Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 450 — map & image data — nearby photos
The Shouzan Resort (しょうざん), Kyoto Japan
This post continues the story started in “A Somewhat Lackluster Day of Photography at Kyoto’s Shouzan Resort”, last touched upon yesterday with a bunch of wigglegrams from the garden.
The only other time I came (as seen two years ago in “Photo Shoot Among the Fall Colors at Shouzan”), I hadn't realized that it was just a small part of a larger resort complex. This time I did, so did a bit of exploring.
The path from the main part of the “resort” (which dates from 1948) is through a heavily wooded and freely-accessible park, beautiful in its own right and in some ways nicer than the garden I'd paid to visit earlier in the day. But the light was fading fast, so photography was a challenge.
At one point you see a gate and bridge below...
... and when you get down there, the view was nice...
... though I wish I would have shot at f/1.4 and focused on the middle of the bridge.
The path eventually led to the main part of the “resort”, with a large outdoor swimming area (currently undergoing renovation), a “chapel” that probably sees a lot of wedding business on the weekends, shops and restaurants, a 50+ lane bowling alley, etc. Music that felt Bavarian was being played over the outside loudspeakers, so it sort of felt amusement-parkish.
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2000 — map & image data — nearby photos
or something like that
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 2000 — map & image data — nearby photos
near the main entrance to Shouzan (しょうざん)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 1400 — map & image data — nearby photos
Paul Barr, my fall-foliage partner in crime
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 720 — map & image data — nearby photos
at Shouzan (しょうざん)
And here's a Wigglegram of that scene, at f/1.4...
Animatable Wigglegram (11 frames) — sweep the mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
This took about one second to photograph, and hours to process, the latter because I wasn't steady enough while making the sweep, and Photoshop (or my skill in Photoshop) is just not up to the task of fixing things quickly. I used the “Auto Align Layers”, and it helped greatly, but two frames were inexplicably left at a really odd, wonky angle, so I had to go and fix them by hand. Then I was left with the task of cropping the image so that no layer had transparent pixels, which sounds simple but I don't know of a way to do it that's not manually intensive. Anyway, I eventually got it done, and the result is nice, I think, but my takeaway is to be smoother to begin with.
Finally, here's one more from earlier in the day in the paid garden, with the last bit of sunlight from behind turning the leaves into razors...
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1000 — map & image data — nearby photos