More Shots from Last Month’s Visit to Kyoto’s Heian Shrine
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Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Lazy Hydrangea
at the Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto Japan
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This post is sort of a continuation of “Hoverfly and Hydrangea”, from a trip last month with Aeron to the gardens of the Heian Shrine (平安神宮) in eastern Kyoto.

The light was really not very good (mostly quite harsh), and I was enjoying the conversation with Aeron more than I was paying attention to the photography, but I thought I'd share a few more pictures anyway.

Gatepost at High Noon even though it wasn't even 11am yet (Japan uses the “wrong” timezone for its location) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Gatepost at High Noon
even though it wasn't even 11am yet
(Japan uses the “wrong” timezone for its location)
Interesting Tree -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Interesting Tree

Some of the trees in the garden had wonderfully “interesting”, twisted shapes, though I had no idea what to do with them camera wise. As I said, the light was often really harsh, which seemed in this case to call for some contrasty B&W treatments.

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
A Color View -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — image data
A Color View
Aeron and the Tree -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Aeron and the Tree

Moving to another, lower-slung tree with a similarly-interesting shape...

desktop background image of a twisted tree at the Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto Japan -- DNA-esque -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
DNA-esque
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Of course, I can't stop playing with things to interactively illustrate photography stuff, such as recent presentations of the effect of aperture on a cherry-blossom scene, or the effect of shutter speed on flowing water. Here's a pair of shots showing the effect of a polarizer filter (偏光フィルタ):

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
With Polarizer 偏光フィルタ有り   -   Without Polarizer 偏光フィルタ無し

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Wow, what a huge difference.

But really, neither is any good.. the “with” shot is just too flat without at least some reflections, much like some of the food shots in the first post I did like this back in 2008, “A Few Polarization-Filter Examples”.

In this case, I actually did take a sequence of shots as I spun the filter, to see the various intermediate results, but the results are too jumpy/choppy... I need to find a place where I can use a tripod, and take care with my shots.

I also did a similar polarization comparison in 2011 (“Heading Out To Photograph The Fall Foliage? Don’t Forget The Polarizer Filter”) and in 2012 (“Polarizer Examples With the Moss and Ferns of Kyoto’s Gioji Temple”).

Anyway, back to the garden, I found exactly one instance of this kind of yellow flower...

Some Kind of Yellow Flower -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/22, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Some Kind of Yellow Flower
Some Kind of Photographer -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/4, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Some Kind of Photographer
“One Way” -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
“One Way”
Aeron in front of an old door, with way too little light for a portrait -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- 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
Aeron
in front of an old door, with way too little light for a portrait
“No Smoking” the signage in the garden had style and class -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
“No Smoking”
the signage in the garden had style and class

I generally don't like signage (it spoils the natural environment), but the signage here was thoughtfully done, though the need for the sign above doesn't speak well about the lower limits of Japanese intelligence / courtesy / common sense.

We'd gone to see the irises, which I'd heard earlier were really great, but we were too late and they were completely gone. Only a few water lily remained...

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Lotus? I can never keep these things straight -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Lotus?
I can never keep these things straight
Kids being kids -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Kids
being kids
Aeron on a Stone to get Closer -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Aeron on a Stone to get Closer
Someone Else on the same stone for a photo -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Someone Else
on the same stone for a photo
Little Island ( the “nearby photos” link shows some nice shots of the covered bridge in winter ) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 85mm f/1.4 — 1/1600 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Little Island
( the “nearby photos” link shows some nice shots of the covered bridge in winter )
The Bridge -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 85mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
The Bridge
Indolent -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 85mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Indolent

Apparently the gardens used to be open until 6:30pm, but with the change to 6:00pm, the sign was “updated” with an attempt to scratch off the “:30” part.

Continued here...


One comment so far...

Dear Jeffrey!

The yellow flowering plant (the 10th pic) is called Nuphar lutea, a yellow pond-lily or water-lily. The 16th picture is much harder to tell, as I think is a member of the Nymphaeaceae family but there are many species and even cultivars there, but I am 100% sure that’s not a lotus (Nelumbo sp.) the lotus species always have a quite large fertile in the center of a flower, this becomes a dry seed pod.

Take a look at the pics. here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelumbo

The pine tree, I mean the “interesting” tree is a two needle pine which commonly used in gardens and even naturally distributed is eastern-Asia is the Pinus densiflora, the weird looking branches occurs because of a Japanese style pruning, basically the way how gardeners pruning, shaping the trees.

I hope, I was helpful!:):):)

Endre György Tóth,

Europe from Hungary

— comment by Endre György Toth on August 2nd, 2013 at 10:13pm JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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