Kyoto Higashiyama “Hanatoro” Lightup Event, Part II
, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos Lightup at the Kiyomizu Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm — 2.5 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Lightup at the Kiyomizu Temple

I went out again to the Kyoto Higashiyama “Hanatoro” Lightup event last night. The word “Hanatoro” is made from the characters for “flower”, “lantern”, and “road”. The event had plenty of them all.

I used a tripod for all my shots, with shutter speeds ranging from half a second up to 30 seconds.

, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos Lightup at Maruyama Park -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 4 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lightup at Maruyama Park

The cherry tree above is perhaps the most famous in Kyoto, although here its branches are still bare. In a couple of weeks it will be breathtaking, although sadly, you won't be able to enjoy it then unless you like loud, drunk, smoking hordes.

, f/6.3, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos Old and New Pagoda and Tower Lightup -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 5 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Old and New
Pagoda and Tower Lightup

The big five-story pagoda is of some random temple, while the tower a mile and a half away in the background is Kyoto Tower, across from Kyoto Station.

, f/9, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 6 sec, f/9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

Yesterday was a national holiday (vernal equinox) so the crowds were heavier than when I went the other day, but still not too bad. I'm sure they'll get bigger during the weekend. The event ends on Sunday.

, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos Flow of the Crowd -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 4 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Flow of the Crowd

A longer exposure helps to melt the people away. This next shot uses a 25-second exposure (the one above is 4 seconds). It's taken from the same spot as the one above, but pointed up the street the other way.

, f/11, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos More Flow but Less Show -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 25 sec, f/11, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
More Flow but Less Show

The roads were mostly closed off in the lightup area, but sometimes active roads cut through, so there were traffic guards with flashing vests and glowing batons.

, f/7.1, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos Traffic Guard Lightup -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 3 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Traffic Guard Lightup
, f/3.2, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos Lanterns -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 0.6 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Lanterns

There were lanterns of all types everywhere, but they were so much brighter than most anything else, so it was impossible to get a wide shot of them that showed their detail without turning everything else black.

So, here's a closeup of one of the lanterns. It says “Kyoto Hanatoro”.

, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos “Kyoto Hanatoro” Lantern -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 98 mm — 1/8 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
“Kyoto Hanatoro” Lantern
, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos Different Road, Different Lanterns, Different Pagoda ( same enjoyable atmosphere ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 25 sec, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Different Road, Different Lanterns, Different Pagoda
( same enjoyable atmosphere )
, f/11, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 25 sec, f/11, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

There were ikebana (flower arrangements) displays every so often, but they were surrounded at very close range by high-powered lights. This made it fine to look at, but current camera technology lags far behind God's whole state-of-the-art “eye” thing, so the lighting made for horrible photographs of the ikebana, with powerful “hot spots” and fast falloff to darkness. I didn't even try.

, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 26 mm — 10 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos Photo-Op at the Kiyomizu Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm — 1.6 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo-Op at the Kiyomizu Temple

The Kiyomizu temple (daytime pics) represented the southern end of the lightup zone. It looked quite nice from outside, and I'm sure it was even better inside, but it was getting late and I was getting cold, so I deferred.

The lanterns in the entire zone were turned out at 9:30, after which the crowds quickly dissipated.

, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos Heading Home -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm — 1.5 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Home

I ended up staying out for another hour or so, until both of my camera batteries were out. I got only about 350 pictures between the two batteries, which is far less than I normally get from just one. I'm sure it's because I had the “image review” feature turned on, via which each photo shows up on the camera's LCD screen just after I take it. I normally have that turned off, but when I do long exposures with the tripod, I turn it on so I can judge whether the results are even close to okay.

(Normally I'd write more about the event and augment that with more links, but I've got a pounding headache this evening, so today's post is a bit short on details.)


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Just beautiful.

Thanks for Exif viewer.

Best Regards,
kevin

— comment by kevin on March 23rd, 2008 at 2:59pm JST (9 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Great photos! I like the first one best.

I’d guess that the decreased battery life is due to the longer exposures. In my experience, long exposure photos really eat a lot of battery, while LCD review battery consumption is barely noticable (on a DSLR).

— comment by Andrew S on April 1st, 2008 at 2:48pm JST (9 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Let me say what I forgot to say earlier – lucky you living in Japan!

Amazing shots! I hope to go there one day. My lucky brother’s taking a 2 week baseball stadium tour over there.

I noticed you weren’t the only one photographing the lanterns, there are a few ghost photographers in your shots.

— comment by Eric Mesa on May 20th, 2009 at 10:25pm JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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