A closeup of a sushi chef.
Sunrise at Yakena Straights sometime last year.
A Gallery of images from a recent trip to Ginowan Harbor
I love using wide-angle lenses. The way it distorts reality by making the small look big and the big look small. In this photo the reality is this box is very small; only about 2 feet wide (it's a donation box for visiting the shrine at the top of the stairs. Just about every landscape/seascape or any other wide angle shot, I try and put a foreground element in close to layer the photo allowing the eye to travel through the photo vs. just going to some small element somewhere in the scene. My last photo was less successful in that goal (IMHO) because the ship was so small and bright they eye goes straight for it and skips the shallow rocks in the foreground I was trying to highlight.
What are your thoughts? Agree/Disagree?
Not sure why they do this, but it makes for an interesting photo.
Did a quick look back at some photos from 2009. I am starting to look at my really old files to see if any can make it into my print gallery. Here are a few of the shots that I've looked at so far.
Came across this photo after reviewing my December photos. My friend and I were at Mihama Boardwalk playing around with our flashes, when I saw these young guys dancing and just acting silly. I took a few photos of them and went back to what I was doing with my friend. A few minutes later, one of them comes over to where I was wearing this horse mask. Not able to pass this one up, I got my flash out and took a photo. This is by no means a photo I will feature as one of my best, but it gives a little insight as to what goes on during an evening at Mihama here in Okinawa.
Several posts ago, I posted a photo of a Temple Bell in a location I discovered by driving around Yomitan. At this same location was a large statue of a buddhist monk. This statue is around 15 feet tall but when you add the pedestal and stairs leading up to it, it's about 30 feet in height. This whole area with the bell and statue was provided by a devout buddhist businessman in an effort to honor his religion.
I headed over to the All Okinawa Eisa Festival tonight (Sunday) to see the unique activities of this very popular event. Eisa is a form of Okinawan dance that recoginized the end of summer and honors passed ancestors. All the cities around Okinawa have local competitions and send their best to this festival to compete in 3 days of Eisa dances. I'm including a couple photos and a video (I apologize for the quality of the video, but I had my big 70-200mm lens on my camera at the time and holding 5 lbs of camera and lens over my head can be tough).
Here's a link to an article about Eisa: http://www.japanupdate.com/?id=7062
These painted characters are a fun and unique part of the dance.
Drums are a major component of the music for the dance
Last entry is the video, showing a clip of what the Eisa Dance is like.
My friend is interested in selling me his 70-200mm L, 2.8 lens. It's not one with Image Stabilization, but the quality of the photos is legendary with this lens. While having the Image Stabilization would be nice, the price of that extra bit is significant. He let me keep the lens overnight so I could play around with it. So I went out to the beach near where I work and took some photos. The weather here is pretty nasty, but I was fortunate that the rain let up long enough for me to get some photos. This photo was one I took as I was leaving after the sun was down. With all the clouds, there wasn't any quote "sunset", but from this angle I was able to capture some detail in the clouds which contrasted well with the lanterns.
Here's a photo with the lens on my Canon 7D