Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image data
Today was one of those “I hate where I live” days (in Kyoto, Japan) that I seem to be having a lot lately. A simple visit with some friends to the “Fall-colors Festival” at the preschool of one of their friends turned into a veritable feast of indulgent photographic delights.
The fall colors have been creeping up for the last couple of weeks, as I've shown in a few posts (here, here, here, and here), but it's definitely not yet even near peak. Still, there are some wonderful spots of color, and many of them are at the Eikando Temple (where, according to this post from last year, the colors were at a boiling point during the first week of December; here is their calendar of viewing events in English).
On the short walk to the Eikando Temple, we passed through the Nanzen Temple (scenes from which have appeared on my blog numerous times), where I looked up and took this shot....
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/4000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400 — map & image data
Canopy of Color
At the Eikando Temple, as everywhere, most trees hadn't yet begun to turn, or if they had, it was slight, as in the next shot....
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 190mm — 1/500 sec, f/5, ISO 400 — map & image data
Whisper of Autumn
I tend to be drawn toward compositions that show opposites or differences, such as the mix of still-green and already-orange in the next shot....
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.5, ISO 500 — map & image data
Orange and Green
Along the same lines, this one shows not only the green and orange, but a branch that's already lost all its leaves. Combined with the sun hitting the green leaves in the background, and the wonderfully light blue sky, it all adds up to a shot that I really like....
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image data
Orange and Green.... and Bare and Blue
With each branch on each tree advancing in color at its own pace, the cacophony of colors is delicious, as this pond-side shot hopefully shows. (Do you like how I was able to mix sound, sight, and taste into a single metaphor? )
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 23mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 — map & image data
Pond at the Eikando Temple
There was one tree on the temple grounds that was so amazingly fiery red that it seemed to positively drip blood. It was orders of magnitude more deeply-rich than any other tree, so much so that I don't think there's a film or camera sensor that can accurately record the wavelength.
Human eyes could record the wavelength, and our brain could appreciate its rarity, and as such, there were a dozen bozos with cameras huddling under and around the tree. I laughed at their pathetic inability to put the camera away and just enjoy the moment, after which I elbowed my way into the scrum and took this shot....
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image data
Splendor at 475GHz, Back-lit
It's nice that I wound up with these and 100+ other images that I really like, and perhaps a few others might also appreciates them and the background-desktop versions I made, but really, how on earth can a guy get any work done under these conditions?
Please keep in mind that I'm not a professional photographer.... I'm just a guy with some okay equipment who went out for a walk and snapped a few pictures today. I had been thinking to spend the day writing my own Flickr export plugin for Lightroom, but oh well, so much for that. Maybe during winter, when Kyoto is decidedly less glorious.
(BTW, what do you think of the dark background?)