Chaurami Aquarium

If you ever visit Okinawa, Japan then Chaurami Aquarium should be on your list of places to see. This has one of the largest whale shark tanks in the world and the grounds are equally impressive. It’s located right along the shoreline so you can go right outside the aquarium and check out a lot of cool cultural displays for free. I was in Okinawa with the Marine Corps at the time because of a deployment we were on. I didn’t visit this aquarium until a few weeks into being there because there were a few other things on the island that I wanted to see, to include Hiji waterfall which is mentioned in another post. After finally deciding to visit the aquarium I was glad that I did. I probably stayed at the tank pictured here for the longest. I couldn’t take my eyes off these massive whale sharks. Seeing one up close is way different than seeing them in picture because it’s hard to show just how large they are. That’s why I had the idea of putting the silhouette of people in front of the tank. I think that without the silhouette of tourists in front of the tank then this image wouldn’t be able to give an accurate representation of just how large the sharks were. Even the tank was impressive on it’s own because of how large it needed to be in order to house these creatures. I took this shot from the back of the room on top of a raised area with a tripod. I exposed the image for the shark tank in order to silhouette the people in front. Once I opened the RAW file in Photoshop CS6, I did some color adjustments and brought it into Photoshop...

Hiji Creek

This was taken a little way down from Hiji Falls where the water was running to. The Hiji Falls area is located in the Northern Yambaru area of Okinawa where there is a very low population and a dense amount of forestry. There is another picture from this visit of the actual falls but this shot I found to be just as charming if not more so. The thick vegetation was exploding with color on this visit and the calm crystal clear water made for an interesting subject for the photo. From the photo it looks like I’m actually standing in the water but in reality there was a little path of rocks that went across a miniature waterfall that I was standing on to get this shot. This place was bit of a pain to get to because we had to take a bus here and if you have ever been to Okinawa you would come to find out that they don’t speak much English and everything is in Japanese characters. Fortunately I had been going over the Japanese Rosetta Stone at the time so I knew a bit of conversational Japanese that helped us out getting here. This was also the second time we came here because on our first trip it was closed by the time we arrived. I liked this area in particular because everything was shrouded in shade giving the whole scene a nice soft light and the whole area felt so full of life. For this image I mounted my camera on a tripod and shot three exposures in order to get the full range of light in the scene. I took those three exposures and attempted an HDR image but quickly realized it was better off as...

Japanese Hut

While on deployment in Okinawa, Japan back in 2012 I did some sightseeing. One of the most memorable places that I visited was here at the Shuri Castle area located in Naha. The little Japanese hut that is pictured here wasn’t actually the main attraction at this area, rather it was the actual castle that is featured in another photo on my website. There was so many awesome places to explore and photograph at this location that I actually have several photographs on my site. This was located a little past the Shuri Castle grounds on an almost hidden trail. I had scene this spot on one of the brochures and had kept my eye out for it the whole time we were visiting here but couldn’t find it. It wasn’t until the end when we were leaving that I had decided to try and venture off to find it. It had rained on and off non-stop all day and at the time of this shot it was just starting to clear up. I figured the sun would be coming out pretty soon and the group I was with was getting a little restless so I tried to work fast. I didn’t have a wide angle lens at the time and really wanted to get the whole scene in one picture so I decided to stitch together a panorama of sorts. I should probably mention that this is also an HDR image. I shot a total of 6 shots; 3 exposures for one side and 3 exposures for the other side. When I edited the photos on my computer I had to make sure a lot of the exif info was the same that way the stitch would be seamless. I did the same adjustments for...