Kyoto’s 2018 Fall Foliage Season is Upon Us
Quick Portrait at the Sanzen-in Temple 三千院、Kyoto Japan -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quick Portrait at the Sanzen-in Temple
三千院、Kyoto Japan

The fall colors starting to descend upon Kyoto has woken me up, at least momentarily, from an almost-two-month blogging slumber. Friends Paul and Olesia are visiting, Paul for the 100th time, Olesia for the first, so we took her up to the Ohara area of Kyoto, in the north-eastern mountains, for the first taste of autumn colors.

Walking up from the parking area toward the temples, the path is lined with tasteful shops. Here's a little kiosk selling only autumn-color handkerchiefs:

Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Symbol of the Area apparently -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Symbol of the Area
apparently
A Few Colors -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Few Colors
Cucumber on a Stick -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cucumber on a Stick
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nice Tree near the entrance to the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Nice Tree
near the entrance to the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院)
Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Main Garden few colors yet, besides green -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Main Garden
few colors yet, besides green
Green-Tea Instagram Moment -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Green-Tea Instagram Moment
Hallway with Nice Light -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Hallway with Nice Light
Another Way to enjoy the main garden (10 minutes later, she tracked me down and asked for copies of the photos) -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Another Way
to enjoy the main garden
(10 minutes later, she tracked me down and asked for copies of the photos)
This Tree Can't Decide what color to be -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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This Tree Can't Decide
what color to be
Olesia -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Olesia
Me photo by Olesia -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 6 — 1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
photo by Olesia
Nice Detail -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Nice Detail
“ Secret Path ” that's not secret; I had simply never noticed it. -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Secret Path
that's not secret; I had simply never noticed it.
Nice Place for a Portrait -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nice Place for a Portrait
Slumbering Jizo -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Slumbering Jizo
Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Photographers are Suckers for moss -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Photographers are Suckers
for moss
Fading Light -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fading Light
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Peeking Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院) -- Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Peeking
Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院)
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Dressing (as in salad) Shop -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Dressing (as in salad) Shop

On the way in, we stopped by a shop that gave taste samples of their various dressings and ponzu. They were all good, but two of them were wow!, so we stopped on the way back to get some.

Many Kinds -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Many Kinds
Onion & Garlic -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Onion & Garlic

I also picked up a bottle of aka shiso flavor (red shiso). Really crisp and nice.

Field of Rape The area used to produce a lot of rapeseed oil (also known as “ canola oil ” ) -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
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Field of Rape
The area used to produce a lot of rapeseed oil (also known as canola oil)

We took the long way home to drive through some of the deep mountain roads that I cycle on. When in the forest it was quite dark. In this photo below, it was actually much darker than it seems (I took a longer exposure than normal). Handheld for 1/13th second. It came out okay.

Much Brighter than Reality near Momoi Pass (百井峠) -- Momoi Pass (百井峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Much Brighter than Reality
near Momoi Pass (百井峠)

The warm glow from the setting sun look is from the car's hazard lights. 🙂


All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

Nice to see your fall colors. Our season is pretty much already over. Now I just have to rake up the leaves.

Rick
Kenmore,WA

— comment by Rick Hancock on November 16th, 2018 at 5:29am JST (3 weeks, 4 days ago) comment permalink

The last photo is awesome.

— comment by franta on November 16th, 2018 at 5:49am JST (3 weeks, 4 days ago) comment permalink

Nice photos! I see you’re still using your trusty D4. Any thoughts on the Z6 or Z7?

Are the autumn colors usually happening around November in your area of Japan, or is it late this year? I’m used to the US Northeast, when the colors are pretty much around October (mid- to late) and everything is brown by November.

This is pretty normal… peak is usually toward mid-late November. I’m happy with my D4, so I haven’t really paid much attention to new bodies since. Paul has a D850, which seems really nice. —Jeffrey

— comment by David K. on November 16th, 2018 at 2:23pm JST (3 weeks, 3 days ago) comment permalink

Beautiful photos. Inspiring me to get my camera out and carry it around rather than making do with my phone photos. I’m in Tokyo and the colours seem to be late this year…

— comment by Nicole on November 17th, 2018 at 9:31am JST (3 weeks, 2 days ago) comment permalink

You are a not a photographer you are a painter of light. A superb painter of light.
I am currently east of the Isle of Man.

— comment by Bill on November 21st, 2018 at 6:35am JST (2 weeks, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Thank you for the photos, they are great as desktop wallpapers, the best. Can’t wait for your new winter pics.

— comment by Luis on December 1st, 2018 at 6:08pm JST (1 week, 2 days ago) comment permalink

Thank you for sharing. I’ve been waiting for this years installment and as usual, you didn’t disappoint! Just returned from Kyoto myself and envy that you get to see this every year.

— comment by Harvey C on December 7th, 2018 at 5:14pm JST (3 days, 2 hours ago) comment permalink
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