More Snow in Kyoto: Pretty Pictures This Time
Heavy Burden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heavy Burden

I posted one set of pictures from yesterday's snow in Kyoto, from the morning. I hope some of the pictures were nice, but mostly they were for storytelling – not for their intrinsic beauty – because the lack of beauty in the photos accurately reflected the snowy urban reality of the scene.

However, later in the day, I found myself in northern Kyoto, just before the city ends and the mountains begin, just as a snowstorm ended and a brilliantly rich, blue sky was emerging. This time, my pictures' lack of intrinsic beauty is a reflection of my lack of photographic skill, because the scene was stunningly beautiful.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

As with the heavy snow the other day, there wasn't all that much snow, but it was marked by its ability to instantly stick to whatever it touched. The picture above is a close up of the tree seen in the first picture of this post — just look how much snow is piled on top of the most tenuous, wispy little twigs and stems.

Where the sky had not yet broken though, it was pretty much completely monochromatic. Here's the same tree from a different angle, a few minutes earlier.

Monochromatic -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Monochromatic
Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm — 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Bridge
Looking South From The Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking South From The Bridge
Looking North From The Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/640 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking North From The Bridge
just to add a bit of color... More Berries (there are lots of red berries in Kyoto) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
just to add a bit of color...
More Berries
(there are lots of red berries in Kyoto)
Frosted Mountains -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Frosted Mountains
Another Heavily-Burdened Tree Every tree was the same; the trick was to get one with no power lines in the shot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/3000 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Heavily-Burdened Tree
Every tree was the same; the trick was to get one with no power lines in the shot

Just to add a bit more color, the red of this car hood is absolutely blinding on my new Eizo monitor....

Enthusiastically Red -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Enthusiastically Red


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

I really like reading your blog. Your images are great and it is wonderful to see that even around the world we all like taking pictures of our kids. 🙂 I am also a very big fan of all your Lightroom tools. Thanks very much for putting all this together.

— comment by Beau Harbin on February 14th, 2008 at 11:02pm JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

is it likely to snow in Ohara in late December?

I don’t know (I don’t live in Ohara), but they’re in the mountains so more likely than downtown, but still probably not “likley”. But I don’t really know. —Jeffrey

— comment by Linda on October 22nd, 2011 at 5:55pm JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Will I ever experience Kyoto like that???

— comment by Anne on September 9th, 2012 at 1:59am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

May I use one these photos to accompany a story that I have written on my blog?

Send an email to me with specifics. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeel on September 17th, 2015 at 12:25am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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