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.
It's been a couple weeks since I last grabbed my camera and took some photos. I won't get into the combination of factors that kept me away, but it was good to get back into the groove. Unfortunately this wasn't a planned shoot so I was still in my work clothes so I couldn't venture out into the water or bring the tripod real low to try different compositions but I still have a few I like. As I was driving home, I saw some good cloud formations with the sun putting a narrow beam of light onto the water. I had no need to rush home so I turned towards the beach right outside the Torii Station Beach Gate and wondered over to these manmade concrete structures. I took these between 4:30pm - 5:15pm so it wasn't near sunset yet, but I knew the sunset was going to be a wash today. Therefore, from the beginning I knew these were going to be long exposure black and white photos; although some of the color images actually are of interest. I may put some of those up later. Today I'm posting the two best from the shoot today.
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.
A closeup of a sushi chef.
Today's photo is an example of what many photographer commenters would say is what NOT to do with a photo. I have had this photo in my "Need to Work On" collection ever since I first took it outside Florence, italy in Feb 2012. I thought it was a photo with an interesting subject in a fascinating environment. Unfortunately, the several times I worked on this photo, it just never seemed to make an impact; it was lacking something. Many photo commenters say you shouldn't keep trying to make a photo work. If it doesn't work with just a couple minutes of work, then it's not a good photo. I'll sum up their position with a common phrase I used while in the military; "You can't polish a turd". BUT, sometimes the image needs some time to simmer and experimentation to find what can make it work.
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?
Just a nice and easy B&W long exposure seascape.
Two days ago I posted a long article and photo from a trip my wife and I made to Todoroki Falls here in Okinawa. The photo was targeted and focused on how this fern existed in relation to this incredible waterfall. I crafted the photo to tell the story I wanted by darkening the scene (despite the fact it was 10am in the morning) and adding a touch of light to highlight the plant. Today's photo is basically the opposite technique, where with a wide angle lens, I'm capturing the whole scene. It's still a long exposure to get the silky effect on the water but here you can see much more of what's going on. You may ask, which one do I prefer; well it's the targeted one. Most of the time, I prefer that style but it doesn't mean you can't venture into other perspectives as well. I went ahead and converted to black and white, but look real close with my telltale dash of color left behind. Enjoy.
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.
I've been anxious to post this photo that I finished editing a couple days ago.
I am really happy with how it turned out. I had this in my editing queue for a couple months because I liked it but wasn't sure how to make it good enough to meet my standards for putting on the website. I've been experimenting with a technique I am calling the "Not Quite" style where I edit the photo in color, then in B&W and slightly bring back a hint of color by slightly reducing the opacity of the B&W layer. In other words it's not quite color, yet not quite B&W. I'm by no means saying this is anything new, but it's something I'm experimenting with for some photos. In this particular photo I vignetted it heavily to go along with the tunnel effect created by the 8-15mm Fisheye lens I used to take this shot.
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I normally try my best to not show "civilization" in my seascape/landscape photos, but I like this one with the famous ANA Intercontinental Manza Resort. This shows the contrast of the wonderful Okinawa nature and how civilization integrates into it. For those not familiar with Okinawa, the small jar shaped building is a large wedding chapel.