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Anthony Shows Some Photographic Brilliance at the Always-Brilliant Eikando Temple
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Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 133mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.9, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony's First Shot of the Day
photo by Anthony Friedl
Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan

I got a call today that the nearby Eikando Temple was bathed in some gorgeous late-afternoon peeking-through-some-storm-clouds sun, so I thought I'd go and take a look. It's always absolutely amazing during the fall-foliage season, even in the rain, so I knew I couldn't lose, but it became all the better when Anthony said he wanted to join me. Normally he couldn't care less about anything like that, but for some reason wanted to try taking pretty pictures.

So, I grabbed my Nikon D700 for me and a point-n-shoot compact for him, and we rode our bikes over.

He took that first shot just before going in, showed me the sun-streaming-in look on the back of the camera, then cautioned that it would take him a while to warm up. Hah! Where does a nine-year-old come up with this stuff?


Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 133mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Anthony Friedl

It turns out that we had missed the glorious light, and even in the shots above the sun was mostly obscured by clouds; we never did see it, having stayed until after sunset without it making another appearance.

Still, it was very nice.


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony in Action

Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 133mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo He Took
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
In Action #2

Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 133mm — 1/30 sec, f/5.9, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Shot He Took #2
photo by Anthony Friedl

He felt stifled with the compact camera and wanted to use mine, so we switched...


Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 43mm — 1/60 sec, f/4.2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony With the D700
plus the vertical grip, which I eventually took off

Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 68mm — 1/25 sec, f/5.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Shooting Daddy

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Daddy
photo by Anthony Friedl

I had a cold last week and didn't shave, but got come compliments on the slightly scruffy beard, so since then have merely been trimming it, but wow, it seems to make me look homeless in photos. Earlier today Stéphane Barbery sent me a photo he took of me yesterday after I'd hiked up a hill with a very heavy lens (as I described yesterday), so I was a mess to begin with not even considering the homeless-esque beard.

Anyway, Anthony went off with the camera, taking care with each shot, thinking about focus and composition. I have no idea where he learned any of this, except perhaps from his photography of his own Lego play.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Pagoda Entrance
photo by Anthony Friedl

Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/60 sec, f/3.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
In Action #3

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/2000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Shot He Took #3
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/2000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Garden's Main Bridge
photo by Anthony Friedl

As nice as it was, this year's colors have been much weaker, and you can compare with this shot last year to see that today was nothing compared to a sunny day during a year with stronger colors.


Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 40mm — 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
In Action #4

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Shot He Took #4
photo by Anthony Friedl

He seemed to know what he was doing (he was showing me his shots), so I asked him to take a portrait, but I should have adjusted my hoodie, and I should have shaved.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Daddy Portrait
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Ripples
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Depth
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Sign
photo by Anthony Friedl

Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
In Action #5

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Shot He Took #5
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/3200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Parasol
photo by Anthony Friedl

Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.3, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
In Action #6

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Shot He Took #6
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Setup
I gave him the idea, but he set it up and took the shot
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Half & Half
photo by Anthony Friedl

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Half & Half
with a bonus green cone
photo by Anthony Friedl

I'm just amazed at what he did with focus and composition... like I said, I have no idea where it came from. I posted about half of the photos he took, so it's not like he was carpet bombing and just lucked across some that seemed nice. I missed not having my own camera, but I want to encourage him, so I hope he'll want to do this again.


Comments so far....

Wow, impressive photos, especially #4, #5.
He’s much better than I’m…

— comment by Gianluca on December 1st, 2011 at 10:11pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

“but I want to encourage him, so I hope he’ll want to do this again.”

The results speak for themselves… he appears to be taking to it naturally, that is, with YOUR camera. Looks like it’s going to cost you a D800 once it’s released so you hand down the D700! (Hey… worked for me and my wife with two camera upgrades ;)

— comment by JasonP on December 1st, 2011 at 10:54pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Very impressive indeed.

I certainly hadn’t that degree of imagination at his age, and doubt that I do now… I can only suppose that he has been more observant of your approach to photography than you realised, or has absorbed some of your own skills by a kind of osmosis. Is your old D200 not still lying around for him to take over ? Well done Anthony, and well done Jeffrey for passing over your camera to him, it was worth it !

— comment by Peter in Wales on December 1st, 2011 at 10:59pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Well, this grandmother was impressed too. Very surprised at how good some were. Has he been reading your blog? I doubt he could understand a lot of the written material, but he apparently has the the idea and an eye for many of the same things you do.
Personally, I favor a slight beard on you. Reminds me of when you excelled at Country-Western dancing.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on December 2nd, 2011 at 1:04am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for showing us Anthony’s work. He captured some great compositions.

— comment by Tom in SF on December 2nd, 2011 at 1:30am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

He’s got a great eye! I didn’t start with 35mm film until I was about 14 or so… sometime earlier in the last millenium. And the best part of the day, I’m sure, was the shared experience and the time together.

Take care,
Mike.
(BC, Canada)

— comment by Mike Nelson Pedde on December 2nd, 2011 at 5:21am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Very encouraging. I think that a couple of the shots would have benefited from taking advantage of the vertical grip if Anthony’s hands are big enough to use it. The low viewpoint for an adult portrait is refreshing and is much better than a high viewpoint for a child portrait.

— comment by John Youngs on December 2nd, 2011 at 5:28am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I think the beard is really great too by the way. It makes you look quite a bit younger and definitely cool . So that must be why Anthony wants to hang out with camera plus Dad attachment!

Yep – Proper camera time for Anthony. How does that work at his age? do you add it to the Christmas pile? I mean a hand-me down is nice – but perhaps he could trade in his allowance for his own?

I’m sure it does you good to have to just use a point and shoot once in a while. Bit like using a pencil instead of an iPhone!
Annie

Annie, your last comment makes me cringe… for me, using a point-n-shoot for anything artistic is like using a broken igloo instead of an iPhone. As for the rest, at this point I’ll just let him use mine, and we’ll see how long it lasts. This morning he said he wanted to go out shooting photos as soon as he got home, so maybe it’ll last two days. Maybe a lifetime. We’ll see. As far as me “looking cool”, that would be a first. :-) —Jeffrey

— comment by Annie in London on December 2nd, 2011 at 7:09am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I think that Daddy better watch out or there’ll be more of Anthony’s photos here than his own. Of course then, you could resort to one of my favorite sayings: “It’s the sign of a good teacher that at least one of his pupils surpasses him!”. That what I say when one of my student’s photos is better than mine.

I know you’re just being humorous here, but any good teacher should expect his students to surpass him, eventually. Having the skill to teach is unrelated to having the skill being taught, and a good teacher can teach well beyond his own skill level. That might sound ludicrous at first blush, but consider the example that even folks who can’t sing can easily identify good and bad singing. If teaching was limited to the simple production of results for students to emulate, a teacher might feel sheepish about a student surpassing him, but in the context of what teaching actually is, teachers are failures if their students don’t (eventually) surpass them. None of this is yet relevant for Anthony and photography, but your comment, though in jest, brought these thoughts on education to mind. —Jeffrey

— comment by Craig Lewis on December 2nd, 2011 at 8:59am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I enjoyed this post – Anthony has some talent!

Savor your time with him. I’m sure you know it will pass all too quickly.

Ed

— comment by Ed Rosack on December 2nd, 2011 at 10:28am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Nice going, Anthony. And, Anthony’s father.

— comment by parv on December 2nd, 2011 at 12:51pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Wow dude – excellent pictures. Anthony and Dad both looking good.
Never seen you with a slight beard even back when (As Grandma Friedl said) – you were excelling at country dancing. Takes me back years to the time in Columbus when I acquired my first pair of cowboy boots courtesy you.
Good to see the pictures and you both.

— comment by Ram Kulkarni on December 2nd, 2011 at 1:26pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Anthony, Thanks for taking the great photo’s. I especially enjoyed the first one of your Dad, and I liked the composition with the red parasol.

Jeffery, thank you for your blog, the photos AND the text. Always makes me want to go back to Japan, but I just settle for picking up my camera here in Australia.

— comment by John Sinclair on December 2nd, 2011 at 7:06pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Sounds like a perfect reason for Daddy to get a new camera in the near future. If you had a spare D700 sitting idle, Anthony would always have the chance to go out double-teaming with Daddy. Think of it as a sort of passive encouragement. Of course it may well be you who ends up using the D700 while Anthony uses the new camera, but I’m sure that would suit you just fine, too.

— comment by Thorf on December 4th, 2011 at 12:05am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Me gusta tu blog, saludos desde Mexico……

— comment by Anonymous on December 13th, 2011 at 6:32am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

That’s pretty impressive work from Anthony! Many of those photos still have “your” feel to them, though – probably because you post-processed them (I’m guessing). We probably won’t be able to see Anthony’s “true” vision until he starts to process his own photos, as well. That may be a few years off, but I’ll look forward to it.

Indeed. We did the post processing together, though he was certainly limited to only what I suggested. Within that, the choices were his and not always what I would have done. —Jeffrey

— comment by David K. on December 13th, 2011 at 8:58am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Not that I’m rushing Anthony but introducing him to post processing like, say a microsoft picture manager to toy around with the pictures he has taken will be fun and at the same time prepare him for lightroom and the rest of what you’ve got there later on as he grow and learn at his own pace but make them available for him. Never too early to learn, his ability to learn at his age will astound you my friend. Let’s see more of his work if you don’t mind.

— comment by James Tuazon on December 27th, 2011 at 4:33pm JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Anthony’s pictures are great! Congratulations to you, Antony! (And to Dad of course for such a creative and talented child).

Griselda
Arlington, TX

— comment by Griselda on January 18th, 2012 at 8:32am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

omggg… anthony and your photos are beautiful..
it made me happy and comfort just by looking at your pictures..
thx for sharing all your precious moments here

renny
indonesia >.<

— comment by Renny on March 21st, 2012 at 12:39am JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I didn’t know that you did country Western dancing. By the way I’m with your mum on the slight beard. You seem to have “fan” Annie in London (hi there!) and “fan” Anne in Lyon. :)

— comment by Anne on October 1st, 2012 at 8:13pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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