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.  

Staring at the Sunset

I had bypassed this photo during my first time going through the photos from this location last summer.  Recently as I was doing a quick scull through my library I came across this photo again and decided to take another look at it.  I worked on this in Lightroom enhancing the setting sun color in the sky and slightly increasing the exposure of the bird to stand out a little more.  A little contrast and clarity and it was done.

Moody Falls

This is Azaka Falls here in Okinawa.  They're very easy to get too, but I really struggled on how to compose this area.  The hanging roots with the water flowing through them intrigued me, and I tried some closeups focused on just that spot.  They were alright and may post them again, but in the end I felt the wider look gave it more depth and sense of what was going on there.  I decided to go B&W because of those roots.  I think it gives it a more moody feel than what color can do.

On-Coming Morning

This will be the last one from my early morning excursion to Miyagi Island this past Saturday.  I debated whether to put this one up or not.  It has typical things a landscape photo should; strong foreground objects, large object in the distance, dramatic clouds, good light etc, but just doesn't hit me the way one of my published photos should. Your thoughts are welcome.