Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
The fall-foliage season is in full swing in Kyoto, and with the number of photos I take in an outing I'm quickly filling up my laptop's disk. So before I can even look at this year's photos, I need to make room for them by cleaning up prior years' stuff. I've spent the last couple of months going through my photos from 2012, and have worked my way through to late November 2012, and my first visit to Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and realize that I hadn't even looked at all those photos yet.
So, here are two more from that trip.
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 900 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos
on the roof of the ticket-taker booth
The Kosanji Temple (高山寺; often incorrectly called the “Kozanji Temple”)
Paul Barr is back in Kyoto for the first time in a year, as is the fall-foliage season. Paul, Damien Douxchamps, and I made our way out to the Takao (高雄) area in the mountains of north-western Kyoto to see the fall colors. It was my first outing for fall colors this year (though in the past month or so I've posted a lot of fall-foliage shots from prior years, including here, here, here, here, and here).
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 500 — map & image data — nearby photos
it's still early in the season
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600 — map & image data — nearby photos
I love this kind of roof, and the “rain chain” (kusaridori; 鎖樋)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
from 1985 (though it looks like it could be 1885 or 1685)!
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image data — nearby photos
at the Saimyouji Temple (西明寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image data — nearby photos
at the Jingoji Temple (神護寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2500 — map & image data — nearby photos
final steps of a very, very long winding flight of steps from the bottom of the mountain
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 450 — map & image data — nearby photos
of the temple roofs in the background
And, to celebrate Paul's return to Kyoto after a year...
To be continued...
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/22, ISO 5000 — map & image data — nearby photos
of a minor wall at the Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所)
The grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace are open for tours most days, and like other imperial palaces in the area (Shugakuin, Sento, and, Katsura), holders of a foreign passport can visit pretty easily. It's much more difficult for a Japanese citizen to visit, except during a special open house for a few days each year.
During the open house, huge throngs of tourists (Japanese and foreign alike) visit, which makes it unappealing to someone who can visit on a less-crowded regular-tour day, but after finally making my first visit to the palace last week, I realized a great benefit to a photography-minded visitor of going during the open house: you can move at your own pace, and can stay as long as you like. (On the standard tours, your movements are tightly controlled and the group moves at a brisk pace.)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/3200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所)
one of half a dozen entrances along the almost-mile of surrounding wall
The palace is located within a larger city park that's always open to the public. Here's the Map view in Lightroom, with the yellow marker near the top where I was standing when I took the photo above (aiming at the gate in the wall to the south west of the marker):
The center block is the imperial palace, and as you can see from the other markers for other photos I took, only about half of the grounds are accessible to tourists.
The gate in the north wall (seen above, from outside) is similar to the south-east gate seen in the three-lovely-ladies wigglegram the other day, though that view is from the inside.
The only other photo showing on the map outside the palace walls is this next one, of the main entrance gate, after we'd had our bags inspected by police...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
for use by visiting dignitaries
The first thing you see when you enter the grounds is a receiving entrance to a palace building. None of the buildings are open to the public, so the entrance is probably not used more than once or twice a century (since the emperor no longer lives here). Anyway, I love the detail in the construction of the ornate roof...
The site has many buildings and courtyards and walls and areas, and sometimes the view through a door would be across a courtyard through another door. I liked the geometry.
For some reason, an ox-drawn cart on display garnered a lot of attention...
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 110 — map & image data — nearby photos
The leading photo of this article (“Roof”) was taken here, on the left side of the doorway.
There's not much exciting here, but it's been a while since I posted something, so here we are. At the doorway seen in the photo above, I took photos to make a wigglegram, and so I've been stalled at this point in my photos because for the last several days I've been consumed with improving my wigglegram-making software. It's really been quite fun (though the math makes my brain melt). I find it particularly interesting how different crops on the same set of photos can result in vastly different end effects. We'll see some examples soon.
To be continued...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/3200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
main gate of the Chion'in Temple
I was surprised today to notice that the huge main gate of the Chion'in Temple (Kyoto, Japan) is in the process of getting a huge wooden scaffolding. It seems that it'll be having its roof tiles repaired for the next couple of months.
This construction is in addition to the multi-year renovation of the main hall that includes taking apart its roof, but as I belatedly discovered the other day, there's so much more to this site, so it's well worth a visit.
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
piled up on the main stairs up into the center of the gate
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/800 sec, f/1.6, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
(the scaffolding is bigger than Damien)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.6, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
this temple should be called the
As I mentioned in a recent post, this place has a lot of flights of stairs. The flight seen above, parallel off to the side of the main flight that goes through the big gate, is now used as the main way to the temple proper.
From up the stairs a bit, looking back toward the back of the main gate...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
these young ladies were quite the attraction for photo ops
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.
Here's the wigglegram:
Animatable — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view effect
Because the individual frames are taken manually (as I sweep myself and the camera from one side to the other while the camera fires a burst of 10 to 20 frames), they're all jumbled and misaligned, so before a wigglegram can be made I must somehow line them all up. This is a royal pain to try to do manually in Lightroom, so for a while I had a system where I used some features of the Hugin photo stitcher that sometimes worked like magic, but more often gave unusable Salvador-Dali like results.
So I finally bit the bullet and dusted off my trigonometry and built a Lightroom plugin that allows me to straight and crop the group automatically. The concept was simple, I thought, but it turns out that converting natural thoughts of alignment and rotation do not map at all to how Lightroom does it internally, and wrapping my brain around it enough to bridge the gap was one of the hardest, most frustrating things I've attempted in a very long time. Frankly, my brain is just not cut out for math. (This, despite my undergraduate degree officially being in math.)
Anyway, the upshot is that now there's much less friction for me to make wigglegrams, so I plan to post more of them.
To be continued...