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Rich Wood Views Inside Kyoto’s Zuishin Temple
Pretty Inside and Out Zuishin Temple (随心院) Kyoto, Japan -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Pretty Inside and Out
Zuishin Temple (随心院)
Kyoto, Japan

One of the famous spots in Kyoto for plum blossoms is the Zuishin Temple (随心院) in Yamashina ward, and its blossoms appeared on my blog eight years(!) ago in Plum Blossoms and Photographers. The style of both my blog presentation and photography has changed quite a bit in the intervening years.

Anyway, I made a visit this past March during plum-blossom season, but having already enjoyed the plum at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and at the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, I decided this time to actually venture inside the temple building for the first time. I was joined by Damien Douxchamps.

Above the Entrance Hall I'm a sucker for the woodwork -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Above the Entrance Hall
I'm a sucker for the woodwork
Taxi Storage -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Taxi Storage

The theme for my view of this temple seems to be wood, and the two wooden litter (palanquin) hanging from the ceiling in this hallway we came to right away were no exception.

Looks Cramped -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Looks Cramped

A two-person palanquin is probably not meant to transport the likes of sumo wrestlers or tall foreign photographers, I'm guessing.

It was quite dark in the hallway, lit as it was by a single bulb at each end, but I still tried to capture the delicate painting on the door...

Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Patterns and Shapes in the wood caught my eye over and over at this place -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Patterns and Shapes
in the wood caught my eye over and over at this place
More Delicate Paintings -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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More Delicate Paintings
Hippy Door it's goovy, man -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Hippy Door
it's goovy, man
Damien in Action -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Damien in Action
More Wood, More Patterns -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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More Wood, More Patterns
Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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I prepared these photos for a blog post long ago, and for some reason prepared this B&W version of a similar scene to the previous photo. Maybe I did it for the wood patterns feeling, but now I'm not sure whether I should post it or just delete it. I guess I'll post it:

Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Rich Colors -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Rich Colors
Back to This Hallway -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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 to This Hallway
desktop background image of rich wood construction at the Zuishin Temple (随心院), Kyoto Japan -- Long Room -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Long Room
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The lead photo for this post was taken from about the same place as the photo above, but looking more toward the right to get the open door to the outside.

Outside is a weather-worn veranda that wraps around much of the building.

Veranda Patterns -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Veranda Patterns

From where that photo was taken, looking up, you see a small side garden and doors that enter the building. The nearest door looks mostly black...

Bland View -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Bland View

... but when you get close, it offers a lot of colorful detail:

Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Getting up close and personal with the sun-drenched bottom of one of the planks, with my favorite macro lens, yields more for the pretty wood patterns theme:

desktop background image of a richly-patterned exterior wood door with exposed wood grain, at the Zuishin Temple (随心院) in Kyoto Japan -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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desktop background image of a richly-patterned exterior wood door with exposed wood grain, at the Zuishin Temple (随心院) in Kyoto Japan -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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 over to the main part of the temple building, more wood awaits...

Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Being mid March, the mossy ground was in pretty un-photogenic shape, so we'll stick with the wood theme and leave moss to other places.

Wide Veranda -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Wide Veranda
desktop background image of rich wood construction at the Zuishin Temple (随心院), Kyoto Japan -- Relaxing -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Relaxing
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A shot like the one above conflicts me... should I set the white balance for the shaded wood, or for the sunlit greenery outside. If I choose the former, the wood looks rich and full as it does in real life, but the outside becomes bland and washed out. If I adjust for the outside so that it looks natural, the wood takes on an odd color.

Above, I choose to set it for the shade.

Wider View -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Wider View
Wood Detail -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Wood Detail
Damien Photographing the Wood Detail -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Damien Photographing the Wood Detail

Above, he's likely taking this shot.

Storm Shutters opening up and out, hanging on hooks -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Storm Shutters
opening up and out, hanging on hooks
Me of squished-nose fame photo by Damien Douxchamps -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Damien Douxchamps
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Me
of squished-nose fame
photo by Damien Douxchamps
Covered Passageway -- Zuishin Temple (随心院) -- 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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Covered Passageway

More wood and patterns await the followup post. To be continued...


Invicta Watches: Lowering the Average I.Q. of Humanity One Watch at a Time
Amazon.com web page for an Invicta 11660 Coalition Forces Trigger Rose Gold Plated Men's Watch (No Straps)
Huh?

Poking around on Amazon.com, I got sidetracked browsing some truly horrid-looking watches, and came across the most meaningless marketing fluff I've ever seen, for any product, anywhere.

The product description has four beefy sentences barely able to contain all 576 words, yet not weighted down by even the slightest actual fact or hint of useful information:

Product Description

Covert operations are revealed as Invicta's stealth Coalition Forces Collection steps into the fore.

Conditioned to handle the most sophisticated of endeavors, the Coalition Forces are at the ready, available for the day-to-day maneuvers to come.

Strategically prepared for all operatives, this technically deft collection is crafted with Swiss movements and emboldened with the attributes of true leadership.

Invicta's Coalition Forces Collection reaches the front line with the command, range and tactics for decisive action, turning time into a multi-faceted vision quest.

A vision quest indeed. Not knowing ahead of time what this was describing, I think many would be hard pressed to realize it's supposed to be about a watch. Swiss movements is perhaps a good hint, but it could just as easily get lost in the context of their testosterone-driven direct-to-cable military theme.

If you did realize it's about a watch, you'd be forgiven if you thought Swiss movements was a relevant fact that had somehow slipped in, but no, it's a quartz (battery/electronic) watch.

I guess this all follows the old saying: If you can't say something nice, make up a bunch of irrelevant, meaningless crap. Or something like that. It's so much worse than the Nikon D4 Marketing Fluff I wrote about a couple of years ago.

Anyway, I have such compensation issues that I would have bought one just to associate myself with its virile product description, but alas, it's not eligible for Amazon Prime, and I don't buy things that aren't eligible for Amazon Prime.

(In seriousness, who on earth writes this kind of crap, and more importantly, who on earth is actually swayed by it?)

I still don't know what the (No Straps) in the product title refers to. Maybe it's a typo for (No Facts)?


Photo Shoot with Alice Gordenker in Kyoto
Alice Gordenker Kyoto Station (京都駅), Kyoto Japan -- Hotel Granvia Kyoto -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Alice Gordenker
Kyoto Station (京都駅), Kyoto Japan

I've been a fan of Alice Gordenker's monthly So What The Heck Is That? column in the Japan Times for years. I first mentioned her writing on my blog more than seven years go when referring to an article she wrote about Gold Poop. (Yes, Gold Poop. Go ahead and read about gold poop, I'll wait.)

She writes a variety of articles for the Japan Times, and also has a blog where she often goes into more detail on whatever the newspaper article was about.

Somewhere along the lines we became acquainted via email, and a couple of years ago I ended up doing some photography for her article about Japanese candles. Finally last month I actually met her for a few hours for a photoshoot.

The photo of her on her blog had been a grainy one from a video frame capture, so while passing through Kyoto on a project, she finally took me up on my offer to take a better photo.

We met at Kyoto Station and we got along great... to use what I think is a uniquely American phrase, she's a real kick in the head.

She'd brought along a parasol that had been in her old blog photo, so we gave it a try for some shots right there at Kyoto Station...

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In trying to figure out a nice place to go for the bulk of the shoot, I found that she'd never been to the Fushimi Inari shrine (which I first wrote about six years ago in the appropriately-titled Kyoto's Dazzling Fushimi Inari Shrine), so we decided to go there. It's a photogenic place, so I've done photo shoots there before... here and here.

For her blog masthead she needed a very wide short crop, so that's the composition we tried for first, and came up with this:

at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) Kyoto Japan1 -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)
Kyoto Japan1

It's now gracing the top of her blog.

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She's got TV experience, so she's a pro at posing. She even brought a couple of shirts to mix and match looks.

At the Lake the foreground is way too dark compared to the bright background ( I could recover this much with some aggressive Lightroom adjustments ) -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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At the Lake
the foreground is way too dark compared to the bright background
( I could recover this much with some aggressive Lightroom adjustments )
Sort of Cliché but we're there, so may as well try the shot -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sort of Cliché
but we're there, so may as well try the shot
Relaxed -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Relaxed
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back-Cover Sleeve Shot should she ever write a book -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back-Cover Sleeve Shot
should she ever write a book
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Interviewing the Locals -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Interviewing the Locals
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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? ? ? ( like I said, we where there, so may as well try it ) -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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? ? ?
( like I said, we where there, so may as well try it )
Waiting for the background to clear -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Waiting
for the background to clear
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Straight-Up Portrait -- Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Straight-Up Portrait

It was really too dark to do this kind of shot... by this time it had gotten very darkly overcast and we could hear thunder off in the distance. It turns out that just north of us the main center of Kyoto was getting inundated by a sudden torrential downpour of biblical proportions that claimed books and electronics from friends who got caught in it, but half a mile south we got off with nary a drop.

Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos

Back near the entrance we tried some more in the same area where we started...

Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And that was that. It was a fun time, and a pleasure to finally meet her.

On the way home I noticed that the pillars at the train station were painted as if they were shrine-gate legs...

Keihan Fushimi Inari Station (京阪伏見稲荷駅) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Keihan Fushimi Inari Station (京阪伏見稲荷駅)

If I'd noticed it before, I'd forgotten. (I've posted a shot from the same perspective before, but in B&W). The benefit of being forgetful, I guess, is that you get to rediscover little things like this.


A Few More Off-Season Spring Blossoms
Blossom Tunnel The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑), Kyoto, Japan (Apr 2013) -- The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- 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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Blossom Tunnel
The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑), Kyoto, Japan (Apr 2013)

I'd prepared a few other off-season spring-blossom photos that didn't fit into yesterday's post, so I thought I'd just post them today. All but the last two are from April 2013.

Odd Perspective nice colors, but not a fan of the Nikkor 14 -24/2.8 bokeh Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan -- Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺) -- 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 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Odd Perspective
nice colors, but not a fan of the Nikkor 14-24/2.8 bokeh
Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan

This was from the same trip that produced a wonderful bonanza of pictures that I've barely scratched the surface of.

desktop background image of a garden at the Toji Temple (東寺) in Kyoto Japan during spring -- Temple Garden Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan -- Toji Temple (東寺) -- 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 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Temple Garden
Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan
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Ryoanji's Famous Rock Garden
Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺)
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Eden The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- 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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Eden
The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑)
desktop background image of a delicate cherry blossom in Kyoto -- Cherry-Blossom Edge -- The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- 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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Cherry-Blossom Edge
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The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑)
Target-Rich Environment The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- 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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Target-Rich Environment
The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑)
desktop background image of color peach and cherry blossoms in Kyoto -- Subtle, Yet Festive The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) -- 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/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Subtle, Yet Festive
The Haradanien Garden (原谷苑)
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The last few are from the amazing Haradanien Garden (原谷苑), which I've posted about at length in the past starting here.

I haven't done all that much blossom photography over the last two years, but I did snap this shot of the late-April blossoms on our recent trip to the northern-Japan Aomori prefecture, where we could see snow and cherry blossoms at the same time (though no snow in this shot):

Late-April Cherry Blossoms Hirosaki Park (弘前公園), Aomori Japan -- Hirosaki Park (弘前公園) -- Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Late-April Cherry Blossoms
Hirosaki Park (弘前公園), Aomori Japan

This is the same trip with the big waterwheel.

Sort of unrelated, but on the flight I got this out-the-window shot of a mountain emerging from the mist, which I sort of like....

Peeking Peak -- Takayama, Gifu, 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 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Peeking Peak

Lightroom Catalog Maintenance: Clearing Out Edit History For Potential Performance Gains
desktop background image of a garden at the Toji Temple (東寺) in Kyoto Japan during spring -- Serene Japanese Garden 'cause nuts-n-bolts digital maintenance like this post is about can give a headache Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013 -- Toji Temple (東寺) -- 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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Serene Japanese Garden
'cause nuts-n-bolts digital maintenance like this post is about can give a headache
Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013
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This post is about trimming down the file size of an Adobe Lightroom catalog. In keeping with the off-season them of my previous post (which was filled with fall-foliage photos), this post is sprinkled with a few photos from Kyoto springs past, chosen more for their mentally-calming effect than for photographic quality, which they generally lack. (Sorry)

In a nutshell, if you have a large Lightroom catalog, and if you don't need the detailed editing history for your photos, you might be able to significantly reduce the size of your Lightroom catalog by flushing that edit-history data, which might generally improve overall responsiveness when working in Lightroom.

As one data point, my personal Lightroom catalog holding data for 134,026 photos and videos went from 3.9GB to 1.7GB, a savings of 56%.

desktop background image of cherry blossoms in Japan -- Cherry-Blossom Whiteout -- Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺) -- 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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Cherry-Blossom Whiteout
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Before you can do this, you have to decide whether the edit history is data you don't want to keep. It's a log of every change made in the develop module, as illustrated here:

Lightroom allows you to return the image to any given step by clicking on the step in the list, which can be quite convenient while you're working on an image. But if you're like me, it's of practical use only while actively working on an image. For editing states that I want to save over time, I use either snapshots (such as automatically made via my Snapshot on Export plugin), or virtual copies.

So I personally don't need the step-by-step editing history to be saved for years and years in the catalog, so I hope I'll get some benefit by clearing it out.

desktop background image of the rock garden at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan, during cherry blossom season -- Rock Garden Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013 -- Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺) -- 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 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Rock Garden
Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013
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Just how much benefit the clearing-out provides remains an open question. It's obviously better to have a smaller catalog file, though I haven't run any quantitative tests to put a number to it as I have in some earlier write-ups (such as I did in An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings and A Qualitative Analysis of NEF Compression).

A reduction in catalog size clearly makes backups smaller and faster, and you are backing up your Lightroom catalog, right? It contains a lot of data that would be painful if not impossible to recreate if you lost it. But one assumes a smaller file makes any of its database access quicker, and so day-to-day interaction with those aspects of Lightroom should, one reasons, be faster

The procedure is easy, but before doing it, it's perhaps interesting to know the size of your catalog file before flushing edit-history data, as a point of comparison with after. To check the file size, first optimize the catalog (in Lightroom, invoke File > Optimize Catalog..., exit Lightroom, then check the size of the *.lrcat catalog file using Finder or Explorer.

Then make a backup of the catalog file, just in case. You can do so by zipping up a copy in Finder or Explorer, or you can use Lightroom's backup mechanism, though the latter can be excruciatingly slow for large catalogs.

Searching for Improved Performance Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013 -- Toji Temple (東寺) -- 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 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Searching for Improved Performance
Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013

Now to flush the edit-history data. Back in Lightroom, select the images that you want to do this to. I selected everything, but you can select a subset. You might select all but recent photos, for example.

Then enter the Develop module, and invoke Develop > Clear History... menu item, and if you've selected more than one image, you'll be presented with a dialog:

Choose Selected Photos.

You then have to wait a while for the process to complete. Lightroom gives no indication that anything is going on under the hood, but if you have a CPU-activity monitor running, you'll see it working for a while. It's unfortunate that Lightroom doesn't expose this background task's progress so you can know for sure when it's done. If you don't have a CPU-activity monitor, I'll blindly suggest waiting at least a minute for every 25,000 items selected.

You can use Lightroom while this is going on, or just let it sit.

Once you're ready to see the results, again invoke File > Optimize Catalog..., exit Lightroom, and inspect the new size.

Poof your catalog file might be much smaller now -- 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 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500mm — 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1000 — image data
Poof
your catalog file might be much smaller now

Mine reduced to less than half of what it had been, but your results will depend on your own editing history, of course. Lots of local-correction brush strokes, for example, makes for much larger history data, so when clearing it out, for much more savings.

If you chose to do this, how much savings for how large a catalog did you get?

desktop background image of cherry blossoms in Japan -- Cherry Blossoms a nice way to end any post -- 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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Cherry Blossoms
a nice way to end any post
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