Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Travel Photo: Sueyoshi Park

Stone path through a wooded park after rainfall


A Bit of Country in the City



The few times I've visited this attraction, I have never run across many tourists.

Maybe the travel and tourism industry keeps it secret. Everything's free!

One of these days, I ought to make a travel guide, listing all the freebies on this island.

If enough people bought it, I could become a millionaire.

Back in 2011, when the photo was taken, a sudden rain squall hit the place.

That sort of ruined chances of getting any wildlife photos, with a zoom lens.

The storm didn't last more than a few minutes and the sun started shining.

The place got quiet like the critters knew another rain cloud would move in.

A forest is a special place, just after the rain falls. It becomes refreshing.

 I backed off and created this wide-angle image before, leaving the big city behind.


Camera: Pentax K5

Lens: Pentax 18-250 at 22 MM

Exposure: f/16   1.6 sec   ISO 100

Location:  Sueyoshi Park, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Date and Time:  OCT 15 2011  3:45 PM

Friday, November 10, 2017

GIF of American Village Ferris Wheel


It Doesn't Really Bounce



Here's what happens when an unsteady iPhone is used to create an animation.

Last night I had the opportunity to visit American Village in Chatan.

Sometime, in the future, I'll have to go back with a real camera and a tripod.

The place is some kind of tourist trap if, you ask me.

You know how, back in the USA, they have Chinatowns, where Chinese hangout.

Well, over here, somebody got the idea to make an American place, for Chinese to visit.

It seems to be working quite well. Americans, Chinese and Japanese people go there.



Let's backtrack, to yesterday morning. I had an appointment at the hospital in Nago City.

After a whole month of taking pain-killing drugs, I told the doctor, I'm done with that crap.

I feel fine and was really getting tired of, not-being-able-to-drink-beer.



Immediately after taking the snaps of that amusing ride, I had another mission to accomplish.

That was: Get back into my hometown and drink some cold Orion Draft Beers.

The wife decided to stay at home and I promised, I'd be back early.  So, here's what I did.

Got a ride in a taxi, with a friend and was in the front door promptly, at 4 AM.


If, you like touristy stuff, visit the American Village Ferris Wheel.

It's time for me to run. I have some catching up to do!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Photo of Another Dam Osprey in Flight

bird, Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Kin Dam, Okinawa, Japan


Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax 300 MM + 1.4 HD Rear Converter - Focal Length 420 MM

Exposure:  f/7.1   1/6400   ISO 800

Location: Kin Dam, Okinawa, Japan

Date and Time:  NOV 7 2015  2:43 PM

Monday, November 6, 2017

Today's Bird of the Day - Osprey in Flight

bird, Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Yomitan, Okinawa



Over Nagahama Dam



Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) leave Okinawa during the hottest part of the year.

They're back now and this is the first keeper of a shot, I've gotten this Autumn.

The rascal, wouldn't fly out in the blue skies, where I wanted it to be.

So, the image is a bit overexposed, giving a white background for my bird collection.


Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax 300 MM + 1.4 HD Rear Converter for a Focal Lenght of 420 MM

Exposure:  f/5.6   1/1000    ISO 400


Date and Time:  NOV 6 1017   11:26 AM



More Osprey Images

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2 Images of NOV 2017 Full Moon

Moon Made an Appearance



Leaving home, it didn't seem as if, any moon shots would be made tonight.

The sky looked like one huge blanket of white and grey clouds.

The wife even said, "You won't see the moon. Don't drink too much tonight."

Shorts and a t-shirt was the uniform I decided to wear because it was warm outside.

By the time the sun went down I was freezing cold and put jeans and a jacket on.

Moonrise was shortly after six. I started checking the skies around 7 PM.


Full Moon, November 2017, Okinawa, Japan

A Northeast wind was blowing clouds and hiding the moon.

Instead of climbing up on the roof, I set a tripod on the sidewalk in front of the office.

The first decent image was captured at 7:23 PM.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Sigma 50-500 and 1.4 converter Focal Lenght 700 MM

Exposure:  f/22   1/40   ISO 100



Full Moon, astronomy, NOV 4 2017, Okinawa, Japan


It looked as if the clouds would give me time, to switch lenses so, I ran back into the office.

The weather was horrible and, I considered putting some socks on my feet.

After I made this shot, I checked the weather on the internet. It's 19 degrees Celsius.

No wonder I was shivering. That's in the mid 60's for Fahrenheit folks!


Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax 300 + 1.4 converter Focal Length 420 MM

Exposure:  f/16   1/80   ISO 100

Location: Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan

Date and Time:  NOV 4 2017  7:33 PM

To me, the second photo appears much sharper. And. the reason is explainable.

700 MM of the lens, sticking out in the wind, shakes more than, 420 MM does.

When the cameraman is cold, he tends to shake a bit, too.

So, the next thing I'll be doing, after closing down, is getting some anti-freeze in my system.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 2017 - Night Before the Full Moon

Moon at 98.7% full, Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan


Full Moon Tomorrow


On a tropical Paradise such as Okinawa, weather may be unpredictable.

That's a good enough reason, to shoot the moon, the night before and the night after.

With a three day window, chances are, some great photos may be taken.


Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Sigma 50-500 + 1.4 converter for focal length of 700 MM

Exposure: f/16   1/100   ISO 100

Location: Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan

Date and Time: NOV 3 2017 6:26 PM



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