Gion Festival Street Shots: More From Day 2
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Festival Gion Matsuri, Kyoto Japan -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Festival
Gion Matsuri, Kyoto Japan

So, as I wrote yesterday, I screwed up my camera settings and took all yesterday's photos at the smallest, lowest-quality JPEG settings, which leaves little room to correct white balance and exposure in Lightroom. I did much better the first day.

I'll probably try one more time tonight, but for what it's worth, here are some of the shots from last night, recovered as best I could, presented for the story they tell more than for their photographic qualities...

Outing With Mom -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 + 1.4X TC @ 420mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Outing With Mom
Fan Girls they were distributing paper fans adorned with advertisements -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 + 1.4X TC @ 420mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Fan Girls
they were distributing paper fans adorned with advertisements
Just Wants To Get Home -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 + 1.4X TC @ 420mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Wants To Get Home
Musicians in an upper floor of one of the big wooden floats -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Musicians
in an upper floor of one of the big wooden floats
Lower Level same float -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 + 1.4X TC @ 420mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Lower Level
same float
Sexy -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Sexy
The Owner of Those Legs -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
The Owner of Those Legs
Reactions -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1000 sec, f/4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Reactions
Smile -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Smile
Kimono Camera Lady -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kimono Camera Lady
Most Fun Seat in the House at least for her -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Most Fun Seat in the House
at least for her
Nice Couple -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Couple
Beer Kirin Tanrei Nama -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Beer
Kirin Tanrei Nama
Stalls Food and Fun -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stalls
Food and Fun
Working With a Smile -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/320 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Working With a Smile

This worker (manning a large set of trash cans) chatted with me a bit about my lens, and I told him I'd put this picture up here, but I thought I'd be able to correct the underexposure better in post. (It was getting quite dark and he was in the most trafficed area, so it was difficult to get even this shot.)

He was in the area seen at the lower left of this next shot...

Intersection of Shijo & Karasuma -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Intersection of Shijo & Karasuma
Too Tall to Fit in Frame -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Too Tall to Fit in Frame
Against The Grain -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Against The Grain
Picture of Poise and Grace -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/200 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Picture of Poise and Grace

I futzed around with a lower color saturation in this one to reduce some distractions. The goatee-guy in all black in the background is her date, but I'm not too sad that she's the only one in focus. 🙂

I Have No Words to describe what this is -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/200 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
I Have No Words
to describe what this is
Two Couples, Four Smiles -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/200 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Two Couples, Four Smiles
Walking Her Dogie -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/200 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Walking Her Dogie
Artistic Mistake it was too dark to forget the camera was at f/16 -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/6 sec, f/16, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Artistic Mistake
it was too dark to forget the camera was at f/16
Much Better -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/800 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Much Better

These girls had asked about my camera (and big lens) and when I told them that I was mostly taking pictures of the crowd, they couldn't get the concept of not concentrating on the floats and other trappings of the festival. They reacted as if I wasn't quite playing with a full deck, until I offered to take their photo, at which point they changed their tune completely.

Bought a Beer Here -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Bought a Beer Here
Trash the streets were remarkably clean, save around trash cans like this (there are trash cans between the electrical boxes) -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Trash
the streets were remarkably clean, save around trash cans like this
(there are trash cans between the electrical boxes)
Cows for free photo ops -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cows
for free photo ops
Active Kid kept Mom on the run -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Active Kid
kept Mom on the run
Bought a Beer Here, Too all in the name of research, you know -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bought a Beer Here, Too
all in the name of research, you know
Having a Good Time -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Having a Good Time
Two Kinds of Style black and red... both work as far as I'm concerned -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Two Kinds of Style
black and red... both work as far as I'm concerned
Evening's Last Posed Shot moments later, the lights of this covered street were turned off -- Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Evening's Last Posed Shot
moments later, the lights of this covered street were turned off

Continued here...


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

宵山行ってきました!
少しですがブログに写真をアップロードしましたよ~

いやぁ、凄い人でした。
明日は山鉾巡行です。早起きして行く予定です

— comment by Junichiro-Kosera on July 17th, 2011 at 12:38am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

For the I have no words picture, were those Manba? Re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganguro

— comment by Madhu on July 17th, 2011 at 6:28am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeff, for the Gion Matsuri photo bonanza. I emjoyed stolling with you as you carried your huge lens in search of the “real Japan” on parade during the festivities. Without leaving my house I was able to take part in your “big lens parade.”
Father Mac in Kyoto.

— comment by Father Mac on July 18th, 2011 at 8:15am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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