Serenity: a New Old Desktop Background
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I occasionally post desktop-background-sized versions of pictures that I think might be good for that use, and so my blog's desktop-background photostream and category of desktop-background posts are full of them. I don't actually use many of them myself, though... I think I'm too lazy to bother changing them.

For the last year and a half I've used Destination Unknown (a mountain stairway), and for the year prior to that I used The Color of Kyoto (funky pastel-effect fall foliage), and for the half year before that Daigo Temple Cherry Blossoms. But I switched recently (like I said, first time in a year and a half) to Serenity, which I posted a month ago as part of my series on the Sanzen-in Temple in the mountains of northern Kyoto.

desktop background image of a serene view of the gardens at the Sanzen-in Temple (in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan) -- Serenity Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto Japan -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl,
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto Japan
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You really have to see this one big to appreciate it.... the somewhat sparse tree in the foreground is about the only thing in focus, leaving the garden itself to your imagination. But the relative crispness of the foreground leaves makes the whole image feel sharp. Maybe it's just me, but I really like this one. (What's funny is that I took this by squeezing the camera in a small gap between two walls offering just enough room to see the wonderful view inside, and to grab a photo.)

Anyway, today I added desktop-background-sized images to the original post, and since I wanted to mention with a new post, I went ahead and also just copied it here as well. You can visit the original post and its links if you want the backstory on the temple and our visit there.

Continued here...

One comment so far...

Beautiful photos of family and nature! I lived in Japan for 5 years (now in Singapore) and relate to the everyday images you share. The Ohio series is also a revelation – haven’t wandered about those serene green areas you have captured.

Curious what platform/tools you are using for your blog posts? I like the look/feel/flexibility of the site.

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for your kind words. I wrote about my workflow last year, which still applies. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jay on August 14th, 2009 at 10:47am JST (14 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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