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More Dynamic Views of Kyoto From Shogunzuka
desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Flight Over Downtown Kyoto from its Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/14, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Flight Over Downtown Kyoto
from its Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚)
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I popped up to Shogunzuka the other day for the first time in ages, for what I hoped was a promising sunset that ended up being very hazy, lending more of a moody shrouded feeling than “dazzling”, but a little over-exuberance in Lightroom brings out a variety of dynamic results.

A couple of months ago I posted some similar shots in “Views of Kyoto From Shogunzuka Over The Years”, and some others last summer in “Anatomy of a Nice Kyoto Sunset”, so I worry I might wear out this kind of overprocessing that's best only in moderation, but I guess I'm a risk taker, so here we are. :-)

desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Soft and Moody -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Soft and Moody
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desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Above and Below -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Above and Below
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desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Burst -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/100 sec, f/14, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Burst
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desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Where? -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Where?
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desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- There -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
There
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desktop background image of a styalized view of Kyoto Japan from the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- G'Nite -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2013 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/800 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
G'Nite
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None of these are as good as it truly was one special day a year and a half ago, as seen in “Unusually Dynamic Views of Kyoto from Shogunzuka”. That was so much better in real life than the photos.


Comments so far....

Interesting sunset shots. Enjoyed your “a little over-exuberance in Lightroom ” comment. Tom in San Francisco

— comment by Tom in SF on April 3rd, 2013 at 1:33am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: —the only thing that makes the HDR/over processed shots so annoying and downright awful is when insecure photographers post them ad nauseum in FlickR with this faux non-chalance like, “Oh yeah, right out of my cellphone, just like that… I’m gifted I guess. *sigh*”. And those same photographers are HDRing toilets, fastfood wrappers, and cars, cars, cars, cars… Heavy processing for sunsets… almost a necessity; no harm no foul.

Its funny what a caption can do for a photo. By you just saying that you processed heavily in the post allows you to really enjoy the photograph for the outcome. The viewer can enjoy a close proximity to what you may have seen with your real eyes. And you said it, kind of like birthday cake, in small amounts its really nice., I like that first shot. Makes you think of the feeling you can get when you see a nice sunset with your own eyes.

— comment by Ron Evans on April 4th, 2013 at 1:58am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

‘Flight Over Downtown Kyoto’ – that is really beautiful.

— comment by Philip Stone on April 5th, 2013 at 3:03am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Regardless of how true to reality these photos are, they’re quite beautiful. Well done, as usual!

— comment by David K on April 5th, 2013 at 6:58am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Question, if you dont mind: How do you find manual focusing the Voigtländer (or the 300/2 for that matter) on the D4 compared to your D700 with the split-circle focusing screen?

I didn’t use the split-circle part of the Katz Eye as much as just eyballing it on the nicely frosted glass. I miss it with the D4, but I seem to have gotten used to it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Liam on April 11th, 2013 at 10:18am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Nice photos you got here Jef. I am visiting Kyoto before the end of this year and was wondering if you can recommend any other sunrise/sunset spots besides Shogunzuka. Thanks in advance.

Well, that’s my go-to spot, but I would imagine the top of Kyoto Tower could be nice (if you can deal with having to shoot through angled glass). If you’re adventurous, you could hike up to Mt. Daimonji, though I don’t know that hiking back in the dark is advised. —Jeffrey

— comment by Luke on September 16th, 2013 at 3:01pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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