Mountain Drive to Hiyoshi Dam (with Desktop-Background Bonuses)
Being Silly In the Mountains -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Being Silly In the Mountains

Today is the middle of a three-day weekend, one that happens to fall just as the fall colors are really getting going, so Kyoto was absolutely packed to the gills with tourists. Fumie and I both felt much better from our colds today, so we decided to take the opportunity to get out of town.

We went for a drive in the same general direction as we did with Fumie's folks three weeks ago, into the mountains to the northwest of Kyoto. This time we had a specific destination, the Hiyoshi Dam (which, in case you've never heard of it, is a dam), and we took a lovely route of pleasantly-windy mountain roads that we'd not taken before. (For those who know Kyoto: get onto Senbondori and just keep heading north.)

The primary advantage of this route is that it totally bypassed Arashiyama, an area of Kyoto steeped in exquisite beauty (explore the many thumbnails on this page for posts I've written about Arashiyama), a beauty surpassed in magnitude only by the number of tourists this time of year.

Once we got out of the city, it wasn't long before we were in the middle of nowhere. Still, there was a lot of traffic...

Traffic Jam -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Traffic Jam

The road seen in the photo above is luxuriously wide compared to most we took today. Generally, they were quite narrow and winding, sometimes a very-thin one-lane-only road for long distances. It made for the occasional “interesting time” when you came across someone coming from the opposite direction and no wide spot presented itself.

But here it was wide enough that we could safely pull over, and it was pretty, so we took the opportunity to do so.

It's Fumie's brother's birthday today, so we made a short “happy birthday” greeting video on Fumie's phone and sent it to him...

Checking a Phone Video birthday greeting to Uncle Shogo that we'd just made and were about to send -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm — 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking a Phone Video
birthday greeting to Uncle Shogo that we'd just made and were about to send

While Fumie took care of the technical details of sending the video, I wandered around with the camera. It was only a bit after three in the afternoon, but the sun was just about to dip below the mountains, so some areas were brightly lit while others were in relatively deep shade....

desktop background image of multicolored autumn leaves (momiji) in the mountains of northwest Kyoto, Japan -- Subdued But Colorful -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Subdued But Colorful
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desktop background image of deep orange, but imperfect, fall foliage, in the mountains of northwest Kyoto, Japan -- Imperfect -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Imperfect
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just a snapshot, showing a Wild Variety of Color -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
just a snapshot, showing a
Wild Variety of Color
More Traffic The driver had a Ducati bike, Ducati jacket, and a Ducati helmet. I think he likes Ducati. -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
More Traffic
The driver had a Ducati bike, Ducati jacket, and a Ducati helmet. I think he likes Ducati.
And Towering Above it All 杉 – sugi – Japanese Ceder -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And Towering Above it All
杉 – sugi – Japanese Ceder

We eventually got going and headed deeper into the mountains. I paused at one point to snap a shot that shows what much of the mountainous area in Japan looks like:

Wood Farm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Wood Farm

There were plenty of colorful trees everywhere, but the ones that stood alone among their green compatriots seemed more stunning. It was getting pretty dark down in the ravine that the road transversed, but one tree could brighten things up....

Pit Stop for Play -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pit Stop for Play

In the shot above, Anthony is inspecting the carpet of moss by the side of the road for, well, whatever little boys look for. I found a leaf....

desktop background image of a single yellow leaf on a delicate carpet of moss, in the mountains northwest of Kyoto, Japan -- Leaf -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaf
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The leaves still on the branches, above a stream far below, were wonderful, I thought.

desktop background image of yellow leaves of Japan -- Leaves -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaves
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It was here that Anthony, as six-year-old boys are apt to do, decided to just start jumping. Mommy joined him, and that's the shot that leads this post.

But, it was time to hit the road if we wanted to reach the dam before sunset...

More Luxuriously-Wide Road -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
More Luxuriously-Wide Road

And we did... just barely.

View from Hiyoshi Dam Nantan City, Kyoto, Japan ( yuck, half the sky is blown out, and half has weird clipped colors ) Nantan City / Hiyoshi Dam · Hiyoshi Dam Operator page -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View from Hiyoshi Dam
Nantan City, Kyoto, Japan
( yuck, half the sky is blown out, and half has weird clipped colors )
Nantan City / Hiyoshi Dam · Hiyoshi Dam Operator page
Looking Down the Length of the Dam -- Hiyoshi Dam -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Down the Length of the Dam

Down below, in the area that would become a raging torrent of death and destruction should the dam ever break, there was a park that Anthony could run around in and explore...

— 1 / 60 sec , f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Rocks and Water always make for fun for a six-year-old -- Hiyoshi Dam -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Rocks and Water
always make for fun for a six-year-old
— 1 / 50 sec , f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Attempting Cross-Stream Traversal -- Hiyoshi Dam -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Attempting Cross-Stream Traversal

It was getting quite dark (darker than these ISO-6400 photos indicate), so I was hesitant to let him get too adventurous. Climbing around on some similar rocks two weeks ago when it was well lit, he slipped and soaked his shoe, so in the enveloping darkness, we opted for other play..... running.

— map & image data — nearby photos Running with Abandon -- Hiyoshi Dam -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Running with Abandon

There's just something about a little boy running like that. Wow. It's the way it should be.

It reminds me of one of my favorite shots, Anthony running at Nanzenji (although there are plenty of other shots on that post that are right up there, such as this one).

He ran down and across this huge empty field, to a stage that looked comically small sitting all alone at the bottom end of the field. I suppose it's perfect for summertime “concerts in the park” events, but for Anthony, it was just another place to run...

— 1 / 40 sec , f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Entering Stage Left -- Hiyoshi Dam -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Entering Stage Left

The view he had on stage facing as he was, was the imposing face of the dam, lit up with decidedly orange incandescent lights, which made for quite a pretty setting against the deep blue of twilight....

— map & image data — nearby photos Hiyoshi Dam at Dusk -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm — 1/160 sec, f/3.2, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Hiyoshi Dam at Dusk

It turns out that adjacent to this park is a “refresh plaza” with an onsen (hot-spring bath), so we had a hot bath and dinner before heading home.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Hey Jeff, these are really nice images, tack sharp, colorful and most of all FUN!
It’s nice to see a photographer that enjoys such a nice family this much.
T

— comment by Tom on November 24th, 2008 at 9:42am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Looks nice, much nicer than Kibune, which I went to once and only once, since it is, IMO, nothing but a tourist trap.
Look forward to going to Hiyoshi Dam.

— comment by Zachawry on November 24th, 2008 at 11:09am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink
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