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Horikiri Shobuen (堀切菖蒲園)

Horikiri Shobuen 堀切菖蒲園

As mentioned last time, June is iris (hanashobu) blooming month at Horikiri Shobuen. We arrived early on a Sunday morning but not nearly early enough to avoid the crowd.

iris 花菖蒲 hanashobu

The number of people with gigantic, expensive cameras taking pictures was ridiculous. I don’t understand why these cameras are so popular given the price, size, and weight. I’m pretty sure the pictures don’t come out 10 or 20 times better even though the cameras cost that much more than mine.

I can understand wanting a dSLR at a sporting event, but in most settings, they make no sense. One guy I was standing next to was firing off about 30 shots in a row each time he pointed his camera at a flower. He wasn’t changing the settings or his vantage point between photos. Why would someone want 30 digital pics of the exact same scene? There was no wind so it wasn’t like the flower was moving or somehow changing.

The same goes for tripods. There were loads and loads of tripods people were using to take pictures of flowers. Why? Tripods have their purpose. They can be useful for group photos when you don’t have an extra person with you who isn’t part of the group or for night photography, but you don’t need one to take a picture of a flower in the bright sunshine people!

Sorry for the mini rant.

hanashobu horikiri shobuen

Hiroshige’s take on the same scene a couple hundred years before in one of his “100 Famous Views of Edo” required no DSLR or tripod as far as I know.

2 Responses to “Horikiri Shobuen (堀切菖蒲園)”

  1. 1
    Haf:

    I don’t think that most of the people take these 30 or more pictures for that, but you can combine several pictures of an object that are taken with the same settings to a new picture to reduce the noise with some software products. They average out the noise over all the pictures. But usually four or five pictures are enough for that. In that case, a tripod is mandatory.
    I guess maybe wanting to take the perfect picture with the perfect camera is due to the Japanese way of thinking. I suggest that next time you could ask one of those photographers why they are takng their photos in such a way. 😉
    One thing I can think of where a tripod is good when photographing a flower is when you zoom in a lot, to be able to accommodate for less light hitting the sensor by cranking up the exposure time.

  2. 2
    Hugo:

    I can think of several reason why people want to use big cameras and lenses with tripods to take shots of flowers 😉 . But anyway, thanks for sharing, I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and I must say that you have been giving me lots of ideas for my next trip to Japan, this article is no exception !

    Thank you.

    And if you are around when I visit you will probably see some foreigner with a big camera and a tripod, heh.

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