Well, Well, Well, a Small Self Portrait
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Self Portrait four-second exposure while holding (tightly) the camera against the edge of an old well -- Souken Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 4 sec, f/11, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Self Portrait
four-second exposure while holding (tightly) the camera against the edge of an old well

I had a wonderful day today exploring some temples I'd never been to right here in Kyoto, about which I'll write more soon (here), but I thought I'd put this one up today. It's looking down a circular well at the Souken'in Temple (part of the Daitokuji temple complex) whose opening is framed by a box made of large stone slabs. It's more than 400 years old.

Peering in over the edge, it was pitch black with a small dab of light at the bottom (the reflection of the opening), so I guessed the depth, then focused at something about that far away to set the focus, then pointed the camera down and braced it against the edge, and took the four-second exposure.

It still came out very dark, so I brightened it up in Lightroom.

I think I could do a much better photo if I just took an extra minute to think about it, but this temple is rarely open to the public, so I doubt I'll get another chance any time soon.

Anyway, it's interesting to see down into it, and to wonder how it was built all those years ago.

I had been out and about with Stéphane Barbery, who also did a similar shot, though he did a much better job technically, and went a different direction artistically. I like it.

Continued here...

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi Jeffrey,
I like your blog very much – its for me a window in an unknown world (Japan) and wides my horizon in a photographical manner.
This is a smart pic – I first didn’t understand the header, but after I zoomed into it – it is obvious to me 🙂

— comment by Michael Vaahsen on October 28th, 2010 at 5:53pm JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Good picture! 🙂

— comment by massimo on October 29th, 2010 at 4:04pm JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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