Morning time in Okinawa is awesome, especially as a photographer! The lighting, wind, and noise level is usually peaceful and perfect to cruise around and take pictures. Our recent Okinawa Photography Tour was held at the world famous American Village in Mihama. This place is usually packed with people but we arrived at 7:00 am and the place was empty. It was great! The shadows and beams of sunlight were peaking around each corner of the awesome architecture. This place is a great location to learn photography because it has a little bit of everything. From a large Ferris wheel with nice water reflections to a spiral staircase going up to a clock tower, American Village has it all. Just make sure you go early to beat the crowds. My intent was to capture the Ferris wheel reflection during perfect conditions. This means we needed light winds, clear morning, and high-tide. We scored!
The American Village Ferris wheel and reflection shown here was captured using my Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens and 3 bracketed shots for HDR post processing. Click the image to expand. It is also possible to use a regular lens and stitch a few photos together for a similar image. Have fun with that! Hint-Photoshop has a one button auto stitcher which does an amazing job.
So we started our Okinawa Photography Tour at the Ferris wheel and moved down stream to get new angles. We captured leading-lines which makes your viewer move around the image. A great feature of American Village is their wood flooring everywhere. If shot correctly, the lines help lead your viewers to a subject. After our leading-lines lesson we worked on shallow depth of field. Photographers captured a flower image with blurry background. This type of photography is very popular for people shots. A low F-stop around F-4 will create this effect. Just make sure your subject is close to the camera and their is a background. Zooming-in will enhance the effect. Our friend John captured a taxi driver speeding by and gave us the peace sign. This image takes practice to master but it is a lot of fun. Try pushing the trigger as your head and camera move with a moving subject. Everything will be blurry but the subject. Great shot John! Another shot by John is the spiral staircase leading up to a clock tower. Very cool shot using a Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens and 3 bracketed photos for HDR post processing.
We ended our morning at Sunset Beach which is located right next to American Village. As you may know, I need water in my images. Haha! I love architecture photography but water shots is where the fun happens! We hope you have enjoyed our Okinawa Photography Tour of American Village. Check out the pictures below!
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