A Change of Scenery
If you're ever in Kyoto (especially the downtown area) in summer it can get really hot. I'm talking about the real summer mid July through to late August, not the first half which is the summer monsoon. Now there are a few places in Kyoto prefecture where you might be able to find a little relief from the summer heat. Places like Miyama, Kurama and Kibune are all good. Another good place that always cooler than the downtown is Ohara and that's where the photo for this BLOG entry was captured.
When most people were away for Obon (a Buddhist festival during which people visit their ancestors graves), we didn't have any classes to teach. While we did have a bit of preparation and admin work to get done during that time, we got the chance to spend about 4 hours in Ohara. Not only was the weather a little bit cooler, the place is full of greenery which makes air so much fresher. We had lunch at very delicious traditional restaurant, before having a look a Sanzen-in (a very famous temple in Ohara), as well as bit of a wander through the greenery. I'm planning to post another couple of photos from Ohara to this BLOG sometime later.
Ohara is set in a valley in the mountains about 12km North of downtown Kyoto. There are no trains to Ohara, so either you'll have to catch a bus or go by private transport. What is not told to you in many travel guidebooks and on other websites is that the best place to catch the bus to Ohara is from just outside Kokusaikaikan (K01) Station on the Kyoto Subway's Karasuma line. Catch a No. 19 Kyoto Bus Co. from stop 3.
Check out my Youtube video from a nearby spot
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2 lens with a circular polarising filter. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Slight adjustments to the tint to make it greener; applied the DxO Smart Lighting filter; toned down the highlights; applied the DxO ClearView filter; increased the Microcontrast; increased the vibrancy; applied PRIME noise reduction; and applied default camera/lens corrections.