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A Few Cold/Blustery/Rainy Cherry-Blossom Pics from Southern Kyoto
Canopy of Blossoms near the Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) Nagaokakyo city, southern Kyoto, Japan -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Canopy of Blossoms
near the Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮)
Nagaokakyo city, southern Kyoto, Japan

Fumie had a ballet performance this weekend down in Nagaokakyo City, and I had some hours to kill after dropping her off for the pre-performance rehearsal, so I met up with some friends to visit some local sites with the camera.

この間の日曜日、長岡京市の桜を見に行きました。雨と風の間にちょっぴり撮影できました。

The weather was unpleasant (cold, rainy, and windy), but there was a brief respite just as I was arriving.

desktop background image of a cherry-blossom scene near the Nagaokatenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. -- Lakefront Lane immediately parallel to the “ canopy ” lane seen in the first photo -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Lakefront Lane
immediately parallel to the canopy lane seen in the first photo
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Morning Stretch -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Morning Stretch
Feeding the Birds -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Feeding the Birds

The little lake between the road and the shrine has a series of boardwalks on it, and it seems that they were all recently rebuilt with bare wood....

Bare Wood -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Bare Wood

I'd think it'd look better with some nice stain, but perhaps they'll let nature do that over time. For reference, here's what it looked like a year and a half ago:

Sep 2012 18ヶ月前、再工事の前 -- 長岡天満宮 -- Nagaokakyo, 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)
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Sep 2012
18ヶ月前、再工事の前

It was cold and the rain was increasing, so didn't spend much time around the actual shrine complex. But for reference, this is the location where I shot Cute Little Melodrama in Five Photos a couple of years ago.

We took a couple of hours for a long early lunch to escape the weather, during which the rain mostly stopped, so we headed into the mountains for 15 minutes to check out the Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) that we'd seen on the map.

Impressive Kura (Fireproof Storage Building) Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Impressive Kura (Fireproof Storage Building)
Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺)
Typical Country Temple Scene behind the main building on a path leading up the mountain -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Typical Country Temple Scene
behind the main building on a path leading up the mountain

This temple doesn't have a lot of cherry trees, so it wasn't the prime time for its foliage. I suspect it'd be wonderful in the summer and awesome in the fall. But I liked it nevertheless due to its simple authenticity. It exists to serve the locals, and as such is not a tourist destination. In fact, we were the only people there.

Dragon-Spout Detail I presume water comes from his mouth at times -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Dragon-Spout Detail
I presume water comes from his mouth at times

There were two paths up the mountain to a sub temple, one of which was a set of covered stairs. We took that path down.

About to Head Down -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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About to Head Down
First Leg Down -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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First Leg Down
From Inside -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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From Inside
Cascading Down -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Cascading Down
Nearing the Bottom -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Nearing the Bottom
Back Garden of the main temple ( not pretty now, but should be wonderful in summer ) -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Back Garden
of the main temple
( not pretty now, but should be wonderful in summer )
Another Steep Walkway coming from the building in the background -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Another Steep Walkway
coming from the building in the background

We eventually returned to the cherry blossoms of the first place we were at, and although the rain had stopped, the wind had picked up considerably to frozen gusts that sliced right through you, so I didn't use the camera again, and was happy when I could retreat to the comfort of the concert hall and Fumie's performance in The Nutcracker.


Controlling Exercise Sweat in a Hot Climate: Under Armour HeatGear Sonic Compression Long-Sleeve

During aerobics at the gym I work up quite the sweat. It's good to work out, but the sweat is uncomfortable and can be unsociable/dangerous if it makes for a slippery floor or splatters someone, so I've been trying a few different shirts to hopefully get things under control.

I'd been using the Uniqlo Dry T-shirts that I wrote about two years ago, but they're for daily wear, and workout amounts of sweat overwhelm them.

I finally found a fantastic shirt, the Under Armour Men's HeatGear Sonic Compression Long Sleeve (available at Amazon, though I bought mine at Amazon Japan). The Large size is perfect 6'4" (192cm) height... the sleeves are actually long enough, and the clingy/compression nature of the fabric puts an end to the sticky feeling that arises from wet fabric repeatedly draping against and away from the skin.

In my limited experience so far, they dry quickly though don't stay dry during the workout, but the drying effect makes for noticeable coolness, especially early on. It's much more comfortable than other shirts I tried. And after the workout, they dry remarkably quickly.

I tried mine the day I received it, and ordered another the moment I got home.

Recommended.


Photoshoot with Ikuko Among the Plum Blossoms, Part 2
Up Close and Personal Ikuko and plum blossoms -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Up Close and Personal
Ikuko and plum blossoms

This article continues from part 1 about last week's photoshoot with Ikuko-san among the plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.

先週、育子さんと一緒に撮影しました、北野天満宮の梅林で。 今日記事前半の続きです。

Bobblehead Ikuko good example of why one must be careful with a wide -angle lens 首振り人形の育子さん — 広角 レンズ使えば 注意 しないといけないね -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bobblehead Ikuko
good example of why one must be careful with a wide-angle lens
首振り人形の育子さん — 広角レンズ使えば注意しないといけないね

This is at the banana-juice tree.

Less Bobbleyheadish 首振りぽくない -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Less Bobbleyheadish
首振りぽくない
Normal Smiling Ikuko 普段の育子さんの笑顔 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Normal Smiling Ikuko
普段の育子さんの笑顔

Tilt your head down a bit, I instructed, and bam!, such a different look:

Strong Presence 強い · 「おでこを 一寸 だけ 下向 きへ」の後 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Strong Presence
強い · 「おでこを一寸だけ下向きへ」の後

And another slight change creates another dramatic difference:

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

Here's a wigglegram to give a sense of the orchard's feel.

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写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな撮影効果を楽しむことができます。
Just Happy ただの御幸せ -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Happy
ただの御幸せ
Slightly Thoughtful 考え込んでいる -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Slightly Thoughtful
考え込んでいる

Admission to the plum grove also gets you some tea and sweets.

Plum Tea of Some Sort 梅の茶 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Plum Tea of Some Sort
梅の茶
Just Add Water -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Add Water
Inquisitive Look -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Inquisitive Look
Not Bad but wish it weren't cropped so tightly 育子 さんはめっちゃスマットですが 、写真 の 構図 はちょっと狭い、ごめん -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Bad
but wish it weren't cropped so tightly
育子さんはめっちゃスマットですが、写真構図はちょっと狭い、ごめん
Having Fun 遊び -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Having Fun
遊び
Okay, Enough of That 遊び終わり -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Okay, Enough of That
遊び終わり

Modern Progress: Japan’s First Utility Wires Coming Down After 120 Years
And The Angels Sang unremarkable photo showing a remarkable situation yesterday  &nbsp ;昨日、 やっと 電気線 なし! -- Copyright 2014 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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And The Angels Sang
unremarkable photo showing a remarkable situation
yesterday   ;昨日、やっと電気線なし!

Yesterday, for the first time in 120+ years, Niomon Street in Kyoto is not draped in utility wires.

日本初電気街灯位置場仁王門通(京都市岡崎)昨日やっと都市美化で120年ぶり電気線等が無くなりました。

The first electric-power generator in Japan was built just up the street from where I live, around 1890. As such, the street in front of my place became the first in all Japan to have electric streetlights. At the time, I'm sure the associated power lines were a source of pride as a symbol of Japan's march toward modernity, but of course now they're just urban blight, and urban blight that Japan has traditionally taken to extremes.

Eight Years Ago 八年前、電気線いっぱい -- http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR at an effective 142mm — 1/350 sec, f/10, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Eight Years Ago
八年前、電気線いっぱい
Yuck 8 years ago — 八年前 -- http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR at an effective 63mm — 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Yuck
8 years ago — 八年前

The photo above appeared on my blog more than eight years ago, in It will be a traffic nightmare….. but I can’t wait!!, when I found out about the urban-beautification initiative that would bury the utility wires under the street. At the time, the view from my place was marred by 20+ utility wires:

Eight Years Ago 八年前、電気線いっぱい -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR at an effective 157mm — 1/80 sec, f/14, ISO 100 — image data
Eight Years Ago
八年前、電気線いっぱい
Part of the Construction Eight years ago 八年前、都市美化は始まりました -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR at an effective 27mm — 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Part of the Construction
Eight years ago
八年前、都市美化は始まりました

Unfortunately, the construction eight years ago to bury pipes and such merely paved the way for the removal of the utility wires, but the wires and the utility poles didn't actually get removed.

結局、八年前工事準備だけでして、電気線電子柱も残りました。

Ugly Utility Poles in the Sidewalk four years ago, from this blog post 四年前、醜い電子柱は残りました -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ugly Utility Poles in the Sidewalk
four years ago, from this blog post
四年前、醜い電子柱は残りました
Right in the Way! 邪魔! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Right in the Way!
邪魔!

It's difficult to imagine just how ridiculously in-the-way these utility poles are. Check out this photo from a post four years ago showing Anthony on the way to a haircut:

めっちゃ 邪魔、 電子柱 さん -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
めっちゃ邪魔、電子柱さん

Every few years a few of the wires would come down, but it was slow progress. Just a year ago it was still pretty much the status quo.

One Year Ago 一年前でも、ほとんどのワイヤはまだ残りました。 -- Park House Kyoto Okazaki Yuurakusou -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
One Year Ago
一年前でも、ほとんどのワイヤはまだ残りました。
Same Pole as in “ Yuck ” Above a year ago -- Shirakawa River -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/11, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Same Pole as in Yuck Above
a year ago

But finally they've been coming down more quickly!

Same Pole as in “ Yuck ” Above two weeks ago 二週間前、ほとんどなくなりました! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Same Pole as in Yuck Above
two weeks ago
二週間前、ほとんどなくなりました!
Much Cleaner wire-wise, at least, but the ugly in-the-way utility pole is just to my back in this shot 邪魔 な 電子柱 は 残っ てるけれども、ワイヤはほとんど 奇麗 になりました 、二週間前 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Much Cleaner
wire-wise, at least, but the ugly in-the-way utility pole is just to my back in this shot
邪魔電子柱残ってるけれども、ワイヤはほとんど奇麗になりました、二週間前

As nice as it is to get down to just one wire, the difference between 1 and 0 is substantial, a point brought home in spectacularly clear fashion a couple of weeks ago as I walked to the Higashiyama Lightup. Jingu Street had apparently just had all its wires taken down, and though I'm sure the following photo doesn't show it, it felt surreal to walk down it sans wires. It felt as if I was on a movie set.

Surreal Jingu Street sans wires, two weeks ago 二週間前 の 神宮道、 ワイヤ無しでシュルレアリスムな感じ 。撮影所 みたい。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Surreal
Jingu Street sans wires, two weeks ago
二週間前神宮道、ワイヤ無しでシュルレアリスムな感じ。撮影所みたい。

Later that evening I noticed that all the wires and poles were down in one of the more quaint areas of Kyoto, as illustrated by two photos starting here. It was wonderful.

So finally, as of yesterday, all the wires strung in front of my place are down. The utility poles are still there, just as in the photo of Jingu Street above, but hopefully they'll be down soon as well.

And in other in-my-neighborhood news, cherry blossoms have started to bloom.

Shirakawa River yesterday 白川の桜は開花始まりまし -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/8000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 500 — image data
Shirakawa River
yesterday
白川の桜は開花始まりまし

Photoshoot with Ikuko Among the Plum Blossoms, Part 1
Behave! いい加減にしなさい! -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Behave!
いい加減にしなさい!

The other day I did some photos with Ikuko-san, the friend we saw quite differently last month in An Apprentice-Geisha Photoshoot Quite Unlike Any Other. This time we could see her normal self.

この間北野天満宮育子さんという友達一緒撮影をしました。(先月、このブログでは育子さんの節分「変身」をみました、本格的舞妓になる事でした。)

Before Getting Started recording the light color for later reference ホワイトバランスの調整のために光の色を記録します -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Before Getting Started
recording the light color for later reference
ホワイトバランスの調整のために光の色を記録します

You'll perhaps recognize this scene from last month's The Many Lanterns and Overwhelming Sumptuousness of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. She, too, was drawn to the many lanterns...

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/6400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Tentative First Try wildly backlit, with weird reflections and ghosting (the lantern above her dates from 1842   この 灯籠 は 天保 13年のものです) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Tentative First Try
wildly backlit, with weird reflections and ghosting
(the lantern above her dates from 1842   この灯籠天保13年のものです)

Before we got into the photography in earnest, she wanted to pay her respects (as described in the many-lanterns post).

Paying Respects お参り -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/4000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Paying Respects
お参り

And since we were at one of the best spots in Kyoto for plum blossoms, I felt obliged to snap one (but only one) blossom photo. Here it is:

desktop background image of plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- 梅 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/5000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Desktop-Background Versions
1280×800  ·  1680×1050  ·  1920×1200  ·  2560×1600  ·  2880×1800
Still Tentative -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Tentative
Not Much View I think the trees in this area are maple, so we should come back in autumn -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Much View
I think the trees in this area are maple, so we should come back in autumn
Gave This a Try the wide-angle from a lowish angle accentuates her legs, but this location just wasn't doing it for me やっぱりここの景色はいまいち。梅へ行こう。 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Gave This a Try
the wide-angle from a lowish angle accentuates her legs, but this location just wasn't doing it for me
やっぱりここの景色はいまいち。梅へ行こう。
Pensive Look -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Pensive Look
Nice Smile -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Smile
Banana Juice? Inexplicably, she said they smelled like “ banana juice ” . To me they smelled like plum. 「バナナジュースの臭い」と言いましたけれども、僕は梅の臭いと思いました。 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Banana Juice?
Inexplicably, she said they smelled like banana juice. To me they smelled like plum.
「バナナジュースの臭い」と言いましたけれども、僕は梅の臭いと思いました。
After We Stopped Laughing about the banana-juice thing -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
After We Stopped Laughing
about the banana-juice thing
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit of an Attitude

The gardens were remarkably uncrowded, but I found someone to impose on to snap a photo of us. He knew he wasn't handy with the camera, so had his wife redo the shot when she came by, and it's a good thing because her shots were better. :-)

Me and Ikuko 育子さんと私 photo by Subina Garyet -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Subina Garyet, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Me and Ikuko
育子さんと私
photo by Subina Garyet

The lady who took the photo was there with her family, so I snapped some photos of them. They were freakishly photogenic. I was so jealous. Just look:

Freakishly Photogenic Family -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Freakishly Photogenic Family

I've since sent all the shots to the family, but I'll share one more here, my favorite, of the husband trying to coax his daughter to look at the camera. (Good luck with that.)

“ Look at the Camera, Honey ” “ Hey buddy, I'm already busy here looking at my hand. ” -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Look at the Camera, Honey
Hey buddy, I'm already busy here looking at my hand.

Later I noticed Grandma off camera had the toddler's attention, so as per the lesson about kid photography I learned with my nieces and nephews, I quickly moved myself and the camera to be near Grandma, to take advantage of the child's attention focused in that general direction.

Back to Ikuko-san, one more photo before we end this part of the story...

Lost in Thought -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Lost in Thought

Continued here...
続きはこちらです。