Kyoto Fall Foliage 2012 Preview: A Few From Last Year
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desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Raigoin Temple (来迎院), Kyoto Japan  --  Last Year at the Raigoin Temple (来迎院), Kyoto Japan  --  Raigoin Temple (来迎院)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Last Year
at the Raigoin Temple (来迎院), Kyoto Japan
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Yesterday was a really blustery day, with cold, biting wind.... really the first true taste of autumn here in Kyoto. Made me want to peek at some of the many photos I haven't even look at yet from last year's fall-foliage season. Here are a few random photos from four separate outings with Paul Barr during the last week of November (last year).

Welcome Bamboo Temple Jizouin (竹の寺 地蔵院), Kyoto Japan  --  Bamboo Temple Jizouin (竹の寺 地蔵院)  --  Copyright 2011 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 50mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Welcome
Bamboo Temple Jizouin (竹の寺 地蔵院), Kyoto Japan

From the same outing: “Some Rustic Temple/Shrine Visits in Western Kyoto” and a bunch of shots on “A Few Colorful Kyoto Desktop Backgrounds from November”.

Big Bamboo Temple Jizouin (竹の寺 地蔵院)  --  Bamboo Temple Jizouin (竹の寺 地蔵院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2011 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 50mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Big
Bamboo Temple Jizouin (竹の寺 地蔵院)
Bell Senkouji Temple (千光寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Senkouji Temple (千光寺)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Bell
Senkouji Temple (千光寺), Kyoto Japan
desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Photo Op #2974 Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op #2974
Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan
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Yoshiminedera (善峯寺) is an autumn favorite. Shots from this particular outing appeared on “Entering Kyoto’s Yoshiminedera Temple” “More Fall Foliage From the Yoshiminedera Temple”, the November-backgrounds post cited above, and “A Few Fall-Foliage Desktops To Get In The Autumnal Mood”, but any of the “nearby photos” links under each pic shows plenty of other outings.

desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)
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Me near the top of the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) photo by Paul Barr  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2011 Paul Barr
Nikon D3 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
near the top of the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)
photo by Paul Barr
desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Photo Op #7293 Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op #7293
Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)
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desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Stroll Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Stroll
Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)
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Me Being Frustrated (Part 1 of 2) Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺), Kyoto Japan photo by Paul Barr  --  Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺)   --  Copyright 2011 Paul Barr
Nikon D3 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Me Being Frustrated (Part 1 of 2)
Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺), Kyoto Japan
photo by Paul Barr

The red tree in the photo above has, without question, the most brilliant vibrant retina-searing amazing jaw-dropping awe-inspiring color I've ever seen in a tree. Sadly, the photo above doesn't even hint at the depths of its true glory, so trying to process it for reasonable display is the tree's second pass at frustrating me. Even after lowering the brightness and saturation, the leaves are still a washed-out pale reflection of reality.

The tree was so amazing that it was the subject of two separate posts, “Another Day of Amazing Fall Colors in Kyoto” and the followup “That Particularly Amazing Tree at the Imakumano Kannonji Temple”.

desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Tree Bling Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺)  --  Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺)   --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Tree Bling
Imakumano Kannonji Temple (今熊野観音寺)
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desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Raigoin Temple (来迎院), Kyoto Japan  --  Stuck (I wish I had framed the leaf more toward one side or the other) Raigoin Temple (来迎院), Kyoto Japan  --  Raigoin Temple (来迎院)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stuck
(I wish I had framed the leaf more toward one side or the other)
Raigoin Temple (来迎院), Kyoto Japan
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desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社), Kyoto Japan  --  Wall Top Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、 稲荷大明神社), Kyoto Japan  --  Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社)  --  Copyright 2011 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 50mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Wall Top
Zenryuuji Temple and Inari Daimyou Shrine (善龍寺、稲荷大明神社), Kyoto Japan
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I used a photo from this trip on “Asking Your Opinion on The Size of Photos on My Blog”.

Rail Shinnyodo Temple (真正極楽寺真如堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Shinnyodou Temple (真正極楽寺真如堂)  --  Copyright 2011 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Rail
Shinnyodo Temple (真正極楽寺真如堂), Kyoto Japan

This last one is from the outing that produced “Spectacular Colors at Kyoto’s Shinnyodo Temple”.

Heading out for some fall foilage photography yourself? Don’t forget the polarizer filter!


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Just received two polarizer filters, 46mm and 52mm… Looking forward to testing them 🙂
Let me know when you’re out and about in the coming weeks, maybe I’ll skip work to join you!

— comment by Nicolas on November 5th, 2012 at 5:24pm JST (5 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing – I love fall colors and seeing your pictures felt like I was in another world.

— comment by Clarence Miao on July 26th, 2013 at 8:48am JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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