Article by: David P. Lee
Description: Every year in Okinawa from late April to early May there will be displays of carp flags (Koinobori 鯉幟)in celebration of children’s day, which typically marks the end of Golden Week. Just a short distance from Kadena and downstream from the Red Bridge in Yomitan is a very impressive display of Koinobori. The river flowing under the Red Bridge is the Hijagawa River, and not far from where the river enters the East China Sea are many strands of Koinobori stretching from an apartment building to the opposite side of the river. The Koinobori are all different sizes and colors. This year’s display featured one whale and one Koinobori with the hand prints of many children flying among all the other Koinobori. It is very relaxing to stroll along the river’s edge and gaze at the flags flapping in the breeze as the sun sets.
For this month’s class we discussed basic photography principles, emphasizing how best to use autofocus and why it is not always a good idea to use autofocus selection. Using autofocus selection allows the camera to guess at which main object should be in sharp focus. While this may work sometimes, the camera may also guess incorrectly. If you are frequently getting out of focus pictures while using fast shutter speeds (blurry image not due to camera shake), it may be that you camera is focusing very well on an object you do not consider an important element in the picture. Consult your camera manual to enter into manual autofocus selection. This will allow you to select which autofocus area to use.
Directions: Leave Kadena gate 1 and turn right. Drive 3.2KM and turn left at Mizugama (水釜 ). This is opposite from gate 4 and headed towards the red bridge. Drive about 400m and bear left going down the hill. At the bottom of the turn left at the light and drive about 600m. (if you go over the red bridge you missed the turn and went too far.) Parking is very limited in this area. You may end up parking back by the houses and walking down to the river.
GPS: 26.361156, 127.743588
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lenses: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II
18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 5.3