Article by: David P. Lee
Thank you to all who ventured out for the Kadena Marina workshop. The sun treated us with some spectacular rays emanating from behind the clouds. The first part of the workshop consisted of a talk on the fundamentals of photography, (shutter speed, ISO, aperture, etc). We also discussed filter types, how they work and the best uses for various filters. The take home message from the discussion is that a circular polarizer is the one essential filter for all digital photographers. It is best used when positioned 90° from the sun to enhance the blue sky and green foliage. Polarizers on wide-angle lenses will show an uneven distribution in the sky since the angle to the sun will vary significantly across the frame. Therefore, a polarizer used on wide-angle lens is not always recommended. When trying to eliminate glare from water, try to use an angle between 34°-37° from the water surface.
Kadena Marina is a great little get away for all kinds of activities, featuring a complete dive shop and restaurant located right on the water. There is something for the whole family from swimming, snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing, picnicking, and yes photography. Kadena Marina offers many interesting photo opportunities from sunsets, waves, boats, docks, and rock formations. Your creativity is your only limit.
Starting on the northern end of the marina are the boat docks and rental area. Select this location to create a nautical themed image. The restaurant and dive shop are just south of docks. To enjoy some swimming, go down the stairs to the nice little roped off beach area. Going all the way to the southern end of the parking lot, there are some interesting rock formations. An easy climb down the rock wall will allow you to explore the natural beauty of this area. It is advised to know tide schedule, (Okinawa Tides, Toya), so you don’t get wet walking back to the parking lot. Remember that rocks covered with green plant life spend time under the water. Explore Kadena Marina during, sunrise, sunset, and varying tides in order to create inspiring and unique images.
How to get there: GPS: 26.350162, 127.746722
Leave Kadena Gate 1 and make a right. Travel 2.1 km and turn left.
Here is a map
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM
Tripod: Manfroto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 4.3 and Photomatix 4.2
A few of these photos are from different days. As you can see, the area looks very different depending on the tide and clouds.