Heian Shrine Setsubun Burn, 2017: Lackluster Photos of a Visually-Exciting Event
Chucking Another Onto the Fire Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Chucking Another Onto the Fire
Heian Shrine (平安神宮)

Today was the Setsubun festival at the Heian Shrine (and many shrines around Japan). I've written about the overall festival earlier, such as Setsubun and Mamemaki: Driving out the Demons nine years ago, and Attack (and Repulsion) of the Evil Spirits five years ago.

Today I went only to watch the final bonfire event. I explain it in some detail in Intense Burn: Shinto Rite at the Heian Shrine from nine years ago, and so like this post from five years ago, this time are just some photos.

I wandered over to the shrine about half an hour before the fires were to start, only to find that they were almost done already! )-:

Scene When I Arrived -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 @ 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Scene When I Arrived

That was a bummer.

I broke out my Nikkor 300mm f/2 and started shooting as best I could without having done the prep I should have (camera settings, etc.). My photography mojo has gone downhill since cycling has taken my attention.

Grabbing Some Stacks -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Grabbing Some Stacks
One By One Into the Fire -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1000 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
One By One Into the Fire

(Again, what's going on during this festival is explained in this blog post.)

Chanting -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Chanting
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

I'm having the hardest time with the white balance for these shots. The scenes include any number of things that are ostensibly white, such as parts of the red/white striped banners in the background, and the shirts/collars of the chanting priests, but using them with Lightroom's white-balance tool yields wildly crazy results that are just all over the map.

On top of that, they feel washed out and dull, and the focus is off. I dunno. Gotta get my mojo back.

300mm seems to be a bit tight for this event. I used Lightroom to stitch together a few shots to make this:

Multi-Shot Stitch not very “ panorama ” like when the source is 300mm -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Multi-Shot Stitch
not very panorama like when the source is 300mm

Check out the ripples in the upper-right corner:

(close up from the previous shot) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
(close up from the previous shot)
Chanters -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Chanters
Hot -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Hot
From a Safe Distance -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
From a Safe Distance
Ripply -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Ripply
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
(close up from previous shot) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
(close up from previous shot)

It was over pretty quickly, and that was that. I've got to use this lens more than once a year to get used to it.

While things were winding down, I chatted with a group of students on summer break from their university in Australia. They posed for a photo:

Kyoto for the Summer ( this chilly place is where they spend their summer? :-) ) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto for the Summer
(this chilly place is where they spend their summer? 🙂 )
All Done -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- 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 D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/6400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
All Done

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Jeffrey:

I thought you might like this. On several levels.

http://lenspire.zeiss.com/en/magic-mirrors-kyoto/

Mike
(Vancouver Island, BC)

— comment by Mike Nelson Pedde on February 4th, 2017 at 8:19am JST (6 months, 18 days ago) comment permalink

Wow, the way the 300/2 captures the fire and the heat ripples (there’s a word for this I’m forgetting) is just amazing.

— comment by Zak on February 6th, 2017 at 4:56pm JST (6 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink
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