Daimonji: Kyoto’s Least-Photogenic Festival
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大 it's crowded (and hot) up there  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos

it's crowded (and hot) up there

Today was the Daimonji Festival in Kyoto, where big mountainside bonfires are lit in the evening. Normally I'm visiting my folks during the summer, so this was the first time in years for me to see it, and the first time since I became particularly interested in photography.

It's not particularly photogenic, unless, I suppose, you could get up closer to the fires. (For a look at where the fires are lit, see “Daimonji’s Hidoko Fire Pits”)

The snapshot above was done handheld with little forethought; with a bit more effort I'm sure I could have gotten something more worthy, but frankly, if given the chance again I would leave the camera at home and concentrate on what appears to be the more festive aspect of the festival: enjoying a drink and good company under the stars.

Update: it seems I'm wrong about the lack of photogenic possabilities: see the followup at “Daimonji Fire Festival Up Close and Personal: Yaron Silberberg’s Photos from Last Year”.


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こんなにはっきり見える大文字ははじめてです。

吉田山から、200mmレンスで、三脚なし。結構適当でした。—Jeffrey

— comment by uozumigentu on August 17th, 2012 at 12:20am JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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