Colorful Carpet of Leaves at the Koutou-in Temple
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desktop background image of a carpet of leaves at the Koutou-in Temple, Kyoto Japan -- Your Standard “Carpet of Leaves” Shot Koutou-in Temple, Kyoto Japan -- Koutouin Temple (高桐院) -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Your Standard “Carpet of Leaves” Shot
Koutou-in Temple, Kyoto Japan
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I was out again today for an amazing day of fall-foliage photography, and on the way home in the late afternoon stopped in to the Koutouin Temple (高桐院) for 10 minutes, just to peek at its most-excellent entrance path, which featured prominently in “A First Visit To Kyoto’s Koutou-in Temple” two weeks ago. I have still literally not even looked at the photos from my second trip to this temple, but since I took only a few photos on this trip today, I thought I'd post some.

I was greeted with exactly what I expected.... lots of people...

Lots of People -- Koutouin Temple (高桐院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots of People
Thinning Out a Bit -- Koutouin Temple (高桐院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Thinning Out a Bit

... and then the unexpected...

Almost Empty -- Koutouin Temple (高桐院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Almost Empty
desktop background image of the entrance path of the Koutou-in Temple at the height of fall-foliage colors, Kyoto Japan -- And The Angels Sang -- Koutouin Temple (高桐院) -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
And The Angels Sang
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It didn't last for more than just a few seconds before it was again jam packed with people, and I made a boo-boo with my camera settings that resulted in severely over-exposing that last shot (which I then corrected as best I could in Lightroom), but I would have never imagined the path being clear even for a second during this season, so I was most happy to stumble upon a clear moment.


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” And The Angels Sang” seems unnatural, somehow. Perhaps you could photoshop a few tourists in to make it seem right…

— comment by Marcina (USA) on November 27th, 2010 at 10:48am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

A few years ago I waited for 30 minutes for the path to clear. My wife was with me and that was about as long as she would tolerate. There were others who were there before me and waited until after I gave up. A couple times the line would thin and just when you thought there was going to be a clear shot someone would pause and look around as if they had *just* noticed the koyo that were surrounding them. That delay was just enough to give others a chance to walk down the path into the shot.

— comment by Jesse on September 29th, 2014 at 6:34pm JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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