Looking Over the Edge
The shot for today's (May 7th) BLOG is another one of the Azaleas I took on April 29th at Mimuroto-ji. It's from the top of the Azalea hill which featured in the "Among the Azaleas" BLOG on April 29th. The building in the background is the Hondo (main temple hall) at Mimuroto-ji. To get to the Hondo from the location I took this photo is a bit of a walk, down one hill and up another. Since the shot was taken with the lens zoomed to 230mm, it looks about 4.5x closer than it really is.
Mimuroto-ji is a 16 minute walk from Mimurodo station on the Keihan Uji Line. If you're coming from Kyoto's downtown area catch a train on Keihan's Main line and change to the the Uji line at Chushojima. While there's no JR station nearby, there are buses from JR's Obaku station (on JR's Nara line) to just outside Mimoroto-ji (I'm not sure on their frequency though). The JR plus bus option is good if you're coming from around the Kyoto station area.
For the next couple of weeks I have a busy schedule of teaching. After that I hope to be back out handing out a new batch of promotional photo prints. I'm planning for the next few BLOG posts to address some of my most common queries I receive from tourists in Kyoto. My aim is that this BLOG can help you make the most of your time in Kyoto. Also if you see any photos here you'd like as memento of your time in Kyoto, please consider helping support this BLOG by buying prints or other photo gifts by clicking the "Buy" button. Note the Kyoto watermark does NOT appear on any prints or photo gifts purchased.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens with a circular polarising filter. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) file and post processed with DxO Optics Pro. I made following adjustments: DxO Smart Lighting (25%); DxO Clear view (50%); Vibrancy (+25); Contrast (+25); Microcontrast (+25); PRIME Noise Reduction (40%); and Default camera and lens corrections applied.