Monday, March 3, 2014
Zakimi Castle at Night (12 Photos)
Last night was the first time, I ever saw this UNESCO site lit up in the evening.
Not many people show up after the sun goes down at night.
Just guessing here, but, there could be a couple of possibilities.
A photographer would never complain about a lack of people at a tourist location.
It gives you a chance to shoot the photos, at real slow shutter speeds.
When a few visitors, started walking through the scenes, I just shot walls.
The courtyard had been rained on, recently and the grass, was a little wet and slippery.
Anybody, who grew up on a farm, would be reminded of a pasture, after the rain.
It smelled better here, because there were no cow paddies to slip on, just mud puddles.
One couple, kept popping into my scenes but, I didn't mind.
Joking with them, I told them to take their time.
Whenever they quit wiggling around, I took some shots with them in the frame.
Taking photos, in this kind of light, you need about 30 seconds of exposure.
The same guy and gal, showed up, again, when I really didn't want them to be in my scene.
They were about the same height as each other.
Then, she stood by one of the lights and her shadow, grew about ten feet tall !
That gave me a good chuckle.
It was tempting, to ask them to pose for me. But, I passed on that idea.
The illumination of the castle is in celebration of Yomitan becoming the most populated village.
That's the most people, in any village, throughout Japan.
Maybe, everybody stays at home during the hours of darkness.
If they don't keep up the populating, they could lose the title of most populous village.
That's what, I'm thinking, anyway !