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Huge Main Gate of Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple
Prayer in Passing Main gate of the Chion'in Temple (知恩院), Kyoto Japan May 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Prayer in Passing
Main gate of the Chion'in Temple (知恩院), Kyoto Japan
May 2013 · Nikon D4

I'd started to write up a blog post about the once-in-every-hundred-years roof repair currently going on at the Chion'in Temple down the street from me, and intended to note in that article that the temple is perhaps best known for its big main gate, when I realized that the big main gate has never appeared on my blog. I'm not sure how that's happened, but I'll rectify that now with photos that I happen to have lying around in my Lightroom catalog.

Checking Email May 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Email
May 2013 · Nikon D4

The gate doesn't look all that big in the photos above, but believe me, it is all that big:

Sense of Scale Oct 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/3.2, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Sense of Scale
Oct 2013 · Nikon D4
Earliest Shot I Could Find Jan 2006 · still frame from a Sony DCR-PC101 video camera 3-year-old Anthony with former-neighbor-in-California Brian Preetz -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
DCR-PC101 @ 3mm — 1/100 sec, f/5.6 — map & image datanearby photos
Earliest Shot I Could Find
Jan 2006 · still frame from a Sony DCR-PC101 video camera
3-year-old Anthony with former-neighbor-in-California Brian Preetz

The shot above came just a few days after my point-n-shoot had broken and been sent for repair, and I'd decided to move up to my first dSLR but had not yet received it. So I was shooting stills with a circa-2002 video camera. Ugh.

I ended up receiving the dSLR I'd ordered (a Nikon D200) the next day. My initial results with it were better than with the video camera, of course, but it took a while before I grew into it. Anyway, here's a shot of Chion'in's gate with that Nikon D200 after I'd had a couple of years' experience under my belt:

Shot with a Tripod March 2008 · Nikon D200 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 at an effective 33mm — 20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Shot with a Tripod
March 2008 · Nikon D200

The gate can be quite pretty at night, but one needs a tripod to shoot it properly, and I'm generally too lazy. I did head out with a tripod six years ago for Kyoto Higashiyama “Hanatoro” Lightup Event and on the way apparently took the shot above.

Several years ago the road leading up to the temple was redone with nice lighting, and for this a tripod is a must, but again, I'm too lazy, but since I'm not too bad at holding steady for a longish exposure, I sometimes give it a shot if I'm walking by at night and happen to have the camera. Here's one such handheld attempt:

, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Road to Chion'in May 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/8 sec handheld, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Road to Chion'in
May 2013 · Nikon D4

I'd also tried to photograph the nicely-lit path the day I got that D4, and the following photo appeared on my blog in Took My New Nikon D4 Out For A Spin At Night (Before Reading The Manual):

Path To The Chion'in Temple July 2012 · Nikon D4 long exposure while propping the camera on a short light post -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/4 sec, f/4.5, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Path To The Chion'in Temple
July 2012 · Nikon D4
long exposure while propping the camera on a short light post

The gate wasn't lit up at the time, so it's almost imperceptible in the background shadows, but technically this does count as an appearance on my blog so I guess today's post is not really its first appearance.

More Scale Nov 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
More Scale
Nov 2013 · Nikon D4
Ambiance-Destructing Commercialism Nov 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-02-19/2390 -- 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 @ 36mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Ambiance-Destructing Commercialism
Nov 2013 · Nikon D4

One evening last fall I came across the beautiful scene in front of the gate marred by a marketing display by Tesla Motors. This was particularly disappointing because I own stock in the company, but I suppose the temple has to make money somehow to pay for the every-100-years roof repair. (I don't know who owns the land here, separated from the temple by a public street, but I assume it's the temple.) A few days later the scene was repeated with BMW, so I guess there's some comfort in knowing it wasn't just Tesla.

And while on the subject of Tesla Motors, they weren't sold yet in Japan at the time so it was my first time to actually see one, and the in-dash navigation system was positively pornographic in excess:

Nav Screen Bigger Than a Child at 24, it's bigger than my screens at home Nov 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-02-19/2390 -- 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 @ 66mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Nav Screen Bigger Than a Child
at 24", it's bigger than my screens at home
Nov 2013 · Nikon D4

Anyway, now that I've gotten Chion'in's gate out of the way, I can go ahead and write the blog post about the main building's roof repair.

May 2013 · Nikon D4 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
May 2013 · Nikon D4

Continued here...


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