Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine, Part 2

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Ritual Cleansing
before entering the shrine
— at the Heian Shrine, Kyoto Japan —

Today's post follows Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine, where I posted a few shots (and a wigglegram!) from a photoshoot the other day. Recent MBA-graduates Taran and Kate were looking to have some photos taken while on vacation in Japan, and got put in touch with me. I haven't done much real photography in a long while, except last month's mini session at Kyoto Tea Ceremony Camellia GARDEN, so I wasn't sure what to expect from myself.

We first met to get to know each other a bit over coffee, and I found them to be a fun couple with super-photogenic smiles, so I knew I'd have an easy time of it.


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
First Photo
of the day

We started with the typical in front of the gate shots...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

The little orange fence thing is there to stop people from driving in, because the front area can certainly look like a parking lot. At first it wasn't quite centered to the gate, which drives me insane, so I moved it over. I should have expected how heavy it was... it's solid wood. Ugh! But so worth it to have things centered.

(Now that I think about it, it's probably good that it's no longer blocking the path that the yellow dimple bricks lead a sight-impaired person on. Prior to my moving it, they would have run right into it.)


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Such Easy Smiles

Before heading in, they did the ritual cleansing one's supposed to do before entering a Shinto shrine. Taran used to live in Japan so he knows the ropes, including tipping the ladle up at the end to let the last bit of water drain down the handle, cleansing it from your touch....


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Step

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading In

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 40mm — 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Posed Shot

The Heian Shrine is a photogenic place, so there are lots of opportunities for nice posed shots, made all the better by there being so few visitors at the moment. I tried to also let them move about to enjoy at their own pace, to get more candid-ish shots.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Guided Tour
Taran has been here before, so he showed Kate around

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Hey!
I'd interrupt their stroll occasionally by grabbing their attention

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm — 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
... and posing them for a nice shot

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos

Walking by the tree filled with omikuji (which I explain on this post almost a decade ago), I noticed one had fallen down, so I asked them to put it back onto the tree for the camera.

Eventually we went into the gardens...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretend
that you're relaxing. Relax harder!
(Saying silly things sometimes garners a nice smile)

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
of course I had to pull them back for a shot on the bridge

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 150mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
exposed for the very dark area under a tree

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Teeming Crowds
we had to wait a full minute to have the lake to ourselves

To be continued...


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