Setsubun Festival at the Heian Shrine: Intense Burn Continues
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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/16, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
The Burn Continues
Heian Shrin, Kyoto Japan

Taking a break from the craziness that ensued for me yesterday when Lightroom 4 was released, I thought I'd pick up from last month's “Setsubun Festival at the Heian Shrine: Intense Burn Begins”.

Once the blaze was going in earnest, they started throwing bundles of wooden slats into the fire, each slat with someone's wish for good health or the like written on it...


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Halfway Done
with one of the pallets

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Another 50
added to the burn

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Rinse and Repeat
( meaning “do again”, a reference to common instructions on shampoo bottles )

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Fire Poker

The heat for the fire-poker guy must have been almost unbearable. It was very very hot, even for me upwind 20 meters (two highway-bus lengths) away. But he could never retreat.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Purple and Pink
observe from a distance

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Still a Bit Angry

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Chanting

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2500 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Cooking
in the warmth of the still-setting sun

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Drum Accompaniment

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Short Attention Spans

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Winding Down
but still ferocious at the base

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/5000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Painting With Convection Currents

As I wrote about in “Intense Burn: A Few More Looks at the Bubbling Cauldron of Boiling Air”, the intense heat of the flames made for amazing patterns in the air, enhanced by the ultra thin-depth of field of the lens.

Here's a crop of the upper-right corner of the shot above... it looks like a painting:


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/5000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
That's Some Intense Heat

It makes me think that perhaps I don't need Coral Painter Essentials to create prints like this to hang on my office wall... I just need an intense bonfire.

And for something completely different, on the way home I saw a pair of fuzzy black boots appear seemingly minutes before the wearer came into view. Once the wearer caught up to them, I snapped a photo so I could share the latest Kyoto fashions with the world...


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2500 sec, f/2, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Strike Up The “Charlie's Angels” Theme

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