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Kyoto’s Jidai Matsuri 2012, #2
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Mounted Archer Whispering to His Horse  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Mounted Archer Whispering to His Horse

I posted a bit the other day (here and here) about catching the tail end of the Jidai Matsuri (時代祭, “Festival of the Ages”). Here are some more from early on in what I shot. (Having just returned from a long-weekend trip, I'm pretty much behind on everything.)

When I first got out there, the parade had stalled for some reason, so I got a long opportunity to photograph the mounted archer seen above and in the second link, and having not failed to immediately notice my not-so-subtle 300mm f/2, he pranced a bit for the camera, which I really appreciate.

Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
desktop background image of a Japanese archer in period costume, during the Jidai Matsuri (時代祭, "Festival of the Ages") in Kyoto Japan  --  Over-the-Top Processing  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Over-the-Top Processing
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For something different, I went a bit overboard on the post processing, recalling the similar treatment of a similarly-mounted archer (but an actual archer instead of an actor) now hanging in a print on my wall, as seen in “Dabbling in Some Fine-Art Printing for My Office. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I like this kind of presentation.... occasionally.

Context a benefit of shooting with two camera bodies  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/6400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Context
a benefit of shooting with two camera bodies
Razor Thin one eye is in perfect focus  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Razor Thin
one eye is in perfect focus

This photo illustrates just how thin the depth of field is at f/2 at 300mm.... his right eye is in perfect focus, but because his head is tilted slightly, the left eye is out of focus. Of course, it was pure luck that I got this... he and his horse were continually in motion.... and if they would have paused, I would have liked to focus on the other eye (generally, it feels more natural when the closer eye is the one in focus).

Now a few shots of some folks that followed once the parade started moving. I was limited mostly by there being but a few angles where I could get a reasonable background, but the limited depth of field certainly helped when the subject was close.

Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos

In the photo above I was able to avoid washing out the rich color of his robe, but was not able to keep the detail in the fabric without compromising the whole thing, but just to show what's there, here's a crop of the same shot with the exposure brought way down....

Detail Lost in the Highlights crop and reprocess from the photo above  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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)
Detail Lost in the Highlights
crop and reprocess from the photo above
Rush Hour  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Rush Hour
Stately  --  Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)  --  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 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Stately

Continued here... (sort of)


Comments so far....

For the washed-out red robe, would auto bracketing been helpful, or was the DOF too narrow given all the motion for it to be useful?

The data’s clearly in the normally-exposed one picture… it’s just too subtle to show up when displayed normally. I can’t help but feel grumpy that this problem is an artificial side effect of imaging technology, rather than a true technical limitation. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Magda on November 1st, 2012 at 4:15am JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

JF4_007418.jpg is a super image, one that makes a powerful connection between viewer and subject.

Tom in SF

That’s “Razor Thin”. Yeah, he was looking right at me. Thanks for the kind words(!) —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on November 2nd, 2012 at 4:23am JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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