Revisiting April’s Eastern-Kyoto Temple Stroll
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desktop background image of entrance bridge to the Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) in Kyoto, Japan -- Path To the Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) Kyoto Japan, Spring 2011 -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Path To the Imakumano Kannonji Temple
(今熊野観音寺)
Kyoto Japan, Spring 2011
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If the pic above looks familiar, it's because I had a portrait version of it on “An Amazing Day of Photography at Some Eastern-Kyoto Temples” back in April. I was rummaging around in my Lightroom catalog today and got depressed at how many posts are waiting for me to get around to them — I have so much I want to share — so I thought I'd start with a few more from the morning of the photogenic stroll that produced that post.

desktop background image of entrance bridge to the Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) in Kyoto, Japan -- Morning Constitutional -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Morning Constitutional
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Having recently posted “Trying Some Hard-Edged Black and White”, I thought I see what I could do with an otherwise boring shot from a display at the Imakumano Kannonji Temple. I dunno... perhaps wasn't worth the time...

Happy Little Man -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy Little Man

It was still cherry-blossom season...

Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

... but far enough along that the petals had started falling...

Cherry-Blossom Petals -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cherry-Blossom Petals
Cherry-Blossom Petal -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 cropped — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Cherry-Blossom Petal
Horn-Shaped Flower/Blossom of Some Sort -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Horn-Shaped Flower/Blossom of Some Sort
desktop background image of an exquisitly perfect otome tsubaki flower (乙女椿) in Kyoto Japan -- Perfect -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Perfect
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I was highly taken with the perfection of these otome tsubaki (乙女椿). I posed one head-on shot here, but have always intended a few more, so here we are.

In Situ -- Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
In Situ
Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos

There are a lot of temples and a few small shrines in the area. Wandering around, I came upon this quiet scene...

Entrance to the Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社) -- Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance to the Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine
(善龍寺、稲荷大明神社)

These are apparently sufficiently small to avoid all mention in Wikipedia, yet according to the notations on various mapping services, the shrine part is the oldest Inari shrine in Japan (the most famous of which is the dazzling Fushimi Inari Shrine a kilometer away.

The gate in the photo above has two big wooden doors that are propped open at the moment. I took a shot of one with the intent of using it as a desktop background, but I'm not quite sure the result is powerful enough... it feels more like a snapshot than anything else.

But it's here, so I may as well put it up to let you decide...

desktop background image of the door on the gate to the Zenryuuji Temple (善龍寺) in Kyoto, Japan -- Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just inside the gate, the view was much nicer...

desktop background image of a scene from the Zenryuuji Temple (善龍寺) in Kyoto, Japan -- Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Shrine Gate, Temple Building -- Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Shrine Gate, Temple Building

It was still early in what turned out to be a long and productive day, so many more posts to come.

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

I’ve been following your blog for some time…lurking, I’m afraid. Love your photography. It’s made my desire to visit Japan stronger. Thank you!

— comment by Robin Scanlon on June 24th, 2011 at 5:38am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I usually stop by for that EXIF viewer. I generally use it about 3 times a day. I agree with Robin, these pictures are fantastic.

— comment by Daniel on July 17th, 2011 at 4:03am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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