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Photoshoot with Ikuko Among the Plum Blossoms, Part 1
Behave! いい加減にしなさい! -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Behave!
いい加減にしなさい!

The other day I did some photos with Ikuko-san, the friend we saw quite differently last month in An Apprentice-Geisha Photoshoot Quite Unlike Any Other. This time we could see her normal self.

この間北野天満宮育子さんという友達一緒撮影をしました。(先月、このブログでは育子さんの節分「変身」をみました、本格的舞妓になる事でした。)

Before Getting Started recording the light color for later reference ホワイトバランスの調整のために光の色を記録します -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Before Getting Started
recording the light color for later reference
ホワイトバランスの調整のために光の色を記録します

You'll perhaps recognize this scene from last month's The Many Lanterns and Overwhelming Sumptuousness of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. She, too, was drawn to the many lanterns...

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/6400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Tentative First Try wildly backlit, with weird reflections and ghosting (the lantern above her dates from 1842   この 灯籠 は 天保 13年のものです) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Tentative First Try
wildly backlit, with weird reflections and ghosting
(the lantern above her dates from 1842   この灯籠天保13年のものです)

Before we got into the photography in earnest, she wanted to pay her respects (as described in the many-lanterns post).

Paying Respects お参り -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/4000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Paying Respects
お参り

And since we were at one of the best spots in Kyoto for plum blossoms, I felt obliged to snap one (but only one) blossom photo. Here it is:

desktop background image of plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- 梅 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/5000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Desktop-Background Versions
1280×800  ·  1680×1050  ·  1920×1200  ·  2560×1600  ·  2880×1800
Still Tentative -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Tentative
Not Much View I think the trees in this area are maple, so we should come back in autumn -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Much View
I think the trees in this area are maple, so we should come back in autumn
Gave This a Try the wide-angle from a lowish angle accentuates her legs, but this location just wasn't doing it for me やっぱりここの景色はいまいち。梅へ行こう。 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Gave This a Try
the wide-angle from a lowish angle accentuates her legs, but this location just wasn't doing it for me
やっぱりここの景色はいまいち。梅へ行こう。
Pensive Look -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Pensive Look
Nice Smile -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Smile
Banana Juice? Inexplicably, she said they smelled like “ banana juice ” . To me they smelled like plum. 「バナナジュースの臭い」と言いましたけれども、僕は梅の臭いと思いました。 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Banana Juice?
Inexplicably, she said they smelled like banana juice. To me they smelled like plum.
「バナナジュースの臭い」と言いましたけれども、僕は梅の臭いと思いました。
After We Stopped Laughing about the banana-juice thing -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
After We Stopped Laughing
about the banana-juice thing
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit of an Attitude

The gardens were remarkably uncrowded, but I found someone to impose on to snap a photo of us. He knew he wasn't handy with the camera, so had his wife redo the shot when she came by, and it's a good thing because her shots were better. :-)

Me and Ikuko 育子さんと私 photo by Subina Garyet -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Subina Garyet, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Me and Ikuko
育子さんと私
photo by Subina Garyet

The lady who took the photo was there with her family, so I snapped some photos of them. They were freakishly photogenic. I was so jealous. Just look:

Freakishly Photogenic Family -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Freakishly Photogenic Family

I've since sent all the shots to the family, but I'll share one more here, my favorite, of the husband trying to coax his daughter to look at the camera. (Good luck with that.)

“ Look at the Camera, Honey ” “ Hey buddy, I'm already busy here looking at my hand. ” -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Look at the Camera, Honey
Hey buddy, I'm already busy here looking at my hand.

Later I noticed Grandma off camera had the toddler's attention, so as per the lesson about kid photography I learned with my nieces and nephews, I quickly moved myself and the camera to be near Grandma, to take advantage of the child's attention focused in that general direction.

Back to Ikuko-san, one more photo before we end this part of the story...

Lost in Thought -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Lost in Thought

Continued here...
続きはこちらです。


Comments so far....

I liked the “Lost in Thought” but the cutoff arm is rather disturbing.

Interesting. Doesn’t bother me at all… the attention of the composition leads with her gaze the other direction, at least to me. To hear how a composition strikes others is really useful for getting a bigger-picture sense, thanks. Sort of along the same lines, the part-2 post will have a few images that I feel have a better crop inside them, but I was unable to find so I’ll be posting them as taken. Perhaps others will find the crop for me. :-) —Jeffrey

— comment by parv on March 29th, 2014 at 12:08am JST (5 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, yes, the gaze caught me too. Then I lowered my gaze to see rest of the image and see one arm, complete with hand, in contrast with none on the other side. Perhaps the presence of hand itself that magnifies the oddness.

I|We look forward to your images.

— comment by parv on March 30th, 2014 at 10:48am JST (5 months, 2 days ago) comment permalink

My wife and I were there at the garden at the same time as you. I had started following your blog before our trip to Japan. My wife even commented about how well you spoke Japanese and that you were laughing about a banana. We were visiting from Minnesota. Really enjoyed your pictures before our trip and even more now. Thanks.

Wow, you should have said “hi”! It would have been only the 2nd time in all these years that I was recognized out of the blue like that from my blog. :-) —Jeffrey

— comment by Bryan on April 23rd, 2014 at 1:09pm JST (4 months, 8 days ago) comment permalink
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