Article by: David P. Lee
Thank you to all who ventured out for this Okinawa Photography Tours workshop. The weather was a little breezy with almost no clouds in the sky. I broke the session into two halves. The first part concentrated on basic photography principles and how to get the camera out of fully automatic mode. The second half concentrated on the rule of thirds and the golden ratio. We discussed the origins of the rule and the prevalence of the golden ratio in architecture and nature. For the finale, Chuck Dorsey brought his light painting equipment and we had fun doing some long exposures. If any participants would like to show off some of their work, please submit your photos.
Kise Beach is just south of Nago on Rt 58. There are a multitude of rock formations offering countless photo opportunities. When the tide is out, it is easy to walk on the rocks to find interesting perspectives. For tidal information, try this link (Toguti tides). This is a great location to capture a sunset anytime of the year and summer time may offer good sunrise pictures as well.
There is a small parking lot just off Rt 58, but there are no facilities. Not even a vending machine if you can believe it. Have no fear, there is a Family Mart about 1 km south. So the next time you are driving past Nago on your way to or from Okuma, consider stopping here for a quick rest, stretch your legs and photograph some of the unique Okinawan coastline.
How to get there:
GPS: 26.544126, 127.952152
Kise is located just south of Nago.
Using the expressway: Go to the end which is exit 10 (Kyoda). Stay to the left and follow signs for Busena Cape. After getting on Rt 58, drive approximately 0.8km. The parking lot is on the right.
Using 58 all the way: Leave the base and get on 58 going north. The parking lot is between Km marker 67 & 66 (numbers go down as you travel north). Once you pass Nago Citizen beach you are less than 1km away. The parking lot is on the left.
These photos are from 2 different days. As you can see the area looks very different depending on the tide and clouds.
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens :Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM
Tripod: Manfroto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 4.3 and Photomatix 4.2