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First Visit to Kyoto’s Housen-in Temple
desktop background image of an unused path at the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Access Denied to the main garden at the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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to the main garden at the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan
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Dipping back into my largely-untapped archive from November's many fall-foliage outings, here are some photos from a trip to the Kyoto mountain-suburb of Ohara, where we (Damien Douxchamps, Paul Barr, and I) visited some of the smaller temples surrounding the justly-famous Sanzen-in temple (三千院), which has been on my blog many times since my first visit four years ago, including the bazillion offering statues and one of my all-time favorite photos, “Serenity”.

But on this trip a few months ago, we avoided the oppressive crowds at Sanzen-in, instead letting Damien introduce us to the hidden-gem lesser temples dotting its perimeter.

A few of the photos from this highly-photogenic day have already appeared on “A Post For Damien Douxchamps’ Parents in Belgium” and “A Long But Photogenic November in Kyoto”, but much delight awaits.

Weighing Options ( not on where to go, but on what to shoot in the target-rich environment )  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Weighing Options
( not on where to go, but on what to shoot in the target-rich environment )
Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Where to go, of course, was into the temple where you could view the garden from its intended perspective.

Near the entrance, a small stream in the narrow space between the building and a rock wall made for a nice scene, and I tried to get the kusaridoi gutter chain in silhouette, but I'm not quite sure it works...

Stream and Rain Chain  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Stream and Rain Chain

I also noticed these branches oddly tied together (along with what looks to be a half-dead vine)...

Odd I wonder what's going on here  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Odd
I wonder what's going on here

Anyway, inside the temple it was crowded, but nothing like what it would be at Sanzen-in, and with some patience I was able to get a clean shot of a tea(?) room...

Tea Room with in-floor hibachi  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Tea Room
with in-floor hibachi

The tatami (rice mats) in the foreground at the bottom of the frame are the hallway; to get this shot I was standing almost outside in the external hallway (and would have been if it had not started raining).

I didn't actually get a nice shot of the “dining” area with pot hanging from the ceiling, but to give a sense of the Japanese aesthetics, here's a crop from a wide, out-of-focus shot...

Sort Of gives you a sense of the room  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Sort Of
gives you a sense of the room

I probably didn't have time to get a good shot, since people were coming and going all the time...

Light Crowd  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Light Crowd

Further into the building, I looked back on a minor front garden...

Small Front Garden Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Small Front Garden
Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)

I love the “segmented grass” that I (incorrectly) call “bamboo grass”...

desktop background image of a garden scene at the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Not Bamboo Grass  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Bamboo Grass
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Bamboo is grass, of course, so “bamboo grass” is like saying, er... “elm tree”.

This next shot of the main garden-viewing room is not quite like the amazing one the other day...

Crowded  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Crowded

Entrance to the temple includes green tea and a sweet, and as I'd been doing lately, I tried to get a simple shot...

desktop background image of green tea and sweets, in the garden-viewing room of the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Tea and Sweet  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Tea and Sweet
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I really wanted to create layers (the tatami, the wood threshold, the wet rocks, and the green of the garden), but just couldn't get the right angle...

desktop background image of green tea and sweets, in the garden-viewing room of the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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 — 1/80 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
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... so I tried a vertical shot...

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... but that's too busy, so I suppose this is the best I can do:

desktop background image of green tea and sweets, in the garden-viewing room of the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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)
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Then I thought to pull back from the edge to the red carpet, which is where I was supposed to be anyway. There are many pictures out there by other folks of me contorting to get the shot; it was probably like the peach-pie scene in “Look at this Instagram” parody.

Anyway, the red is pretty but I wasn't able to do much with it...

desktop background image of green tea and sweets, in the garden-viewing room of the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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 — 1/80 sec, f/1.4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
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At one point the sun came out briefly, making for some stark shadows that I liked...

desktop background image of green tea and sweets, in the garden-viewing room of the Housen-in Temple (宝泉院), Kyoto Japan  --  Housen-in Temple (宝泉院)  --  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 — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
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Continued here...


Comments so far....

The bamboo grass is a Horsetail, a truly ancient plant, before the dinosaurs ancient!

The ‘tied branch’ is a form of bonsai although I cannot recall its correct name, where the growers/gardeners are replacing the dead branch with the young branch in the foreground to maintain the ‘look’ of the tree.

— comment by Derek on February 12th, 2013 at 3:39am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Just wanted to let you know I enjoy your photographs very much. I have followed your blog for least a year. But I especially enjoy your shots from the shrines you visit. I also like the insights into Japanese life that you sprinkle into your blog postings.

Thanks for sharing your photos.

By the way, I’m from New York City, USA.

Alvin

— comment by Alvin on February 15th, 2013 at 10:04am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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