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A Visit to the Jikkouin Temple in Rural Kyoto
desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Water Basin and Garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Water Basin and Garden
at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan
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Following up from yesterday's “Tea and Sweets in Front of a Temple Garden”, where I'm trying to make a dent in my photo backlog from last autumn, today we take a look at the setting for yesterday's post, the Jikkouin Temple (実光院).

The same water basin, but from a different angle with the garden-viewing room in the background, represents this visit on last year's “A Long But Photogenic November in Kyoto” post.

I'd visited with friends Damien and Paul while on a trip to Ohara, a somewhat remote mountain-village area of Kyoto. We'd just come from the most-excellent Housen-in Temple (宝泉院) first introduced in this post (with colorful followups to its interior and garden here, here, and here). Considering the visual overload of that first stop, I guess I can understand having needed a 10-month breather to get to this second stop of the day.

The weather was dynamic, alternating between a light rain and brilliant sunshine. Here's a section of the garden that you look at while having the aforementioned tea and sweets, as a light rain starts...

desktop background image of the garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Drizzly -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Drizzly
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But five minutes later the sun is out in full force...

desktop background image of the garden-viewing tea room at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Garden-Viewing Tea Room where the photos in yesterday's post took place -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Garden-Viewing Tea Room
where the photos in yesterday's post took place
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And before we move on from the tea and sweets, one more related shot, this time giving a stark black & white treatment a try...

desktop background image of the garden-viewing tea room at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Tidying Up -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Tidying Up
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I don't know whether it's any good, but it's different from my normal approach, so there we are.

And speaking of something different, elsewhere in the garden-viewing room is a xylophone made from what appears to be rough-hewn stones....

Plinking a Tune -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Plinking a Tune

I'm sure it was quite a feat to get the tones just right.

Moving out now to the temple's back garden, it was blindingly bright with the now-blazing sun reflecting off every surface left glistening by the rain. Just the same as in the other day's “The Effect of a Polarization Filter on Wet Rocks”.. a polarizer filter made a huge difference as jiggling your mouse over this photos illustrates:

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写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな影響を見えます。

Both shots are total crap, but again, the difference is astounding.

Here's another pair of marginal-but-illustrative shots, of raindrops glistening (or not) in a moss closeup:

Animatable — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな影響を見えます。

Now on to some nicer pictures. This garden included its own stone water basin, with a mossy/lichen patina similar to the bark of the neighboring tree...

desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Stone Basin Beside Tree -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Stone Basin Beside Tree
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It was lined with moss and filled with freshly-fallen leaves..

desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Realistic(ish) -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Realistic(ish)
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The shot above is with the polarizer, where the bright direct reflection of the sun has been attenuated greatly.

In this next shot without the polarizer, the brightness of the reflection dominates everything else, so the auto-exposure of the camera sends everything else into a moody darkness (somewhat recovered from later in Lightroom, due to the exposure latitude that shooing in raw affords)...

desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Moody -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Moody
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I made an attempt to get the standard shot of a single leaf somehow highlighted in the scene, but the attempt doesn't really satisfy.

desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Meh -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Meh
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I guess it serves me right for going along with Damien's plan to subvert nature; he placed the leaf there for me, so that I could say that I hadn't. :-)

This temple also has jyuugatuzakura (十月桜,October Cherry Blossoms”), providing a soft contract to the rich autumn colors...

desktop background image of autumn cherry blossoms at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Cherry Blossoms in November though the name means “October Cherry” -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Cherry Blossoms in November
though the name means “October Cherry”
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desktop background image of autumn cherry blossoms at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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desktop background image of autumn cherry blossoms at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Another stone basin was tucked away in a corner...

desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Overgrown -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Overgrown
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desktop background image of a stone basin in a garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Pleasing Angles -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Pleasing Angles
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desktop background image of garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Stumped -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Stumped
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desktop background image of garden at the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Exit from a sequestered little area of the garden -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Exit
from a sequestered little area of the garden
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Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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desktop background image of exit gate of the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Exit from the temple grounds -- Jikkouin Temple (実光院) -- 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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Exit
from the temple grounds
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It looks a bit like the exit has been closed off with stone, but of course that's the stone wall opposite the exit. Stepping just outside the exit and looking to the right, you see this scene, with buildings of the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) at frame left....

desktop background image of path just outside the Jikkouin Temple (実光院), Kyoto Japan -- Path of Many Temples Near the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Near the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- 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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Path of Many Temples
Near the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院)
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To be continued...


Comments so far....

Great pictures, I love the colours of (most of) them, in particular Realistic(ish), Moody, Meh and Pleasing Angles.

— comment by Gianluca on September 4th, 2013 at 3:44pm JST (10 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

I like Stumped.

— comment by Mark Sirota (Philadelphia, PA, USA) on September 5th, 2013 at 8:51am JST (10 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

Magnificent!

— comment by Hakan Er on October 11th, 2013 at 9:34am JST (9 months, 13 days ago) comment permalink
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