In the Garden of Sho-ren-in
Well, the Higashiyama Hanatouro is over for another year. I got to go twice this year, the only other time I did that was in 2010. I may share a shot from last night soon, but for now I want share one from the 2014 Higashiyama Hanatouro. On that Hanatouro I explored the northern end of the Hanatouro course. The northern end is a lot less built up than the southern, so it's quite a bit quieter out there. While there I spent over an hour exploring the beautiful gardens of Sho-ren-in (Sho-ren Temple).
Last year I purchased DxO Optics Pro (a photo editing program) and recently I went back to my RAW files from the night visit to Sho-ren-in and got some better results than what I got in iPhoto. This was one of my favourite shots from Sho-ren-in and I think it looks even better after the processing in DxO Optics Pro.
Sho-ren-in is a Buddhist temple in northern Higashiyama, Kyoto. The nearest train station is Higashiyama on the Kyoto Municipal Subway, Tozai Line. The garden is very expansive, you could easily spend a couple of hours there. If you visit Sho-ren-in and nearby Chionin (Chion temple) at a leisurely pace, it could take you half a day! Both have very large grounds with lots to see and photograph.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera on a tripod. If you check the picture info you'll find it was an 8 second exposure, I'm amazed how the lady with the camera in her hand stayed still for that long! This photo was captured as a RAW (.NRW format) and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default camera corrections applied; DxO Smart lighting (slight) applied; DxO ClearView filter applied at default; PRIME Noise Reduction applied; Highlights reduced; and Microcontrast levels increased.