A Very Productive Morning

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.

Rise and Shine 

Decided to get up and catch the sunrise this morning. Had some wonderful and changing light. 

A Difference of 10 Minutes    The previous photo from a sunrise shoot I made yesterday morning. Today's photo was from the same timeframe but 10 minutes earlier. As you can see, it has a completely different light. The sun in this   photo was still behind the low clouds and put out a purple/pastel like colors vs. the bright orange in the later photo. In addition to the light, I used my 60mm Macro lens (120mm equivalent) to get a different look from my normal super wide-angle shots.

A Difference of 10 Minutes

The previous photo from a sunrise shoot I made yesterday morning. Today's photo was from the same timeframe but 10 minutes earlier. As you can see, it has a completely different light. The sun in this photo was still behind the low clouds and put out a purple/pastel like colors vs. the bright orange in the later photo. In addition to the light, I used my 60mm Macro lens (120mm equivalent) to get a different look from my normal super wide-angle shots.

The Last Bit of Sunrise     As I was leaving the beach, packing up my gear, I took one last look at the fading sunrise and was fortunate to catch the sun rays coming through the clouds out onto the distant island to cap off a wonderful morning sunrise.

The Last Bit of Sunrise 

As I was leaving the beach, packing up my gear, I took one last look at the fading sunrise and was fortunate to catch the sun rays coming through the clouds out onto the distant island to cap off a wonderful morning sunrise.

A Little Visitor     After the good light of the sunrise was over I headed to a flower patch for some macro photography.  Finally got around to doing some real macro photography with my 60mm macro lens. The second photo shows the setup

A Little Visitor 

After the good light of the sunrise was over I headed to a flower patch for some macro photography.  Finally got around to doing some real macro photography with my 60mm macro lens. The second photo shows the setup

The setup for macro and a arrow to which flower is above.

The setup for macro and a arrow to which flower is above.

On-Coming Morning

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.

 

Miyagi Island Sunrise

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  

 

Olympus OM-D EM-5 with 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 lens.  Had Variable ND filter on to get long exposure.  5 exposures blended in Photomatix Pro (HDR) with further processing with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 4.

Early Morning Commute

An early morning at a Tokyo train station.

I took this on the day we were returning to Okinawa from Tokyo.  We had to get an earlier flight from Narita than we initially planned so we had to get on the first train from Mejirodai (Hachioji area) at 5:30am.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect Efex 4.

Typhoon Jelawat Left its Mark

I've been away for awhile from posting and no I can't blame the typhoon completely.  We just finished going through quite the humdinger of a typhoon this weekend.  Typhoon Jelawat was the strongest and most impactful typhoon I've been through in my two years here.  I've been through 6 or 7 now and the most impact any of them had was power out for a couple hours.  This one put our power out for about 8 hours, but there are many people here on the island that I know who are going on 36 hours now.  I still don't have internet, TV or home telephone (everything NTT related) and don't have any idea when it will come back.  Today I was driving to work and there are still a lot of intersections that don't have traffic lights working as well.  Fortuntely, from what I've heard it has primarily been some property damage, not sure about any deaths or injuries.  I did hear about a fisherman who decided to climb down the cliffs of Cape Zanpa just after the storm with the waves still very forceful and was dragged away by a huge wave.  Overall it's been a bit inconvenient for us, but we are all safe didn't experience any damage.

Today's photo was taken during sunrise about a week ago from my balcony.  This is what I wakeup too on most mornings in the summer/fall.  Enjoy

Keeping it Simple Sometimes

  Many of my photos I will look for dramatic elements like bursting sunsets and strong cloud formations, but in this early morning sunrise shot I just kept it simple with a long exposure to haze the water and smooth out the sky.   I like the layered effect of this shot with the rock formations stacking on top of each other with the water in between.  I would normally convert this to B&W but I liked the color of the rocks and sky so I'm keeping it as is.  Well enough analyzing... Enjoy. 

A simple long exposure sunrise photo.  More at www.davidedenfieldphoto.com

Sunrise Peeking Around the Corner

Here's another one from the sunrise shoot a few days ago.  As the morning progressed and the sun got higher in the sky I moved back a little ways and positioned myself so the sun would be partially blocked by the cliff on the left.  This provided the light to be dark enough so I could get some longer exposures and the sun wouldn't be so stark in the photo.  I also like the lines of the rock formations and how they led out the the sea.  Of course the water in the crevices didn't hurt either.  I think I like this one better than the last?? What do you think?  Enjoy.