Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 720 — map & image data — nearby photos
at the Enkouji Temple, Kyoto Japan
This is an (almost) impossible shot to get... the garden and the garden-viewing room at the Enkouji Temple (圓光寺, Kyoto Japan), at the height of fall colors, both completely devoid of people.
This next photo of the same place six years ago (from this blog post) is what this kind of place normally looks like:
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/250 sec, f/7.1, ISO 640 — image data
Indeed, that's what it was like when I was there last fall (Nov 2012)...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 10000 — map & image data — nearby photos
almost a clear shot
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO 10000 — map & image data — nearby photos
A clear shot from near the edge of the room with a 50mm lens is one thing, but what about with a wide-angle lens (24mm) from the back of the room... from beyond the back of the room (leaning back into a little alcove you can't actually enter)...
The guy just outside the room with his arm outstretched is telling folks to move out of the way once you get your shot, because others want to take pictures too. Yet, he walked back and forth in everyone's shot, and talked incessantly, repeating himself over and over as waves of tourists came in and out. It drove me mad, but for all I know it's his temple, so I've no right to complain.
Sometimes he did move further away when chatting with people outside...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/5, ISO 2200 — map & image data — nearby photos
just as I was about to get a mostly clean shot,
the lady walked right in front of everyone and set up camp for a while
But I was patient, and waited (and left and came back and waited more), and finally for a brief moment it was truly a clean shot: I took exactly one frame (the one that leads this post) and knew I had it.
(Update: easy come easy go; after I posted this article, my brother pointed out that there actually is someone in the background of the shot. I simply hadn't noticed. Sigh. I could easily clone the person out, but that wouldn't be fair after making a big deal about the lack of people. Oh well, I guess there's a reason I said “impossible”. There's always next year.)
A reverse-angle view, of the room from the garden, appeard on “A Long But Photogenic November in Kyoto”.
I've lately tried similar shots at other temples under less-challenging conditions, including one in “Tea and Sweets Among the Fall Colors at Kyoto’s Daihyouin Temple”, one elsewhere in the aforementioned “photogenic November” post, and one in “Some Desktop Backgrounds from Kyoto’s Koumyou-in Temple”.