Kyoto - Film and Digital

Kyoto is sort of a photographers paradise. It is chock full of temples and shrines (over 2,000) and fabulously easy to get around. Saved from damage during the bombing of WWII - although more damage has been done by developers since then - it still has many of the older districts and fabulous architecture that must have been commonplace in Japan pre-1940. I have been 5 times now to Kyoto, and still am fascinated by the place. I trekked this time with the express purpose of photographing the famous colours of autumn. The prior year we had gone a couple of weeks early and missed them. We were determined to get it right this time. Actually we ended up maybe 1 week late and just caught the end of the process. Still, it was magical and very much worth it - in spite of very cold and wet weather for much of the time. 

I took along a Hasselblad 500CM and standard Carl Zeiss lens, along with 3 film backs and a lot of positive and negative film. I also took along my new Sigma DP1 and DP2 digital cameras to see just how good the photos would be. The Hasselblad was not used anywhere nears as much as a wanted as it rained a lot and the thing simply became a burden. The Sigma's were much more manageable in the weather and could be used with gloves. A lesson learned about portability. The photos I did get from the Hasselblad were lovely, but using faster than anticipated film (due to poor light) meant I did not get the kind of colours from the film that I was anticipating.  The digital pictures are presented here with almost no editing at all.

So - we need to make more trips to Kyoto for me to get the kind of results I would like to get from my larger format cameras. I cannot think of a better thing to do….

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Red autumn leaves. Hasselblad 500CM, Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8, Kodak Portra 400VC colour negative film

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Autumn leaves. Hasselblad 500CM, Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8, Kodak Portra 400VC colour negative film

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Sake barrels - Hasselblad 500CM, Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8, Fuji Provia 400X positive film

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Temple lantern, Hasselblad 500CM, Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8, Fuji Pro160S colour negative film


Used prayer sticks. Sigma DP1 Merrill


Bridge. Sigma DP1 Merrill.


Gion umbrellas - Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 50mm F1.2L


Colourful temple. Sigma DP1 Merrill.


Autumn bokeh. Sigma DP2 Merrill.


Leaf carpet. Sigma DP1 Merrill.


Bamboo forest Arashiyama. Sigma DP2 Merrill.


Coins. Sigma DP2 Merrill.


Bell. Sigma DP2 Merrill.


Leaves on a roof. Sigma DP1 Merrill.


Entrance. Sigma DP1 Merrill.


Up close and personal. Sigma DP2 Merrill.

© David Runacres 2014