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Carpet of Yellow at the Iwato Ochiba Shrine, Deep in the Mountains of North-West Kyoto
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Hey, Check It Out, On That Rock ! I think I see a yellow leaf! -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Hey, Check It Out, On That Rock!
I think I see a yellow leaf!
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Lots of Leaves
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Full Coverage -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Full Coverage

Last week, Kyoto friend Britto posted on his blog about a couple of recent bicycle trips he'd recently taken, including one to a shrine in the mountains north of Kyoto that sounded so appealing that I went there myself the next day (though I went by motorbike). Paul Barr is still in town, so I invited him along; that's him in the photos above.

It was a long and steep enough trip on the scooter... mad props to Britto for doing it on a bicycle!

Iwato Ochiba Shrine in the mountains north-west of Kyoto, Japan -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Iwato Ochiba Shrine
in the mountains north-west of Kyoto, Japan

In the shrine's name (岩戸落葉神社; iwato ochiba jinja), iwato means “rock above a cave entrance”, ochiba means “fallen leaves”, and jinja means “Shinto shrine”. I didn't investigate the large rock face behind the shrine, but the “fallen leaves” part got my attention.

The last few weeks in Kyoto have been filled with spectacular fall foliage, both by day and by night, but after a while, spectacular or not, one starts looking for something a bit different. The carpet of leaves at the Koutou-in Temple post represented a bit of the search for something different, but since most places clean the fallen leaves as quickly as they fall (why!?), it's hard to find a good carpet-of-leaves area, so when I saw the wonderful carpet in Britto's post, I knew I had to visit.

Last Bit of Sun -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Last Bit of Sun

The clouds and the mountains took the sun almost as soon as we got there, but we had five minutes with some intermittent sun. Most of these shots are from after the direct sun was gone, but the two above, and a few below, were lit with the last rays we got...

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Steps in there somewhere -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Steps
in there somewhere

The carpet is fed from a bunch of huge ginkgo trees that tower above the area, now almost completely bare...

Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I don't generally care for ginkgo trees or their leaves, perhaps because I associate them with Kyoto's annual atrocious arboreal neutering that leaves large areas of the city looking horrid. But maybe there's hope because there didn't seem to be any neutering done this year, and the streets lined with ginkgo were beautiful.

desktop background image of a carpet of yellow leaf at the Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) in the mountains of north-west Kyoto, Japan -- Drip Fountain -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Drip Fountain
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Bifurcated one side is quite a step up from the other -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bifurcated
one side is quite a step up from the other
More Steps -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Steps
Auspicious Shinto symbols hanging from the gate -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Auspicious
Shinto symbols hanging from the gate
Engulfed -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Engulfed

Comments so far....

I see that some of the shots were taken with the 24/1.4. There has been much written about autofocus inaccuracies using this lens, particularly with the D700 and D3 iterations. Has this been your experience?

I haven’t heard of any issues, nor noticed any myself, but I haven’t been paying much attention. When I see the focus is off I usually assume it’s my fault unless I know I was really paying attention… —Jeffrey

— comment by Ed on December 7th, 2010 at 12:17am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Wonderful photos Jeff,

This post makes some real justice to the temple’s beauty. Thank you.

When I visited this temple, I was exhausted and took only a few snaps.

I think this post captures the beauty of the shrine better than any other. Great work Jeff.

And, Thanks for correcting the reading, 落葉, I thought it was Rakuyo, but it should have been Ochiba. that shows I need to improve my Japanese ;-)

BTW, my B’day was on 5th ;-)

— comment by Britto on December 7th, 2010 at 8:01am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

This is a great shot (http://regex.info/i/JF7_049291_1600x1200.jpg). I like the others as well. Thanks for posting them.

Regarding the 24mm f/1.4, here is a review that I found interesting: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/24mm-f14.htm

Regards, Tom (San Francisco)

I haven’t read that particular review yet, but generally speaking, that site is primarily for entertainment use only, and perhaps to get you thinking about some alternative perspectives on things. My experience has been that you must take what you read there with a very large grain of salt. The guy’s enthusiasm is wonderful, though, even if it does get in the way of common sense sometimes. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on December 7th, 2010 at 11:12am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello~ i was looking to your blog and saw some pics that reminds me of Mansion Himuro (Fatal Frame Game) and i guess you found it lol it really looks like its the mansion, you took very amazing photos just love it :D

— comment by Meinya on December 10th, 2012 at 9:42am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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