Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image data — nearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (“Kyoto Gosho”, 京都御所)
I popped over to the Imperial Palace Park (“Kyoto Gosho”, 京都御所) yesterday for some blossom Joie de Vivre kind of shots of folks enjoying the many blossoms... mostly peach and cherry these days. It's the same place I took a bunch of blossom closeups seen two weeks ago in “The Buds and Blossoms are Just Peachy”, but this time the lens was the very special the Nikkor 300mm f/2.
It was quite crowded, but nevertheless still quite pleasant.
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 140 — map & image data — nearby photos
taking his owner for a walk
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image data — nearby photos
with a little funky joy added in Lightroom
She had just taken a drink of water, and then noticed that her shirt was suddenly wet. At that age, she probably doesn't notice any relationship between the two events. Cute.
I like this kind of shot, but it's tough at 300mm because you have to be so far away and can't have anyone in between. Patience is required in large amounts with this lens in this environment.
I think these are cherry (on a tree across from the colorful peach), but normally the blososms come out first, then eventually as they start to fall off the leaves come out, but in this case the leaves are well formed before the blossoms are even fully out. It's a strange year. Cherry blossoms in general are very early this year in Kyoto.
Some more pleasant scenes...
The guy above was about the only person in kimono the whole time, quite a bit different than the lovely scenes last year. In this I was disappointed.
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 1250 — map & image data — nearby photos
“... reminds me of when I was young(er)”