Continuing with the Seifuso Villa: Between the Tea House and the Garden
desktop background image of the main garden of the Seifuso Villa (清風荘), Kyoto Japan -- Behind the Seifuso Villa 清風荘 · Kyoto, Japan -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Behind the Seifuso Villa
清風荘 · Kyoto, Japan
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Dipping my pen again into the very deep well that was November's visit to the Seifuso Villa (清風荘) in Kyoto, today's post has a bit more from early on in the visit first seen in Entrance Foyer to the Seifuso Villa in Kyoto.

a Japanese garden gate's roof at the Seifuso Villa (清風荘), Kyoto Japan
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Formal Gate
this gate, seen from afar
Seifuso Villa (清風荘)
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I vacillate on whether the photo above is of interest. I've deleted it (and then undeleted it) several times.

I showed the garden's formal tea house in Approaching the Tea House at Kyoto’s Seifuso Villa. Near it are a few small buildings loosely connected with shared outside passageways.... one building being a prep room for the staff, another a waiting room for guests, and finally a lesser-class tea room...

Support Buildings -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Support Buildings
Entrance to the Waiting Room -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Entrance to the Waiting Room
Simplicity Incarnate the waiting room -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Simplicity Incarnate
the waiting room
desktop background image of some artsy bamboo, at the Seifuso Villa (清風荘), Kyoto Japan -- Artsy Bamboo on the path to the tea house -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Artsy Bamboo
on the path to the tea house
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Wash Basin near the tea house -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Wash Basin
near the tea house

Next to the waiting room was a tea house of lesser status. The next two photos of our host, Will Baber (a professor at Kyoto University's business school), makes for an interesting comparison of widely-differing perspective effects possible with a wide-angle lens. In the first photo he looks tiny, and in the second positively ginormous. He's in the same room in both shots...

Tiny Will -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Tiny Will
Ginormous Will -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Ginormous Will

The square on the floor in front of Will's feet above make it clear that this is a tea room. That bit of tatami mat can be removed, revealing place were a pot of tea can be heated over charcoal (the kind of charcoal, actually, being put to alternative uses as seen here).

Also, compare the ceiling here with that of the waiting room above... the ceiling on the right side of this room (the side for the guest) is of a much higher status than the waiting-room ceiling, which itself is of a higher status than the host-side (left side) of this room . I wish I'd taken a photo of the ceiling in the staff/prep room... I'm sure it would have been of an appropriately-lower class still.

Here's another shot of the same room from the same location with the same lens, but with a composition that looks completely normal this time (no mini/huge effects... just Damien peeking in)...

Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Kitchenette Shelves in the staff's prep building -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Kitchenette Shelves
in the staff's prep building
Path to the Garden -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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 to the Garden
Showing us the Main Garden -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Showing us the Main Garden
Heading In -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Heading In
Will Baber and our Guide our gracious host and our guide (the guide, walking away in the background, has been amateurishly cloned out) -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Will Baber and our Guide
our gracious host and our guide
(the guide, walking away in the background, has been amateurishly cloned out)

The photo above originally had someone walking away in the background, and I was going to post it here like that, but on a lark I tried painting out the whole guy roughly with Lightroom 5's new Spot Healing Brush. I had absolutely no expectation that the result would be anything but laughable, but to my surprise it was actually pretty good for the 10 seconds of work that I put into it... good enough to spend a bit more time tweaking it. It won't pass even the most basic inspection, but at first glance it's good enough.

Continued here...


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi Jeffrey,
Again a great blog post! For me the “Formal Gate” would be the ideal Desktop. Simply because it has no point of attraction for my eyes. Please note that this is personal, not criticism on your pictures or you.
With this lack of attraction, the Desktop can retain its original functionality 🙂
All the best from Winnipeg,
Henk

That’s nice to hear, thanks. I’ve gone ahead and added desktop sizes for it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Henk on January 24th, 2014 at 6:48am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

The indoor pics of the waiting room are quite nice. I personally didn’t get any proper shot of it 😉

— comment by Damien on January 24th, 2014 at 10:42am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for posting. A treat for the eyes and nice recollection of that afternoon. We really got great weather and light!

— comment by Will on January 30th, 2014 at 10:03am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I agree that the “Formal Gate” is a worthy one. I too considered as a desktop background photo because of the general lack of a focal point, and because it would be good cropped to different sizes when used as background with a second monitor of different size with a laptop.

— comment by John Sinclair on January 31st, 2014 at 8:27pm JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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