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Archive for the 'Wigglegrams' Category

“Wigglegram” is my term for an interactive “photo” that you can wiggle with the mouse to get a strong sense of 3D. I introduced the concept in this article. Articles in this category contain at least one wigglegram.

Slightly Queasy Wigglegram

This wigglegram, of this temple building at the Kongorinji Temple in Shiga Japan just doesn't feel quite right.

このウイッグルグラッム(滋賀県の金剛輪寺)はなかなか変な感じですね。

Each of the 15 photos seems perfectly fine, but the movement among them is really funky.... might make some people nauseous.

Not every wigglegram deserves to see the light of day, I guess.


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A Quick Peek at Kyoto’s Hanadera Temple

Two weeks ago toward the end of a full day of fall-foliage photography that I scratched the surface of in "The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple", after a great lunch we made a short visit to Hanadera ("The Flower Temple", officially called the Shojiji Temple).

Didn't see too many flowers, being the middle of November and all, but the fall colors were starting to get going.

Here's a wigglegram to give a better sense of the area in front of the main building....

On the veranda of the main building is the [...]


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The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple

I paid a visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple in the mountains of south-west Kyoto today, and the resulting photos pretty much covered all the main things I normally have on my blog. Let's run through some of them....

Above we have a vertical desktop background, which I started doing four years ago. I've now posted 385 of them.

And here's a wigglegram featuring Ai (who appeared with her husband in this photoshoot a year and a half ago)...

I first started making these things that I call "wigglegrams" two years ago, and I still have a lot of work yet [...]


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A Wigglegram of Three Lovely Ladies in Kimono at the Kyoto Imperial Palace

I visited the Kyoto Imperial Palace for the first time yesterday, and these three young college students also enjoying the sites were kind enough to pose for a wigglegram for me. The frame above is the last in the series, after they broke out in a smile at the rapid-fire sound of my camera capturing frames at the zippy pace of 10 per second.

昨日京都御所でこの大学生の美人達はポーズしてくれて、僕はウイグルグラムを作りました。以下の写真の上にマウスをあっちこっちしてね!

Here's the wigglegram:

Kimono are almost always photogenic, which is why they tend to appear in my wigglegrams, such as this one and this one.

Because the individual frames are taken manually (as I sweep [...]


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Photoshoot with Ikuko Among the Plum Blossoms, Part 2

This article continues from part 1 about last week's photoshoot with Ikuko-san among the plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.

先週、育子さんと一緒に撮影しました、北野天満宮の梅林で。 今日の記事は前半の続きです。

This is at the "banana-juice tree".

"Tilt your head down a bit", I instructed, and bam!, such a different look:

And another slight change creates another dramatic difference:

Here's a wigglegram to give a sense of the orchard's feel.

Admission to the plum grove also gets you some tea and sweets.


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Finally Inside the House at the Seifuso Villa in Kyoto

Continuing with last fall's visit to Kyoto's visually-rich Seifuso Villa (清風荘), where the last installment ("From the Garden to the House at the Seifuso Villa") left us finally inside the main house that has gone mostly unseen so far except for its photogenic entrance foyer.

The grounds are opened to the public for a few days every year or two, but the house is not normally open to the public at all, so it was a wonderful opportunity to have an unrestricted tour.

The photo above is a 9-image panorama that you can scroll from side to side. It's got [...]


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Inside the Roof of Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple

In the article "Heading Up To See The Naked Roof of Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple" the other day, about the once-every-100-years roof repair currently being done at the Chion'in Temple (知恩院), I'd ended the story having arrived at the top of the temporary protective-shell structure where one could walk at the level of the roof, which had its tiles and battens removed to reveal the rafters and other components of the roof truss for the first time since 1907.

The roof truss was constructed in two distinct layers... the inner/upper parts were a regular gridwork of beams, while the lower parts [...]


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The Many Lanterns and Overwhelming Sumptuousness of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮) in northern Kyoto is perhaps best known for its huge plum-blossom orchard, but in looking over the photos I've yet to publish from a visit a year ago, I realize that there's so much more to show. So today we'll shift concentration away from the blossoms, and continue with the non-blossom theme that yesterday's post ended with.

All the photos on this post are from a visit a year ago yesterday.

The shrine has many buildings, but the main building is difficult to miss in its sumptuousness. As is common at shrines, there's a big [...]


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On the Approach to the Todaiji Temple in Nara

Dipping into the largely-untapped reservoir of things I want to post about, here are some pictures from a December 2012 visit to the Todaiji Temple (東大寺) in Nara, about an hour's train ride south of Kyoto. I posted a bit from that trip in "That Massive Column in Nara’s Todaiji Temple Is Nothing To Sneeze At", but it's a visually rich place, so I've been wanting to post much more.

I'd made the trip to take some pictures for a friend who is the author of Lonely Planet's "Japan" guidebook. A few of the photos from this trip made it [...]


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Approaching the Tea House at Kyoto’s Seifuso Villa

The Seifuso Villa (清風荘) near Kyoto University was a private residence for centuries before being donated to Kyoto University in the 1950s, which now preserves it as a cultural treasure. Thanks to the kindness of a friend who teaches at the university, I was able to take a tour of the villa last week.

This simple gate is on a path that leads to a small tea house where the resident might meet afternoon callers of sufficient distinction to merit such a setting.

Careful inspection of the ground under the edges of the roof that would otherwise be moss shows [...]


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Fall Foliage at Kyoto Arashiyama’s Hokyo-in Temple (with a wigglegram)

My first outing this season to partake of Kyoto's fall-foliage delights was on Friday, as I wrote about yesterday. The first stop was my first visit to the Hokyo-in Temple (宝筐院) in the Arashiyama area of western Kyoto.

The long path into the garden was quite photogenic, though it was difficult to get a shot that both avoided people in the photo and avoided annoying people while taking the photo, but within those constraints I did okay...

Yet, despite all the work to avoid people in the shots, I tend to like ones with people better, like the one at [...]


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Kyoto’s Amazing Haradanien Garden, Part 4

Today's post is part four on the Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) in north-western Kyoto (prior parts: one, two, three, and a bonus couple photo shoot). Today's simple post includes three more wigglegrams, adding to those in part three and my first post from the garden.

Another Area of the Garden with someone crouching for a shot (the branch is waving to you) Damien in the garden

To be continued...


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Kyoto’s Amazing Haradanien Garden, Part 3

This post is a continuation earlier parts of "Kyoto’s Amazing Haradanien Garden", where in part one I introduced the location, and in part two I explained how it's wonderful even though it's quite crowded.

Folks wanting a couple shot would usually ask someone walking by to take it, but the couple above use a timer. (I tried to get the camera in focus and missed it badly, but I still like the vibe of the shot.)

As I mentioned in part two, the layout of the garden -- criss-crossing paths wandering on a hillside punctuated by dense foliage -- makes [...]


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A Wigglegram from Kyoto’s Stunning Haradanien Forest Garden of Blossoms

I made my first visit the other day to the Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) in northwest of Kyoto, a few kilometers into the mountains beyond Kinkakuji ("the Golden Pavilion"). It was, without question, the most amazing place to see blossoms (cherry and others) that I'd ever been, by orders of magnitude. "Stunning", "Awesome", and other overused platitudes don't do it justice, at least when at the peak of season when I visited.

It's been a while since I've done a wigglegram, so even though I've not yet gone over the photos from the visit, I went ahead and grabbed out enough [...]


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A Wigglegram from the Well-Named “Fallen Leaf Shrine” in Northern Kyoto

Here's a wigglegram (which I hereby dub in Japanese as「クネクネ写真」) from an outing a few days ago to the "Fallen Leaf Shrine" (岩戸落葉神社) in the mountains north of Kyoto.

That's at the same place as my first try at the whole "stereo photo" thing earlier this month, a vist first seen in "A Slightly Early Visit to Kyoto's Fallen-Leaf Shrine".

This subsequent visit is after an additional 11 days of leaf fall. Despite how beautiful they are, it's rare for a temple or shrine to let fallen leaves accumulate; they clean them every day or multiple times per day. But [...]


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That Amazing Entrance Path of Kyoto Koutouin Temple

I stopped by the Koutouin Temple the other day, in the Daitokuji complex in north-central Kyoto. It wasn't quite peak of its fall-foliage colors, but it was quite. (I stopped by two years ago at a time when it was at the peak of color and it's quite nice then as well.)

One of my personal favorite photos comes from the first time I visited this temple, of a lady in kimono on this path.

Anyway, here's a wigglegram to give you more of a sense of the view...

And for good measure, here's a vertical-background view...

Sort of odd, [...]


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Another Pair of Lovely Ladies in Kimono, Another Wigglegram

I've been down with a cold since my previous post the other day, of another pair of lovely ladies in kimono. That post (like this post) came from a creative, productive outing with Paul Barr, but I'm somewhat dreading the 70 gigabytes of data awaiting me.

I did find enough energy today to prepare this wigglegram, taken at the old (circa 1880) aqueduct behind the Nanzen Temple.

Continued here...


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Elegance in Kyoto’s Tenjyuan Garden

I shot more than 3,500 frames today -- 70 gigabytes of raw data -- for about 470 potential wigglegrams. Above is one.

These two ladies from Osaka had wonderful kimono and wonderful smiles. I didn't want to impose on them much, so set up the shot and took it within seconds; despite the rush, I'm happy enough with the result.

大阪から来はったお姉ちゃんたち、ポーズしてくれた有り難う。

I actually had 17 frames in the sequence, but the marginal improvement in appearance is not worth double the bandwidth, so I'm using every other frame.

My shooting technique has a long way to go, but what I really [...]


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My Camera is Exhausted

My camera is exhausted, and now that I think about it, so am I.

Today I took 3,568 photos (70 gigabytes worth) because trying to make Wigglegrams at pretty temples in Kyoto. It was both addicting and exhausting.

Now the stress moves to my laptop and Lightroom, which will certainly groan under so many new pixels....


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Beyond Shouzan’s Main Garden (Including a Wigglegram)

This post continues the story started in "A Somewhat Lackluster Day of Photography at Kyoto’s Shouzan Resort", last touched upon yesterday with a bunch of wigglegrams from the garden.

The only other time I came (as seen two years ago in "Photo Shoot Among the Fall Colors at Shouzan"), I hadn't realized that it was just a small part of a larger resort complex. This time I did, so did a bit of exploring.

The path from the main part of the "resort" (which dates from 1948) is through a heavily wooded and freely-accessible park, beautiful in its own right [...]


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