Kyoto’s Eikando Temple Continues To Amaze
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an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Relaxed Crowds
at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Pagoda at the Eikando Temple

After “discovering” yesterday that I'd not even looked at thousands of photos from last year's fall-foliage season, I thought I'd go through a bit more today to pick some from the first batch, an outing to the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in eastern Kyoto. Unlike yesterday's highly “artsy” shots, these are pretty straightforward.

I posted an almost identical pagoda photo a couple of years ago, though it was later in the season then, and the light wasn't as good. Many of the shots on today's post are similar to previous years', as any of the under-image “nearby photos” links will attest....

an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Local Residence
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an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Splash of Sun
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Reflections of a Picturesque Bridge

The bridge is common target of photos, with folks near where I was standing jostling for good camera position. As with many endeavors, patience and courtesy are virtues. The bridge looks great at night as well (seen here), though photos would be better if you were allowed to use a tripod.

This next version of the bridge has some of Lightroom's “Funky Joy” negative clarity...

an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
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The colors can be a bit overwhelming, let me interject a bit of calm for at least one photo...

an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lack of Urgency
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And now back to the autumnal fireworks with the photo currently used on my iPad's lockscreen...

an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
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If you make the mild trek up to the pagoda, you'll be rewarded with a nice view of eastern Kyoto...

an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/22, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Finding Her Bearings
Looking out over Eastern Kyoto from the Pagoda of the Eikando Temple
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Pagoda
an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Balding Just a Bit
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On the way down from the pagoda is one area with a particularly stunning view, where many people stop in the middle of the stairway for photos...

an autumn scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op
Number 72,747,274 of 837,294,729,248, or there abouts
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All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

That brings back some good memories, I love Eikando, my wife and I went there last time we were in Kyoto in ’06. It’s an amazing place – although we had a hard time getting shots without people in them since it’s insanely popular. Thanks for posting these though, I was just thinking it was time to change my new desktop background 🙂

— comment by Brian on October 21st, 2011 at 12:29am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Love the photos. The colors are just wow!

— comment by Che-Cheh on October 21st, 2011 at 9:27am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Exquisite photos. We won’t have much color here this year.
Under the photo of the bridge, I was looking for a bride in the picture until I realized you had probably just left off the “g”. 🙂

Oops, thanks, fixed. If you’d like a bride, here you go. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on October 21st, 2011 at 9:32am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

The ipad lock screen is a stunner. I’ve just set it as desk top background.
Great stuff
Thanks

— comment by Anonymous on October 27th, 2011 at 3:52am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Oh dear I seem to have become “Annonymous” on that last comment about your ipad lock screen (it was me) – apologies – now rectified. That’s what happens when you get over enthusiastic on a registry clean up. Let that be a lesson to us all!
Annie in London (back in person)

PS The autumn colour in London and Surrey is alas not so exquisite but it is still quite beautiful if still subtle and for now, out-lasting the autumn rain and wind.

— comment by Annie in London on October 27th, 2011 at 6:06pm JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

As always…awsome !
thanks for sharing

— comment by fred on October 28th, 2011 at 5:26pm JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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