Jumping For Joy

New Years Eve in Japan, we all went around Tokyo; Roppongi, Shibuya, Asakusa and Tokyo Tower.  I'm still working on the photos, but I wanted to go ahead and post this one.  It's one of my favorites, showing my daughters' joy of the day.  This was in Asakusa.  Used an off camera flash held by my wife, triggered wirelessly by my 7D and edited with Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

These Festivals Aren't Just Fun and Games

The performers at the All Okinawa Eisa Festival work very hard to get to this point, and they go all out during the performances in front of the judges.  You can tell this guy and putting some energy into his routine.  There are many teams from all the towns throughout Okinawa who compete to represent their hometown at this island wide competition.  We as observers can't truly appreciate the work that goes into this annual event.  To us it's about watching some performances, eat some food, drink some beer (did I mention before that this thing is held in parallel with the Orion Beer Festival?) and just wander around.  There's four photos here, which will probably complete my series from this event.



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SANSEN PLAYER (TRADITIONAL OKINAWA STRINGED INSTRUMENT). They are traditionally made with snakeskin.



A Small Personal Note

Tonight will be just a simple Happy Birthday to my awesome wife.  We've been married for over 25 years and raised three wonderful young ladies.  She's hit a signficant milestone in her life (I'll let you all do the math and make an educated guess) and she's more beautiful than ever and I love her very much.  This photo was from our 25th Anniversary trip to Rome this past February.

Araha Beach Sports - Okinawa, Japan

I took a walk around Araha Beach one evening and was fortunate enough to get a good sunset as a backdrop for the numerous basketball players.  I spent some time in this area trying to get a photo of someone going for a layup.  This was also one of my first outings with my new 580EX flash.  I was experimenting lighting the person, while still keeping the background properly.  I really like this photo not just for the guy with the ball but the expressions on the faces of the kids in the background.