Cherry-Blossom Portraits with Monet and May

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
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. 🙂


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
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.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Nervous
but nevertheless enjoying themselves

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 150mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stroll Among the Blossoms

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos

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

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 160mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Helping Hand
their dad worked as my assistant

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 82mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
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.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 116mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Portrait

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


Short but Lovely Hike on Mt. Daimonji

I recently made the short hike up Mt. Daimonji to the fire pits (which I first blogged about 11 years ago here), with Damien and Chris Rowthorn, the author of the Lonely Planet guides for Japan and Kyoto. Chris often uses Damien's and my photos on his Inside Kyoto site.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Stairs
it's closer to a walk than a hike

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Super-Hazy View
air is filled with pollen, I guess

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cherry-Blossoms
in the center of the photo, the road leading to the Silver Pavilion Temple

The view from where we were, the center of the , is lovely, but today it was ridiculously hazy...


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

The spec of orange just right of center is the main gate of the Heian Shrine. Compare the photo above to those seen on this post, and this one.

There are lots of paths that crisscross the mountain, and Chris knows them well, so he showed us an alternate way home.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Chance Encounter
with a friend of Chris, who in this shot is explaining something about the area

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Less Steps, more Hike

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Approaching Sunset

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Marker
of some kind

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Canopy

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/25 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arrival at Civilization
at the Hounen-in Temple (法然院)

I'd been to this temple many times (example blog post), but had no idea that a mountain path started here.

The cherry tree seen blossoming in the shot above is at the grave of some apparently-famous writer, so we went over to look. On the way, Chris pointed out this interesting gravestone:


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.7, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Former Baseball Player

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Quiet Resting Place

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.7, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos

All in all, even with our slow pace and all the chatting, the whole walk took only 90 minutes (the walk on Strava). I should do this more often.


Okinawa Ride Day 1

I'm finally getting around to write about my first ride in Okinawa a month ago, which came after my ride to Okinawa. I posted a few photos in a preview post, but I want to keep the full memory of the lovely day, so I'm writing this report.

Mud for Breakfast not really, but the character on the mug, 「泥」, means “ mud ” (a character that we saw here two years ago) -- 14-5 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Mud for Breakfast
not really, but the character on the mug, 「泥」, means mud
(a character that we saw here two years ago)
Ride Preparation looking sharp is half the job ( and Jason is a master at looking sharp on the bike ) -- 14-5 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Ride Preparation
looking sharp is half the job
( and Jason is a master at looking sharp on the bike )
Heading Out of Naha City -- 16 -- Naha, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Out of Naha City

Here's the ride we did:

There are no big mountains in the south of Okinawa where we were, but there are plenty of short/steep hills, including two that average 12% over 600m, this and this. These short, intense climbs are the kind that, when I'm in good shape, I can do very well on, but trying that first one showed me just how weak I really was at the moment. I started out with what I thought was an easy pace, but had to scale even that back.

By the second one I had no illusions about my strength, so took it super easy and took photos during the climb...

Nishiguchi-san Powering Up a particularly-steep section -- 427-64 -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nishiguchi-san Powering Up
a particularly-steep section

Jason had shot ahead to position himself halfway to take some photos...

photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/4300 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Approaching the Top -- 427-64 -- Haebaru-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Approaching the Top

We took a meandering, exploring kind of route that sometimes required getting off the bike...

16-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

... but the results were worth it...

Private Trail -- 16-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Private Trail
Hang Ten or something like that -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hang Ten
or something like that
Just Lovely -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Lovely
Abandoned Pool It must have been wonderful to sit in the pool and enjoy the ocean view -- 390-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Abandoned Pool
It must have been wonderful to sit in the pool and enjoy the ocean view

There was lots of infrastructure in this area that looked to be abandoned, as if the area grew too quickly after the war, and couldn't support what was built.

Racing the Townfolk (really just exchanging pleasant greetings) -- 181 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Racing the Townfolk
(really just exchanging pleasant greetings)
Lunch Stop ウージ畑食堂 -- 食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lunch Stop
ウージ畑食堂

This lunch-only cafe serves wonderful home-made meals for a ridiculously cheap 500 yen (about US $4.50)....

$18 Lunch $18 total for four people -- 食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
$18 Lunch
$18 total for four people
Okinawa Guardian Lion I mentioned these things, which normally adorn roofs above entryways, in a post many years ago -- 食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Okinawa Guardian Lion
I mentioned these things, which normally adorn roofs above entryways, in a post many years ago
食堂ウージ畑 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
“ Cubic ” -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cubic
No Idea what this was -- 389-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Idea
what this was
Spooky Shrine/Tree off the beaten path -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Spooky Shrine/Tree
off the beaten path
Shouting Encouragement -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shouting Encouragement

The guy pushing his bike up the somewhat steep road was likely on his first ever ride, which seemed to be a commute. We'd encountered him early in the climb, prior to our side visit to the spooky tree, at the side of the road not knowing how to deal with his chain having popped off his gears. We showed him and went on our way, only to encounter him again here.

He's got gearing on his bike such that he should be able to easily ride straight up a brick wall, but I guess it can be overwhelming at first.

Nearing the Top of the biggest climb of the day (1.2km @ 9%) photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 46mm — 1/1300 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Nearing the Top
of the biggest climb of the day (1.2km @ 9%)
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Cycle Path with a View -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cycle Path with a View
Where We'd Been -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Where We'd Been
“ Odd Art ” Place The black mannequin art piece sort of weirded Jason out -- 290 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Odd Art Place
The black mannequin art piece sort of weirded Jason out
Brisk Pace -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Brisk Pace
Lovely View lovely descent -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely View
lovely descent

This sweeping road is the kind of dream descent that I'd normally like to ride aggressively (segment at Strava), but in recognition of my weak and out-of-practice state, I made the prudent decision to take it easy, and instead take photos of the group on the way down.

Unfortunately, despite going as slowly as I possibly could, it seems that I couldn't go slow enough to keep them in view behind me, so I eventually put the camera away and just coasted down. It was lovely.

After joining up with another road, the descent continued down toward our next destination, which eventually came into view....

Our Next Destination way out there -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Our Next Destination
way out there
Arriving photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/3500 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Big Fish photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Fish
photo by Jason Eisenmenger

I'd seen this big fish on the Google Maps satellite view and thought it'd be fun to visit.

The location also has a heart bell....

“ Heart Bell ” -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heart Bell
Common Photo-Op -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Common Photo-Op
20% Grade the short little climb ending here is brutally steep -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
20% Grade
the short little climb ending here is brutally steep
Big Bridge in the Background -- 129-2 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Bridge in the Background
Along the Rocky Coast photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- 558 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone SE + iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at an effective 29mm — 1/3700 sec, f/2.2, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Along the Rocky Coast
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Freaky Tree -- 707 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Freaky Tree
Cafe with a View but no seats above, so we went down to the beach -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cafe with a View
but no seats above, so we went down to the beach
Our Order Arrives -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Our Order Arrives
1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Colorful Drink -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Colorful Drink
Warm Sand between your toes -- 1392 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 58mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Warm Sand
between your toes
19-1 -- Nanjo, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Creepy even more so than this one -- Yaese-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 26mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Creepy
even more so than this one
Test Riding Yasuko's Bike seems a smidge on the small side photo by Jason Eisenmenger -- 65-17 -- Yaese-cho, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Test Riding Yasuko's Bike
seems a smidge on the small side
photo by Jason Eisenmenger
Back to Naha -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back to Naha
Planning Tomorrow's Ride -- Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Planning Tomorrow's Ride

To be continued...


Cherry Blossoms are Quite Early in Kyoto This Year

Cherry are blossoming quite a bit early in Kyoto this year. I had a shopping errand to do, so I took the long way to check out a few cherry-blossom spots around town. Unlike a similar outing last year, this year I had only a small little camera with me, so the photos aren't too exciting, but they perhaps give a sense for some of the places. Many were at full bloom already.

Each photo has a map link under it.

Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 37mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Chion'in Temple (知恩院)
Maruyama Park (円山公園) ugly, as usual -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Maruyama Park (円山公園)
ugly, as usual
Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Partially-Retracted Roof The ongoing roof repairs at the Chion'in Temple must be winding up -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Partially-Retracted Roof
The ongoing roof repairs at the Chion'in Temple must be winding up
Maruyama Park's Main Tree -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Maruyama Park's Main Tree
Tourists -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 40mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tourists
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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Large Cemetery -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Large Cemetery
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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nene-no Michi -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nene-no Michi
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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Bridge -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 54mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Bridge -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Bridge -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Don't See Many Of These in Kyoto -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Don't See Many Of These
in Kyoto
Cafe Collabo (カフェコラボ) -- Cafe Collabo (カフェコラボ) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cafe Collabo (カフェコラボ)
Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- Toji-in Temple (等持院) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Toji-in Temple (等持院)
Hirano Shrine from across the street -- サニーハイム金閣寺 -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirano Shrine
from across the street
Hirano Shrine (平野神社) The trees are lovely, but the crowds and the vending stalls ruin it -- Hirano Shrine (平野神社) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirano Shrine (平野神社)
The trees are lovely, but the crowds and the vending stalls ruin it
Hirano Shrine (平野神社) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 60mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirano Shrine (平野神社) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

I swung by the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園), which has some nice blossom areas in its northwest, and wasn't disappointed... it was, by far, the nicest area that I visited today. It had such a lovely vibe.

Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 58mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Any of the nearby photos links under the shots above brings you to other blog posts from this area, including many with wonderful blossoms (such as this) or fall colors (such as this).

Kamo Ohashi Bridge -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊) -- Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 52mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊)
(compare to this photo of the same path last fall) -- Shinnyodo Temple (真如堂本坊) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
(compare to this photo of the same path last fall)
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺)
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 67mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Konkaikomyou-ji Temple (金戒光明寺) -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back Close to Home -- 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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Back Close to Home
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)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Clicking through to the Strava activity below brings you to a map showing all the photos.


R.I.P. My Beloved 2½-year-old Rose X-Lite
Achilles Falls -- Park House Kyoto Okazaki Yuurakusou -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800 — image data
Achilles Falls

My road bike, a Rose X-Lite CRS 3100 Di2 that I got 2½ years ago, suffered a fatal case of death on a ride the other day, when the derailleur came off the bike, ripping part of the frame with it.

Inspecting the Damage -- Uji, 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 — 1/140 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Inspecting the Damage
Hanging Derailleur its mounting bracket ripped in half, taking part of the frame with it -- Uji, 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 — 1/150 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Hanging Derailleur
its mounting bracket ripped in half, taking part of the frame with it

In that moment, the frame was rendered completely useless. A carbon frame is difficult to repair in the best of times, but damage like this, in this location, means the end of the frame. It could never be ridden again.

No real idea why it would suddenly just give way. It could happen, I suppose, if a stick or something got caught in the chain, but that wasn't the case. It was at the start of the first steep hill of the day, so it was when I put in a fair bit of power through the drivechain.

It could have been a slowly-growing crack finally gave way, or that it got damaged during a recent flight. Perhaps most likely is that during a moment of inattentiveness 15 minutes earlier during a stop, I'd let the bike tip over and flop to the ground... perhaps that caused some damage? We'll never know.

My riding partners, who had a lot more experience with on-the-road repairs, set things up so that I could at least push the bike along. Luckily, I wasn't too far from a train station, so I walked the 2½km there (thank goodness for cleat covers). The train company wouldn't let me on the train with the bike, so I left it at the station and took the train home myself, switching to a car to return to pick up the bike.

I left the next day on a trip to The States, so I didn't have time to do anything further. I'll have to get another frame, a new bike.... or maybe both! 🙂