A Very Starry Night (well early morning actually)

The last couple days, I've been putting photos up from an early morning excursion I made to Miyagi Island here on Okinawa.  When I arrived to my location about 1 hour before sunrise, I was surprised to see a very clear night full of stars.  I was not prepared to do this type of photography so I was just able to get a few shots off of a clear area with the stars in abundance (the clouds were starting to come in as I was getting my camera prepared).  I didn't have a strong flashlight so I couldn't find an object to focus on so I had to do some guessing on focus.  The lens I was using doesn't have a focus limiter so I couldn't focus on infinity, the focus ring just keeps turning; YES, all my DSLR friends I know all your Canon and Nikon lenses don't have that problem.  While by no means is this some great photograph, but I thought I'd share it anyway so you could share that same moment I had at 4:30am

One More From Mihama Ferris Wheel

Not much too say with this one.  Waited a little later after it really got dark to get the reflection in the water.   Still amazed at the detail this camera is capturing.  

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @9mm.  Processed with Lightroom, Photoshop and Perfect Effects 4

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 9mm.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 4.

Asakusa Sensoji Temple New Years Eve

We're back in Okinawa.  A bit disappointed; it's always tough to leave Tokyo but we had a great time visiting friends and family and just hanging out together.  As I said in the previous post I didn't have any time to do any photography on my own so the vast majority is family oriented.  I did experiment a lot with off camera flash and learned a few things.  These photos are a two of the few I was able to get while running around following the family around.  We went to Asakusa Sensoji Temple New Years Eve and as you can imagine it was a bit crowded.  Despite the crowds, we were able to have dinner in the nearby market area.  After visiting the Temple, we went to the Tokyo Tower to see the city by night.

I did get a bit creative with the processing with Color Efex Pro. 

Sensoji Temple

Cleaning with Incense Smoke

 

Great Time Here in Tokyo, but...

My family and I are having a great time here in our hometown of Tokyo, but I haven't accomplished very much photographically that I hoped to get done.  I've had no time to go out on my own (not that big of a deal, I'll be back in the area on my own in a couple weeks), I was hoping to complete selecting my "Best of 2012" photos and have a post about that, I was hoping to make some progress on my refreshed website (notta), and finally wanted to start putting together some of the timelapse footage I have (once again notta).  I guess it will all have to wait until we get back to Okinawa.  For the meantime, here are three photos from Tokyo Tower on New Years Eve.

Tokyo and the Rainow Bridge

 

 

A Night at the Castle

I went to a starscape photography workshop a few weeks ago.  I haven't been very regular on working on my photos lately, but decided to see what I could get from that night.  Unfortunately, it was a pretty cloudy night so I couldn't get any star trails, but I did get some shots where the stars were fairly clear.  I'm looking forward to doing some more of this type of shooting but in a location where there is no light pollution.