Snowy Round Trip to the Heian Shrine (with Desktop-Background Bonus)
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Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
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Gardens at the Heian Shrine This Morning
Kyoto, Japan

With a forecast for snow all night, I was disappointed to wake up to find less accumulation than we had the other day (Amazing Snow at the Heian Shrine), which itself wasn't really all that much. In fact, it was sunny out. Still, we all went for a walk, and despite no prognosis for good photography, I brought along the camera and tried to make the best of it.

It was clear that it was going to be an unphotogenic time when we arrived at the bridge featured in yesterday's Snowy Bridge in Kyoto to find only a light dusting of snow.

Northern View from the “Snowy Bridge” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 18 mm — 1/350 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Northern View from the “Snowy Bridge”

There wasn't much traffic at 8am Sunday morning, so I could stand in the middle of the street and look through the legs of the Main Gate of the Heian Shrine, down to the shrine's main entrance (the one seen in this Photoshop and New Year's Cards post). Luckily, an ugly delivery truck was parked right where it would spruce up this otherwise boring shot:

Road to the Heian Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Road to the Heian Shrine

Anthony and I had headed out a few minutes before Mommy, so when Anthony saw her coming, he ran back to greet her. (The sun was coming and going behind clouds, so the lighting was ever changing, and was more wintery-gloomy in this shot.)

Running Back to Greet Mommy who is in the pack of people in the background -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 45 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Running Back to Greet Mommy
who is in the pack of people in the background
Kid at Heart -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Kid at Heart
Leaving a Wake of Destruction -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaving a Wake of Destruction
Clearing Skies -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/800 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Clearing Skies
Corner of Reisen and Cold -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 26 mm — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Corner of Reisen and Cold

Growing up in the snow of Ohio, I am used to seeing snow plastered on signs by snow plows, but I'm not used to seeing it stick to vertical surfaces on its own, so it was odd to see this morning that pretty much all west-facing surfaces had a layer of snow.

We went into the shrine area, and this time we could go into the gardens; we were first in line, followed by a professional photographer, and another guy with an SLR.

The photos from the gardens will likely occupy my next dozen or so posts, so for today I'll share just the one seen at the top of this post, and this shot that Anthony took of me on one of the paths between gardens...

Me in my Puffy Yellow Jacket (Photo by Anthony) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Anthony, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23 mm — 1/180 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Me in my Puffy Yellow Jacket
(Photo by Anthony)

Having recently lost my nice winter hat, I was forced to use earmuffs and a floppy summer hat, which pushed my normally high dorkiness factor through the roof. Thus, you'll appreciate that unlike the photo leading this post, the one of me is not available as a desktop background.

While we were in the gardens, it started snowing again. Back on the street, here's another view of the main entrance...

Road to the Heian Shrine (Part 2) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Road to the Heian Shrine (Part 2)

We couldn't stop but lick our lips at the sight of this Baikal delivery truck:

Tea Time -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/320 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Tea Time

Baikal is a high-end sweets and cake shop, so we could easily imagine what delicious joys the truck was full of. The driver was parked at the side of the road, enjoying something hot from a thermos, taking in the snowy view of the shrine entrance seen above.

Pampered Pooches -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/350 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Pampered Pooches

Back at the “Snowy Bridge”, we saw this lady taking advantage of a lull in traffic to set up a shot of the shrine gate in the middle of the crosswalk.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

The photographer in me could only commiserate, and I quickly jumped to get a picture of her taking a picture...

Been There, Done That -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Been There, Done That

Returning to the warmth of home, my camera lens immediately fogged up and I couldn't see a thing through it, but I think this picture nevertheless captures the essence of a cold, tired boy returning from playing in the snow.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23 mm — 1/8 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — full exif

I felt wonderful while I was out there, but half an hour after returning, I started feeling a cold coming on quickly, and so the rest of the day has been unfun. It doesn't take too much energy to sit like a couch potato in front of the computer, and hence, we have this post.

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Some very nice shots in here. Love the pictures of the gate/road. Hope you feel better soon.

— comment by Jon on February 25th, 2008 at 2:12am JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Your lead shot was just great! The others were very nice too, but that first one had such a Zen feel to it.

— comment by Beau Harbin on February 25th, 2008 at 10:32am JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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