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...

Hiji Falls

This area, known as Hiji Falls, is mentioned on another post on my website which is further down the stream from the falls and it is covered in thick vegetation with crystal clear water. You can check out the post here.  This is one of the first waterfall pictures that I had taken with my Nikon D7000, which was new at the time. I would say that this was where a love of waterfalls started. strange as it may sounds, this picture makes the falls look puny. In reality they are actually a pretty good size and are located in a beautiful spot. It is a small hike through the woods to get to these falls. The spot they are in is so great because all of the surrounding trees and vegetation practically block all the direct sunlight from coming in. This made for a great all around lighting that helped to bring out a lot of the colors. I shot this from a rock that was located in the middle of the pool beneath the falls. I had hopped over the security rope and snuck over here (I tend to do that a lot). I can’t even remember how many shots I took of this scene because I was trying everything out knowing that I wouldn’t get the chance to come to this spot again. I was swapping filters left and right and trying all kinds of different exposures. In the end, I settled on this image here which is a single RAW image files that was masked through in Photoshop CS6 in order to bring out some of the shadows and highlights that the camera couldn’t pick up. Only a few filters were applied from Nik Color Effex Pro in order to...