Late Afternoon on Awaji Island’s Matsubara Beach
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Dancing on the Beach in the Late Afternoon Sunset at Matsubara Beach, Awaji Island, Japan photo by Fumie Friedl -- Hyogo -- Copyright 2010 Fumie Friedl
Dancing on the Beach in the Late Afternoon
Sunset at Matsubara Beach, Awaji Island, Japan
photo by Fumie Friedl

On the first day of our mini late-April trip to Awaji Island a few hours' drive south of Kyoto, we saw the sunset from a beach on the south-west part of the island, as I posted the following day.

I had my recently-acquired Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm superzoom, and had fun playing with its long reach.

Throwing Rocks is something little boys tend to do around bodies of water -- Keinomatubara -- Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Throwing Rocks
is something little boys tend to do around bodies of water
With Mommy -- Keinomatubara -- Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 340 mm — 1/3200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
With Mommy
Mommy Photo Op she's snapping a picture with her flip-top cell phone -- Keinomatubara -- Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 170 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Mommy Photo Op
she's snapping a picture with her flip-top cell phone
Photo She Took photo by Fumie Friedl -- Hyogo -- Copyright 2010 Fumie Friedl
Photo She Took
photo by Fumie Friedl
Shoe I was paying attention to his right shoe while manually-focusing the lens, and did okay, I think -- Keinomatubara -- Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Shoe
I was paying attention to his right shoe while manually-focusing the lens, and did okay, I think
Matsubara Beach Cleaner than many Japanese beaches, which doesn't say much :-( ( there's nothing in focus in this picture; I hope it's because I had the VR off, or something! ) -- Keinomatubara -- Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 380 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Matsubara Beach
Cleaner than many Japanese beaches, which doesn't say much 🙁
( there's nothing in focus in this picture; I hope it's because I had the VR off, or something! )

Most beaches I've seen in Japan are full of trash, either left behind by a throng of uncaring visitors, or blown in from the ocean over the years and left to collect. This one was much better than most — perhaps a local association cleans it every so often? — though still a far cry from the best (Kotobikihama) or the secluded, protected beach we visited in Ishigaki last year.

Impatient at 750mm -- Keinomatubara -- Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 750 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/13, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Impatient at 750mm

I don't know what he's doing in the photo above, but it sort of looks like he's waiting impatiently for the sea to fulfill some command he's just issued....


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

It’s nice to see proof that Awaji does indeed have beaches like this, after my experience with the scary currents.

I would imagine anything near the extreme north/south ends of the island would be full of peril anywhere near a tide change. This was in the south, but perhaps not that far south. Or, perhaps not near a tide change. —Jeffrey

— comment by nils on May 20th, 2010 at 9:46am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Love “Shoe” and your blog. Thanks for sharing.

— comment by Erik on May 20th, 2010 at 10:54am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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