Article by: David P. Lee
Nakagusuku Castle is one of several UNESCO world heritage sites of the Ryukyu Kingdom. According to the brochure, the wall construction is limestone and the builders did not use any mortar. There are six enclosures, with construction dating from the early 1400’s. The castle sits about 150M (492ft) above sea level with views of the Pacific Ocean. The many walls and archways offers numerous photo opportunities and would serve as an excellent background for family portraits. After parking, walk up the short hill and pay the entrance fee. Just across from the ticket counter there is usually a very nice flower display. After looking at the flowers, continue up the hill to take in the rest of the sights. The castle is open from 0830 to 1700 October-April and from 0830-1800 May-September. For more information check out their website or call 098-935-5719.
Although it was hot this day, there were some nice blue skies and white puffy clouds. I discussed basic photography principles first followed by a talk about black and white photography. It is easy to turn a color photo into a black and white photo, so shoot in color and use software to convert the picture into black and white. To preserve as much information from the sensor shoot in RAW because jpeg discards information when creating the file. Black and white photos draw attention to forms/shapes, textures and lines. Just about any photo can be converted to black and white, but subjects that lend themselves to black and white are portraits, architecture (castles), landscapes, scenes that have distracting colors and high contrast scenes. The next time you are out shooting photos, look for scenes that will make excellent black and whites and try it.
Leave Kadena gate 1 and travel south on Rt 58. Turn Left onto Rt 130 and go up the hill (Camp Foster will be on you right as you go up the hill). Turn right onto Rt 330. Turn left by the Legion gate of Camp Foster onto Rt 81. Go about 0.6 Km (2 lights) and turn right onto Rt 146. Drive about 2.4 Km and the parking lot will be on your right.
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Camera: Nikon D7000
Lenses: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II
Tripod: Manfroto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 4.4