Making the Best of Lackluster Snow in Kyoto by Heading North
Long Street Tall Trees Makino, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (perspective “ corrected ” in Lightroom to make the trees vertical, and hence the white slivers at the bottom) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 27mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Long Street Tall Trees
Makino, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
(perspective corrected in Lightroom to make the trees vertical, and hence the white slivers at the bottom)

The forecast for last night and today was nonstop snow for Kyoto, so it was with disappointment but not surprise that I awoke to find just a thin scatter of snow. Sigh, why do I get my hopes up? Even just a few inches makes things wonderful, like this snow six years ago, but it doesn't happen often in the city.

In the end, Kyoto saw mostly rain, and Anthony's soccer practice was canceled, so we decided to take a drive up north for an hour or two (to near where I took Anthony skiing four years ago) to see whether they might have more snow.

They did, but not much.

The area we visited includes a rural street famous for being photogenically lined with trees. I'd first heard of it years ago when a photo by my doctor of it appeared on his computer's screensaver during an exam and I had to stop to ask about the location, but I'd not gotten to actually visit until today.

It was probably the worst possible time to visit.

Bleak -- Makino -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Bleak

The road is surprisingly long, stretching for 2½km (1½ miles) like this, lined with towering dawn redwood. Different areas have different vibes, but today everything was a resonating blah.

“ Full ” Color View -- Makino -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 140mm — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Full Color View

On this street was a small temple we stopped at because we noticed a huge pile of snow had accumulated under its steep roof, and Anthony was getting antsy to play...

Roadside Temple With Inviting Snow Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) Makino, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Roadside Temple With Inviting Snow
Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院)
Makino, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

The bottom inch or three was pure slush, but the big pile was playable snow, and play we did...

Banzai! -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 40mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Banzai!
Happy To Move -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy To Move

Fumie sat in the warmth of the car while letting Anthony and me play, and snapped a few photos through the foggy window with her phone...

King of the Hill is unseated photo by Fumie -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Fumie
iPhone 5s at an effective 150mm — 1/120 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
King of the Hill
is unseated
photo by Fumie
Pause for a Photo Op photo by Fumie -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Fumie
iPhone 5s at an effective 150mm — 1/120 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Pause for a Photo Op
photo by Fumie
The Photo I Took -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 82mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos
The Photo I Took

(You'll notice that my photo is better than Fumie's, but that's only because I had a better camera 😉.)

Standing on top the snow pile brought me even with the edge of the roof....

Temple Roof Tiles -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Temple Roof Tiles
At an Angle -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
At an Angle

At one point I wandered off to take some shots of the tree-lined street, and during that time Anthony returned to the car...

“ Mommy, I have a present for you! ” photo by Fumie -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Fumie
iPhone 5s at an effective 30mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Mommy, I have a present for you!
photo by Fumie
Oh Well -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Oh Well
Tuckered Out -- Zuikoin Temple (瑞光院) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Tuckered Out

On the way home, in the encroaching dusk, we stopped by the southern end of the line of trees, and I snapped this photo of the nearby mountains enshrouded in mist and becoming enshrouded in dark...

Dusk -- Makino -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Dusk

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

I have very few photographs of myself as a child with dad because dad always used the camera. Its good to see that Fumie is taking photographs. In forty or fifty years or more those images of you with your son may be very valuable to him.

— comment by John Youngs on February 9th, 2014 at 5:33am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Even though the overall atmosphere seemed a bit dreary (except for the photos of Anthony, which seem very energetic), I enjoyed this photo set. I probably wouldn’t have commented except for that last photo – wow, how beautifully atmospheric.

— comment by David K. on February 9th, 2014 at 12:12pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

“context-aware fill” in photoshop would work nicely on the top picture, for the corners…

— comment by luc on February 12th, 2014 at 7:23am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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