More Pleasantness From The Shoren’in Temple Ikebana Event
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desktop background image of tiny purple berries  --  Little Berries in the fading twilight  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Little Berries
in the fading twilight
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Finally getting that all-consuming project that I just posted about off my back, I can now return to my photos. Here are a few from the ikebana (flower arranging) event I went to a couple of weeks ago at the Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院) in eastern Kyoto. I'd managed to post a few shots earlier (in my “busy hallway”, “cute and colorful scene ”, and “serene photos” posts).

Monet's Arrangement nice arrangement, but poor composition on my part  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Monet's Arrangement
nice arrangement, but poor composition on my part

This event was related to the flower-arranging events that I post about every year, but it was a special event to mark the ascendancy of a new head of all worldwide practitioners of this particular style of flower arranging.

As usual, I was invited by Arthur Brigham, whose daughters (second and fourth grade) were participating. The one above is fourth-grade Monet's.

The location, the Shoren'in Temple, is a wonderful hidden treasure in Kyoto, and the combination of flowers, temple, gardens, and kimonos provided ample opportunity for me to keep filling my memory card and not want to leave.

Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Other Photographers  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Other Photographers

They're taking photos of the main flower arrangements (presumably by the new head of school), given the high honor of being presented in the Emperor's private chamber. (The Emperor actually did pay a visit ten years ago, but I'd be surprised if a sitting Emperor has used the room for its intended purpose in the last 150 years.).

Those two arrangements weren't quite my cup of tea as much as the kids' ones, but here they are in case they're your cup of tea...

desktop background image of Japanese flower arrangements presented in a formal setting at the Shoren  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
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desktop background image of Japanese flower arrangements presented in a formal setting at the Shoren  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/60 sec, f/2.5, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
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Notice that these photos are both ISO 10,000, both handheld, both with slow shutter speeds (with the second one being 125mm @ 1/60th of a second). The results speak equally well to the D4's low-light ability, Lightroom 4's render engine, and my ability to hold steady while taking a shot. I was more impressed by the D700's leap in low-light ability over its predecessor than in the D4's bump over the D700, but better is better and that's what the D4 is.

More Kids' Arrangements  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
More Kids' Arrangements
Photo Op in the Garden slightly unbalanced... I tried to will her to turn around, to no avail  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op in the Garden
slightly unbalanced... I tried to will her to turn around, to no avail
Nice-Looking Couple  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Nice-Looking Couple
Second-Grade May's Arrangement  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/4, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Second-Grade May's Arrangement

I've plenty more flowers and kimono and temple to post about, but for the moment I'll skip ahead to twilight, after the exhibition was over...

desktop background image of kids ringing a temple bell, at the Shoren  --  Ringing the Bell  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ringing the Bell
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desktop background image of a path at the garden of the Shoren  --  Garden Path at Twilight  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Garden Path at Twilight
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desktop background image of a reed-covered door in the outside wall of the Shore  --  Door  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Door
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Door context  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Door
context
Packing Up  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Packing Up

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Your first photo of a stem of Beauty Berry (Callicarpa) really tugged at me. I used to have a small one that I was nursing along and Dad mowed over it by accident. Well, back to the potting shed. Sigh!

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on October 19th, 2012 at 11:34pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

源氏物語絵巻を彷彿とさせます。

最後の写真?そう言えばそうかもね。あの時の薄明かりの中にはいい雰囲気になるですね。—Jeffrey

— comment by 魚住玄通 on October 20th, 2012 at 7:19am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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