Last Saturday, I decided to head out early to get in a sunrise shoot at Hamahiga Island. I usually don't get too many keepers from these type of shoots because the exceptional lighting is so fleeting, you usually only get one look from one position before it is all gone. Fortunately the light had several different stages on this morning and I made a concerted effort to not stick to one area taking a lot of photos of the same thing. I changed lenses, moved locations and I was fortunate that good light stuck around for awhile. You can see the captions for some more about each of the following photos.
Most landscape photos are with wide-angle lenses. This technique is often used to show-off the grand scale of a beautiful scene. By using foreground objects with a wide-angle lens you can make perception tricks, making small near objects look larger than massive far away one. I will normally do landscape images in this fashion, but yesterday I wanted to try something different.
It has been a few weeks since I made a concerted effort to go out and shoot. Lately I've spent a lot of time digitizing old photos and VHS tapes and the skies here have not been very exciting for awhile now. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to get out and take some photos. I headed out an hour before sunset and while driving to the west side of the island, I still had not decided where I wanted to go. As I was driving I was watching the skies and thinking what would be a good composition. As I approached Kadena Marina, I had an idea and decided to pull in and see how it would come together. I thought it might be interesting to do a telephoto shot of the island with the sunset in the background. Fortunately I arrived about 20 minutes before sunset and did some quick scouting to see what look I wanted. Of course one of the challenges of sunset shooting is you usually only get one, maybe two, compositions before the sun is gone so you need to be firm with what you want to go with before setting up because, you can't really decide as you capturing the moment that this isn't going to work and try other alternatives. This is also why we landscape photographers will go to a location over and over again because the light can be different every day and present new looks, and we can try those other compositions we considered but couldn't do with the 10-20 minutes one has with a sunset. As I was doing my scouting, I saw the upturned row boat out on the island and definitely decided to go with the telephoto route so I could clearly see the boat in the photo. I did take some wide-angle photos, and may post them some time, but I liked this look better for this day.
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.
This will be the last one from my early morning excursion to Miyagi Island this past Saturday. I debated whether to put this one up or not. It has typical things a landscape photo should; strong foreground objects, large object in the distance, dramatic clouds, good light etc, but just doesn't hit me the way one of my published photos should. Your thoughts are welcome.
The last couple days, I've been putting photos up from an early morning excursion I made to Miyagi Island here on Okinawa. When I arrived to my location about 1 hour before sunrise, I was surprised to see a very clear night full of stars. I was not prepared to do this type of photography so I was just able to get a few shots off of a clear area with the stars in abundance (the clouds were starting to come in as I was getting my camera prepared). I didn't have a strong flashlight so I couldn't find an object to focus on so I had to do some guessing on focus. The lens I was using doesn't have a focus limiter so I couldn't focus on infinity, the focus ring just keeps turning; YES, all my DSLR friends I know all your Canon and Nikon lenses don't have that problem. While by no means is this some great photograph, but I thought I'd share it anyway so you could share that same moment I had at 4:30am
Decided to head out to Miyagi island around 4:30am yesterday morning. Fortunately, the sky cooperated, but unfortunately it wasn't until later in the morning, around 7am, that it turned. I really didn't have to get up so early after all
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.
Not a very imaginative title, but I really don't have much to say about this photo.
Some long exposure HDR.
Decided to try something different for sunset today. Instead of heading to the west side of the island where I usually go for sunsets; I decided to stay on the east side and go to White Beach Navy base. This base sits on a point where you can see the sunset over the main island and It also has these very cool rock outcroppings just off-shore. Unfortunately, I didn't plan very well and the actual sunset was a bit too far to the north so it didn't line up with what I had in mind. I have a program (The Photographer's Ephemeris) that will give sunset direction, and all kinds of info important to landscape photography planning, but I was in a hurry and didn't look at it before I headed out. I'll have to look at this program to see when the sunset will line up with my vision. I added a screenshot from this program below so you can see where I was and you can see the dark orange line where the direction of sunset was today. I also have a picture of my makeshift tripod I had to use since these were long exposure photos and I still don't have my tripod I left in the States. I am not totally pleased with this photo. Without a good tripod I can see some camera shake when you zoom into the islands. I'm going to go ahead and put this out there anyway just so you can see what I was doing this evening.
A Gallery of images from a recent trip to Ginowan Harbor