Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
back corner of Kyoto's Sourenji Temple (宗蓮寺)
Straight out of the camera.
(except for white balance, set in post via a gray-card reference shot)
As I mentioned in this morning's post, I went on a drive to the northern mountains of Kyoto yesterday. Our first stop was the middle-of-nowhere Sourenji Temple (宗蓮寺).
It was cold and the light was lush. On the way from where we parked I snapped this picture, which unfortunately has a local farmer going by in his little truck and Paul Barr caught mid step, but the richness is almost unreal...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600 — map & image data — nearby photos
just outside the Sourenji Temple (宗蓮寺)
There were a bunch of very oddly pruned trees whose bottom half looked like large bonsai trees, with tall super-thin shoots doubling the height from there...
The style does not appeal to me at all (they make me think of grotesquely large Chia pets). I've seen a similar style at Shouzan, but those were the size of large bushes... these were full-on trees reaching multiple stories tall.
Here's one where you can sort of see the scale...
And here's an abstract something-or-other that I just sort of like...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 2500 — map & image data — nearby photos
Paul Barr up top, Damien Douxchamps down below
Here's what Paul was looking at in that shot...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/10, ISO 5600 — map & image data — nearby photos
and not more than a little visually overwhelming
I'll share shots from the relatively-small temple area in another post, but for now I'll end with this pleasant little alcove on the opposite side from where the stairs above end...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
of the Sourenji Temple (宗蓮寺)
Walking to the fence at the end and turning around to face the camera, I took the photo that leads this post.
Normally I end up doing something to every photo I take in post processing (in Lightroom).... nudging exposure, contrast, noise reduction, white balance, etc., because I'm simply not careful and patient (and skilled) enough to get it right in camera. I could never be a film photographer.
To some extent I've embraced this lazy unskilled approach to save me time with white balance. I just leave the camera at “Auto” and don't care about it while shooting, then set the white balance later in bulk via a reference shot of a WhiBal card (like this and this) or from a color chart (like this).
You can never really say “straight out of the camera” with a raw-format image because the result you get necessarily depends on the raw converter and its particular quirks, but other than setting the white balance via a neutral square on a color-cart shot, the lead photo is just as it appeared when first loaded into Lightroom. Just amazing.