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.

Flying Into the Light

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. 


When Should You Give Up On an Image?

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. 

Canon 7D with Canon 24-105 4.0L lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect B&W

Canon 7D with Canon 24-105 4.0L lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect B&W

Optical Illusion

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? 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @9mm.  Processed with Lightroom, Perfect Efex 4 and Perfect B&W.

Going For Simple

Just a nice and easy B&W long exposure seascape.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 9mm.  Used Schneider Variable ND Filter handheld over the lens set at about 6-7 stops to get 5 second exposure.  Processed with Lightroom, Perfect Efex 4 and Perfect B&W

Long Exposure, a Pop of Flash, and Some Playful Post-Processing = A Creative Exercise

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.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 9mm with shutter speed of 15 seconds.  Manually popped a flash at 1/128th power just under the flower at some point during the 15 seconds.  Processed with Lightroom (of course as always) and Perfect Effects 4 and Perfect B&W.

One More B&W...Well Not Quite B&W

I've been anxious to post this photo that I finished editing a couple days ago. 

Handheld Canon 7D with a friend's 8-15mm Fisheye lens.  Processed with Lightroom, Perfect Effects and Perfect B&W

Handheld Canon 7D with a friend's 8-15mm Fisheye lens.  Processed with Lightroom, Perfect Effects and Perfect B&W

 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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Out Near Manza, Part 2 in B&W

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.

Tripod mounted Canon 7D with 24-105mm 4.0L lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect Effects and Perfect B&W.