. Worth a try. For me, their laughing at it makes it.
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 105mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Out -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Out
Cooling Down Nghia cools Minh with her little electric fan -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 82mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Cooling Down
Nghia cools Minh with her little electric fan
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
“ Pretend the Moss is Interesting ” my instructions on this shot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretend the Moss is Interesting
my instructions on this shot
This Wall Is Interesting it appeared on my blog nine years ago in “ Burning Relief ” (thank goodness it was cloudy, or Minh's new ring would have set the wall ablaze again) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
This Wall Is Interesting
it appeared on my blog nine years ago in Burning Relief
(thank goodness it was cloudy, or Minh's new ring would have set the wall ablaze again)
Entering Murin'an a quiet garden not spoiled by throngs of tourists -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Entering Murin'an
a quiet garden not spoiled by throngs of tourists
Amidst Lush Moss -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Amidst Lush Moss
Watch Your Step -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Watch Your Step
Lovely View -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely View
Simple Interior -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Simple Interior

It turns out that this last photo is actually part of a wigglegram , which we see in the next post of this series.

Continued here...