Sunday, October 14, 2018

12 Fireworks Photos from the Kyuzo Toyama Matsuri in Kin Town

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Away from Festival Grounds



Kyuzo Toyama is considered the father of Okinawan emigration.

Kin Town is celebrating the 150th year of his birth during this annual festival.

Grounded by doctor's orders and heavily medicated, I didn't attend the matsuri.




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Having been to this festival dozens of times, I came up with a plan. Stay home.

Under orders, to not leave the house, I simply went up on the roof.




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Normally, the bursts of fire would appear off to the west of my position.

This year the wind decided to carry the show off towards the north.




hanabi, Japan, matsuri, Okinawa



Having the camera and zoom lens mounted on a sturdy tripod made things simple.

It was easy to swing the contraptions around and capture a few good shots.




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The camera was taken off Auto Focus and, I focus to infinity.

That way the lens won't be continually searching in the dark for fireworks.




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Starting things off, I use an exposure of f/11 1/60 ISO 100.

Hanabi can be tricky and you learn to adjust the shutter speed, quickly.

Some photos were exposed 0.3 seconds, others to 1.6 seconds. I go with the flow.




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There are advantages to being up on a roof shooting festival fireworks.

Number One: Nobody can walk in front of the camera and ruin your shot!




hanabi, matsuri, Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan



My method of shooting is, use continuous firing mode or rapid fire.

That means, I hold the shutter button down and fire bursts of 3 or 4 images at a time.

Everyone has their own preferences for fireworks photography. That's mine.

If, you Google "Fireworks Photography" there are probably a dozen other ways of doing it.




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A tripod makes things a lot easier and eliminates camera shake somewhat.

But, I have also steadied the camera resting on a fence, wall, or rock and, done just as well.




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An advantage I discovered this time around, to being farther away pleased me.

The wind seemed to clear the smoke surrounding the fireworks, more quickly.

Smoke can ruin some great shots when it clouds-up images.




fireworks, Kin Town, Okinawa



Hanabi, translated to English, would mean, flower fire. What flower is this?

Maybe a dandelion or one of those weeds growing on your lawn?




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Grand Finale



The Mad Moment, when all Hell breaks loose gave me flashbacks.

They must say, "Times up" and load everything they've got in their mortar tubes.

Not very pretty but, this photo shows some buildings silhouetted in the foreground.

I could email you a digital copy for only 5 bucks! 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Moon Ending a Phase Over Okinawa Japan

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Another Phase We're Going Through


This was the first time I plotted and planned on shooting around the New Moon.

Almost every month I get out there for three nights of moon photography.

The weather and cloud conditions were perfect for some New Moon shots.

I narrowed it down, to where I'd get the skinniest shot of the October moon today.

Y'all won't be seeing any New Moon images from me, I hate to inform you.

That's because the New Moon isn't visible from earth even, on a cloudless evening.



Today's Photo Stats



Camera: Pentax K-1

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

Exposure:  f/11   1.6 sec   ISO 100

Location: Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan

Date and Time: OCT 8 2018 at 5:58 AM


More about the moon and its phases - Time and Date




Saturday, October 6, 2018

Smiling Moon Over Okinawa After the Typhoon

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Shortly After 4 AM


All is well on the island of Okinawa and the typhoon that brushed us is long gone.

Over the past week, a few storms hit us and, some folks got upset.

Downed power lines, cars, and buildings taking a beating and fallen trees were everywhere.

Loss of electrical power meant food spoiling, no internet and no way to charge cell phones.

We even had to go without water for a few days; catching what rainwater we could.

Over on Facebook, I saw lots of folks whining and complaining, like it was the end of the world.

Crybabies need to take a look at Indonesia and see what the earthquake and tsunami did.

Then, thank your lucky stars, we are safe, sound, and have a smiling moon up in the sky.


NOTE: It's a few days before the New Moon.

This photo was taken while the moon was at 14% and the image was rotated slightly.

There was no sense showing one of those Dick Cheney crooked smiles.

Don't we have enough things to complain about already?