Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
in front of some stupid bike illegally parked the front entrance to my place
Okazaki area of Kyoto, Japan
Returning from an errand today, I liked how the late-afternoon brisk autumn sun was hitting some old cozy (read “dilapidated”) Machiya houses near my place, so I grabbed the camera and headed out for a short photo-hunt stroll.
I'll share the pictures of the houses another day; in this post, just a few “mood” pictures from the day, which was sunny and brisk, much nicer than the overcast gloom of yesterday (which was photogenic nevertheless).
The picture above was the last I took of the day, just as I was returning home, of two ladies (likely a girl and her mom) about to get into a taxi that was doing a U-turn just out of frame to pick them up. I was immediately struck by their beautiful kimono, their obvious class (compare against the low-class garish display or the unbridled cuteness seen in other posts), and the splash of color provided by the background.
Unfortunately, with all the foot traffic going past and the taxi about to pull in frame, I didn't have much time to set up and execute a shot, and the picture above was the best I could do (with, unfortunately, the girl having noticed me and my big lens, just starting to form a perplexed “why is someone taking pictures of us?” look on her face).
But I really like their seasonal kimono, so here's the only other shot I got, which shows them a bit better.
D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm, cropped heavily — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
As I walked by them heading into my place and they into their taxi, the girl, still with a perplexed look on her face, I smiled, and the girl gave a tentative little “I don't know what's going on” wave. It was sort of funny. I would have liked to take a proper portrait.
Here's the first photo I took of the stroll, from pretty much the same spot, but looking back the other way....
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm — 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
The little posts sticking up in the middle of the river have slots in them, and many years ago, apparently, the townsfolk used to put boards in them to block the stream, creating a public swimming pool for the kids. This practice apparently ceased a few generations ago after some kind of fatal accident, but vestiges of the practice remain.
A couple of unrelated photos:
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 155 mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 110 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos