Article by: David P. Lee
The Maeda Fishing Port is just south of the famous Maeda Point. This is a great location to break free of the crowds and unwind after a day of scuba or snorkeling at Maeda Point. There are a few picnic tables right on the barrier protecting the port. Pack a dinner and relax as you enjoy a beautiful Okinawan sunset. It is advised to know tide schedule, (Okinawa Tides, Toya), so you can plan your shot.
The weather was looking like it was not going to cooperate, but it turned out to be a gorgeous sunset and we had a lot fun. We discussed basic photography principles in addition to the ideas behind high dynamic range (HDR). Our eyes can perceive a greater range of lights and darks simultaneously as compares to our cameras. By taking several photos and varying the exposure of each just a little, and combining them, it is possible to create an image with the full range our eyes see. One photo is exposed to capture the darker areas, one exposed to capture mid-tones and one for the highlights. Many programs can merge these photos. I processed these photos using Photomatix Pro. If you do not have Photomatix, it is available for a free trial HERE and when you are ready to purchase, do not forget to use the coupon code KAIUMI for 15% off.
Directions: (Easiest way)
Head North on Rt 58 form either Kadena gate 1 or gate 3. Turn left onto Rt 6 by the Renaissance Resort Okinawa. Drive for about 2.7KM and go past Maeda Point. Turn right by the Sea Time shop/restaurant and park.
GPS: 26.436632, 127.763769
Here is a map
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
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
Tripod: Manfroto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 5.0, Photomatix 4.2