On the Old Shopping Street
I'm concluding my mini series on the Fushimi-Momoyama area with this photo from a beautiful old shopping street. This street contains many old shop buildings and some very interesting murals (I might post a couple shots of those later). If you're interested in doing some shopping there, you might need to go a bit earlier than the time I took the photo, I think most places close at about 5pm. I do recommend the ice cream shop which uses milk from Kyoto's Miyama district.
The best access to the Fushimi-Momoyama area is by train. Fushimi-Momoyama on the Keihan Railway's Main line is the best option if you're heading from Kyoto's downtown or Osaka. If you're in the Kyoto Station area use the Kintentsu Railway and alight at Momoyamagoryo-mae. Unfortunately there's no JR station nearby, JR Rail Pass users will need to purchase tickets to travel on the Keihan or Kintentsu railways.
This photo was captured with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 24f/2.8D lens. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default camera and lens corrections applied; DxO Smart lighting applied; DxO ClearView applied (default); PRIME noise reduction applied; Highlights reduced; Blacks increased; Microcontrast increased; and Vibrancy increased.
The weather in Kyoto continues to warm up as we head towards summer. The Azaleas are already blooming about 2 weeks earlier than usual. The Kirishima Azaleas at Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine Park are at about 75% towards full bloom at the moment.
I'm in the process of making a new batch of promotional photo prints that I plan to be handing out over the next week or so in Kyoto. I've also started a new BLOG on my other website to talk more about current news in Japan and any general news from me.