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
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.
Often times you can go out and get ready for a new idea for a photo. I wanted to get a sunset with the flower in the foreground. The original plan was to have a more wide-angle view, but even though it appeared we would get a nice sunset when I set out, when I got there it changed for the worst. The sky got hazy and clouds disappeared. I changed the plan and went for a more closeup look with the sun in the background. It's a different style from what I normally do, but it was fun to try something new.
Not a very imaginative title, but I really don't have much to say about this photo.
Some long exposure HDR.
I took this image from some timelapse sequence I made at this area. I really like how the clouds are soft but still defined. They have this sweeping look that accentuates the blues of the sky.
During my most recent trip to Tokyo, my family and I went to the Fuji 5 Lakes and Gotemba area. We were going to a specific place (I won't go into that here) and this area has a good view of Mt Fuji. We were very fortunate that the skies were clear and there were some clouds around to add character to the mountain. I started off with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 taking photos trying some single exposures and some bracketed ones. I then remembered that my camera has some very interesting Art Modes that I have heard good things about. I decided this would be a good time to play around with various modes. I tried about 4 different styles and the only one I liked was the Diorama Effect, which is posted at the top of this post. One important thing to keep in mind about using these Art Effects is to setup your camera to take RAW + JPG in those modes. That way you still have the original RAW file as well as the in camera processed JPG. Below is another photo I processed on my own using Lightroom and onOne Perfect Efex 4
Sometimes to get the shots you want you have to take some risks with your equipment. The following photos are an example of this. I headed out to Kyodo Interchange area (see map), one of my favorite places for sunset to catch what looked to be a great sky for a sunset shoot this past Saturday. Once I arrived at the location, it turned out to be much windier and the sea rougher than I was expecting. That's not going to stop me though... I found the location I wanted to setup at and started shooting. One particular area on top of this rock outcropping I placed my tripod and camera right on the edge. The camera was getting sloshed pretty bad with the waves coming in, and I had to keep taking the water drops off my variable ND filter I had attached. Once I had what I wanted from this location I moved to a few other places and come home with several shots I was very happy with. Go ahead and check out the gallery above. All three of these photos are available for purchase as prints. Just select them and you will be taken to my prints website.
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.
Yesterday, I spent 3 1/2 hours walking around the town near where I work. I finished up the walk with this sunset.
The gallery below has some of my favorites from that evening.