On a Summer’s Morning
This photo finishes off my "August" photos for this BLOG for this year. I know it's a few weeks late, I've had a very busy time over the last couple of weeks. Today I'm posting up two blogs, to catch up a bit.
I took this photo on the same day as the Geisha Tea House (2 BLOGs ago), but it's was actually near to the Kabuki Theatre in the previous BLOG. From the Tea House I took a walk along a traditional neighbourhood all the way up to Gojo Dori, from there I walked along the Kamogawa (Kamo river) back to Shijo Dori. I took a number of photos on the way, but this one which was the last one I took that day, just sums up the mood of a quiet summers morning in Kyoto. One thing you will notice if you come to Kyoto is that almost no shops open until 11am, which does make mornings rather quiet in the city.
If you're staying in downtown Kyoto, a stroll along the Kamogawa is a good way to start a morning on a fine day, regardless of the season. Even if you're not staying in the city the Keihan Railway follows it's course on the east bank (albeit underground) from Shichijo station up to Demachiyanagi station (the terminus), so exit at those stations or any in between to see the river. Kawaramachi station on the Hankyu Railway and Sanjokeihan station on the Kyoto Subway's Tozai line are also close to the river.
At night in pleasant weather the riverside becomes more lively as many young people congregate on the west bank between Shijo Dori and Sanjo Dori, sometimes there are even buskers performing. Perhaps I will blog a bit more about that later.
This photo was captured with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF 50f/1.8 lens with a circular polarising filter. In iPhoto I cropped the image, increased the contrast and warmed white balance slightly.