What a great opportunity to photograph one of Okinawa’s most famous castles and I thank everyone for attending our Okinawa Photography Tour. It was an awesome place to take pictures as we were able to walk on top of these walls and get great shots. Thanks Zakimi caretakers!
Zakimi castle is located in Yomitan and is about 15 minutes from Kadena AFB. This little castle village was an awesome spot to visit because there is a sense of calm and peace there. Zakimi Castle Ruins are embedded between numerous trees which makes it feel like you are far away from Okinawa’s city life. The castle is hidden in Yomitan but once you get there it is a great spot for photography. The cool part about Zakimi Castle is the old look and ancient appearance that you can capture with a photo. I really enjoyed photographing the staircases and entrances to the castle walls which are very high. Once you’re in the compound of the castle, you’re able to walk up a ladder staircase to the top of the castle walls. Once up above you can get a great vantage point of the grounds and have the ability to capture a unique perspective on the castle. This vantage point will display numerous walking paths that were formed by previous visitors. These walking paths are scattered through the castle and if captured correctly, will lead the viewers eyes around your photograph. The pathways will also give a sense of wonder what is in the forest down below. You will have the ability to walk on top of Zakimi’s wall and get shots from many different angles. Remember to take a photo from one spot then turn around and see what is behind you. The castle is filled with old style rock walls and cool vines crawling around. Of course I used my trusty wide angle lens and a steady tripod. I snapped three bracketed shots and used HDR/Photoshop editing to get the right effects.
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Thanks for a great afternoon and I look forward to our next Okinawa Photography Tour!
Chris G. Rose