Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 800 — map & image data — nearby photos
with Paul and Damien
Seifuso Villa (清風荘)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800 — map & image data — nearby photos
with Will, our host from Kyoto University
and the head of Kyoto University's property management group as guide
The Seifuso Villa (清風荘) near Kyoto University was a private residence for centuries before being donated to Kyoto University in the 1950s, which now preserves it as a cultural treasure. Thanks to the kindness of a friend who teaches at the university, I was able to take a tour of the villa last week.
This simple gate is on a path that leads to a small tea house where the resident might meet afternoon callers of sufficient distinction to merit such a setting.
Careful inspection of the ground under the edges of the roof that would otherwise be moss shows a black stripe. It goes around on all sides...
This is, of course, the subject of the “What am I?” quiz from last week. The black stripe is made up of charcoal logs buried edgewise. One sees this occasionally at temples where water might drip down, providing what I suppose to be a surface less prone to erosion and its unsightly results.
Continuing along, we come to the tea house...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
receiving some late-afternoon sun
As it so happens, two other photos I took end up making a nice little two-frame wigglegram to give more of a sense of being there...
We spent quite a long time on the impressive grounds and in the house, certainly subjects for subsequent blog posts. But eventually it came time to leave, so here's an “action shot” of the gate in use...
I have no idea why I include this, other than for that I seem to like it for unknown reasons.
Here's a similar shot as “The Gate” above, but less documentary and more artsy...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
And finally, another shot of the front door to the property, at dusk, in a subdued style quite different from what I normally do...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1000 — map & image data — nearby photos