An Enkoji-Temple Fall-Foliage Preview
a whimical statue at the Enkoji Temple (圓光寺) in Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Whimsical Statue
at the Enkoji Temple two years ago
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今回二年前圓光寺(京都市)写真です。撮影日は11月17日でした。

It's gotten suddenly chilly here in Kyoto, Japan, reminding me that the fall-foliage season is approaching. So just as with last year's Looking Ahead To Fall with a few Shots from Last Season post, this post is to help get me in the mood. All the photos on this post are from the same mid-November 2015 visit to the Enkoji Temple (圓光寺) in northeast Kyoto.

This temple has been featured on my blog many times, so the nearby photos link under any photo brings you to other posts from the temple.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance Rock Garden

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Paul Barr

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Edge of the Main Garden

The whimsical statue seen at the top of this post is just off to the left of this path, a tiny smudge of darkness in the photo above.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
It Usually Attracts a Crowd
though still difficult to see in this photo

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Ignoring his $8,000 Camera
for a cell-phone snap

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Paul Selfie

Of course, the little statute is just one small feature of the lovely moss-covered garden....


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
and my squished nose
photo by Paul Barr

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Garden-Viewing Room

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
From Inside
the garden-viewing room

It can get quite crowded, but even when it's not, it's almost impossible to get a people-free view of the room and the garden. I (almost) did once, as seen in Impossible Shot at Kyoto’s Enkoji Temple: Garden *and* Garden-Viewing Room at the Height of Fall Colors, Devoid of People. That was five years ago... I should try it again this year.


Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Statue
Sleeping Man with Rats?
( not so popular for some reason )

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Serendipitous View
but I've got my 35mm lens mounted

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Better at 125mm
but I would have liked somthing in between

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Different Angle

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Serious-Looking Camera

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
At Least Five Cameras
for this couple

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
So He Goes With the iPhone

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy Shoes
but maybe a bit vibrant for the location

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Lens
and kimono, a lovely combination in my book

This is the couple that posed for Wigglegram of a Pleasant Couple Among the Fall Colors at Kyoto’s Enkoji Temple


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Paul Found a Leaf

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Even the Bathroom
is tastefully done

Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Exit
back to the rock garden

One comment so far...

This is a great post. There is a lot going on in these photos.

1. Consummate Japan: Autumn momiji, beautiful kimonos, big gun cameras being used by everybody; not just camera geeks, moss-covered statues, utsukushii gardens and temples…

2. Signs of these modern times: The photo of your friend Paul and the brown-kimono guy each with heavy-weight cameras on their person but opting for the smartphone photo -the convenience/immediacy and ever-increasing sufficientness of these smartphones… it is scary how they’ve transformed our society. They are an artifact from ‘the future’ that we envisioned and we barely take notice of how they’ve changed our whole way of living.

3. The woman in the kimono: The women’s kimono shot is really special. -I’m amazed at how her kimono blends in and stands out simultaneously with the natural scenery that surrounds her. Something also really intriguing about her and the guy with her wearing the traditional clothing but also packing some serious heat, camera-wise. Very Japanese. -At least in my mind’s eye version of Japan.

4.卍 That’s a manji on their bag! When I read the history of this character I was humbled because it showed me how little I know. Humbling because this character is not what I immediately thought it was. That symbol is different; clockwise and also upended into a diamond position. Humbling because you want to respect the recent/western context but you also don’t want to disrespect another culture/older history by forcing it to conform to your local view of things. Ultimately, it teaches me the more I learn and strive to learn the more I can think and act with knowledge and wisdom instead of ignorance. -And you thought you were just photographing a bag and some cameras!

As always, thanks for the photos and your unique portrait of your life in Japan.

— comment by Ron Evans on October 22nd, 2017 at 1:29pm JST (1 month ago) comment permalink
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