Cycling to Miyama with Gorm
Leaving Kyoto via Arashiyama 7:31 AM (+1h 8m) - 13 km (8 miles) taken while cycling at 8 kph (5 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaving Kyoto via Arashiyama
7:31 AM (+1h 8m) - 13 km (8 miles)
taken while cycling at 8 kph (5 mph)

On Wednesday Gorm and I did a 140km (88 mile) cycling ride to Miyama. It had 2,350m (7,800') of vertical climb, and though just a few days prior I had done a much tougher ride, this is the one that wiped me out.

The 7:31 AM (+1h 8m) - 13 km (8 miles) note under the photo above means that it was taken at 7:31am, an hour and 8 minutes of rest and travel (and 13km of travel) after I'd left my house; this kind of note is under each photo to help give a sense of travel.

Slight Detour our main route goes to the left; a surprise awaits to the right 7:32 AM (+1h 9m) - 13 km (8 miles) taken while cycling at 10 kph (6 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Slight Detour
our main route goes to the left; a surprise awaits to the right
7:32 AM (+1h 9m) - 13 km (8 miles)
taken while cycling at 10 kph (6 mph)
Quick Peek at the delightfully-whimsical Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) 7:35 AM (+1h 12m) - 13 km (8.3 miles) -- 愛宕寺前(バス) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Quick Peek
at the delightfully-whimsical Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺)
7:35 AM (+1h 12m) - 13 km (8.3 miles)

Our route took us over a road that I'd not been on since this trip six years ago. It was my first time by bike, and though the climb was long, it wasn't particularly steep. Going down afterwards is always nice...

Heading Down 8:44 AM (+2h 21m) - 29 km (18 miles) taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down
8:44 AM (+2h 21m) - 29 km (18 miles)
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
Nice Scenery 8:47 AM (+2h 24m) - 31 km (19 miles) taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Scenery
8:47 AM (+2h 24m) - 31 km (19 miles)
taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph)
Re-Entering the Forest for the most lovely downhill segment I've seen yet 8:56 AM (+2h 33m) - 33 km (20.5 miles) taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Re-Entering the Forest
for the most lovely downhill segment I've seen yet
8:56 AM (+2h 33m) - 33 km (20.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph)

Sadly, some time soon after taking the photo above, I somehow bumped my camera from its normal raw-format mode to low-quality JPEG mode, and I didn't notice for the rest of the trip. )-:

But this segment of road was just gorgeous, and I probably couldn't capture it well reagardless of camera settings.

8:58 AM (+2h 35m) - 34 km (21 miles) taken while cycling at 20 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
8:58 AM (+2h 35m) - 34 km (21 miles)
taken while cycling at 20 kph (13 mph)
9:01 AM (+2h 38m) - 36 km (22 miles) taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 116mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
9:01 AM (+2h 38m) - 36 km (22 miles)
taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph)
I Never Get Tired of taking selfies in Gorm's sunglasses ( but perhaps this is the first one I've posted ) 9:10 AM (+2h 47m) - 39 km (24 miles) taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
I Never Get Tired
of taking selfies in Gorm's sunglasses
( but perhaps this is the first one I've posted )
9:10 AM (+2h 47m) - 39 km (24 miles)
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)
Driveway to someone's house 9:26 AM (+3h 3m) - 44 km (27 miles) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Driveway
to someone's house
9:26 AM (+3h 3m) - 44 km (27 miles)

We made a brief stop at the pretty farmstead I'd flown by on a ride two weeks prior. I really like the look.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cute Bus Stop right next door -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cute Bus Stop
right next door
Precarious Parking not an inch to spare 9:37 AM (+3h 14m) - 45 km (28 miles) taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Precarious Parking
not an inch to spare
9:37 AM (+3h 14m) - 45 km (28 miles)
taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph)
Abandoned House 9:38 AM (+3h 15m) - 46 km (28.4 miles) taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Abandoned House
9:38 AM (+3h 15m) - 46 km (28.4 miles)
taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph)
“ No Guardrail ” Road now has a guardrail 9:43 AM (+3h 20m) - 47 km (30 miles) taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Guardrail Road
now has a guardrail
9:43 AM (+3h 20m) - 47 km (30 miles)
taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph)
Revisiting This Spot that led this post two weeks ago 10:20 AM (+3h 57m) - 54 km (34 miles) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Revisiting This Spot
that led this post two weeks ago
10:20 AM (+3h 57m) - 54 km (34 miles)
Manual Labor in a rice field 11:10 AM (+4h 47m) - 63 km (39 miles) taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/8000 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Manual Labor
in a rice field
11:10 AM (+4h 47m) - 63 km (39 miles)
taken while cycling at 29 kph (18 mph)
Even More Manual 11:42 AM (+5h 19m) - 71 km (44 miles) taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Even More Manual
11:42 AM (+5h 19m) - 71 km (44 miles)
taken while cycling at 28 kph (18 mph)
Arriving in Miyama 11:53 AM (+5h 30m) - 75 km (46 miles) Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving in Miyama
11:53 AM (+5h 30m) - 75 km (46 miles)
Miyama

We finally arrived in Miyama, the small picturesque village at the midpoint of our trip. A trio of other cyclists had arrived at the same time.

Painter he has a wide variety of... esoteric... stuff 11:54 AM (+5h 31m) - 75 km (46 miles) -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Painter
he has a wide variety of... esoteric... stuff
11:54 AM (+5h 31m) - 75 km (46 miles)
Snack Time! Miyama cafe “ Saika ” (美山 にあるカフェ 「彩花」) -- Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Snack Time!
Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」)
Bifurated Seating our seats were half in, half out, all perfect ( I realize that this is not the proper use of the word “ bifurcate ” , but I claim artistic license.) -- Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bifurated Seating
our seats were half in, half out, all perfect
(I realize that this is not the proper use of the word bifurcate, but I claim artistic license.)
Coffee and Ice Cream both were good -- Miyama cafe Saika (美山にあるカフェ「彩花」) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Coffee and Ice Cream
both were good
Thatch with Thick Moss Layer across from the cafe -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/2500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Thatch with Thick Moss Layer
across from the cafe
Continuing Through Town 12:28 PM (+6h 5m) - 75 km (47 miles) taken while cycling at 11 kph (7 mph) -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 44mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Continuing Through Town
12:28 PM (+6h 5m) - 75 km (47 miles)
taken while cycling at 11 kph (7 mph)
Wimping Out walking down a 30% slope showing his can of Coke as an excuse (because he'd need two hands for the handlebars and one for the Coke) -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wimping Out
walking down a 30% slope
showing his can of Coke as an excuse
(because he'd need two hands for the handlebars and one for the Coke)
View from the Top -- Miyama -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Top

At Gorm's suggestion, I rode up it so that I could create a segment on Strava for it, which I dubbed Miyama Mini Nasty in reference to the Nasty 21% slope shown here.

This segment is steeper, but much shorter.... way too short to be a practically-usable segment, but if someone's got an accurate 1Hz GPS unit, they can have some fun trying to register a fast time.

The road surface of the slope is white concrete, which stands out against the black asphalt of the road leading to and from the slope, so I made the white concrete section the limits of the segment boundaries. This extends the length of the segment to include a flat area at the top, so the overall average slope goes down to 20% (10.8m rise over 55m length), but the main part of the slope is much steeper.

I did it twice (once in 19 seconds, then again in 23 seconds), but Strava noticed only one attempt and credited me with 17 seconds for some reason. Anyway, that was a bit of fun.

Leaving Miyama 12:41 PM (+6h 18m) - 76 km (47 miles) taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leaving Miyama
12:41 PM (+6h 18m) - 76 km (47 miles)
taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph)
There's that Short Steep Slope to the left of center, with two people walking up -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
There's that Short Steep Slope
to the left of center, with two people walking up

The most difficult parts of the ride remained, and I was mentally not looking forward to them because I'd done them in reverse before (here) and if I've seen a mountain road only as a downhill slope, then I find it really rough to think about doing it uphill. It feels counter-intuitive, but these roads feel much longer to me going down than going up.

Once I've done it uphill then I have a different kind of apprehension as I approach it next time, but for today I'd have to do for the first time Sasari Pass from the west, and Hanase Pass from the north, and I was dreading it.

So I put the camera away and just did them, slowly.

At least the last bit of the last climb was a repeat of the return from Cowbell, and I made a new PR on that segment by a few seconds, so that was nice.

I was really wiped out. After the 230km ride around Lake Biwa last week I felt great, and last weekend I felt just fine after a 115km ride with a personal-best 2,660m (8,750') of climb, but this ride today wiped me out.

I probably need mental training more than physical.


Fixing a Fuzzy Viewfinder on a Panasonic LX100

As I posted the other day, I've got a new camera to use while cycling, a Panasonic LX100. I used it on yesterday's 140km mountain ride, but couldn't use the viewfinder because the viewfinder focus (the diopter control) stopped working, and the view via the viewfinder was completely fuzzy (including the information displays that should be sharp and clear even if the image through the lens is not yet focused).

A search on the web quickly showed that this was a common problem sometimes fixed by fiddling with the diopter dial, but usually resulting in a return or a replacement of the product.

Not wanting the hassle of a return, I looked into fixing it myself, and was able to do so easily.

The bottom side of the viewfinder housing has a single small screw, which I removed:


Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
LX100 From Below
with the small housing screw removed

Removing the screw allows the cowling to be removed, leaving some of the innards exposed...


Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
With Viewfinder Cowling Removed

Nikon D4 + Venus 60mm Super Macro f/2.8 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Close Up
of the diopter-adjustment wheel
along with its inside related something-or-other

The little bit of plastic highlighted in the photo above seemed to be close to the wheel, though I couldn't really see what it was for or even if it moved, but I gently poked at it with the screwdriver. (In retrospect, I should have used a toothpick.)

That gentle poking in its general area, along with more movement of the wheel, seems to have done the trick... I could now focus the viewfinder so that I could see the display sharply.

I don't know exactly what I did or why whatever it is worked, but it was easy enough, so I thought I'd mention it in case anyone else has the same problem.


Informal Camera Comparison: Panasonic LX100 vs. Nikon D4
Seeing... -- Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Seeing...
...Double -- Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
...Double

Paul Barr at the Toji-in Temple (等持院) in Kyoto, Japan, in photos taken by two different cameras (whose names are included in the data under each photo).

最近小さいカメラ(パナソニックLX100)を買いました、サイクリングをする時に使うと思います。 僕の普通のカメラ(大きいなニコンのD4)と比べると質はどうでしょうか。京都市等持院でテストをしました、同時二つのカメラを使って、だいたい同じ写真二枚撮っ。結局LX100は結構良かった。この記事写真の下にカメラ名が付いている。

When I started cycling earlier in the year, I brought along my big Nikon D4, carried slung across my back like this so that I'd have it ready to shoot when I wanted (like this).

It's a heavy camera to carry, especially on steep uphill mountain rides, but I like the quality of photograph that it allows me to get. I don't think I'd be able to get these kinds of shots with a smartphone.

But the D4 is big, so for some of the more mountainous rides like this, I reverted back to my older, lighter Nikon D700.

Still, I hoped for something a lot lighter without sacrificing too much image quality, and after some mild searching, decided to give a Panasonic LX100 a try. Among other reviews, the review at DP Review was glowing, and this camera won out on its Enthusiast Compact Camera Roundup, which looks at compactish cameras from the point of view of someone used to a high-end SLR.

In the conclusion to the roundup they declare the LX100 the best with:

The LX100 offers just about everything you could ask it to: a fast, bright lens with an adequate zoom range, a large sensor, and well-thought-out, responsive controls. DSLR and mirrorless slingers searching for an all-in-one compact that will satisfy their needs for control and image quality will not be disappointed with the LX100

Good enough to give it a try.

The first thing I did when I got it was set it to record images in raw and not JPEG (because working with the raw sensor data gives you so much more latitude to work with in post processing, and to recover from exposure disasters that might happen).

Other than that I've not done much more than skim the 332-page manual, so I'm sure I'm not using the camera to its potential, but I'm quite pleased with it so far.

The first cycling outing I used it on was this jaunt with Manu, and then on the 330km ride around Lake Biwa, but before those I put it head to head with my Nikon D4 on a trip to the Toji-in Temple (等持院) with Paul Barr and Damien Douxchamps, a wonderful hidden treasure location that I learned about on a tour with NORU last month.

I tried to take comparable shots, and processed them in Lightroom to taste. It's a very unscientific test... sometimes I screwed up the exposure on one or the other, and had to recover it in Lightroom, but this is what I do anyway, so it's a real-world (for me) test.

Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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 24mm f/1.4 — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Overall, given the convenient size and reasonable quality, I'm happy with the camera. I still need to understand more on how to use it best.

I've only two complaints so far. One is that you can't easily set the time to the exact second, something important when you intend to combine photos with those taken with another camera, or when you intend to geoencode the photos from a tracklog. You'd think that when you set the time to a specific minute, the seconds would start at :00, but it doesn't seem to be that way all the time. I haven't figured out a pattern yet.

The second is that I'd like to have the lens ring, which you can have perform a variety of functions, always be manual focus. That's what the ring does when you're specifically in manual-focus mode, but I'd like it to override autofocus mode temporarily and dump me into manual-focus mode if when activate it.


Bicycle Ride Around Japan’s Largest Lake, Part 1

Wednesday's Outing
230km (143 miles) by bicycle

I had a nice bicycle outing on Wednesday with friends, riding around Lake Biwa (the largest lake in Japan). I ended up covering about 230km (143 miles).

Despite being almost twice as long as my previously-longest ride, it was much easier for two reasons: it was mostly flat (just 1,600m / 5,250' of vertical climb over the 230km, compared to, for example, 2,500m / 8,300' over 99km), and I was much better at keeping myself filled with calories. I'm starting to discover that it's easier to ride the bicycle when you have energy.

Gathering in front of Sanjo Starbucks, Kyoto Japan Gorm Kipperberg , Kumiko Naka , and Joshua Levine 5:38 AM (+12 min) - 1.3 km (0.8 miles) -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Gathering
in front of Sanjo Starbucks, Kyoto Japan
Gorm Kipperberg, Kumiko Naka, and Joshua Levine
5:38 AM (+12 min) - 1.3 km (0.8 miles)

To explain the last line of the caption, the photo was taken at 5:38am, 12 minutes (and 1.3km) after I left my house. Most photos are denoted this way to help give a sense of travel. The elapsed time (+12 min in the example above) is just how long since I left the house, so it includes both travel time and pauses (traffic, chatting, snacks, sightseeing, etc.)

I'm not one to get up that early, much less be out and about already that early, but we knew we had a long day ahead of us, so the meeting time was set for 5:30am. As ridiculously early as that is, the sun is up even earlier... it rose at 4:42 that day. The sun rises early in the Land of the Rising Sun. (I didn't realize until checking the data while writing this post, but the sunrise at 4:42 that day is the earliest of the year.)

Anyway, before we could go around the lake, we had to get to the lake, so we got going and headed over the small mountains in between. This involved two little climbs totaling 200m (650') of elevation gain. We arrived at the lake in great spirits ready to go.

Arriving at Lake Biwa 6:22 AM (+55 min) - 13 km (8.1 miles) taken while cycling at 14 kph (8 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/2500 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving at Lake Biwa
6:22 AM (+55 min) - 13 km (8.1 miles)
taken while cycling at 14 kph (8 mph)

The cyclist at the left in the photo above is not part of our group. He looks to be setting up his bike for a picture, likely before he starts his own trip around the lake.

Photo on the Go 6:23 AM (+56 min) - 13 km (8.2 miles) taken while cycling at 25 kph (15 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 44mm — 1/4000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo on the Go
6:23 AM (+56 min) - 13 km (8.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 25 kph (15 mph)
My Attempt at a “ Selfie ” 6:23 AM (+57 min) - 14 km (8.4 miles) taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
My Attempt at a Selfie
6:23 AM (+57 min) - 14 km (8.4 miles)
taken while cycling at 18 kph (11 mph)
Dawn at the Lake 6:26 AM (+59 min) - 15 km (9.1 miles) (it wasn't really dawn, the sun having been up for almost two hours, but it still felt that way to me.) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/12800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dawn at the Lake
6:26 AM (+59 min) - 15 km (9.1 miles)
(it wasn't really dawn, the sun having been up for almost two hours, but it still felt that way to me.)

We soon stopped at a picturesque spot to take some photos before starting the circumnavigation loop in earnest...

Memorial Photo 6:31 AM (+1h 4m) - 16 km (9.9 miles) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/2500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Memorial Photo
6:31 AM (+1h 4m) - 16 km (9.9 miles)
Misty Morning -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/10000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Misty Morning
Shooting the Breeze -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shooting the Breeze

This was the first attempt at a trip around Lake Biwa for all of us but Joshua, who has done it many times, and his laid-back demenor rubbed off, and we all felt at ease.

Bottom of the Lake 6:35 AM (+1h 8m) - 16 km (10.0 miles) taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/6400 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bottom of the Lake
6:35 AM (+1h 8m) - 16 km (10.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 19 kph (12 mph)

The huge lake narrows in the south to eventually become a river. The bridge seen in the background of the photo above cuts across the bottom of the lake/river, so our route takes us over it to the eastern side of the lake.

The view from the bridge was pretty...

desktop background image of morning view at Lake Biwa, Otsu Japan -- View from the Bridge 6:39 AM (+1h 13m) - 18 km (10.9 miles) -- Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 65mm — 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Bridge
6:39 AM (+1h 13m) - 18 km (10.9 miles)
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Waiting At The Trail Start 6:41 AM (+1h 14m) - 18 km (11.4 miles) -- Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting At The Trail Start
6:41 AM (+1h 14m) - 18 km (11.4 miles)

Immediately at the end of the bridge one can get onto a walking/cycling trail that runs up much of the eastern side of the lake. I had stopped for a minute to take photos, so they waited for me there. Then it was time to being the ride in earnest...

6:43 AM (+1h 16m) - 19 km (11.7 miles) taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
6:43 AM (+1h 16m) - 19 km (11.7 miles)
taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph)
Many Facets of the Shore Area 7:06 AM (+1h 39m) - 29 km (18.2 miles) taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Many Facets of the Shore Area
7:06 AM (+1h 39m) - 29 km (18.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)
Biwako Rainbow Bridge 7:17 AM (+1h 50m) - 35 km (21.5 miles) taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph) -- Moriyama, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Biwako Rainbow Bridge
7:17 AM (+1h 50m) - 35 km (21.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph)

Before the lake really opens up, there's one area where it narrows to less than a mile across, and so there's a big bridge over it at that point. Joshua wouldn't have time to do the whole trip around, so we stopped at the bridge for snacks before he left us with parting advice on the upcoming route, then took the bridge heading back toward Kyoto.

Pause that Refreshes snacks and stretches 7:23 AM (+1h 57m) - 35 km (21.8 miles) -- 琵琶湖大橋東詰(バス) -- Moriyama, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pause that Refreshes
snacks and stretches
7:23 AM (+1h 57m) - 35 km (21.8 miles)
My Caffè Latte it's mellow and rich -- 琵琶湖大橋東詰(バス) -- Moriyama, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
My Caffè Latte
it's mellow and rich

After the break, the three of us (Gorm, Kumiko, and I) continued the trip around. We still had almost 200km (125mi) to go.

At one point we came across a truck with a jet engine mounted on it, shooting its massive exhaust into the trees...

Recycled Jet Engine? 8:00 AM (+2h 33m) - 43 km (26.6 miles) taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph) -- Yasu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Recycled Jet Engine?
8:00 AM (+2h 33m) - 43 km (26.6 miles)
taken while cycling at 25 kph (16 mph)

It was spraying some kind of insecticide, I suppose. They had us wait while they turned it off so that we could pass.

Rice Paddies 8:02 AM (+2h 35m) - 44 km (27.2 miles) taken while cycling at 27 kph (17 mph) -- Yasu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rice Paddies
8:02 AM (+2h 35m) - 44 km (27.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 27 kph (17 mph)

At one point we came near a twisty access road for a temple high up on a mountain (Choumeiji Temple / 長命寺). Gorm and Kumiko kindly waited while I popped up the 150m of vertical climb up a 12% grade. I couldn't access the temple grounds proper with the bicycle, so I didn't have any nice view from up there, but a third of the way back down the access road, a nice view opened up:

Nice View from 100m Above ( a little snippet of) the Lake 8:34 AM (+3h 7m) - 53 km (33.1 miles) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice View from 100m Above (a little snippet of) the Lake
8:34 AM (+3h 7m) - 53 km (33.1 miles)
Continuing 8:45 AM (+3h 19m) - 57 km (35.4 miles) taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Continuing
8:45 AM (+3h 19m) - 57 km (35.4 miles)
taken while cycling at 26 kph (16 mph)
Gorm Always has a Smile 8:48 AM (+3h 21m) - 58 km (36.0 miles) taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Gorm Always has a Smile
8:48 AM (+3h 21m) - 58 km (36.0 miles)
taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph)

I don't know how common a name Gorm is in Norway, where Gorm is from, but had I heard it prior to meeting him I would have thought it was the name of a medieval overlord who ate children for breakfast. But with his incessant smile from the first moment I met him, he's forever made the name Gorm synonymous with robust friend of cheery attitude. (Wikipedia lists various meanings for the word, including a king from the 900s.)

For the record, I have no evidence that Gorm eats children for any meal whatsoever, though as a professor of economics with a PhD from UC Davis, he may well be similar to a medieval overlord; you'd have to ask his students.

8:51 AM (+3h 24m) - 59 km (36.6 miles) taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
8:51 AM (+3h 24m) - 59 km (36.6 miles)
taken while cycling at 21 kph (13 mph)
Passing Over an Inlet River click through for a wide panorama 9:05 AM (+3h 39m) - 65 km (40.3 miles) taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passing Over an Inlet River
click through for a wide panorama
9:05 AM (+3h 39m) - 65 km (40.3 miles)
taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph)
Interesting Sky I like the shadow of the contrail on the apparently-slightly-lower layer of clouds 9:06 AM (+3h 39m) - 65 km (40.4 miles) taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Interesting Sky
I like the shadow of the contrail on the apparently-slightly-lower layer of clouds
9:06 AM (+3h 39m) - 65 km (40.4 miles)
taken while cycling at 24 kph (15 mph)
More Rice Paddies a common sight along much of the east side of the lake 9:09 AM (+3h 42m) - 67 km (41.5 miles) taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph) -- Hikone, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
More Rice Paddies
a common sight along much of the east side of the lake
9:09 AM (+3h 42m) - 67 km (41.5 miles)
taken while cycling at 30 kph (19 mph)
Gulf the lake is about 16km (10mi) wide here 9:52 AM (+4h 25m) - 78 km (48.5 miles) -- Hikone, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Gulf
the lake is about 16km (10mi) wide here
9:52 AM (+4h 25m) - 78 km (48.5 miles)
Right Along the Lake 9:53 AM (+4h 26m) - 78 km (48.7 miles) taken while cycling at 27 kph (17 mph) -- Hikone, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Right Along the Lake
9:53 AM (+4h 26m) - 78 km (48.7 miles)
taken while cycling at 27 kph (17 mph)
Somewhat of a Tropical Feel 10:51 AM (+5h 25m) - 103 km (64.2 miles) taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph) -- Nagahama, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2015 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Somewhat of a Tropical Feel
10:51 AM (+5h 25m) - 103 km (64.2 miles)
taken while cycling at 23 kph (14 mph)

We still hadn't gone even half way yet, and what we'd done so far was mostly flat, though with many small undulations up and down along the way. Some major climbs awaited before we turned the metaphorical corner and started heading home.

Continued here...


Conquering Kyoto’s Seryo Pass with Manu Mohan

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Well-Earned Refreshment
Manu Mohan at Seryo Pass (芹生峠)
680m of elevation (2,230')
Kyoto Japan

Today I went with Manu Mohan on his first real cycling ride.

Manu is a National Scholar student of linguists at Kyoto University who happens to part-time at the convenience store near me, and his easy smile and cheerful attitude made me want to connect with him beyond the 30-seconds snippets at the cash register. When he saw on Facebook that I was into cycling, he expressed interest.

So today we got together for an easy, untaxing first ride.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Meeting Spot
Nijo Castle (二条城)

I somehow had it in my head that he lived near Nijo Castle halfway across town from me, so I suggested that we meet there. It turns out that he lives a short walk from me, so it was silly that we both went over there to meet! But it wasn't totally out of the way from where we were going to go.

Wanting an easy yet satisfying route for his first ride, I thought of my first ride earlier in the year, so we headed north up the gentle slope that is Kyoto city proper toward the mountains.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
10:19am - taken while cycling at 15 kph (9 mph)

Manu's Wachen BF-70F folding bicycle is designed for convenient city travel, and not really appropriate for hills, but he hit his first hill better than I did...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Unfazed by the Hill
10:23am - taken while cycling at 27 kph (17 mph)

He seemed to be fine to continue, so we headed into the mountains, up toward Kibune.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 49mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
On the Way to Kibune
at the same location we stopped the first time I rode here

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.7, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Through Kubune
11:03am - taken while cycling at 8 kph (5 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Kibune Shrine
貴船神社

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Manu is a native speaker of English and an Indian language I don't recall (Hindi?), and even though I came to Japan before he was born, he's much better at Japanese than me. He also speaks Chinese and French, and dabbles in others. Out of my league.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Getting Steeper
11:16am - taken while cycling at 12 kph (7 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
The Top of Kibune
Kibune Shrine Okumiya (貴船神社奥宮)

Manu's bike is not appropriate for the mountains... it's designed for convenience in the city. It can fold up into a conveniently small space, and it's intended for moving in city traffic.

At 14kg (31 lbs) it's heavy, it has short cranks so that you don't get much leverage on the pedals, and its lowest gearing is still a heavy 52/28 (1.86 front-to-rear ratio), meaning that for every revolution of the pedals, you have to give it enough power to rotate the tires 1.86 revolutions. If you're going up a steep slope, that's a lot of power needed each time around.

(By contrast, I think my bike has a lowest gear ratio of about 0.8, meaning it's much easier to keep going up a steep hill.)

Nevertheless, I asked whether he'd like to try continuing farther up the mountain. Beyond where we were, the road quickly becomes quite steep and twisty, and I thought perhaps a taste of this would be useful information for the future.

So we forged on...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Going Vertical
11:29am - taken while cycling at 7 kph (4 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Getting Really Tough
11:29am - taken while cycling at 7 kph (4 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Manu's This is Not Humanly Possible Face
11:31am - taken while cycling at 9 kph (6 mph)

Before turning around, I wanted to give his bike a try, and let me tell you it was difficult. Much much much more difficult than mine. When he tried mine, he felt like he was flying...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
A Different Experience

With my bike he thought he could continue, so we switched and continued on...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Ridiculously Difficult
the photo makes it look like I'm going downhill, but it's very, very uphill
photo by Manu Mohan

Besides being inappropriate for the mountains, Manu's bike is really inappropriate for me. It's probably a bit too small for Manu to begin with, but for me it felt like I was riding a toy like this.

I took it as a challenge... my first assault (if you could call such a slow-motion effort) of Seryu Pass from the difficult southern approach would be on this bike.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Barely Enough Speed
to be considered movement
photo by Manu Mohan

We took our time... we'd ride for 50~100m, then rest, then ride again, then rest again. It got ever steeper.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pausing
near the site of the famous snowball-in-the-wife's-face incident

Manu never gave up, never complained... just kept pushing on. After 3.3km (2mi) of ridiculous 12% grade, we made it to Seryo Pass (芹生峠). It was my first time by bicycle to the pass from this side.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Top of the World

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Elated
to make it at all, but especially so on such a bike
photo by Manu Mohan

By this time it had started to rain — it's now the rainy season in Japan — so we headed down slowly and carefully. It's easier going down.

Some of the views were really nice, though the photo doesn't capture it at all :-(


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Really Great View

We got quite chilly on the way down, so we stopped in Kibune for hot tea and hot noodles. But by the time we left, the rain was coming down in earnest, so we got soaked in no time, and absolutely froze heading home. The UnderArmour Storm windbreaker I brought along and used for the first time was not as waterproof as I had been led to expect, making it the first UnderArmour product (among very many) that I've been disappointed in.

Chilly return aside, it was a fun day and I really enjoyed to get to know Manu more. He's busy with school and work, so I don't know how much time he'll have for cycling (or, with that bicycle, how much inclination), but I hope we ride again soon.