A Silent Evening in Kyoto under the Cherry Blossoms

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Daily Photo – A Silent Evening in Kyoto Under the Cherry Blossoms

The beautiful white cherry blossoms were in full bloom and their gentle petals would fall down like snow, collecting on the ground.

To get here to Kyoto, I took the bus from Osaka — and this was not the most simple thing in the world. I’m used to traveling in strange places and getting around confusing transport systems, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy! The Japanese transportation system is particularly perplexing. The train system is the easiest to figure out. The bus system is second. The subway is last — dead last.

Many of these places I end up have no one that speaks English, so there’s a bit of guesswork involved. After I’m on a bus for 5-10 minutes, I start to have a sneaking suspicion that perhaps I am on the wrong one! With no one to ask or no one to call, it’s a bit more uncertain than I prefer it!

A Silent Evening in Kyoto Under the Cherry Blossoms

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-12 06:12:25
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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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  • casusan

    The cherry blossoms are beautiful Trey – lovely scene!

  • That sky through the trees is amazing! What time of day was this? The wide-angle lens really works on this one, as well.

  • Ryu

    Actually I don’t really think that the subway system in Osaka’s that bad. Just have to remember that different companies own different subways lines, but generally the Osaka system’s pretty easy to comprehend compared to the train systems in other parts of Japan.

    I almost never, never take buses in Japan. JR and subways are more than enough to get around in the major cities. Always hated it when I have to take the stupid bus system in Kyoto. People board from the back of the buses and alight from the front, and it’s always packed in the middle section such that people at the back of the bus have a hard time alighting.

  • Ryu

    And you took a bus to Kyoto? How long did that take you? Shin Kaisoku’s much faster! LOL.

    (sorry for splitting the comments up)

  • Its not related to HDR photos, but a very interesting competitions running with many great shots of the wild life of Europe: http://www.wild-wonders.com/ I’ve been on the outdoor exhibition. Was amazing.
    Just wanted to share with y’all.

  • Deron Kamisato

    “I like Nikon because the shutter sounds much more manly than the Canon, which is, by all practical accounts, a bit effete. When then Nikon fires away, it’s like an AK-47, ripping massive mechano-vibrations across the landscape. I picture rippling soundwaves, blossoming out and leaving a small wake of destruction… I see little wavelets flowing out across grassy fields when I pull the trigger…”

    The best quote ever!

  • Michele

    We love the subway system in Japan – it is actually the only place where English signage can be found!

  • Considering the perpetual crowds in this area, I doubt it was silent!
    For those wishing to try to recreate the shot, it was taken here:
    looking due east, but there are many nicer places for blossoms. Continuing east on that road a bit is much nicer in many respects, but it’s open for traffic so you have to have more patience.

    If you follow the little river on its zig-zag north-east, you’ll find a number of photogenic spots, the best by far for daylight shots being just before it dead-ends into the canal about 1km away.

  • Lovely! Although, never found the subway difficult at all.

  • Where does all the mysterious redish light falling on the trees come from?

    Looks extremely beautiful, maybe the best photo in quite some time.

  • Gary

    While in the Navy in the 80’s, I was stationed in Yokosuka. They taught us to read the primary Kanji symbols so that we could find our way on the train/subway. Never had a problem.

  • Beautiful photo, Trey. What a nice time to be in Japan!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great Sunday, all!!

  • Definitely a good choice with the wide angle lens. That is a hard HDR shot to get, I bet, because of all the branches and teeny details of the blossoms. Good job!

  • Thanks

    Ryu – the bus was about 90 minutes or so, I think ?

    Deron – hehe – I thought a few people would like that!

    iWant – the cherry blossoms are a bit pink – and it just looks more pink by the blue.

  • Chris

    I’m a eeCS major. I assume UofT for you?

  • More Japan pix — yes! Wonderful shot of the blossoms there. I have thousands and thousands of cherry blossom shots. Every morning when I edit photos for the blog, my wife always tells me to post a cherry blossom photo. I think if it were up to her, every day would be cherry blossoms.

    I took that bus once upon a time, a while ago and on my first trip to Japan. I recall the guy at the bus station (at the Osaka airport) spoke perfect English, much to my relief because I didn’t know any Japanese at the time and just had a cheat sheet of some key words I had scribbled down during the fight over. I got on the bus and just slept till the bus driver woke me up at Kyoto station. Rather nice trip, I think.

    I may have mentioned before, but I’m also a comp sci major. And now I’m a photographer. It’s strange, I know several comp sci majors here in Japan, all of them in artistic fields now instead of jobs related to their major. Does something about comp sci lend itself to the arts? Or maybe we see the world a little differently and that eventually leads to more creative endeavors. Dunno. Do you see this too, Trey, or is it just me?

  • Salah

    “We Computer Science majors need to stick together!”
    ROFL!! I like that :=)

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  • I came from working as a software engineer too. What’s going on? My friend and I are both heading to Japan at the end of this week to do some photography and meet up with Alfie. My mate is also a computer science grad. Love our photography.

  • Thanks everyone!

    Salah -hehe – are you a CS major?

    David – that is good to know… id dyou know CS is a branch of Philosophy? This is why we do this I think.

  • @Trey – You know, I thought you were joking (everyone knows CS is math.. and while math can be abstract, it’s application in CS is usually pretty straight forward), but on a whim I read about it on wikipedia, and many claim CS is in fact an area of philosophy. Wow, I had no idea. Maybe this explains all the hours at the campus coffee house, debating zen, hinduism, and the nature of the universe with philosophy majors and motorcycle hippies.

    I think you’ve just blown my mind!

  • The colors are fantastic! I really love the blue sky against the cherry blossoms! I’ve gotta get me a good camera and proper tone mapping software!!

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  • Strange CS Guy

    If you find yourself in Japan again and need help getting from A to B, I’ve found that http://www.hyperdia.com/ is a godsend. It accesses the public train, bus, subway, etc. schedules and pulls down multiple ways to get places, tells you how much each way costs, etc. It’ll even offer short walks between stations if you want it to (it makes things easier some times).

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