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Lightroom Catalog Maintenance: Clearing Out Edit History For Potential Performance Gains
desktop background image of a garden at the Toji Temple (東寺) in Kyoto Japan during spring -- Serene Japanese Garden 'cause nuts-n-bolts digital maintenance like this post is about can give a headache Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013 -- Toji Temple (東寺) -- Copyright 2013 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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Serene Japanese Garden
'cause nuts-n-bolts digital maintenance like this post is about can give a headache
Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013
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This post is about trimming down the file size of an Adobe Lightroom catalog. In keeping with the off-season them of my previous post (which was filled with fall-foliage photos), this post is sprinkled with a few photos from Kyoto springs past, chosen more for their mentally-calming effect than for photographic quality, which they generally lack. (Sorry)

In a nutshell, if you have a large Lightroom catalog, and if you don't need the detailed editing history for your photos, you might be able to significantly reduce the size of your Lightroom catalog by flushing that edit-history data, which might generally improve overall responsiveness when working in Lightroom.

As one data point, my personal Lightroom catalog holding data for 134,026 photos and videos went from 3.9GB to 1.7GB, a savings of 56%.

desktop background image of cherry blossoms in Japan -- Cherry-Blossom Whiteout -- Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Cherry-Blossom Whiteout
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Before you can do this, you have to decide whether the edit history is data you don't want to keep. It's a log of every change made in the develop module, as illustrated here:

Lightroom allows you to return the image to any given step by clicking on the step in the list, which can be quite convenient while you're working on an image. But if you're like me, it's of practical use only while actively working on an image. For editing states that I want to save over time, I use either snapshots (such as automatically made via my Snapshot on Export plugin), or virtual copies.

So I personally don't need the step-by-step editing history to be saved for years and years in the catalog, so I hope I'll get some benefit by clearing it out.

desktop background image of the rock garden at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan, during cherry blossom season -- Rock Garden Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013 -- Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺) -- Copyright 2013 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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Rock Garden
Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013
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Just how much benefit the clearing-out provides remains an open question. It's obviously better to have a smaller catalog file, though I haven't run any quantitative tests to put a number to it as I have in some earlier write-ups (such as I did in An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings and A Qualitative Analysis of NEF Compression).

A reduction in catalog size clearly makes backups smaller and faster, and you are backing up your Lightroom catalog, right? It contains a lot of data that would be painful if not impossible to recreate if you lost it. But one assumes a smaller file makes any of its database access quicker, and so day-to-day interaction with those aspects of Lightroom should, one reasons, be faster

The procedure is easy, but before doing it, it's perhaps interesting to know the size of your catalog file before flushing edit-history data, as a point of comparison with after. To check the file size, first optimize the catalog (in Lightroom, invoke File > Optimize Catalog..., exit Lightroom, then check the size of the *.lrcat catalog file using Finder or Explorer.

Then make a backup of the catalog file, just in case. You can do so by zipping up a copy in Finder or Explorer, or you can use Lightroom's backup mechanism, though the latter can be excruciatingly slow for large catalogs.

Searching for Improved Performance Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013 -- Toji Temple (東寺) -- Copyright 2013 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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Searching for Improved Performance
Toji Temple (東寺), Kyoto Japan, April 2013

Now to flush the edit-history data. Back in Lightroom, select the images that you want to do this to. I selected everything, but you can select a subset. You might select all but recent photos, for example.

Then enter the Develop module, and invoke Develop > Clear History... menu item, and if you've selected more than one image, you'll be presented with a dialog:

Choose Selected Photos.

You then have to wait a while for the process to complete. Lightroom gives no indication that anything is going on under the hood, but if you have a CPU-activity monitor running, you'll see it working for a while. It's unfortunate that Lightroom doesn't expose this background task's progress so you can know for sure when it's done. If you don't have a CPU-activity monitor, I'll blindly suggest waiting at least a minute for every 25,000 items selected.

You can use Lightroom while this is going on, or just let it sit.

Once you're ready to see the results, again invoke File > Optimize Catalog..., exit Lightroom, and inspect the new size.

Poof your catalog file might be much smaller now -- Copyright 2013 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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Poof
your catalog file might be much smaller now

Mine reduced to less than half of what it had been, but your results will depend on your own editing history, of course. Lots of local-correction brush strokes, for example, makes for much larger history data, so when clearing it out, for much more savings.

If you chose to do this, how much savings for how large a catalog did you get?

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Cherry Blossoms
a nice way to end any post
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Revisiting Kyoto’s Fall Colors: Shugakuin Imperial Villa Last November
Too. Much. Color. volunteer ground crews at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) Nov 2013, Kyoto Japan -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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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Too. Much. Color.
volunteer ground crews at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
Nov 2013, Kyoto Japan

Chatting with a visitor to Kyoto yesterday, she said that she really wanted to see Japan's fall foliage sometime. That prompts me to dip into my archives for a fall-foliage post today, with photos from a visit last November to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in north-east Kyoto.

It was a brilliantly bright day and even with my polarizer filter (which normally has a wonderful effect with fall colors) the photos seem washed out to me, but some are still not too bad.

Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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 is my second visit, the first having been covered starting in My First Visit To Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa where I explain a bit about the place.

Destroyer of Scenic Views I'd prefer them to sprinkle more colorful leaves, rather than rake up what's there -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Destroyer of Scenic Views
I'd prefer them to sprinkle more colorful leaves, rather than rake up what's there

As I explain in the post about my first visit, visiting is only by reserved tour, and it moves along at a brisk pace with little time to stop and compose a photo. Knowing this, I moved forward quickly so that I could stop and have a moment before the rest of the group caught up...

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The First Gate
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Moments Later -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Moments Later
Not Far Inside the Gate -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Not Far Inside the Gate
desktop background image of a narrow garden path at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮), Kyoto Japan -- Narrow Path -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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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Narrow Path
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Stark Sunlight and this really looks as if I didn't use the polarizer. I wonder why. -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Stark Sunlight
and this really looks as if I didn't use the polarizer. I wonder why.
Lower Mossy Angle -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Lower Mossy Angle
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A Bit Better light
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The tour pauses for a moment at some minor outer building.

Minor Outer Building with a couple of rooms -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Minor Outer Building
with a couple of rooms
First Amazing Vista that I just can't photograph well -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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First Amazing Vista
that I just can't photograph well

The tour stops here for a couple of minutes so you can enjoy (and photograph) the view, which is nice, but both times I've been here I've not been able to do it justice. Here are the shots last time..

Later we come across a less-minor building that has some old paintings on the doors, of the hoko rolling floats of the Gion Matsuri Festival held every July for more than a thousand years...

Room with Old Paintings -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Room with Old Paintings

I posted a close up of the painting in an earlier post. In modern times, these old hoko are festooned with lanterns, so look like this and this.

Roof Detail -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Roof Detail
Protruding Nails -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Protruding Nails
Tour Path taken, literally, on the run to stay ahead of the group and get a clean shot -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Tour Path
taken, literally, on the run to stay ahead of the group and get a clean shot

At some point along the path I turned around to get the trailing crowed...

Deep in Conversation tour-guide policeman explaining something to my friend Kentaro Kataoka -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Deep in Conversation
tour-guide policeman explaining something to my friend Kentaro Kataoka

Japanese citizens wanting to visit the imperial sites in Kyoto must make reservations far in advance, but a foreigner (non-Japanese) can often make a same-day reservations. Each group of foreigners can bring one Japanese citizen with them, and this time I brought my masseur friend Kataoka-sensei. (Coincidentally, I had a massage from him today to handle a severely-pulled neck/shoulder muscle; the guy is a miracle worker.)

desktop background image of a gate in a fence at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto Japan -- Another Gate -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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 Gate
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Closer View as 30 folks bear down on me from behind -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Closer View
as 30 folks bear down on me from behind
Climbing Up -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Climbing Up
Nice View -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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 View

To be continued...


Milestones: Twenty Five Years Since First Coming to Japan, and More
Happy A cake from October 29th, 2008 ( placed on this post in 2014 for reasons we'll see below ) -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Happy
A cake from October 29th, 2008
( placed on this post in 2014 for reasons we'll see below )

Today is the 25th anniversary of my first arrival in Japan.
来日25周年になりました!

It was June 19th, 1989 that I flew into Tokyo from California after having finished grad school and then lived with my brothers for several months while waiting for my work visa to be approved. I was met at the airport by Krish Kulkarni, whom I had never met, but had no trouble finding because he's the twin brother of my best friend at grad school, Ram Kulkarni (who later went on to be the best man at my wedding, and I at his).

A day or two later I made my way down to the Kyoto/Osaka region, where I started work as an engineer at Omron Tateishi Denki (オムロン立石電機).

I worked at Omron for about eight years, though spending much of the time in The States at Carnegie Mellon University as a visiting researcher (I was really a babysitter for a room full of computers that Omron had donated).

I eventually moved to The States to work for Yahoo!, but not long before I met the woman I would marry. She happened to be Japanese, and after about eight years in Silicon Valley we moved back to Japan, setting up our lives in Kyoto. That was 10 years ago this spring.

Along the way we moved into where we live now, I picked up photography as a hobby in earnest when I bought my first dSLR, and I started to develop plugins for Adobe Lightroom.

And that brings me to my second milestone. Almost six years ago I released my Geoencoding Support plugin. It was the eighth plugin for Adobe Lightroom out of what so far has been about fifty.

Back then, when I first announced it on October 29th 2008, the plugin didn't have any documentation beyond what I wrote on the announcement post. I should have provided complete documentation, but I didn't..... until today. Today, almost six years later, I finally got around to it, and changed the plugin's home page from a placeholder to a long description of all the plugin can do. If you use the plugin, check it out.

So why didn't I write up the documentation when I released the plugin? My Lightroom catalog tells me that I was busy that day with a party at Anthony's preschool for all the kids who had a birthday in October. So, I thought it would be fitting to post a few photos from that 2008 party today...

Party Preparation -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Party Preparation
“ Happy Birthday! ” -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy Birthday!
Buffet Lunch -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Buffet Lunch
Waiting To Start he'd just turned six years old; now he's 11 -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Waiting To Start
he'd just turned six years old; now he's 11
Building His Sandwich -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Building His Sandwich
Using My Camera A Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is heavy stuff for a newly -minted six year old -- http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 3Gs — f/2.8 — map & image datanearby photos
Using My Camera
A Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is heavy stuff for a newly-minted six year old
http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 3Gs — f/2.8 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Cakes for the three years' worth of kids in the school -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Cakes
for the three years' worth of kids in the school
Showing His Craft Project -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Showing His Craft Project

I was happy to finally get the plugin documentation done today. Some of my other plugins have okay documentation, but perhaps 40 need serious work. Perhaps I'll start on the next in another 25 years...


Unearthly Steak in Japan at Awaji Island’s “Beefland Prince”
desktop background image of Sirloin steak at Beefland Prince (Beefland Taiko; ビーフランド大公) on Awaji Island, Japan -- Literally melts in your mouth Sirloin at Beefland Prince, Awaji Island, Japan ビーフランド大公、淡路島 -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Literally
melts in your mouth
Sirloin at Beefland Prince, Awaji Island, Japan
ビーフランド大公、淡路島
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With Anthony away on a school trip, Fumie and I made a day-trip date to Awaji Island two hours by car south from Kyoto, where our first stop was a late lunch in heaven, A.K.A Beefland Prince.

息子修学旅行中なので、妻と一緒淡路島日帰りデートをしました。まずは「ビーフランド大公」でめっちゃ美味いステーキを戴きました。

Sirloin Lunch -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Sirloin Lunch
Sizzling it's served on a slab of very hot stone, so it continues to sizzle for quite some time -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Sizzling
it's served on a slab of very hot stone, so it continues to sizzle for quite some time

You can't begin to imagine how good this steak was. When I say the steak literally melts in your mouth, I'm literally using the word literally for its literal meaning... the fats in the meat just melt away. It's almost unearthly when compared to any other steak I've ever had in this life (including the fantastic teppanyaki steak I wrote about the other day; as good as it was, it's not in the same class as today's place).

Sadly, it's a two-hour drive away and is pretty pricey, so we can't enjoy it often. We last came four years ago.

Because I'm a camera geek, check out yet another example of the powerful impact a polarizing filter can have, in these two shots of the chopsticks' sleeve:

Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
With Polarizer 偏光フィルタ有り   -   Without Polarizer 偏光フィルタ無し

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What a difference.

I used a polarizer on the steak shots above, but only partially because as I wrote about in my first writeup on using a polarizer filter six years ago, a certain amount of shine/glare is usually appealing with food. I've also presented other examples of the filter with: fall foliage moss · wet rocks · a temple garden · lotus flowers · a stream.

Anyway, this was our third time at this restaurant. I thought I'd posted about it in years past, but for the life of me I can't find any evidence. Here are some shots from our last visit four years ago...

次の写真は4年前写真です。

Sign at the Road -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 58mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Sign at the Road
Outdated Look -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Outdated Look
Entrance -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 50mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance
Inside: Dated and Dirty -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Inside: Dated and Dirty

The impression of the place is not good... until you're served, then all else is forgotten.

For historical-archival purposes, my steak four years ago:

Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos

Fumie had the filet mignon, which tasted just as exquisite but had quite a different look:

Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos

Okay Views From Kyoto’s Shogunzua’s Overlook Today

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Out The View of Kyoto
Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚), Kyoto Japan

We had a brief heavy rain this afternoon a couple of hours before sunset, and so with the clearing air I thought to make a visit to check out the views from the Shogunzuka Overlook, which I haven't been to in a while. (However, the nearby photos link under any photo brings you to the bazillion photos I've posted from up here over the years.)

今日集中豪雨の後、将軍塚からの景色を見に行きました。


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 90mm — 1/320 sec, f/13, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Dynamic

It reminded me of one of the first times I posted photos from up here seven years ago, also after a storm. Photos from that day also appeared on last year's Views of Kyoto From Shogunzuka Over The Years.


Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 116mm — 1/250 sec, f/16, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
More Clouds Rolling Through

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 190mm — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Sundrenched Island

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Southwest Toward Osaka
30km in the distance

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/9, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Sky

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
The End

Most of the clouds were gone a few minutes later, leaving nothing for the setting sun to light up, so that was that.

将軍家から撮った景色色々は以下のリンクで見えます。
Some of my favorite views from this area are seen in Views of Kyoto From Shogunzuka Over The Years, and in: