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That Imperial Bridge, Funkified in Lightroom
a fall-foliage scene at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/30 sec, f/14, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Throwaway Shot
just slightly embellished
Nov 2013, at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan
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When I visited my photo library to continue where I left off in last week's An Autumn Visit to the Sento Imperial Palace in Kyoto, I came across a highly-overexposed bridge shot similar to the one that I did post.

Though shooting raw affords me generous latitude to recover from exposure mistakes, overexposure at some point washes out color to pure white, from which there is no recovery. It was severely overexposed (not by mistake, actually, but as part of a bracketed-exposure sequence) so I was about to delete it from my photo archive, but first thought to give it the Funky Joy treatment in Lightroom. I liked the result.

It's garish and fake, so I'm sure it's not to everyone's taste, but then again, not much is.

And while I'm at it, in the vein of How Many Faces Can One Portrait Have? and (from 7.5 years ago) From Sunset to Moonrise with Adobe Lightroom, here's one more view from the same original:

a styalized B&W view of an autumn scene at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan
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Back in the Saddle With Another Mt. Hiei Climb (and Thoughts on Under Armour Clothes and Stock)
Heading Up Mt. Hiei with Damien Douxchamps, but without a good camera -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/8 sec, f/3.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Up Mt. Hiei
with Damien Douxchamps, but without a good camera

昨日、友達一緒比叡山登った。小さいゴミのカメラしか無かったので、今回写真はかなり質が悪いです。ごめん。

The past few months have conspired to keep me mostly inactive, with travel, injuries, and colds weighing me down for most of the summer, but I'm finally feeling pretty good, so when I came across some photos of a previous hike up Kyoto's Mt. Hiei while tidying up my photo archive, I thought it was about time to try it again, so the next morning I did it.

Luck would have it that Damien was available to give it a try, so we met at the trailhead yesterday morning at 8:00.

This was my fifth hike of the mountain. I brought a full-frame SLR the first, second, and third times. On the fourth I just brought the iPhone, but because the camera lacks quality (and the battery lacks endurance) I thought maybe I'd get a step up with a small compact camera we have lying around, but wow was I wrong. The photo quality is just pathetic. So sorry about that.

Muddy you walk along/in a stream for just the first few minutes -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/10 sec, f/3.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Muddy
you walk along/in a stream for just the first few minutes
“ Feeling Great! ” he was actually a bit tired -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/60 sec, f/3.3, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Feeling Great!
he was actually a bit tired

Damien has had his head buried in a startup business for almost the last year, so hasn't gotten out for much exercise, so this was a sudden challenge for him. Still, he did much better than I did my first time.

More Water than Normal -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/15 sec, f/3.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
More Water than Normal
So Stylish at the Top! with bonus crazy hat hair -- Rest area near to of Mt. Hiei -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.3, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
So Stylish at the Top!
with bonus crazy hat hair

My clothes are all about function.

The leggings and shirt are from Under Armour's Heat Gear compression line (which I've written about in the past here and here). They're designed to be worn when it's hot, to wick away sweat and keep you cool. They do a fantastic job of it.

These versions are of the compression type, which means the stretchy fabric wears like a second skin. They have non-compression versions that apparently wick just as well, but I like the compression aspect because it makes you feel more comfortable; it eliminates the sticky/clingy/yucky feeling of a wet shirt. It's just always there, so you don't feel any wet cling, and you also don't feel sweat dripping down your back/arms/whatever. It's really just so much more comfortable than a non-compression shirt such as the Uniqlo Dry T that I wrote about a couple of years ago. I still wear those when I'm not exercising, but they're comparatively horrible for exercise.

I could get white and navy colors at Amazon Japan, but to add some variety to my workouts while in The States this summer I picked up orange, bright blue (to match my eyes, you know), and just to be odd, purple.

A side note about the company that makes these, Under Armour...

When I first gave them a try I noticed the really high quality of their product right away, a feeling that has only strengthened over the months as I've tried more products. But on top of that, while in The States for the summer, over the course of many visits to a trampoline park, I noticed that Under Armour was the predominant brand that the kids were wearing. Not Nike, not Adidas, not Umbro, not New Balance, not Champion. Five year olds, 10 year olds, 15-year olds (and adults).

These kids are already voting with their parents' money, and will soon vote with their own. Under Armour, it seems, is cool with the young generation, and I think this bodes very well for Under Armour's future because one's idea of style sticks with us as we age.

(When I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, a red sweater vest was the epitome of old and grandpa, because back then, that's what old men wore. They wore it because they thought it looked good, because when they were kids in the 40s and 50s, it did look good. Back then, a red sweater vest was the epitome of preppy cool, and that fashion sense stuck with the men even though it didn't stick with the general culture.)

This certainly wasn't the limit of my research, but I ended up buying a few shares of Under Armour stock. With a market cap of $15B it's quite risky... that's 1/5th the market cap of Nike, but the company doesn't feel like it has nearly that much presence, so it's got to grow into its pricing. In most trailing comparisons to Nike it seems overpriced, but it's smaller and has more momentum, so those expectations are built into the current price. On Wall Street, expectations can be quite fickle, so it wouldn't surprise me to see this stock level out for a year or two at half its current price, but it also wouldn't surprise me to see it much higher five and ten years out.

We'll see. I'm in at $69.61/share.

僕が好きな運動用の服のメーカーはアンダーアーマーです。 値段一寸高いけれども、質が最高です。ジムでは結構人気ですが、この間アメリカで気が付くのはこのブランドは若者にかなり 人気です。品質がよい+人気はいい組み合わせので、会社の株を一寸買いました。将来はどうかな〜?

Anyway, back to yesterday's climb. Because it was Damien's first time, I let him set the pace, and we made it in 2h 18m. That about what it took on my first time (2h 8m), but Damien was in much better shape at the end than I had been. For example, he can stand:

Not So Much Worse for Wear -- Rest area near to of Mt. Hiei -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.3, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Not So Much Worse for Wear

I'll have to try again by myself sometime soon, to see if I can beat the 1h 37m time of the previous hike. But it's so painful to do it with a crappy camera, I'll have to give some thought into what to do there.


Revisiting a Graveyard of Abandoned Temple Monuments in the Mountains of Kyoto
Keeping a Weary Eye on Things 京都の田舎にある無縁仏に -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250 — image data
Keeping a Weary Eye on Things
京都の田舎にある無縁仏に

A followup of sorts to a four-year-old post about a dumping ground in Kyoto for no-longer-sponsored temple monuments. Wandering through my photo archive, I came across this set and thought to post a few more from that outing...

Paul and a Packed Field of Monuments -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/16, ISO 6400 — image data
Paul and a Packed Field of Monuments
Plausible Guess I can guess why the headless figurine found its way here -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — image data
Plausible Guess
I can guess why the headless figurine found its way here
Nice Light for a moment -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — image data
Nice Light
for a moment
As Far As The Eye Can See sort of -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 50mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800 — image data
As Far As The Eye Can See
sort of
Section of Spires -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — image data
Section of Spires
Sad (and Confusing) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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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Sad (and Confusing)

There's a certain sadness about the whole place, but this kind of monument, of a history written in stone discarded halfway through, seems particularly forlorn. It chronicles deaths starting in 1919 with a 2-year-old girl, and ends in 83 years later 2002 with (I think) her sister-in-law (of sorts).

I'm probably totally misunderstand what I think I'm seeing, but it looks like the last entry in 2002 is for the 84-year-old third wife of the 2nd-to-last entry, a man who died at 82 in 1987. The entry prior to that is 42 years earlier, in 1945, of the man's oldest son who died at the age of 2, a month after the man's second wife had died at age 30. His first wife died at 23, thirteen years earlier in 1932. The first and second wives were sisters. The first two entries (1919 and 1929) were additional sisters who passed at 2 and 19. A fifth sister clearly exists, born between 1916-1918 (and so about the same age as the third wife), but doesn't seem to be referenced anywhere. Anyway, I'm guessing that the third wife had prepaid for her data to be entered, but no one paid the annual maintenance fees after that, so eventually the stone was removed to this area.

Also Sad two miscarriages, but the blanks are not filled in on the dates (which is odd) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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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Also Sad
two miscarriages, but the blanks are not filled in on the dates (which is odd)
Indistinguishable From a Rock some were worn down a lot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1000 — image data
Indistinguishable From a Rock
some were worn down a lot
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — image data
Different Neighborhoods -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 2200 — image data
Different Neighborhoods
Our Security Guard from the first photo -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — image data
Our Security Guard
from the first photo

An Autumn Visit to the Sento Imperial Palace in Kyoto
desktop background image of a fall-foliage sceen at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan -- Palatial Path a path at a palace, the Sento Imperial Palace in Kyoto Japan Nov 2013 仙洞御所(京都市)去年の秋 -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Palatial Path
a path at a palace, the Sento Imperial Palace in Kyoto Japan
Nov 2013
仙洞御所(京都市)去年の秋
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Continuing the story about a day with friends in Kyoto last November that started with a morning visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa, after lunch we made our way to the Sento Imperial Palace, a small palace tucked away in a corner of the huge park that also houses the main Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

It was my first trip to this particular palace.

Plain Entrance to the grounds of the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Plain Entrance
to the grounds of the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所)
Staging Area just inside the entrance -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Staging Area
just inside the entrance

I include this photo mostly as an example of why one needs to be careful about using a polarizing filter with a wide-angle lens. I'd brought the filter along because it has such a dramatic impact on fall foliage, but here it's having an impact on parts of the sky. But the sky is at best polarized only in certain directions, and the wide-angle lens is covering both polarized and unpolarized parts of the sky, so the effect is an area of deeper blue with washed-out areas on either side. Ugh.

When the tour started, its first stop was the big building in the background, which is one wing of the actual palace. While the guide talked about the building, I shot the garden to the right...

Looks Okay -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Looks Okay
Off We Go -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Off We Go

These palace tours run at a brisk pace and they don't like stragglers, so if you wnat photos, you have to grab them when you can. Adjusting camera settings and composition while walking, three seconds after the shot above I got something that I like a bit more...

Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

Through the door in the wall seen in the two photos above, we came into an open area on the other side of the same building we'd started at. More talk. From the outside it was unremarkable by Kyoto standards...

Unremarkable small part of a huge wooden structure rebuilt 150 years ago -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Unremarkable
small part of a huge wooden structure rebuilt 150 years ago

We then moved on to the main attraction open to the public, the gardens. A short path brought us to this lake vista:

First Look at the Lake -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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First Look at the Lake

The presence of this lake absolutely floored me.

As I noted earlier, this entire palace and garden is tucked into a corner of the huge central-Kyoto park known as the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, named so not for the subject of today's post, but because it also houses the main imperial palace in Kyoto. The park is huge and I've written posts from it on many occasions (including cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, festivals, family outings, and fall colors), but I never knew this second palace and its garden was here. I've ridden right by on a bicycle a hundred times in the last decade, but I had no clue. I was floored.

Path Leads Around the Lake -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Path Leads Around the Lake
Sun Came Out for a Moment -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Sun Came Out for a Moment
Too. Much. Color. -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Too. Much. Color.
A Bit Washed Out The Other Way but I love the character of the bare tree at right -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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A Bit Washed Out The Other Way
but I love the character of the bare tree at right
Ken-chan -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ken-chan

I took a bunch of photos of my masseur friend Kentaro Kataoka during these palace visits because it was his first time for both palaces, and it's difficult for a Japanese to visit. Someone with a foreign passport can stop in on the day and likely get a spot, but a Japanese must make a reservation months in advance for tours that fill up very quickly. But a group of up to three foreigners can bring one Japanese national along with them (ostensibly as a translator), so this opportunity allowed him to take the tour.

We eventually come to a small bridge over a narrow pinch in the lake...

Not Too Bad -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Not Too Bad
Heading Across -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Across
The Rest of the Lake -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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The Rest of the Lake

Just as I crossed the bridge, the sun dipped behind a cloud, but still, the mossy area on the other side was unearthly in its beauty (much more so than I have the skill to capture in a photo)...

Unbelievably Scrumptious -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/14, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Unbelievably Scrumptious

I was marveling dumbstruck at this amazing beauty when nature laughed and said you ain't seen nuthin' yet, and moved the cloud:

desktop background image of a fall-foliage sceen at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan -- Singing Angels would stop in their tracks at this view -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Singing Angels
would stop in their tracks at this view
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It was perhaps the most beautiful scene of nature that I've ever witnessed firsthand.

Because I'm so passionate about photography, every bit of me wanted to capture that beauty in a photo, but I knew it was impossible. I don't have the skill. The multitude of folks with 10× my skill, put together, wouldn't have enough skill to capture this scene, especially with the pressure that a policeman tour-guide was likely to come along any second to yell at you for dawdling, forever putting and end to your attempts.

(I do have to say that the police/guides here were much nicer than at the other palaces I've been to in Kyoto, the aforementioned Shugakuin palace, and the Katsura Palace, which I realize now that I've yet to post about. Anyway, on today's trip they were much more forgiving of slow photographers, so I appreciated every extra second in this mossy colorful dream.)

desktop background image of a fall-foliage sceen at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan -- Lazy Hillside -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Lazy Hillside
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desktop background image of a fall-foliage sceen at the Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所), Kyoto Japan -- Inviting as a bed for a nap -- Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-09-22/2460 -- 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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Inviting
as a bed for a nap
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Continued here...


Filling the Time Between Imperial Villas
Entrance Path to the Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社), Kyoto Japan -- Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社) -- Copyright 2013 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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Entrance Path
to the Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社), Kyoto Japan

Continuing the story of my last post, Revisiting Kyoto’s Fall Colors: Shugakuin Imperial Villa Last November, on a day with friends last November in Kyoto, Japan filled with photographic delights, the story had ended with our finishing a visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. We had some time before lunch, so we paid a quick visit to the Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社).

Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Wishes -- Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Wishes

A small wall has wish plaques, where people write their wishes. Presumably, the shrine will burn them later in a ceremony (like this small ceremony, or this very large one).

People often wish for happiness or for health, but the girl who wrote the one whose text was visible to me had more specific ideas:

Nothing Too Special the one in the upper right ask only “ to hit it big in the lottery ” -- Saginomori Shrine (鷺森神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Nothing Too Special
the one in the upper right ask only to hit it big in the lottery

For lunch, we treated ourselves to French, at La Verveine for a $20 meal that in France would cost, we were told (by a Frenchman) 5× the price.

This appetizer was much better than my quick photo of it would indicate.

Getting Started at La Verveine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Getting Started
at La Verveine

I couldn't do the photography justice, so I put the camera away until the after-dinner coffee.

Kataoka-Sensei and his cute little cup -- La Verveine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Kataoka-Sensei
and his cute little cup

With the visit to the Imperial Villa and such a fantastic lunch, we'd had a great day so far, but the best still awaited...

To be continued...