A Very Productive Morning

Last Saturday, I decided to head out early to get in a sunrise shoot at Hamahiga Island.  I usually don't get too many keepers from these type of shoots because the exceptional lighting is so fleeting, you usually only get one look from one position before it is all gone.  Fortunately the light had several different stages on this morning and I made a concerted effort to not stick to one area taking a lot of photos of the same thing.  I changed lenses, moved locations and I was fortunate that good light stuck around for awhile.  You can see the captions for some more about each of the following photos.

Rise and Shine 

Decided to get up and catch the sunrise this morning. Had some wonderful and changing light. 

A Difference of 10 Minutes    The previous photo from a sunrise shoot I made yesterday morning. Today's photo was from the same timeframe but 10 minutes earlier. As you can see, it has a completely different light. The sun in this   photo was still behind the low clouds and put out a purple/pastel like colors vs. the bright orange in the later photo. In addition to the light, I used my 60mm Macro lens (120mm equivalent) to get a different look from my normal super wide-angle shots.

A Difference of 10 Minutes

The previous photo from a sunrise shoot I made yesterday morning. Today's photo was from the same timeframe but 10 minutes earlier. As you can see, it has a completely different light. The sun in this photo was still behind the low clouds and put out a purple/pastel like colors vs. the bright orange in the later photo. In addition to the light, I used my 60mm Macro lens (120mm equivalent) to get a different look from my normal super wide-angle shots.

The Last Bit of Sunrise     As I was leaving the beach, packing up my gear, I took one last look at the fading sunrise and was fortunate to catch the sun rays coming through the clouds out onto the distant island to cap off a wonderful morning sunrise.

The Last Bit of Sunrise 

As I was leaving the beach, packing up my gear, I took one last look at the fading sunrise and was fortunate to catch the sun rays coming through the clouds out onto the distant island to cap off a wonderful morning sunrise.

A Little Visitor     After the good light of the sunrise was over I headed to a flower patch for some macro photography.  Finally got around to doing some real macro photography with my 60mm macro lens. The second photo shows the setup

A Little Visitor 

After the good light of the sunrise was over I headed to a flower patch for some macro photography.  Finally got around to doing some real macro photography with my 60mm macro lens. The second photo shows the setup

The setup for macro and a arrow to which flower is above.

The setup for macro and a arrow to which flower is above.

New Years Day Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip on this New Years Day with my wife, two daughters and sister-in-law.  While driving out near Kaishu Doro Bridge, we saw these paragliders getting ready to take off.  I immediately pulled over, hit the hazards and grabbed the camera.  

Flying Into the Light

I've been around U.S. Air Force bases continuously for the past 31 years yet I still am fascinated by watching these miracles of engineering (all different types) pulling off their magic.  It also not bad when you get some crazy clouds and sun rays to add drama. 

 

Long Exposure, a Pop of Flash, and Some Playful Post-Processing = A Creative Exercise

The title pretty much sums it up.  Been bored with the photography lately, had to change things up a bit.  Still waiting for some good sunset/skies here in Okinawa.  Lately just a lot of rain and ugly weather.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 9mm with shutter speed of 15 seconds.  Manually popped a flash at 1/128th power just under the flower at some point during the 15 seconds.  Processed with Lightroom (of course as always) and Perfect Effects 4 and Perfect B&W.

Taking a so so photo and having a little fun with it

I started working on this photo tonight but didn't want to do another standard Okinawa, ocean, sky and limestone shot.  I originally started going with a black and white, but started playing around with the settings of this new photo editing program called OnOne Photosuite.  After I did the B&W conversion I decided to try and blend the color image with the B&W and I really liked the look.  I then increased the green/yellow saturation and brought down the blues.  This isn't something I would do all the time, but it's good to try new things sometimes.  I like it, how about you?

Handheld Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm 4.0L lens.  See processing in main post.