Ishigaki Day 2: Dynamic Weather at the Hirakubo Lighthouse
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Hirakubo Lighthouse Most northern point of Ishigaki Island, in the far south of Japan in the East China Sea -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/160 sec, f/18, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Hirakubo Lighthouse
Most northern point of Ishigaki Island, in the far south of Japan in the East China Sea

Well, thought I'd be releasing a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom today, but ran into a roadblock that killed it at the end. Sigh. So, I've decided to take the evening off from plugin development and get back to my story of our recent trip to Ishigaki Island. It's part of Okinawa Prefecture, but is 400 miles further south-west from the main Okinawa island, just shy of Taiwan.

It was a short but photogenic trip. Today's story picks up in the afternoon of Day 2, with Day 2's morning already posted, as well as a mid-day trip to a secluded beach (Part I · Part II). The beach was about half way up the 13-mile-long peninsula that makes up the north-east of the island, and so we continued along toward the end of the peninsula to the Hirakubo Lighthouse.

The weather was iffy, with a threat of rain at any moment. Above the lighthouse was a rocky hill, upon which the dynamic weather made for some powerful wind.

Heading Up Into the Gloom -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Up Into the Gloom
Hold On To Your Hats it's windy! -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hold On To Your Hats
it's windy!
Anthony Did Dinosaur Play explained here -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony Did Dinosaur Play
explained here
Looking West: Wind-Whipped Gloom -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/160 sec, f/10, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking West: Wind-Whipped Gloom
The “Karate Kid” Pose Seemed Popular Here -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/160 sec, f/10, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
The “Karate Kid” Pose Seemed Popular Here
Ishigaki's North Shore to the east of the Lighthouse, where the weather seemed much brighter -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125 mm — 1/500 sec, f/13, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Ishigaki's North Shore
to the east of the Lighthouse, where the weather seemed much brighter
To the South: Rain and More Gloom -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm — 1/500 sec, f/5, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
To the South: Rain and More Gloom
( there's just something about this one that I like ) -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 75 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
( there's just something about this one that I like )
Pretend Dinosaur Nap -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretend Dinosaur Nap
These Rocks Were His Dinosaur House -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/22, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
These Rocks Were His Dinosaur House

I actually liked the lighting and the wind (though it wasn't as windy as this incredibly windy day on Amami Island), but after a while the clouds parted and the sun came out, and everything changed...

Sun is Coming This Way! -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sun is Coming This Way!
Bright! but still windy -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 120 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Bright!
but still windy
Heading Down -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down
Sun-Filled Photo Op -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/800 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sun-Filled Photo Op
Taking Some Shots Herself -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/800 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Taking Some Shots Herself
Looking West Again quite different than the earlier shot -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking West Again
quite different than the earlier shot
The Sun Brings Out Some of that Emerald Blue -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
The Sun Brings Out
Some of that Emerald Blue
One Last Shot Before Heading Out -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
One Last Shot Before Heading Out

The little five-car parking lot is sandwiched between two tall hills, the shorter of which we had just been on. The taller of the two was off limits, with a fence and an “Entrance Prohibited” sign in front of a well-worn path heading up...

No Entry ( but here's a well-worn path for your convenience ) -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Entry
( but here's a well-worn path for your convenience )

Having seen the sunset from a different Lighthouse the previous evening, we wanted to get back to our hotel to see the sunset from its beach. There are few other pairs of locations farther apart on Ishigaki Island than our hotel and were we were now, so we hopped in the car and hightailed it back...

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Beatiful place!

— comment by Isamu Kanashiro on June 18th, 2009 at 4:01pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I love “Hold On To Your Hats “. Fumie looks great (and I love her bird shirt!). And I also like the Majestic Dinosaur surveying his domain in the background. The clouds allow for great portraits, since here are no harsh shadows and squints that are almost inevitable with bright sun.

Oh, and Josh was very concerned about the owie on Anthony’s knee (covered in a band aid in the photo that “there’s just something about this one that I like”. Josh wants to know what happened and if it’s better now.

— comment by Marcina, USA on June 18th, 2009 at 11:11pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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