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Gorgeous Cherry Blossoms at Kyoto’s Old Imperial Palace
Hanami at The Old Imperial Palace Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 140 mm — 1/180 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Hanami at The Old Imperial Palace
Kyoto, Japan

Of course, I was somewhat exaggerating with my previous post, Just Like That, Kyoto's Cherry-Blossom Season Ends, because cherry-blossom season doesn't end the day after full bloom any more than blowing out the first candle on a cake ends a birthday party. The weather – very strong haze and occasional rain – isn't nearly as nice as the weekend was, but there's still plenty of Cherry-Blossom Joie de Vivre left in Kyoto.

Gauntlet of Pink -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Gauntlet of Pink

I realized this morning that I'd neglected to revisit the trees on the grounds of the Old Imperial Palace that were featured in a post three weeks ago completely bare and forlorn looking, so I decided to take a bicycle ride with Anthony over to check it out today.

The main tree in the first photo of the three-week-ago post was essentially devoid of blossoms, they having budded, bloomed, and fallen in the intervening three weeks...

Tree #1: All Blossomed Out -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Tree #1: All Blossomed Out

The second tree (the “raintree-like” one) was the same, but in that immediate vicinity they stood alone as a different variety from the dozens of other cherry trees that were utterly spectacular.

Right next to the now-bare first one, for example....

Photo Op -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op

The shade of pink was just wonderful, and the atmosphere laid back and thoroughly enjoyable. The haze actually made photography easier, although I could have done with a bit more overall brightness.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Hanami — traditional cherry-blossom-viewing picnic — -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Hanami
— traditional cherry-blossom-viewing picnic —

I noticed these gentlemen just as they were clinking their paper cups in “cheers”, but was too slow to capture it. That would have been an excellent shot.

There were plenty of places like this to enjoy the blossoms with a few friends, and feel you had the whole earth to yourself (although I admit to having cloned this image to deemphasize a few heads visible on the other side of the hedge, but for the record, none of the other images on this post have had any cloning).

Typical Scene #1 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23 mm — 1/750 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Scene #1
Typical Scene #2 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm — 1/350 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Scene #2

Given a bit of maneuvering and patience, it wasn't too hard to get nice scenes without too much human presence (like “Typical Scene #1” above), but in looking over the 197 photos I took, I found that at least for the wide-angle views, I preferred those that include people. It was a nice atmosphere, so I guess I like the photos that reflect that.

Appreciation we all appreciated the blossoms in our own way -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Appreciation
we all appreciated the blossoms in our own way
Lack of People Works Here -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 22 mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Lack of People Works Here
Still a Few Buds in Reserve -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 190 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Still a Few Buds in Reserve

Blossom petals were falling continuously, but occasionally a gust of wind would whip up a mini blizzard of them. It's quite impossible to capture, but this next shot gives a hint of the tail end of one such squall...

Winter in Spring -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Winter in Spring

At five years old, Anthony couldn't care less about all this “blossom” stuff. He much preferred showing Nanasa-chan, a classmate from kindergarten whom we happened to run into, the kickstand that was added to his bike earlier this afternoon.

Trying To Impress With His Ride ( when you're five, a kickstand is bling ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Trying To Impress With His Ride
( when you're five, a kickstand is bling )

Hmmm, I wonder whether any of the shots today would make for a good desktop background, to add to the collection I've posted....

Continued here...


Comments so far....

Your pictures are AMAZING! I’m going to be an exchange student next year and i am pushing for Japan. Now i have a lot i want to see. Thank you so much for taking such beautiful pictures.

— comment by Julia on November 22nd, 2008 at 1:18am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink
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