Article by: David P. Lee
Description: Located in the northeastern part of Okinawa situated among the hills is Higashi village (東村). Every year during the month of March, the village celebrates with the Azalea festival (つつじ 祭り, tsutsuji matsuri). The festival grounds feature azaleas of all different colors along winding paths and past lookout towers. The lower path does not have as many flowers, but has a boardwalk that goes down by the stream and a small waterfall. Each weekend features a different form of entertainment such eisa dances, taiko drums, comedians, and clowns. There are venders selling traditional Okinawan festival foods and a farmers market in the parking lot. There is a small fee to enter. The Higashi area is a wonderful place for nature lovers. For more information about Higashi, check out the village website.
After discussing the fundamentals of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, metering, exposure compensation and, focusing methods, we discussed close-up photography. Close-up photography as the name implies, means that the camera lens is relatively close to the subject. Macro photography means that the subject size is a 1:1 correspondence on the camera sensor.
Some of the equipment used to help make close-up photographs, are prime lenses (fixed focal length), lens extension tubes, ring flashes, tripods, remote triggers, reflectors and diffusers. One does not need all these items and some are more important than other pieces. Aside from a good lens, a good tripod is very helpful. A handheld diffuser can soften harsh shadows, and block wind making a flower photo more pleasing. Compare and contrast the photos below to see how much of a difference my 32″ handheld diffuser can make.
GPS: 26.636911, 128.157691
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Camera: Nikon D7000
Lenses: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 5.3