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Photoshoot with Yuko at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Part 3
Soft Look -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Soft Look

Continuing the long story started in “Anatomy of a Photoshoot by Someone Who Has No Clue About Them” and continued in part two, this is the third of what looks to be a four-part series about a photoshoot Paul Barr and I did with a mutual friend, Yuko, at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto.

It was a first in many respects for all of us. We had a fun time.

Silly Times at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Silly Times
at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)
I Don't Even Remember what was going on, but like I said, it was silly times -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
I Don't Even Remember
what was going on, but like I said, it was silly times

All those photos and all that silliness makes one thirsty, so we stopped at a cafe for coffee. (There are numerous private houses on the shrine grounds that open their first floor as a cafe.)

Laughing at Me for never putting the camera down -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Laughing at Me
for never putting the camera down

The big window next to Yuko made for gorgeous light, but the cafe also had random incandescent and fluorescent lights, killing an easy white-balance solution, so rather than have half her face tinged in green, I went with a B&W treatment, but I'm not sure it's really working...

Hmmm, I Dunno -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/200 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Hmmm, I Dunno

It was easier to work with the light when she turned away from the window to talk to Paul; though the light was not as directional, the result is better...

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/100 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos

Paul and I had ice coffee, which at many places come pre-packaged in cartons like milk, but here they actually fresh-brewed special ice-coffee beans, and brought it to you piping hot to pour over ice...

Yum -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Yum

Refreshed, we went back out to continue up the mountain and to try more (of the same poses we've already seen in the first two posts)...

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos

It wasn't crowded, so with patience and luck we could get long shots of the path all to ourselves.

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Up -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/80 sec, f/10, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Up
Looking Out over southern Kyoto -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Out
over southern Kyoto
More Due Diligence (with the ColorChecker ) photo by Paul Barr -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
More Due Diligence
(with the ColorChecker)
photo by Paul Barr

Despite the use of the ColorChecker in this area, I couldn't come up with a realistic color for the shots here, so I have the next one in B&W, and the lead photo of this post in mostly-desaturated pastel.

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos

There was a large expanse of the mountain left to explore, but we were running out of time, so we decided to save the rest for another day. On the way back we ran into this nice family, I think from New Zealand.

Nice Family I think from New Zealand -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Family
I think from New Zealand

And one of them kindly snapped a shot for us:

Me, Yuko, Paul photo by a nice family, I think from New Zealand -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos
Me, Yuko, Paul
photo by a nice family, I think from New Zealand
You are focusing on my finger, aren't you? -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
You
are focusing on my finger, aren't you?
More Fun -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
More Fun

At some point Yuko paused in the shade of a building to put on some lip balm, which the camera could not let pass...

Lip Balm it was a sunny day, so let's hope for a high SPF -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Lip Balm
it was a sunny day, so let's hope for a high SPF

A stone fence overlooking a slope of the mountain provided what I thought would be a nice place for a portrait, so I posed Yuko, who apparently felt it was silly...

Laughing with Paul at my silly idea -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Laughing with Paul
at my silly idea

But I had the last laugh, 'cause I got pretty much the shot I had envisioned:

100% Yuko -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
100% Yuko

Paul also tried at the same location...

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Dimples the shot he was taking above photo by Paul Barr -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Dimples
the shot he was taking above
photo by Paul Barr

Paul's shot has more distortion than I care for, and I'd think it's because he's too close at 70mm, but this next shot by me at 85mm is actually probably from a closer location (because Yuko fills the frame more than 70mm→85mm seems to explain), yet it's not afflicted by the distortion I see above. I don't think it's either lens (both are pro-level lenses), so I'm not sure how to explain it. It's probably her leaning-back pose.

Intimate at 85mm but not too close -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Intimate at 85mm
but not too close
Beauty and the Beast -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Beauty and the Beast
desktop background image of a scene at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社), Kyoto Japan -- Mood of the lazy shade along the path -- Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Mood
of the lazy shade along the path
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We were almost back to the parking lot, but there's one more post worth of photos I want to share.

Continued here...


Comments so far....

Nice!
I’m happy to see that you have not gone crazy and softened her skin to oblivion.
I feel that almost all images need some retouching (except for pj) but people have been going nuts with the skin softening.
The only image were the skin seems soft is
http://regex.info/i/JF4_030305.jpg
and that may be from the vignette.

That one is one of the only times I’ve ever used a white vignette, but I think it matched the soft pose, and the softness that I indeed impart onto the whole image with some fairly strong negative clarity (à la “funky joy“). I agree that the tendency these days seems to be plastic skin, which I think is ridiculous. —Jeffrey

— comment by ed pouso on June 24th, 2013 at 4:24am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Ah man, too much sugar ;-)….

Really liked the black & white (or pale, as the case may be) “Hmmm, I Dunno”; followed by the black & white version without a title & the “soft look”; and “Intimate at 85mm” (colored “normally”).

And that 70mm shot looks fine to these eyes, other than distracting too soft of a left eye.

— comment by parv on June 26th, 2013 at 4:36am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

And, the intended smiley "; - ) ...." =~ tr/ //d; # sugar overdose induced drooling has been distorted.

— comment by parv on June 26th, 2013 at 4:51am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

So I’m not the only one who associated “sugar”…
Very self-confident girl. Looks like she likes bags and shoes and make-up, a girly girl. (and she does have the potential for that kind of femme fatale, admittedly!)
Can’t guess her age, 18 to 26?
I had a childhood friend who looked like her, exactly the same poses and facial expressions. Now single mum of 2 great elementary school boys. Power woman.
Anne

— comment by Anne on July 4th, 2013 at 10:31am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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