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.
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.
As I was driving home after an early sunrise shoot, I caught a glimpse of this beautiful sun ray sky. I knew there would be a good rock outcropping not too far away that would be a great foreground subject. I was hoping this would continue until I got there and fortunately it was. I pulled off to the side of the road, grabbed my camera from the back seat (it was already attached to my tripod) and started shooting. I started off doing a number of bracketed shots, but I decided it wasn't necessary and took the camera off the tripod and ran through a bunch of different compositions without the bracketing. These are two images I liked from this shoot.
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
Sunrise at Yakena Straights sometime last year.
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.
Koi Nobori: Carp shaped windsocks which are flown late April through early May in celebration of Children's Day in Japan (5 May). While these streamers are flown in the run up to Children's Day, they are flown to honor sons so they will be healthy and strong.
This past Saturday, Naoko and I both left the house at 4am to make the drive to Haneji Dam to catch this large display of Koi Nobori flying on top of the dam in time for sunrise. I really didn't want to go during the festival because I wanted to see it without people and also to catch it in the morning light. The dam is about an hour from our house so we arrived about 20 minutes before sunrise and given there were a lot of mountains around, I had a lot of time to photograph during what is known as blue hour (the hour or so after sunset and before sunrise). The actual sunrise was not very exciting, but I took some artistic license and gave a warmer feeling to the sky in the main photo above since I made the effort to get out there :). The second photo below was taken earlier during blue hour. One other note on the photo below is that I took this at 800 ISO because it was so dark and I wanted to have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the blowing flags fairly clearly. The noise, or lack of, in my new camera is quite capable at even higher ISOs. I'll have a post about this particular subject at a later date.
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
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.
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.