Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Photos of Kiyosumi Gardens, Tokyo, with Leica IIIG

My mother-in-law lives in Tokyo. She is a wonderful host to us when we visit. Her home is a short walk from the beautiful Kiyosumi Garden. With an interesting history, including the incorporation of natural stones collected from all around Japan, and being owned at one time by the founder of the Mitsubishi empire, today it's a public park that is perfect for a morning stroll.
 
(Click Here) to read more about the history of Kiyosumi Garden.
 
The garden is centered around a large pond, and features a floating teahouse.
 
Kiyosumi Garden, by Reed A. George
Leica IIIG, 5cm f3.5 Elmar Lens with Yellow Filter
Ilford HP5+ Film (iso 400)
 
In addition to the natural stones and traditional Japanese garden trees (including pines, willows, and cherry trees), the garden has a lot of wildlife, like the ducks you see above, as well as turtles.
 
 
Kiyosumi Garden Wildlife, by Reed A. George
Leica IIIG, 5cm f3.5 Elmar Lens with Yellow Filter
Ilford HP5+ Film (iso 400)
 
The Leica IIIG, collapsible Elmar, and 400 speed film are not your classic landscape gear. However, I quite like the images I was able to produce with them here. The yellow filter helped increase the contrast just a little, but it was imperative that I keep the bright sky out of the images. In the first image, I had to crop out a plain white sky.
 
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