Kyoto At Night During a Heavy Snow
desktop background image of Larry -- Chez Larry à Kyoto Entrance to Larry Ellison's Villa in Kyoto Kaiusou Villa (何有荘,京都), Kyoto Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chez Larry à Kyoto
Entrance to Larry Ellison's Villa in Kyoto
Kaiusou Villa (何有荘,京都), Kyoto Japan
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三日零時から5時間、大雪のなかで京都市東山周辺でカメラと三脚一緒散歩しました。

At 100,000,000 US dollars for the single-family residence, I suppose it's not a Motel 6, but apparently he'll leave the light on for you nevertheless. 🙂

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is reported to have bought this villa near my house several years ago, for a reported 100 million US dollars, though it's not known whether he's ever actually visited it in person. It's been reported, though, that he's pouring an additional 100 million dollars into renovations.

(Larry's house has appeared on my blog once before, here.)

Anyway, I wasn't outside his front door at 3:40 am just to loiter. I had finished my most recent post about the big New Year's Day snow at 11:40pm, and then immediately went out to photograph another big snow that had started not long before.

I was out until 5am. It snowed heavily for the fist couple of hours... I'd bet that yesterday's 58-year-old Kyoto-snowfall record was easily broken again.

desktop background image of the main gate of the Nanzenji Temple, at night, after a heavy snow (南禅寺の三門、雪かけ) -- The Nanzen Temple 南禅寺の三門 -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Nanzen Temple
南禅寺の三門
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Squall -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Squall

The shot above is one that really illustrates to me my lack of skill with the camera. The branch seen in the shot was very large, and it held a huuuuuuge amount of snow. I was taking a real risk to merely be under it, and quickly took a photo with the intent to illustrate both the amount of snow and the risk. But neither really shows up in the end result. )-:

Circular Moonbow? -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Circular Moonbow?

I suppose it's ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, but I'm not really sure what causes this kind of circular rainbow around the moon. The colors were much more pronounced than you see here, particularly with the blue/indigo/violet areas of the rainbow, which were clearly visible at a glance, but don't seem to show up in this shot.

(I've shown the same affect much better, during a solar eclipse, here and here.)

Building at the Nanzenji Temple -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Building at the Nanzenji Temple
Sanjo Street at 4am on a very snowy Saturday morning -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sanjo Street
at 4am on a very snowy Saturday morning
午前4時の三条通り
Main Gate of the Heian Shrine with a festival food stall getting ready for the early-morning shrine-visiting cro
wd -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Main Gate of the Heian Shrine
with a festival food stall getting ready for the early-morning shrine-visiting crowd
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All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Emilie says that the extra 100 million is for insulating the house 😉

— comment by Nicolas on January 3rd, 2015 at 7:09pm JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Whao ! This is spectacular ! I can understand while you stayed out that late, such amount is rare but also you made most of it in the night.

My favorite so far is the Nanzen-in gate. This view is usually filled with tourist and now it seems quite unique. Well done all the way.

— comment by Alain on January 4th, 2015 at 10:03pm JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

For more inspiration for your photos … search the Freer/Sackler collection for “snow temple”
E.g., Ninnaji in the snow

— comment by PeterL on January 12th, 2015 at 5:27pm JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

The whole series of night time snow pictures is awesome, nice work.

— comment by Pablo on January 16th, 2015 at 10:30am JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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