XDrive Photography Learning – 17 – Rim-Light

Rim Lighting is pretty new to me. I’m so glad Raj is “limiting the session only to basics.” He said, “If you are depending on the available light then backlit conditions offer the best opportunity…” Fascinating!

Click here to learn about rim light and view Raj’s cool shots.

Here are my entries.

#1 Christmas ornament

1/80 sec, f 5.6, and iso 250

#2 Horse

1/50 sec., f7.1, and iso 100 :

#3 Water reflections


#4  Captured at a musical event


I look forward to hearing your critics and feedback, Raj. Thank you so much! 🙂

Click to learn more about rim light.

Strolling the streets of Kyoto

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Strolling the street of Kyoto is very enjoyable, signs are clear and streets are always this clean.

These are residential gates and door ways, beautifully maintained.

Many houses don’t have a gate, but have its character.

The Ishibe Koji is a small traditional Japanese alley. This old stone alley is recognized as the most beautiful street in Kyoto:

Traditional wooden houses are on both sides of the narrow and winding alley.

At the end of the Alley, there are gift shops and tea houses, and a few restaurants. Some shops use Noren, which is a traditional Japanese fabric divider for rooms, doorways, or in windows.

This one below is decorated with a beautiful handmade macrame:

Noren is used to protect the shops from sun, wind, and dust and display the shop’s name.

Even a small shrine has a water-filled basin for people to rinse their hands and mouth, and the handle of the water ladle before they enter the shrine.

Two lovely young ladies were chatting by the street.

Thank you for taking a tour here. 🙂

Fushimi Inari Shrine: An iconic sight in Kyoto

In the 1300 years since the shrine was established in 711AD, people have gathered here to pray for bountiful harvests, business prosperity, the safety of their home and family and the fulfillment of all kinds of other wishes.

Thus it attracts millions of tradesmen, merchants and farmers in the New-Year period.

Unfortunately, it was a rainy day. I managed to take a few photos with my iPhone.

Rain didn’t stop as we were hoping. But, the crowd continued the long, wet hiking trail quietly. With a little patience and luck, I got a couple of shots without the crowd.

Fushimi is famous for its over 10,000 vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari.

The torii gates along the entire trail are donations by individuals and companies, and you can see the donor’s name and the date of the donation on the back of each gate. The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small-sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate.

Fushimi Inari Shrine was on top our tour list. Due to the weather, we made only halfway to the top; it’s 233 metres (764 ft) above sea level.

It was always delightful to see young Japanese lady wearing beautiful Kimono, especially on a rainy day.

Thank you for visiting. 🙂

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Fences

A fence doesn’t stop the photographer taking photos at all. In fact, two layers of fences give better opportunities for some photographers. 🙂

Submitting to Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge.

Clouds over Mount Evans


Clouds come floating into my life,

no longer to carry rain or usher storm,

but to add color to my sunset sky.

– Rabindranath Tagore

Being 10,600 feet above sea level at the Mount Evans, we watched clouds move toward, above, then cross the mountains; such dramatic scenes.


“Who Am I …?” seems a philosophical question. Mr. Sriram uses a set of exquisite photos of nature to interpret. It takes photography to new heights. Take a look.

Thank you for visiting!

Eikando Temple Garden


Eikando Temple one of the premier spots in Kyoto to admire the crimson leaves of autumn maple trees. During the peak time, the place is usually packed wall to wall with people. We visited the temple and garden three weeks before the peak time,  leave are starting to turn into orange and red. It was very a pleasant in the morning, only a few visitors around.



I had learned about Japanese gardens through a few readings before the trip. “The Elegant Garden: Architecture and Landscape of the World Finest Gardens” by Johann Krafter is one of them.

“The type of Japanese garden reaches its culmination of these Zen gardens. This is not a garden like a Western landscaped garden, where a person can walk around for days. The Japanese garden, irrespective of when it was created, is a garden of precisely framed pictures where people enter and remain silent until they reach the next picture, assuming there is another.”  ~ Jahann Krafter

Thank you for visiting! 🙂

WPC: Serene

Mount Evans

Mount Evansis is only 60 miles from Denver, Colorado. It is the highest paved road in North America. A day trip to the top goes through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, from the high plains of Denver through five climate zones to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans.

Here at the Mt. Evans, you can enjoy the stunning landscape, skyscape, and cloudscape. Up on the mountain peak, you get to watch the storm moving…

The climate on the summit of Mount Evans can be extreme, the annual temperature on the summit is about 18 °F (-8 °C). When we were up there, it was at around 20 F degree and sunny; but 30 minutes later, it started snowing and was pretty windy.

Summit Lake is a tarn which sits at 12,836 feet (3,912 m) altitude in a glacial cirque on the north face of Mount Evans.

I could be the thin air or the combination of the silent rocks and rapid change of the cloudscape up on the Mount Evans, Wendell Berry words came to my mind:

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long,

but only by the spiritural journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful,

by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,

and learn to be at home.

~Wendell Berry “The Unforeseen Wilderness”

Thank you for visiting!

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