Nghia and Minh in Kyoto, Part 3

I'm very surprised to find that I prepared this article last year but didn't actually post it. It's the final followup to Minh and Nghia Photoshoot Preview, its Part 2, and wigglegram.

We'd left off while at the Murin'an gardens, so we'll continue with a few more shots from there...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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p -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cooling Off -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cooling Off
At the Nanzen Temple 南禅寺 -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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At the Nanzen Temple
南禅寺
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wafting the Smoke Over Yourself is supposed to help what ails you -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wafting the Smoke Over Yourself
is supposed to help what ails you
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A photoshoot at the Nanzen Temple must include a visit to the old (but still functioning) aquaduct.

Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Final Shot -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Final Shot

After this shot, I bade them farewell, and they continued on with their Kyoto sightseeing.


The Miniature-Life work of Tatsuya Tanaka
Long Walk Home -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Long Walk Home
Forehand -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Forehand
Somewhat “ Spongy ” Court -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Somewhat Spongy Court

I recently went to an amazing art exhibition at the Takashimaya department store in Kyoto. It's now moved on from Kyoto, currently showing in Yokohama for a couple of weeks. Highly recommended for kids and adults alike. Fumie had brought Anthony earlier in the week, and loved it so much that they'd recommended it to me.

It's a selection of the prolific art by Tatsuya Tanaka, the guy behind the 2,500 works at Miniature Calendar, works which are amazing both for their simplicity (we all could have thought of that), and for their level of wit, which (in my case) are better than I could have thought of.

At the exhibition I attended, some works were there live, and some only as photos....

Calm Broccoli World -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Calm Broccoli World
Detail mundane, but somehow interesting -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Detail
mundane, but somehow interesting
Route -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Route
“ Let Me Check My Phone ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Let Me Check My Phone
My Photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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My Photo
my photo of His Photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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my photo of
His Photo

Photography and social-media sharing were both encouraged, but it was not a situation where one could make good photos... I had no tripod, and it was crowded, so anything more than a few-seconds pause to take a photo would have been unsociable.

Also, the lighting for the displays was not well thought out (or, were perhaps the best that could be done with what was available). The lighting for the physical display of the large Calm Broccoli World seen above consisted of harsh spotlights directly above each broccoli tree, meaning that the actual points of interest (the people) were all in dark shadow making photography of them by exhibit visitors fairly meaningless.

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Time and time again I was struck by the wit of his creations, all just a little better than I could have come up with, yet, as a photographer, I couldn't help but lament at some of his photos.

For example, consider this work that combines a motherboard and rice planters:

Soldering On With the Rice Planting -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Soldering On With the Rice Planting

His photo of this work looks very much like the one above, and the first thought that comes to my mind when I see it is he didn't use a polarizing filter. (I've written about polarizers many times, such as The Effect of a Polarization Filter on Wet Rocks, Etc..)

So, I put on a polarizer for a few shots, to get more of the deep blue of the motherboard...

Wide View -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Wide View
(Too-)Close View -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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(Too-)Close View

These pictures are still no good, but in a controlled environment I thought they could have been very nice.

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Victory -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Victory
Race my photo of the display photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Race
my photo of the display photo

Here's one that has an aspect that was totally lost on me until Damien pointed it out.

As Presented -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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As Presented

As presented, my eye first went to the right half, which I now realize is a making of kind of photo, with the left half being the final product. But because I didn't see it in the correct order, I didn't really pay attention that the edges of the books were meant to impart a sense of speed.... I just saw books being used as a road. I hope my presentation here lets you get the full effect.

The Victory figurine is in the lower-left of the frame.

This work demonstrates another thing about his art: they have English titles, but all the wit is in the Japanese titles. The English title for this work is simply Spurt, which like most of the English titles are a simple factual word or two, devoid of wit or pun.

The Japanese title, as you can see in the phtoo, is “本”気の走り, which might be translated as the boring earnest riding. The pun is that the first character of the word for earnest also happens to be the character used for book, so with the quotes around that character it might give the sense of feels like riding on a book.

This was probably not the best example because this pun is so corny. Let's try another:

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Here's the title card for it:

Troubled Waters 食器 ングな 事故 -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Troubled Waters
食器ングな事故

The Japanese title is a multi-lingual pun. It's nonsensical on the face of it, but it combines the word for dish/tableware with some seemingly-nonsensical sounds to make something that sounds like the English word Shocking, all followed by Accident. Perhaps the wit is lost in the need for an explanation, but it's a fun title to look at and figure it out.

Another Pun The word “ foundation ” is rewritten to start with the golf-exclamation “ Four! ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 Pun

The word foundation is rewritten to start with the golf-exclamation Four!

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Surfing -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Surfing
“ Ride The Wave While It's Fresh ” 新鮮なうちに波に乗れ! -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Ride The Wave While It's Fresh
新鮮なうちに波に乗れ!
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Play Me Some Memories... -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Play Me Some Memories...
This Guy's in Trebel but the Allegations are Baseless -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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This Guy's in Trebel
but the Allegations are Baseless
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Staple NYC -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Staple NYC
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“ New Bread Line ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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New Bread Line

The title for this one, 新パン線 (shinpansen, new bread line) is a play off the word for bullet train, 新幹線 (shinkansen, new trunk line).

Which Title is Better? English: “ Toilet ” Japanese: “ Going for a new length record ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Which Title is Better?
English: Toilet
Japanese: Going for a new length record
Library -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Library
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Difference between the live installation and the photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Difference
between the live installation and the photo

There was often a difference between the live instillation and the photo of record for the work, with many differences likely because of how the parts are arranged during setup. In the case above, though, the long distance between the bride/father and the groom/priest makes it all the more funny, but such a distance can't easily be accommodated in a close-up photo, so they're much closer for the photo of record.

Harvest -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Harvest

Anyone in Japan recognizes this as a rice harvest, complete with post-harvest field stubble, and rice plants hanging to dry like this.

Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos

There must have been 100 different works on display. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

The exhibit exits to a gift-shop kind of area where you can buy all kinds of miniature things, and the artist's three books.

Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos

I was disappointed to find that two of the three books had only English titles (they're both available on Amazon US, here and here). Since the Japanese titles add so much, I bought the only one that actually had them.


Personalizing Lightroom’s Amazing New “Auto Tone” Feature
Unrelated Cherry-Blossom Snow this photo, from this recent photoshoot , has nothing to do with this post -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 140 — image data
Unrelated Cherry-Blossom Snow
this photo, from this recent photoshoot, has nothing to do with this post

Lightroom 7.2 introduced an entirely new version of its Auto Tone feature, a one-click adjustment of photo brightness and contrast to hopefully-pleasing results. The prior version of Auto Tone used what might be called a stupid, brute force method that merely adjusted tone ranges to try find a numeric balance. It wasn't very useful.

The new Auto Tone, however, is fantastic, being powered by an artificial-intelligence engine trained with thousands of hand-tweaked photos from highly-regarded artists. It does a sufficiently-good job that I now use it as part of my new-photo workflow, to give me a better starting point for my own edits. (I should point out, though, that a good photographer wouldn't need any kind of better starting point for edits; a good photographer will do the work prior to pressing the shutter button. I'm not a good photographer.)

As good as the new Auto Tone is, I've found it tends to be a bit heavy handed with saturation for my tastes. I gather that the artists who worked on the photos used to train the AI engine simply prefer to lay on heavy saturation to make the photo pop, and perhaps this is why they are highly regarded and I am not, but it seems cheap to me. I'd prefer not to use that as my starting point.

So, to help quicken my workflow in this area, I added new features to my Bag of Goodies plugin for Lightroom that allow one to perform a personalized Auto Tone.

Your personalizations are configured in a dialog brought up by invoking:

File > Plugin Extras > Configure Personalized Auto Tone and Apply

The configuration dialog is this monstrosity:

The plugin allows each of the nine develop settings that Auto Tone touches to be canceled, scaled back, or enhanced. The details are explained on the plugin home page.

Note that even though the new Auto Tone was introduced in Lightroom 7.2, the plugin requires 7.3 to work, as that's when Adobe added the hooks that make the plugin possible.


Cherry-Blossom Portraits with Monet and May

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Monet
in what was literally the first photo of the shoot

I've remained friends with the family of one of Anthony's preschool classmates, and even though they haven't been in school together for nine years, we still keep in close touch. The other day I did a quick photoshoot of the family's two girls, Monet and May, who should now be about 15 and 13 years old, respectively.

I'm sort of rusty with the camera, so wasn't sure what to expect, but the moment I took the first photo, I knew that the girls would do all the work and I could just press the button; no photographer skill required when they're so photogenic. 🙂


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
May
Monet's sister, now 13 years old

They've known me since before they can remember, and were on my blog a lot early on (for example, here's Monet 10 years ago and May 11 years ago). But it's been a while since I'd seen them, and they're now perhaps a bit more conscious of their image, so they were understandably a bit nervous with the big lens pointed at them.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Nervous
but nevertheless enjoying themselves

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 150mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stroll Among the Blossoms

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 86mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 160mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Helping Hand
their dad worked as my assistant

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 82mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Trying to Do Something with the Blossoms
but Monet outshines them

I knew that they were a bit nervous, and that I'd have their attention for only a short time, so I tried to be quick. From the first photo to the last was just under 11½ minutes.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 116mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Portrait

I'd love to do this again when the mom is available, to do a real family portrait. Next time!


Short but Lovely Hike on Mt. Daimonji

I recently made the short hike up Mt. Daimonji to the fire pits (which I first blogged about 11 years ago here), with Damien and Chris Rowthorn, the author of the Lonely Planet guides for Japan and Kyoto. Chris often uses Damien's and my photos on his Inside Kyoto site.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Stairs
it's closer to a walk than a hike

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Super-Hazy View
air is filled with pollen, I guess

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cherry-Blossoms
in the center of the photo, the road leading to the Silver Pavilion Temple

The view from where we were, the center of the , is lovely, but today it was ridiculously hazy...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

The spec of orange just right of center is the main gate of the Heian Shrine. Compare the photo above to those seen on this post, and this one.

There are lots of paths that crisscross the mountain, and Chris knows them well, so he showed us an alternate way home.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Chance Encounter
with a friend of Chris, who in this shot is explaining something about the area

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Less Steps, more Hike

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Approaching Sunset

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Marker
of some kind

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Canopy

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/25 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arrival at Civilization
at the Hounen-in Temple (法然院)

I'd been to this temple many times (example blog post), but had no idea that a mountain path started here.

The cherry tree seen blossoming in the shot above is at the grave of some apparently-famous writer, so we went over to look. On the way, Chris pointed out this interesting gravestone:


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.7, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Former Baseball Player

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Quiet Resting Place

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.7, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos

All in all, even with our slow pace and all the chatting, the whole walk took only 90 minutes (the walk on Strava). I should do this more often.