Saturday, September 17, 2011

UNESCO Shuri Castle at Night: Ten More Photos

Last Sunday's batch of photos from Shuri Castle in Naha Okinawa, Japan has finally been developed. 

Based upon the responses I got from the Moon Viewing post I decided I'll share more of the night scenery at the castle.  Normally, after these type events, I would try to delete two out of every three photos because there will always be motion blur, somebody tripping over my tripod or walking through the scene when I'm attempting a long exposure.

But, some of the photos I shot this time, I composed to avoid people.

They may not be award-winning compositions but, I got a chance to take my time shooting them.

There's plenty of sky above this shot if sombody wants to advertise castles, or red-tile roofs.

That's Naha City and the port down below.

I shot this scene about ten times using a ten second shutter speed.  See the ghost going through the second doorway?  That's motion blur.  Stuff happens, sometimes.

This girl and her shadow, I let slide just because.  Heck, I don't know why.

The moon never shined the way I wanted it to but, it will sometime and I'll be ready.

One of these days, there will be a great big pizza pie moon shining right here and I'll be waiting with a wide angle lens.  I'm gonna nail that sucker.  It's only a matter of time.

Probably, maybe, I'll get permission or something.  We'll see.

A couple of years ago, Doc and I were taking photos at Shuri Castle.


The same security guy who escorted us was there at the Moon Viewing Festival, Sunday.

Just as I was going to snap a mug shot of him to give Doc as a souvenir,


So, I drifted away among the crowd, real quick.

Seemed like he was a little guy, a few years ago but, he looks a lot meaner, now.

This time, he made the ground growl under my feet.  Maybe he has karate chops for breakfast !

Life has taught me.  Don't mess with karate dudes.

The only martial art I ever gained much skill in has been collecting ex-wives.

If I go back to shoot the full moon at Shuri Castle again, ahem, ahum..



Unknown said...

I liked these photos! The girl and her shadow (thanks for pointing that out) added interest to the composition. Nicely done!

RyukyuMike said...

Thank you. Sometimes, a character in a photo does give the viewer a sense of scale.