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A Stroll Through a Garden in Kyoto

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Daily Photo – A Stroll Through a Garden in Kyoto

Kyoto has so many temples that it’s almost impossible to visit them all unless you set aside at least one day a week for an entire year. In some ways, they are all the same. The temples are usually not the main event, as opposed to buildings from other religions. The most charming part of all the temples in Japan are the gardens, and that is the reason most people come. Japan is more about the worship of nature rather than a deity that has supposedly inspired a particular building.

A Stroll Through a Garden in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 17:20:33
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Kyoto Travel and Tip Video

Hi Passport Members!

If you’re a Stuck In Customs Passport Member, today you get a super-cool travel tip video from Kyoto!

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from that area for you! 🙂


Two Women In Kyoto

The Golden Pavilion (or Kinkaku-ji for my new Japanese friends)This is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, so of course I had to go.  It's sort of like going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Rudy's BBQ in Austin.It was originally built back in 1397 and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times.  The building itself is as meticulous as the gardens around it.  The Japanese really know how to tend a garden!  There was a fleet of workers all over the grounds, sweeping up and rearranging little bits here and there.  It was all very quaint and wonderful.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Monk In Kyoto

Finding Dinner in the Alleys of Kyoto After exploring an area (and era!) of ancient temples in Kyoto, I was absolutely starving.  I tend to get in a "shooting mode" where I do not undertake basic human necessities like eating, sleeping, and making regular bathroom breaks.  In fact, Nikon makes this great set of diapers you should try.  They're Japanese so there are little buttons that dispose of everything and leave you fresh as a daisy.  Anyway, after shooting, I headed down into the old part of Kyoto to find a traditional Japanese dinner.  I sat there for a long time, enjoying myself thoroughly.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Kyoto Travel and Tip Video

I hope you’ve been enjoying these RATHER high-quality videos we’ve been making recently. I really wanted to thank the team for making it all happen. Here are more tips, tricks, and mind-vitamins from Japan… this time, Kyoto!

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Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

New Origin PC!

I’m getting my new Origin PC all set up now… it’s kind of fun for me to set up new computers! Maybe it’s KIND of a drag to reinstall all the Adobe software, move over my preferences, and this sort of thing. But, at the same time, it makes for a nice clean re-start.

Daily Photo – Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

This came from a single RAW file, which was actually the case with over half my HDRs I processed from Japan. I processed this one with the new Aurora HDR 2019, which I think handles RAW files a little bit better! It’s exciting too because I still have about 30 unprocessed photos from other gardens around the area as well! It’s hard to choose from these gardens because everywhere you look is just as stunning!

Autumn Gardens in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 17:27:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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Autumn in Kyoto

Red Dead Redemption 2

I still give this game my absolute highest recommendation. I’ve played a ton of video games on consoles, and this one may be my absolute favorite!

Daily Photo – Autumn in Kyoto

Japanese people tend to be very close to nature. That’s part of their Shintoism, which basically equates nature with being closer to the eternal. I certainly don’t disagree with that! And this is why you see so many Japanese people out in nature, spending times with trees. During the cherry blossom season, whole families will stake out a Sakura and sit under it all day long.

Autumn in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 17:18:50
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

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Wandering in Kyoto

Japan Highlight Video

Here is a copy of our Japanese highlight video from early in the year – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Wandering in Kyoto

I don’t think I would ever get tired of wandering around streets in Japan. I can’t quite figure out my fascination with it. I’ve really tried to analyze why it is so appealing. I find them all to be organically pleasing on an aesthetic level for one. Also, I like seeing all the little restaurants and funky sake bars, knowing I could just walk into any one of them, any time, sit down and have a rest while putting amazing stuff in my mouth part.

Wandering in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2009-09-28 08:21:36
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

Japan Highlight Video

My team and I recently visited four great cities in Japan as part of our ongoing 80 Stays around the World tour. Check out this short video with highlights from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa!

Daily Photo – Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

To me, this tower looks way cooler at night. In the daytime, it kind of reminds me just of some construction scaffolding. I think it is because of the color patterns of red and white. Also, the shape of the tower can only be compared to the Eiffel Tower, and I think the shape of the Eiffel is more compelling. Hey, I know I’m being really tower-critical, but it is something that I’ve obviously spent too much time thinking about.

Tokyo Tower Just After Dusk

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  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:40:03
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2/3

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Autumn in Kyoto

From the Archives

How about a blast from the past? Here is a Very Old Video from Japan. I made this on one of my first trips there. Obviously, I was still experimenting with video… slo-mo, timelapse, all that jazz. Either way, you’ll definitely enjoy the part with the snow monkeys. 🙂

Daily Photo – Autumn in Kyoto

If you only have a week or so to spend in Japan, I recommend spending an equal amount of time in Tokyo and Kyoto. That way, you get to see the crazy Blade-Runner city side of Tokyo and the pastoral, natural side of Kyoto. I took this photo right in the beginning of Autumn at a temple near Kyoto. By the way, there are about 100 temples just a short drive from the main city, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. I was actually a week or two early before the colors really started to change, but you can already see shape of the incredible colors there.

Autumn in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 18:24:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Tane Going Home in Kyoto

Funny Announcement Video from Taiki Waititi

I don’t know if you’ve seen Thor: Ragnorak, but you should! I was kind of getting tired of super hero movies, but this one was so funny. I think mostly because of the director! He’s a New Zealand guy… check out his intro to the new DVD below.

Daily Photo – Tane Going Home in Kyoto

This shows one of my favorite tiny cultural things in Japan. It’s not just the polite bowing, but it’s the over-the-top polite bowing even as you are walking away! I always feel strange not spinning around and acknowledging the nice bow, but then I’m afraid they would just bow again when I walked away. It would be an infinite loop, and I’d not make it too far.

Tane Going Home in Kyoto

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 01:30:54
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.4
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-7/3

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Entering the Japanese cemetery

Meanwhile in Kyoto…

We had a film crew from Japan Daily with us at the Kyoto Photo Walk. Here is a link to their video and some photos for you.

Getting Permission to fly the quadcopter

I was really bummed out that I didn’t take the time to get permission to fly the quadcopter here. It’s probably completely impossible, but I should have given it a try, at least. Getting permission to get around the rules in Japan is almost impossible.

Daily Photo – Entering the Japanese cemetery

In this area that has these thousands of red gates in Kyoto, there are a few side-paths that go in mysterious directions. Personally, I love to be here at night because it makes everything even more mysterious. This is one of those side-paths that meanders down and eventually up into a remote bamboo forest filled with graves.

Entering the Japanese cemetery

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  • Date Taken2017-11-07 06:21:20
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture6.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-2

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New SmugMug Porfolios – People!

I cannot emphasize how much I think you should put your favorite photos on Smugmug! It’s just the greatest… and even if you don’t consider yourself a professional, it’s still a great way to organize your favorite 10 or 100 or 100+ photos! Hopefully, every few months you update it and have some favorite new ones. Even better, you can turn on the shopping cart and maybe someone will buy your goodies!

Anyway, I now have four, count them 1-2-3-4 portfolios on there. One of the new ones is the People & Portraits portfolio. I’m adding the 7 photos below to it and will re-rank soon!


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1/7 – I thought I’d share 7 kind of random people-photos I just took in the last three weeks in Japan. They are just fun shots of interesting people I saw here and there. Most of these are taken with the Sony A7RII with a manual 35mm f/1.4 lens. For this first one, these are just a few nutty new friends I made in the Shinsekai area of Osaka!


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2/7 – While we were out by the river in Kyoto taking photos, lots of people were on their evening walks and enjoying nature. A lot of people ride around on bikes and put adorable dogs in the baskets. I mean, a lot. This nice lady stopped by when she saw we were quite taken with her doggie. She was giggling forever while we took photos of her dog and patted it.


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3/7 – This was taken on “7-5-3 Day,” on November 15, a very special day in Japan. It’s called Shichi-Go-San (七五三) and is a right of passage for 3/5/7-year-olds. To celebrate the growth and well-being of children, parents dress them up and visit Shinto temples and go through the rituals. And they usually get a few snacks afterward, like any good kid-celebration!


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4/7. Right before the photo walk in Kyoto (thanks again for coming out for that great walk around the secretive geisha-district!), we started at an old temple. Every now and then, we would see monks scurrying about on their business here and there. The sun was going down fast and making some nice shadows here and there.


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5/7 – In each city in Japan, we met up with local Instagram photographers. It’s Autumn season there, and everything is burning red. This one from Kyoto, shows Hikari taking a photo of more red stuff, while wearing the local koyo colors. If you want to see more, just Google “Koyo Japan” and get ready for mind blowage!


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6/7 – While in Osaka, we took a series of tubes to get to Sakai, an older part along the coast where they still make traditional samurai swords and knives in old blacksmithies. We watching this guy make a special knife specifically for cutting sashimi. He looks young doesn’t he? We asked him how old he was, and he said, “41”!


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7/7 – We met this awesome guy while waiting for a train just outside of Osaka. He was standing on the corner and just generally being awesome. I don’t know why, but we all were drawn to his awesomeness, so we went over and started talking and taking photos. He was quite the showman, so we asked what he did (remember, hardly anyone outside of the service industry in Japan speaks English, and neither did he… but like in The Alchemist, there is really one language and you can communicate most anything to most anyone.) – Anyway, he said he plays the guitar and sings at the local zoo! He then opened up his phone and showed us a video of him rocking out to a bunch of kids. Then he started playing the air-guitar and ripping it… he was so funny. Then he got on the train from us. He sat across the way from me and I took this photo just as we pulled away from the station.

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