Article by: David P. Lee
Kayo Beach is on the East side, (Pacific Ocean), of Okinawa on Rt 331. The Beach is very shallow for several hundred meters but when the water finally gets deep, the waves break with a thunderous roar. This location has some incredible views with very tall unique rock formations jutting skyward just of the shore. One of these formations has a “bansai” looking tree growing on top. Off in the distance one can see the rock formation known as the “sharks fin”. It is advised to know tide schedule, (Okinawa Tides, Sukku), so you can plan your shot.
It rained all morning and I was worried about cancelling the tour. But shortly before “go” time the rain let up to give way to an awesome moody looking sky. We discussed basic photography and finally getting the nerve up to get your new camera out of fully automatic mode. To help make photos more esthetically balanced, we also chatted about the rule of thirds. By placing a “tic-tac-toe board” over the photo you can break the photo into sections with vertical and horizontal thirds. By placing the horizon on one of these lines, it helps give balance to the image. If the sky is very interesting, place the horizon on the bottom third. If the sky is boring, (dense clouds), place the horizon on the top third. Try to place main points of interest one of the 4 intersections created by the “tic-tac-toe board”. Remember, the rule of thirds is a guide and one should not blindly adhere to it.
From Kadena AB take the expressway North to exit 9 (Ginoza). After the toll, keep bearing left to stay on Route 329. Travel approximately 11Km and make a right onto 331. Travel approximately 11.5km and you will arrive at the destination. Meet at the northern end of the beach just before 331 starts going back up the hill. Park where you can.
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
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 5.2