Photos From Arashiyama Bamboo Grove - Part 2

by Ram Ya June. 25, 2017 3226 views

As mentioned on my first post of this series, we had some luck on our way back through this forest. First, we visited the Jojakko-ji Temple nearby so that we can avoid the tourist crowds at the Arashiyama forest. Here are some photos of the beautifully landscaped gardens of this temple.

Jojakko-ji Temple really is a magical place with Zen gardens.

Jojakko-ji Temple really is a magical place with Zen gardens.

Entrance to the temple costs about $10 but is well worth the price.

Entrance to the temple costs about $10 but is well worth the price.

Almost all surfaces, including the rooftops, are covered in moss.

Almost all surfaces, including the rooftops, are covered in moss.

The Japanese style roof of the temple's main building.

The Japanese style roof of the temple's main building.

I believe this is a prayer hall of the Jojakko-ji Temple. However, we couldn't go inside since it was getting too late.

I believe this is a prayer hall of the Jojakko-ji Temple. However, we couldn't go inside since it was getting too late.

Beautiful Japanese red maple in full fall colors

Beautiful Japanese red maple in full fall colors

It was getting dark and most of the tourists had left the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, allowing for an intruder free shot! However, it was getting dark and my poor habit of having auto ISO added a lot of grains to these shots. I am still lucky because my camera's (Canon 6D) low light performance is very good. ​

There were fewer tourists on our way back through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. I got a lot of grains because having auto ISO cranked up the ISO to 12800!

There were fewer tourists on our way back through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. I got a lot of grains because having auto ISO cranked up the ISO to 12800!

Changed the ISO to 800 and now we have a more pleasant photo!

Changed the ISO to 800 and now we have a more pleasant photo!

If I were to do this shoot again, I would go with a remote shutter release so that I can put my camera into Bulb mode when I am at a lower ISO setting. However, I am still not sure how to calculate the shutter speed in Bulb mode (how many seconds to keep the shutter open in order to get the correct exposure). Maybe someone from PhotoBlog can advise?

Trying a different edit

For the photo below, I edited the same photo with the VSCO Film Lightroom Presets. Which one do you like more?

Edited with VSCO Lightroom presets

Edited with VSCO Lightroom presets

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Hehehh Harkler 3 years, 4 months ago

My favourite of your three shots of the path in the grove is the first.  Being an old film freak (and an old-film freak too), the graininess doesn't both me at all, and the better detail in the highlights, plus the overall warmer colour -- and the placement of the people leaving! -- all make it a very attractive picture.

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Ivan Steenkamp 3 years, 4 months ago

All photos are beautiful. I especially like #6 #3 #8.

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Ram Ya Replied to Ivan Steenkamp 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you so much, Ivan. Japan is a really beautiful place grinning

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Russell Smith 3 years, 5 months ago

Great work and beautiful processing on them. $10 is inexpensive the views appear to be worth 100x that. You asked a question about bulb mode and correct length for  the exposure. 1 method I use if going past 30seconds is I try to find a setting that provides a good exposure . Say it is iso 1600 30 seconds at f 5.6. Then I want to drop the iso to say 200. That would be 3 stops . So 1 stop would be 1 min . 2 stops 2min and then to make it to 3 stops  I need to slow my shutter speed to 4min. I am sure there are apps that would allow you to figure out the math. ISO going up (ex 100-200) is one stop. Aperture f2.8 to f4 would be 1 stop (3 clicks on the dial unless you have camera set to 1/2 stop increments ) . Shutter speed is the same 1/500 to 1/250 or 1/500-1/1000 would be 1 stop .  Outside of iso if I run into mental lock for the numbers I remember it as 3 clicks is 1 stop because there is 3 parts of the exposure triangle .

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Jill Bahm Replied to Russell Smith 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Russell. That is helpful info!

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Ram Ya Replied to Russell Smith 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the tip, Russell. Much appreciated.
Here I thought I know everything I need to know about the exposure triangle smile 

I will practice your method in M mode so that it becomes second nature when I am out shooting.
Thanks again.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 5 months ago

Amazing places full of magic. I prefer the unedited one. I do not like the bluish hue of the edit.

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Jill Bahm Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree with Antonio - I like the unedited version. The contrast of the blue-green bamboo and yellow-orange of the grasses add great texture and interest and draw the eye into the image.

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Ram Ya Replied to Jill Bahm 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Jill. Appreciate the input.

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Antonio. The bluish hue makes it artificial, true.

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Ugyen Norbu 3 years, 5 months ago

Very beautiful work especially no. 1, 2 and 4.  You captured perfect images desktop wallpaper (for me) and inspiration to thousands...

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Ram Ya Replied to Ugyen Norbu 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Ugyen. Appreciate your kind words.

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- Kim - 3 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful photos!  I love the peaceful feeling you get from them.

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Ram Ya Replied to - Kim - 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you so much, Kim! I am glad you enjoyed them.

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

#7I like the graininess in this iteration the best

Lovely series! What a magical place.

Beautiful work!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the kind words, Jay. 
It was such a pleasure to be there. Certainly two weeks was not enough!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 4 months ago

My pleasure!  Sorry to be so slow in response. I've been super busy with showing visitors around for the last week or two. I'm way behind in my comments & responses........
Cheers!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

Always good to have visitors, Jay! I hope you are enjoying the company smiley

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 4 months ago

Always glad to see them & always glad to see them go.....(((grin)))

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Timothy Bullock 3 years, 5 months ago

Great photos! love the first one. It has a moody feeling to it.

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Ram Ya Replied to Timothy Bullock 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks a lot, Timothy.
I thought the light inside this lamp made it very special. It goes really well with the fall colors.

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