Another perspective on my visit to the area around Shurijo Castle
Yesterday my wife and I were driving to an Italia Fest event in Naha. On our way there we had to pass by the Shurijo Castle area and saw some people string some ropes across this pond. My wife said it looked like they would be hanging the Koinobori (Carp Banners). I immediately thought this would be a great location to photograph especially with Shurijo Castle in the background with the pond and banners in the foreground. I decided to head over there this afternoon, but was concerned because the weather was pretty ugly. The daytime shots were nothing special because the sky just was very boring. Fortunately, the castle gets lit up at night so the shot really works better at blue hour. I may try and return if we ever get some good weather and beautiful skies and try for a golden hour shot.
This is the first time I've had a good opportunity to go out shooting since we came back from Okinawa. Still have some more to learn with the new camera to be as quick and make/change settings without thinking about it. For example, in this photo I was playing around with the ISO earlier in the session but forgot to set my ISO back to a low number so this photo was taken at 1250 ISO. The camera dealt with it pretty well along with good noise reduction in Lightroom so its barely noticeable.
I went to a starscape photography workshop a few weeks ago. I haven't been very regular on working on my photos lately, but decided to see what I could get from that night. Unfortunately, it was a pretty cloudy night so I couldn't get any star trails, but I did get some shots where the stars were fairly clear. I'm looking forward to doing some more of this type of shooting but in a location where there is no light pollution.
We've been getting some spectacular clouds and sunsets lately. I headed to these castle ruins, which are about 10 minutes from my work, to see what I could get from here. Initially I was very dissappointed because when you look at the direction of the sunset, there are two very large utility towers and antenna towers. As I explored different angles I finally found one that didn't have too much civilization encroachment. While we have these wonderful sunsets, I'm trying to get out into as many different places I can while they last. You'll probably see quite of few of these over the next weeks. Occasionaly I'll go back to an older image, but I should have a good number to choose from.
This is the view of the whole castle. My last post had you looking through a window from this building. It is a beautiful structure. I was lucky in that it wasn't very crowded this day. Most people were not close to the building because they wanted to take photos from a far distance. I did have to take one person out with Photoshop (can you tell where it was?).
This photo was taken at the Shuri Castle here in Okinawa. The Shuri Castle is the location where the Ryukyu King ruled. There are a lot of castle ruins here in Okinawa, but this is the only one that is still built. The current structures were rebuilt after WW2 to reflect the way it looked in its heyday. I was interested in capturing the roof of the structure outside the window.