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A Bunch Of Over-Processed Desktop-Background Photos from Kyoto’s Myouhouin Temple
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desktop background image of Temple wall with embedded door, at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Private Entrance at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 — 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Private Entrance
at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan
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妙法院(京都市東山区)景色。この記事写真処理過剰ばっかりですが、今日はそんな気分です。 (今週特別拝観が有ります。お寺の中は中々美しいですが、残念ながら中では撮影禁止)。

I paid my first visit to the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院) in eastern Kyoto yesterday. The buildings are closed to the public except for early November, so I took the opportunity to visit on the first day of this year's open house.

The good news is that the buildings and inner gardens and many artifacts on display were magnificently beautiful, but the bad news is that photography was not allowed at all. Still, well worth the ¥800 if you can get there before the open house ends on the 18th.

The first building you enter on the open-house tour is, apparently, the old kitchen, and I heard that it might be open to the public all year. It's amazing... you can look up four stories' worth of massive rough-hewn beams leading to what looks a bit like steeple or belfry, but merely acted like chimney. You can see the outside view of the building in the last photo on this post.

The outside grounds seem to be always open and free to visit, and being the only place I could use the camera, so I availed myself of the opportunity.

Most of the photos on this post suffer from “an abundance of heavy-handed post processing”; that's apparently the mood I'm in today. C'est la vie (parfois).

desktop background image of a view of the entrance gate of the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Busy Entrance Gate of the Myouhouin Temple  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 — 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Busy
Entrance Gate of the Myouhouin Temple
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desktop background image of pretty colorful leaves  --  Fringed  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fringed
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desktop background image of an old camera mounted to an old temple wall, at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Old and Old The camera was old and the lens hazed over  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 — 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Old and Old
The camera was old and the lens hazed over
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desktop background image of an old couple walking together in front of the main gate of the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Together  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Together
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desktop background image of the entrance gate of the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  “No” Zak Braverman's answer to my asking whether this had any artistic merit ( I'd asked about the color version; it seems to have more merit as a B&W )  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
“No”
Zak Braverman's answer to my asking whether this had any artistic merit
( I'd asked about the color version; it seems to have more merit as a B&W )
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desktop background image of a simple tree in the garden of the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Simple  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Simple
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desktop background image of a path at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Slightly Off Kilter  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Slightly Off Kilter
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desktop background image of pretty colorful leaves  --  Bud I don't understand how this branch can still have a bud  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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/5.6, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Bud
I don't understand how this branch can still have a bud
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desktop background image of a path at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Bend  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Bend
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desktop background image of a leaf on the ground  --  Cliché side of Gritty  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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/8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Cliché side of Gritty
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desktop background image of the stairs connecting two levels at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Connecting Levels  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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/8, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
Connecting Levels
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desktop background image of a moss-covered tree at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan
  --  Twisted  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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/8, ISO 7200 — map & image datanearby photos
Twisted
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desktop background image of pretty colorful leaves  --  Rising Flame  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Rising Flame
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desktop background image of some carving detail on a building at the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), Kyoto Japan  --  Carving Detail  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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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Carving Detail
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Kitchen Building of the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), as mentioned in the prose above  --  Myouhouin Temple (妙法院)  --  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 — 1/400 sec, f/9, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Kitchen Building
of the Myouhouin Temple (妙法院), as mentioned in the prose above

Comments so far....

I like ‘Twisted’ a lot. Framed just right so I can’t quite tell what’s going on – which brings my attention to the color and textures. — Maryland, USA

— comment by Anonymous on November 4th, 2012 at 2:55am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Well I think Zak is probably right about your black and white effort… but hey ho – nothing venture nothing gain. I just love the kitchen and the private entrance shots.

Re the bud. I think the key is that it is not “still” showing a bud but that it is “already” showing a bud for next year. The magnolias in south west London are dropping their leaves and the flower buds are already forming for next spring . But Peter in Wales – if on line – will no doubt offer the definitive view!

kieep on photoshopping!

— comment by Annie in London on November 5th, 2012 at 6:26am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Loved your recent shots of the Japanese ‘archers’ on horeseback (I think it was). You do a better job of capturing ‘real’ Japan than I’ve seen in any National Geographic, Saveur or any other ‘high brow’ intellectual supposedly non-biased magazines. I love how you capture Japan w/o infusing a sense of ‘Oooh, look at these exotic non-western people!!!” -that is a horrible theme but sadly its prevalent in a lot of photos of Japan that you see.

Also, I can’t stress enough, the art is in the struggle. You definitely have an inner voice, you may just not know it or maybe play it down too much. The fact that you had to ask Zak shows that that inner voice was saying, “I dunno, Jeffrey, maybe MEH to this one.” There are all these flickR photographers that take photos of sweet cars, hot women and landscapes and then they HDR them and then go…”Look at me, I’m an AR-TEEST!” You are kind of the opposite, you take GREAT photos of humble subject matters and say, “Nope, still not good enough.”

That is what defines art. That journey or struggle. Keep listening to that inner voice. And at this point start to use the force a little bit more Luke, turn off that instrument panel (Zak).

— comment by Ron Evans on November 5th, 2012 at 11:52am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Spot-on Annie – buds are the overwintering device of the tree/shrub. From the leaf, this looks like a Corylopsis, but whether this is a next-year’s flower-bud, or one from last spring that failed to open, I’m not sure – I slightly suspect the latter. My Corylopsis here has no fat buds like that, so I do wonder if it is abnormal in some way.

‘Carving Detail’ is the top shot for me.

— comment by Peter in Wales on November 5th, 2012 at 7:52pm JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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