The Quiet, Lovely Kotokuji Temple in Shiga
A Slow Start to the 2019 fall-color season at the Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) in Koka-city, Shiga Prefecture, Japan -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 21mm — 1/80 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
A Slow Start
to the 2019 fall-color season
at the Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺)
in Koka-city, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

I made a few outings to photograph the fall colors in and around Kyoto this year. On the way to our first main destination, we made an impromptu stop at this little-known, out-of-the-way Kotokuji Temple. It turns out that the maple have only just started to turn, but it's still a quiet, lovely place to visit.

Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/160 sec, f/4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mix of Colors I love how the same branch can have green, yellow, orange, and red -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mix of Colors
I love how the same branch can have green, yellow, orange, and red
View From an Observation Platform with some lovely low-lying fog -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
View From an Observation Platform
with some lovely low-lying fog

I'd discovered this temple a couple of years ago while on a bike ride to explore the general area, a couple of hours away by bicycle from my home in Kyoto. The 1km-long driveway to the temple is notable for its steepness; the average grade of the climb is over 10%, though a small dip in the middle means that the overall average grade is only 7%.

On My First Visit July 2017 -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus front camera — 1/1000 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
On My First Visit
July 2017
A Year Ago -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus back camera — 1/19000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
A Year Ago
Most-Recent Visit two months ago -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus back camera — 1/10600 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Most-Recent Visit
two months ago
Relatively New the stonework dates from only 1895 -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/60 sec, f/14, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Relatively New
the stonework dates from only 1895
Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Detail in both the roof tiles and eave woodwork -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Detail
in both the roof tiles and eave woodwork
Stone Fence likely also dating to 1895 -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Stone Fence
likely also dating to 1895
Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/160 sec, f/4, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 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 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/160 sec, f/4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Rich Moss -- Kotoku-ji Temple (庚申山広徳寺) -- Japan, Shiga, Koka -- Copyright 2019 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Rich Moss

It wasn't much from the fall-colors perspective, but it's a quiet, lovely area, that's a favorite to visit on bike rides, so I wanted to share it with my photo companions, and now with my blog.....


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