Finally Back on The Road, Exploring Roads Near Hiyoshi Dam
Good Satellite Tracking with three different units, as I rode along the south edge of this road -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Good Satellite Tracking
with three different units, as I rode along the south edge of this road

Over the years I've reported on informal tests with satellite-tracking location-logger units (GPS trackers), such as More GPS Cycling Tests from three years ago, and from six years ago, Another Informal Location-Logger Test (itself a followup to iPhone 4s GPS is Shockingly Good).

When cycling, I try to record my ride on at least three different units, because they tend to fail in the middle of a ride a lot more commonly than one should think, and the data geek in me doesn't want to risk losing data on the ride. I've recorded every one of the 23,827 kilometers I've ridden since getting into real cycling a few years ago, and I love every bit of it. (Hahah, bit... data.... see what I did there? 😀 )

Finally getting my bike fixed (after my frame bit the dust in March), I was able to do my first proper ride in ages the other day (at Strava):

Along on the ride I had three units to track my location:

On The Climb To Rokucho Pass blue is an iPhone 7 orange is a Garmin Edge 820 cycling computer green is a Polar M460 cycling computer -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
On The Climb To Rokucho Pass
blue is an iPhone 7
orange is a Garmin Edge 820 cycling computer
green is a Polar M460 cycling computer

Satellite reception tends to be pretty bad during that climb, so the minor drift seen above is pretty good for all three of them. The blue iPhone track is the most accurate by far, though.

Still Pretty Good even in the mountains on this climb -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Still Pretty Good
even in the mountains on this climb
Not So Good but still totally usable -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Not So Good
but still totally usable
Perfect Again in a flat area -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Perfect Again
in a flat area
What!? Suddenly the Garmin Edge 820 is more than a mile off track -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
What!?
Suddenly the Garmin Edge 820 is more than a mile off track

Just after I got to the river at the left side of the screenshot, the Garmin's location lock started to drift, and for 3½ minutes it was merely pretty bad, but then suddenly it started marching off on a steady, mostly-straight line across the map, like a drunken member of a strolling group who suddenly sees a late-night pancake house and determinedly, though slightly wobbly, homes in on his target, much to the consternation of the others.

After 3½ minutes of that wildly-off-course single-minded deviation, it must have gotten its pancakes, because it stopped updating for two minutes, and then was suddenly back in the general vicinity of correct. After another minute or so of trying to stand without falling over — 10½ minutes after it went totally crazy — it's back in perfect step with reality.

I've seen a lot of bad tracking in the decades that I've been paying attention to this stuff, but nothing even remotely this bad for so long. Just crazy.

The Garmin's tracking was just dandy for the next seven minutes, but then it went bat-shit crazy for the next hour and a half....

An Hour and a Half's Insanity -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
An Hour and a Half's Insanity
Whaaaaaaaaat!?? -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Whaaaaaaaaat!??

And so after almost two hours of this craziness, it fixed itself and was fine for the rest of the trip.

Really weird.

In any case, I was able to use the tracklog from my phone (recorded with Galileo Offline Maps), and so my ride data was saved.

The ride itself was lovely.

For the first two climbs, I consulted with Jason Eisenmenger (seen here) on a kind of power training, where I pick a power level, and try to stick to it for the whole duration, watching the readout from my power-meter pedals, adjusting my effort to try to keep it consistent.

For the first short climb (about 4 minutes at 10%), I thought I'd try to keep an average of 300w, but it turned out to be too steep to use that little power, and I ended up averaging 385w.

My time of 4:03 was much slower than my all-time best of 3:14. In order to equal that best time again, I'd have to average 482w, which I doubt I could do, but if I were to shed 10kg of fat, I'd have to average only about 440w, which would be plausible.

The second climb was much longer, 7.6km @ 5%. For this I aimed to keep a 280w average, and ended up at 287w for the 32:14 it took.

To equal my best-ever time of 27:38, I'd need to maintain 335w, but if I dropped that 10kg, I'd need only 300w, which again is plausible.

So, hopefully getting back into a habit of rides will both increase my fitness and decrease my weight.

After those climbs, I put the power meter away, and just enjoyed the mountains. My goal for the day was to investigate some of the minor roads around Hiyoshi Dam.

Arriving at the Lake made by Hiyoshi Dam -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/350 sec, f/2.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving at the Lake
made by Hiyoshi Dam

There's a long, lovely descent just before arriving here. I first did it two years ago (mentioned on this post), and have now done it many times.

That first time I'd taken it carefully, averaging 65kph (40mph) for the 2:05 it took to find the bottom. Over the next few attempts, I really gave it my all and tried to finish as quickly as possible, and every time I ended up with exactly the same time. It was frustrating.... I just couldn't break that two-minute-five-seconds barrier.

This time, though, I had no intention to try to hard, being so out of shape and out of practice. It's been a long time since I've had my downhill mojo, so I didn't push hard and just had fun. And, of course, I beat my record by one second. 🙂

I didn't have a real camera — only my iPhone — but I've posted photos from this area many times over the years. (Also see my map of blog photos centered on the lake.)

Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/260 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos

One of the roads I explored ended up at a possibly-abandoned dirt race track:

Sad Little Area -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/1400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Sad Little Area
Local Logging -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/390 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Local Logging

One road I explored ended up diving into the lake, as an apparently-little-used slipway:

Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/690 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Return Trip -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/1000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Return Trip
For Bears who don't want to poop in the woods -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/240 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
For Bears
who don't want to poop in the woods
Not a Paved Residential Road -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Not a Paved Residential Road

Most of the roads I checked out had been marked on OpenStreetMap as paved residential roads, which seemed highly unlikely, but before fixing that data I thought that I should check to be sure, so I did. The one above was gravel, but fine on a road bike.

Pausing at Vending Machines so I propped the phone up and used the timer to take a photo -- STIHL Forest Kyoto (STIHLの森京都) -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/900 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Pausing at Vending Machines
so I propped the phone up and used the timer to take a photo
Another Slipway -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/280 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Slipway
This One In Active Use -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/800 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
This One In Active Use
Most of the Road is Gone -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Most of the Road is Gone

It's a bit difficult to see in the photo above, because I took it right from the edge of the road that remained, but much of the road that had been there had fallen into the ravine. I put road in quotes because it was very rough, overgrown gravel. Even if the road hadn't disappeared, I probably would have turned around soon.

There was a parallel road on the other side of the steep ravine, and that was in much better shape...

View of the Fallen Road from across the ravine -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
View of the Fallen Road
from across the ravine

But it, too, became more and more rough as I got deeper into the mountains...

Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Mud Puddle this is where I called it quits on this road, and turned around -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/25 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Mud Puddle
this is where I called it quits on this road, and turned around
Looks More Promising -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Looks More Promising
Beautiful very-well paved, but covered in a deep layer of detritus -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Beautiful
very-well paved, but covered in a deep layer of detritus

iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/730 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
End of the Lovely Road
it joins to a new, modern road that dives into a tunnel,
but also there seems to be a road up over the tunnel....
Above the Tunnel -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/900 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Above the Tunnel
Oops, But It Doesn 't Go Anywhere -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Oops, But It Doesn't Go Anywhere
This Offshoot Seems To Go Somewhere but it's way too steep and cluttered for me to try now -- Nantan, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/730 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
This Offshoot Seems To Go Somewhere
but it's way too steep and cluttered for me to try now

I then took the tunnel, which descends steeply toward the city of Kameoka. After exiting the tunnel is this lovely, steep descent. The fastest time averages 70kph over the whole 1.75km distance, which is too fast for me to take some of the curves it has.

Newly-Planted Rice lots of this in Kameoka -- Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/4000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Newly-Planted Rice
lots of this in Kameoka

My final surprise for the ride was that I made a new personal record (PR) for the climb up the mountain that separates Kameoka from Kyoto. This shocks me even more than the aforementioned descent PR did, as I wasn't even trying to have fun, or anything, with this one... just plodding along, trying to get my fat gut back home. But, as I found out when I got home, I beat my previous best by 23 seconds.

Anyway, it was lovely to be back on the road. I hope my Garmin Edge 820 has its sanity back for good. We'll see.


Nghia and Minh in Kyoto, Part 3

I'm very surprised to find that I prepared this article last year but didn't actually post it. It's the final followup to Minh and Nghia Photoshoot Preview, its Part 2, and wigglegram.

We'd left off while at the Murin'an gardens, so we'll continue with a few more shots from there...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/200 sec, f/9, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
p -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos p
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Cooling Off -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Cooling Off
At the Nanzen Temple 南禅寺 -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
At the Nanzen Temple
南禅寺
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wafting the Smoke Over Yourself is supposed to help what ails you -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Wafting the Smoke Over Yourself
is supposed to help what ails you
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos

A photoshoot at the Nanzen Temple must include a visit to the old (but still functioning) aquaduct.

Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Shot -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Shot

After this shot, I bade them farewell, and they continued on with their Kyoto sightseeing.


The Miniature-Life work of Tatsuya Tanaka
Long Walk Home -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Long Walk Home
Forehand -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/200 sec, f/2.5, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Forehand
Somewhat “ Spongy ” Court -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/200 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Somewhat Spongy Court

I recently went to an amazing art exhibition at the Takashimaya department store in Kyoto. It's now moved on from Kyoto, currently showing in Yokohama for a couple of weeks. Highly recommended for kids and adults alike. Fumie had brought Anthony earlier in the week, and loved it so much that they'd recommended it to me.

It's a selection of the prolific art by Tatsuya Tanaka, the guy behind the 2,500 works at Miniature Calendar, works which are amazing both for their simplicity (we all could have thought of that), and for their level of wit, which (in my case) are better than I could have thought of.

At the exhibition I attended, some works were there live, and some only as photos....

Calm Broccoli World -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Calm Broccoli World
Detail mundane, but somehow interesting -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Detail
mundane, but somehow interesting
Route -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Route
“ Let Me Check My Phone ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Let Me Check My Phone
My Photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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/8, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
My Photo
my photo of His Photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
my photo of
His Photo

Photography and social-media sharing were both encouraged, but it was not a situation where one could make good photos... I had no tripod, and it was crowded, so anything more than a few-seconds pause to take a photo would have been unsociable.

Also, the lighting for the displays was not well thought out (or, were perhaps the best that could be done with what was available). The lighting for the physical display of the large Calm Broccoli World seen above consisted of harsh spotlights directly above each broccoli tree, meaning that the actual points of interest (the people) were all in dark shadow making photography of them by exhibit visitors fairly meaningless.

Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 @ 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos

Time and time again I was struck by the wit of his creations, all just a little better than I could have come up with, yet, as a photographer, I couldn't help but lament at some of his photos.

For example, consider this work that combines a motherboard and rice planters:

Soldering On With the Rice Planting -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Soldering On With the Rice Planting

His photo of this work looks very much like the one above, and the first thought that comes to my mind when I see it is he didn't use a polarizing filter. (I've written about polarizers many times, such as The Effect of a Polarization Filter on Wet Rocks, Etc..)

So, I put on a polarizer for a few shots, to get more of the deep blue of the motherboard...

Wide View -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 7200 — map & image datanearby photos
Wide View
(Too-)Close View -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
(Too-)Close View

These pictures are still no good, but in a controlled environment I thought they could have been very nice.

Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 @ 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
Victory -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 9000 — map & image datanearby photos
Victory
Race my photo of the display photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Race
my photo of the display photo

Here's one that has an aspect that was totally lost on me until Damien pointed it out.

As Presented -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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As Presented

As presented, my eye first went to the right half, which I now realize is a making of kind of photo, with the left half being the final product. But because I didn't see it in the correct order, I didn't really pay attention that the edges of the books were meant to impart a sense of speed.... I just saw books being used as a road. I hope my presentation here lets you get the full effect.

The Victory figurine is in the lower-left of the frame.

This work demonstrates another thing about his art: they have English titles, but all the wit is in the Japanese titles. The English title for this work is simply Spurt, which like most of the English titles are a simple factual word or two, devoid of wit or pun.

The Japanese title, as you can see in the phtoo, is “本”気の走り, which might be translated as the boring earnest riding. The pun is that the first character of the word for earnest also happens to be the character used for book, so with the quotes around that character it might give the sense of feels like riding on a book.

This was probably not the best example because this pun is so corny. Let's try another:

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Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Here's the title card for it:

Troubled Waters 食器 ングな 事故 -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Troubled Waters
食器ングな事故

The Japanese title is a multi-lingual pun. It's nonsensical on the face of it, but it combines the word for dish/tableware with some seemingly-nonsensical sounds to make something that sounds like the English word Shocking, all followed by Accident. Perhaps the wit is lost in the need for an explanation, but it's a fun title to look at and figure it out.

Another Pun The word “ foundation ” is rewritten to start with the golf-exclamation “ Four! ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 Pun

The word foundation is rewritten to start with the golf-exclamation Four!

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Surfing -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Surfing
“ Ride The Wave While It's Fresh ” 新鮮なうちに波に乗れ! -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Ride The Wave While It's Fresh
新鮮なうちに波に乗れ!
Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 @ 50mm — 1/200 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Play Me Some Memories... -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Play Me Some Memories...
This Guy's in Trebel but the Allegations are Baseless -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 Guy's in Trebel
but the Allegations are Baseless
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Staple NYC -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Staple NYC
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“ New Bread Line ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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New Bread Line

The title for this one, 新パン線 (shinpansen, new bread line) is a play off the word for bullet train, 新幹線 (shinkansen, new trunk line).

Which Title is Better? English: “ Toilet ” Japanese: “ Going for a new length record ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Which Title is Better?
English: Toilet
Japanese: Going for a new length record
Library -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Library
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Difference between the live installation and the photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Difference
between the live installation and the photo

There was often a difference between the live instillation and the photo of record for the work, with many differences likely because of how the parts are arranged during setup. In the case above, though, the long distance between the bride/father and the groom/priest makes it all the more funny, but such a distance can't easily be accommodated in a close-up photo, so they're much closer for the photo of record.

Harvest -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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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Harvest

Anyone in Japan recognizes this as a rice harvest, complete with post-harvest field stubble, and rice plants hanging to dry like this.

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There must have been 100 different works on display. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

The exhibit exits to a gift-shop kind of area where you can buy all kinds of miniature things, and the artist's three books.

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I was disappointed to find that two of the three books had only English titles (they're both available on Amazon US, here and here). Since the Japanese titles add so much, I bought the only one that actually had them.


Personalizing Lightroom’s Amazing New “Auto Tone” Feature
Unrelated Cherry-Blossom Snow this photo, from this recent photoshoot , has nothing to do with this post -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Unrelated Cherry-Blossom Snow
this photo, from this recent photoshoot, has nothing to do with this post

Lightroom 7.2 introduced an entirely new version of its Auto Tone feature, a one-click adjustment of photo brightness and contrast to hopefully-pleasing results. The prior version of Auto Tone used what might be called a stupid, brute force method that merely adjusted tone ranges to try find a numeric balance. It wasn't very useful.

The new Auto Tone, however, is fantastic, being powered by an artificial-intelligence engine trained with thousands of hand-tweaked photos from highly-regarded artists. It does a sufficiently-good job that I now use it as part of my new-photo workflow, to give me a better starting point for my own edits. (I should point out, though, that a good photographer wouldn't need any kind of better starting point for edits; a good photographer will do the work prior to pressing the shutter button. I'm not a good photographer.)

As good as the new Auto Tone is, I've found it tends to be a bit heavy handed with saturation for my tastes. I gather that the artists who worked on the photos used to train the AI engine simply prefer to lay on heavy saturation to make the photo pop, and perhaps this is why they are highly regarded and I am not, but it seems cheap to me. I'd prefer not to use that as my starting point.

So, to help quicken my workflow in this area, I added new features to my Bag of Goodies plugin for Lightroom that allow one to perform a personalized Auto Tone.

Your personalizations are configured in a dialog brought up by invoking:

File > Plugin Extras > Configure Personalized Auto Tone and Apply

The configuration dialog is this monstrosity:

The plugin allows each of the nine develop settings that Auto Tone touches to be canceled, scaled back, or enhanced. The details are explained on the plugin home page.

Note that even though the new Auto Tone was introduced in Lightroom 7.2, the plugin requires 7.3 to work, as that's when Adobe added the hooks that make the plugin possible.


Cherry-Blossom Portraits with Monet and May

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Monet
in what was literally the first photo of the shoot

I've remained friends with the family of one of Anthony's preschool classmates, and even though they haven't been in school together for nine years, we still keep in close touch. The other day I did a quick photoshoot of the family's two girls, Monet and May, who should now be about 15 and 13 years old, respectively.

I'm sort of rusty with the camera, so wasn't sure what to expect, but the moment I took the first photo, I knew that the girls would do all the work and I could just press the button; no photographer skill required when they're so photogenic. 🙂


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May
Monet's sister, now 13 years old

They've known me since before they can remember, and were on my blog a lot early on (for example, here's Monet 10 years ago and May 11 years ago). But it's been a while since I'd seen them, and they're now perhaps a bit more conscious of their image, so they were understandably a bit nervous with the big lens pointed at them.


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A Bit Nervous
but nevertheless enjoying themselves

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Stroll Among the Blossoms

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Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 86mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

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Helping Hand
their dad worked as my assistant

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Trying to Do Something with the Blossoms
but Monet outshines them

I knew that they were a bit nervous, and that I'd have their attention for only a short time, so I tried to be quick. From the first photo to the last was just under 11½ minutes.


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Group Portrait

I'd love to do this again when the mom is available, to do a real family portrait. Next time!