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A Few From Kyoto’s Shisendo Temple Last Month
desktop background image of the entrance path to the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Entrance Path 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance Path
Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan
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I'm pretty tired today, so just a few simple shots from a trip to Kyoto's Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂) a month ago. These are from the same outing that produced “Portrait Practice Among the Fall Colors”.

Lots of Color Nov 15, a week or so before peak  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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 — 1/125 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots of Color
Nov 15, a week or so before peak
desktop background image of the garden pond at the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Garden Pond Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Garden Pond
Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)
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I can't decide whether I like the shot above or the shot below better, so I'll just put them both.

desktop background image of the garden pond at the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Garden Pond take two  --  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 — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Garden Pond
take two
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The focus on both is a small bunch of dainty purple flowers amid some bamboo grass...

desktop background image of dainty purple flowers at the Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Dainty Purple Flowers amid some bamboo grass  --  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 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Dainty Purple Flowers
amid some bamboo grass
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Someone's photo op  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Someone's
photo op
Oddly Prepared Plants long leaves wrapped like Princes Leah's hair  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Oddly Prepared Plants
long leaves wrapped like Princes Leah's hair
Bun on the Ground  --  Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)  --  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
Bun on the Ground

I don't know why this was done, but my guess is to provide a form of frost protection for the bulbs, using the plants own leaves wrapped ornamentally.


Comments so far....

Nice post, as usual. But I have to point out that the plant that’s surrounding the flowers, which is a different plant in itself, is NOT “bamboo grass”… Bamboo is a kind of grass. But this plant is an equisetaceae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum), which does not make flowers and is not a kind of grass at all. They are very cool though :).

You’ve got to admit that “Bamboo Grass” is a good description, though (even though technically “Bamboo Grass” is quite redundant). I never remember what they’re called in Japanese, though perhaps now I’ll remember tokusa“. Thanks for the heads up. —Jeffrey

— comment by Nicolas on December 13th, 2012 at 3:01pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

‘Garden pond’: I prefer the first one. The other has some brighter spots (upper-left) with a not-so-nice bokeh IMHO. I find them distracting.
‘Someone’s ‘: lovely. I like the way you shoot people. How come I don’t see these opportunities?? :-)
‘Bun on the Ground’: I think you’re right about the interpretation, but it must be a pretty special plant then. Where in the garden did you take the shot?

When entering the garden, it’s there immediately on the left. —Jeffrey

— comment by Damien on December 14th, 2012 at 1:27pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

“Entrance Path” has a nice balance among the various elements (stone path, fences, bare earth). The composition invites the viewer into the scene.

— comment by Tom in SF on December 15th, 2012 at 1:39am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff
Thanks for the stunning rainbow photo of a few weeks ago. I enjoyed both pond flower shots in
today’s page. And I treasure the stone path photo. Your thought-provoking photos make regular visits
to your homepage worthwhile. Merry Christmas. Thank you for the Christmas tent card. Father Mac

— comment by FATHER MAC in Kyoto on December 16th, 2012 at 8:48pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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