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Visiting My Photo Archives: Random Pretty Shots #1
desktop background image of a colorful fall-foliage scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Temple's Lake at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Temple's Lake
at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan
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Since my main computer (a laptop holding my photos for the last two years) is still in the shop, I'm taking random walks through the 90,000 photos in my desktop-computer's Lightroom catalog, dating through the end of 2010. I'm taking the opportunity to delete a lot of cruft, but occasionally run across shots I want to share because they're pretty or interesting or respond well to “weird” processing...

Photos on this post date from 2007 (with a Nikon D200) to 2010 (with a Nikon D700). But, at least, they benefit from 2013-level processing in the name of Lightroom 4 and, I suppose, an older and more-mature(?) me.

The photo above dates to the end of 2010, and is almost identical to “Reflections of a Picturesque Bridge”, except for modern processing to my current taste.

This next photo, from spring 2007, shows some late-blossoming cherry overlooking the canal near my place...

Overabundance of Fluff  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright  2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Sigma 30mm f/1.4 — 1/4000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Overabundance of Fluff

That outing has already been represented on my blog in “10 Gallons of Blossoms on a 5-Gallon Branch” (which describes this species of cherry), “Cooling Off with Pastel Cherry-Blossom Desktop Backgrounds”, the March 2008 “Kyoto Cherry-Blossom Preview”, and an interesting interactive post that I'd forgotten about, “Kyoto’s Okazaki Area, From Mt. Daimonji”.

This next cherry-blossom shot dates from the following year...

desktop background image of cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright  2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
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This photo came from an outing already represented by “Perfect Weather for a Snooze on a Park Bench”, “Cherry-Blossom Snow”, and “Just Like That, Kyoto’s Cherry-Blossom Season Ends”.

This next shot shows an ornamental lantern at Kyoto's Yoshida Shrine (吉田神社), with what looks to be a Photoshop mistake at the base...

Yoshida Shrine  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

A close inspection shows a stone base with a complex shape designed to hold a wooden post with an equally complex shape. It all fits together and locks with a single square peg, and allows the wood to remain off the ground, away from moisture/bugs.

Yoshida Shrine  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos

More from this shrine appears on “In Search of Yoshida Shrine” and “Serendipity: Pleasant Sunday Morning at Kyoto’s Yoshida Shrine”.

This next shot, of a temple's roof peeking out from the trees, is from an outing in 2009 covered in various articles starting with “Holy Cow, the Gardens at Kyoto’s Eikando Temple are Gorgeous!”...

desktop background image of a fall-colors scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Eikando Temple  --  Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/320 sec, f/2, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Eikando Temple
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This next shot is by Paul Barr...

desktop background image of a stone basin at the Nishimura Stone Lanterns garden, Kyoto Japan  --  at Nishimura Stone Lanterns photo by Paul Barr  --  Copyright 2009 Paul Barr
Nikon D3 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
at Nishimura Stone Lanterns
photo by Paul Barr
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It's the same stone basin seen in “Paul Barr + Stonecarver’s Garden + Lightroom”, but from a different angle. That post started a run of about a dozen that featured photos from that most-amazing outing. The main one is likely the 51-photo “A Superficial Overview of the Gardens Behind the Nishimura Stone-Carving Workshop”.

I'll go a bit quicker with the rest of the photos... the “nearby photos” under each photo generally leads to related photos...

desktop background image of a flower  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 210mm — 1/500 sec, f/29, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
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desktop background image of a woven-wood door panel  --  Woven at the Souken-in Temple (総見院), Kyoto Japan  --  Souken-in Temple (総見院)  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52mm — 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Woven
at the Souken-in Temple (総見院), Kyoto Japan
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Towering Kongourinji Temple (金剛輪寺), Shiga Japan  --  Kongourinji Temple (金剛輪寺)  --  Aisho, Shiga, Japan  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/5000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Towering
Kongourinji Temple (金剛輪寺), Shiga Japan
Highly Polished Marble Kongourinji Temple (金剛輪寺)  --  Kongourinji Temple (金剛輪寺)  --  Aisho, Shiga, Japan  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Highly Polished Marble
Kongourinji Temple (金剛輪寺)
desktop background image of a path at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Simple Path Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Simple Path
Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan
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desktop background image of a colorful fall-foliage scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan  --  High Dynamic Range Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Copyright 2010 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 D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5— 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
High Dynamic Range
Eikando Temple (永観堂)
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desktop background image of a colorful fall-foliage scene at the Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan  --  Classic Momiji Shot Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Classic Momiji Shot
Eikando Temple (永観堂)
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Togetherness Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Eikando Temple (永観堂)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — image data
Togetherness
Eikando Temple (永観堂)
desktop background image of a fall-colors scene at the Shouzan Gardens (しょうざん), Kyoto Japan  --  Light Dusting Shouzan Gardens (しょうざん)  --  Shouzan Gardens (しょうざん)  --  Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Light Dusting
Shouzan Gardens (しょうざん)
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Bread Kamo River north of Nijo, Kyoto Japan  --  Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/5000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bread
Kamo River north of Nijo, Kyoto Japan

There's an interesting story behind this one, explained on “The Great Kamo River Battle for the Bread”.

Well, that's enough for today. Another 90,000 more photos to comb through....


Comments so far....

Such beautiful photos! I’ve been enjoying images from your site as my desktop background for at least two years now. I’ve got a nice range to choose from in just this single post. Thank you!

— comment by Garin on February 7th, 2013 at 2:21pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I really, really like the first shot. That being said, considering how blown out the bridge in the background is (and it looks fine blown out, by the way!), I think it also would have been cool to use HDR (with a very light hand!) to get the bridge within the dynamic range of the sensor as well.

— comment by Anonymous on February 7th, 2013 at 7:25pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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