Architectural Details at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Lacking in Color
large building at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Japan
during a visit last November

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Zooming Back for a Wider View
engulfed in vermilion


I've been posting mostly cycling and Lightroom stuff lately, so time to return a bit to my roots with something Kyoto...

Last November I took a tour of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and at the time posted A Few Photos From The Start of a Visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, but got sidetracked, as I often do, before posting more. So today I'm picking up from there with a few architectural shots....

Let's start with a simple wigglegram of the courtyard that ended the previous post...

Animatable Wigglegram (16 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect

Looking through, the columns and doors on the wall on the right are pretty...

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Open Doors

Looking straight through to the opposite entrance, I waited quite a while in hopes of a shot with no one present, but this was the best I could come up with....

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
almost empty, and almost in focus

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Roof Detail
the focus being along the ridge seems to give it a slightly odd feeling

Here's a look at the same roof seen in the previous post, but at different apertures...

Animatable — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view effect

The shots were done handheld, so there's a slight change of perspective among them that I find unsettling, but perhaps it somehow gives a sense of 3D?

This impromptu depth-of-field comparison joins half a dozen others I've done in the past, with a bridge railing, tea and sweets, cherry blossoms, bamboo, tiny mushrooms, and moss.

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Different Roof Detail
the amount of work that goes into these roofs boggles the mind

And finally something a little softer than all these architectural details...

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Photograph of People
Photographing Architecture

These are, of course, the ladies from A Wigglegram of Three Lovely Ladies in Kimono at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Interesting images. A thought about photographing the structures with all those people: If you are allowed to use a tripod, you might put a 10x neutral density filter on your camera and go for a very long exposure.

I doubt tripods were allowed (it was a special three-day opening that happens once a year), but even if they were, I’m too lazy to use one. 🙂 And frankly, I think that scene looks better with a human touch anyway. But in general the filter is the way to go, or take multiple shots, align them, and merge in Photoshop…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom in SF on May 19th, 2015 at 11:20pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Read your regular expression book. Stumbled upon your wonderful gallery.
I did not knew the artistic person writing those amusing technical books.
Great !! 🙂

— comment by Rajesh Swarnkar on May 21st, 2015 at 2:48am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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