On a whim, my wife and I decided to drive to Yomitan and check out a famous Okinawan historical site we'd never seen before. Zakimi castle is only about a 20 minute drive from our apartment, so we thought we'd go there on the way to the farmers market. I'm glad we did, because in spite of the bright sun and haze, it gave me a chance to get a few great pics.
The first I liked was a wide shot of the upper part of the castle, facing the sea looking into the sun. It was about 3pm in the afternoon and the shadows were starting to get a bit longer, but I was able to take a picture that demonstrated the scale of the castle and show how high it was up on the hill.
The haze came close to obscuring the shore below and the backlight scenery under a strong sun looked washed out even to the naked eye, so if detail in the background was important, it was necessary to shoot hot and try to dial back the highlights in post.. This is a reason why I love shooting raw, since it allows for a lot of flexibility in post processing. The result was quite acceptable, although the horizon was far from clear and thanks to the haze, the shore came out looking quite blue. I processed the shot by boosting the blue chroma only slightly, but dialing back the blue luminance. The almost cloudless sky offered little of interest, but the ocean horizon came out alright.
The next shot was deep field, narrow focus shot, taken on an 18-55 zoom close to it's widest setting. I shot a couple of stops down from wide open (which would have been f3.5) in order to preserve enough depth of field to keep most of the leaves in the foreground in focus, while still allowing the background to become soft.
The effect is that the castle's shape, texture and gray colour make for an interesting background, while the green of the leaves stands out in contrast. I dialed back the luminance of the sky a bit, but much more fiddling would have introduced a nasty aliasing artifact, an unfortunate reality of shooting on an entry-level canon Rebel DSLR from 2006. But it's a poor craftsman that blames his tools, so rather that lament what could have been, I'll focus on how happy I am with the shot over all.
And on that happy note, I'll take my leave.
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