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Temple-Hopping with Damien Douxchamps: a Few Desktop Backgrounds from North-East Kyoto
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desktop background image of a fall scene at the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Tinge of Fall Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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/1.4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Tinge of Fall
Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan
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I'm exhausted after a long day of photography in north-east Kyoto, temple hopping with Damien Douxchamps visiting from Tsukuba (near Tokyo). Today's post is just a few quick pictures I picked out from two of the places.

desktop background image of geometric patterns in the floor of the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Slanted tatami mats, bamboo, and my socks  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Slanted
tatami mats, bamboo, and my socks
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desktop background image of a bee on a flower, at the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Preparing for Winter  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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
Preparing for Winter
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desktop background image of a pretty flower at the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Starburst Not as wild as a passion -fruit flower , but still pretty wild  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Starburst
Not as wild as a passion-fruit flower, but still pretty wild
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desktop background image of green tea and a sweet, in front of the garden of the Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 ), Kyoto Japan  --  Lunch Green tea and a sweet, at the Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 ), Kyoto Japan ( I normally don't eat lunch, but made an exception when Damien treated)  --  Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )  --  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 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Lunch
Green tea and a sweet, at the Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 ), Kyoto Japan
(I normally don't eat lunch, but made an exception when Damien treated)
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I used the polarizer filter today quite a bit (with moss and the leaves), and tried the shot above with a polarizer, without a polarizer, and at half power, and found that it looked best without. Without the white sheen of the reflections in the lower half of the photo (something the polarizer was quite effective at removing), the tray with the tea and sweet was dark and indistinct.

desktop background image of stepping-stone detail, at the Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 ), Kyoto Japan  --  Step Yellow stepping-stone island in a lake of gray stone Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )  --  Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )  --  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 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
Step
Yellow stepping-stone island in a lake of gray stone
Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )
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desktop background image of ripply-reflections in the floor of the Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 ), Kyoto Japan  --  Indistinct Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )  --  Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )  --  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 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Indistinct
Rurikou-in Temple ( 瑠璃光院 )
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That last one might be a bit disconcerting until you know what's going on (and perhaps even after). The focus is on the floorboards, so the garden beyond the windows is all out of focus, but more than that, you're looking at the out-of-focus garden through old panes of glass that have developed strong ripples over the decades. It was pretty in real life; I'm not sure that the photo is anything but annoying, but we'll see.

Continued here (sort of)... or maybe here or maybe here or here, etc., etc., etc. It was a busy week.


Comments so far....

Great pictures! I really love Rurikoin during autumn. And really beautiful Matcha Shot.

(…and it’s Rurikoin, with an “u”)

Ah, thanks… with the font they use on the ticket for the furigana, even with my glasses I can’t tell the difference. Fixed. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kaden on November 5th, 2012 at 11:55pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

1. That last shot surprised me. I first thought I was looking through a windowpane at the top and a jalousie window below. Must have been a wet day.
2. Under “Starburst”, I believe you’ve captured a very nice picture of a Toad Lily, which is a terrible name, I think, for a lovely late-blooming flower. This appears to be the last bloom of the stalk. I had several of these “Tricyrtis” awhile back, but they died out. This reminds me how much I like them and should get some more.
3.You will quickly lose your trim form if you continue to overindulge in lunches like this one.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on November 6th, 2012 at 11:06am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Tinge of fall – that is just a great shot of a some perfect gardening and definitely does it for me. Great composition and all that. Both by the gardener and the photographer.
Starburst – I have always wondered why they are called toad lilies…as agree with Mrs Friedl that it could not be more unlike a toad.
Step is really calm.
A pretty good haul!.
But what do you do with the other 490 or so that don’t make it to the blog?

That day’s photos are already buried behind what came later (and with foliage season just getting started, will be further buried in short order), so maybe nothing. But if I ever move from Kyoto to the inside of a blank cinderblock world, I’ll have enough fodder in my archives to continue posting every day for years. —Jeffrey

— comment by Annie in London on November 8th, 2012 at 5:28am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I too have wondered about the name toad lily for these rather striking plants.

This link is worth looking at for some highly detailed close-up photography of the flowers: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artjan10/bj-toadlily.html. It also makes passing reference to the supposed origin of the name, with a link to a rather long-winded debunking of the tale. The latter implies that the name originated from a supposed use of the plant to attract toads to eat, by a supposedly primitive tribe in the Philippines, ‘discovered’ in 1971. I can only add that these plants were called toad-lilies before that, e.g. in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary of Gardening, 2nd edition, (1956) and in the 1951 edition of L H Bailey’s Manual of Garden Plants.

For what it’s worth, I understand that the Japanese name, hototogisu means ‘cuckoo’; I wonder why …

My dictionary gives two definitions of hototogisu, one being the plant and another being a kind of bird. If there’s any relation beyond coincidental, it doesn’t mention it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter in Wales on November 10th, 2012 at 12:17am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I’m with Annie, we want more pics :-)
And may I suggest a socks upgrade? (笑)

— comment by Damien on November 10th, 2012 at 10:18pm JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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