Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 2 sec, f/7.1, ISO 2500 — map & image data — nearby photos
Entrance to Larry Ellison's Villa in Kyoto
Kaiusou Villa (何有荘，京都), Kyoto Japan
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.
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 13 sec, f/14, ISO 1600 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/4 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image data — nearby photos
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. )-:
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.
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/8 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image data — nearby photos
at 4am on a very snowy Saturday morning
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2500 — map & image data — nearby photos
with a festival food stall getting ready for the early-morning shrine-visiting crowd