Saturday, May 23, 2009

Underwater pictures of Miyakojima, Japan

I have been pretty busy here in Miyakojima. The weather has been absolutely beautiful (even though we are technically in rainy season) and I have been trying to get to the beach as often as possible. In addition, I have started learning the sanshin and am also reviewing what looks to be a great book for learning kanji (more on that in a future post). Today is all about pictures.

My digital camera of three years broke a couple of months ago, and today it's replacement arrived, a Pentax Optio W60. I looked at a lot of cameras, but this was the only one that had all of the features I wanted. (or at least as close as I could get with one camera). It is waterproof up to 12 feet, has a 5x zoom that is operable while shooting video, a decent macro setting, shoots HD quality video. Basically all the things I wish the last camera have.

Today I put it to the test by taking it snorkeling at Nagamahama on the small island of Kurimajima. Now I don't know that much about cameras, so I can't give you a lot of details. What I can say is that it worked flawless for what I bought it for. It's amazing what a $200 camera can do!

Anyways, on to the pictures. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Nagama Beach

As you can see we hit it at low tide

Once we got past the Reef it got a little deeper

The local group of clown fish

Little closer shot using the zoom

Here is the video I took. I noticed afterwords there was an underwater video setting. Oh well, next time.

I was surprised how well the camera was able to get good shots of small fish

I think I used the macro for this coral shot, but honestly can't remember

This shot of a hermit crab is using the macro

Fresh flowers at the local cafe

More vegetation at the cafe

Pink hibiscus

There's even papayas

Carmel Vanilla Sundae

Yup, I don't think it gets much better than this

After I got back home, I took a walk to the nearest port and there were fisherman practicing rowing for an upcoming matsuri (festival)

A great sunset (actually it was a bit cloudy) to a great day!

Let me know what you think!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pictures of Miyakojima, Japan

I have been here in Miyakojima for about 7 months now and am pretty well settled in. The weather is getting much better now that we are hitting mid May and the ocean is gorgeous. My Camera broke about a month ago due to the number of times it was accidentally dropped, so I haven't been taking a ton of pictures lately. I am still looking for a good replacement that will shoot decent shots and has a good zoom. I am also looking at models that will allow me to take it into the water and also ones that have hd video available. If you have any recommendations please let me know.

In the meantime, I started taking a few shots with my cell phone. It doesn't have a zoom and the megapixels aren't that high, but for small shots it actually does pretty good. Anyways, here are some of the photos I have taken in the last months.

I have also posted some videos of some traditional Okinawan songs and taiko as well as hula dancing that was performed at Tokyu resort hotel on Japanese Words. You can find the the videos as the link below.

Okinawan Dancing and Hula Music

Maehama beach at Sunset

Candle lit dinner at Maehama beach

Maguro-don lunch at Tanto

Sunayama Beach

Official opening of the ocean day. It was kind of funny, because they basically closed it off to open it.

Okinawan taiko at Tokyu Resort

Looking at Maehama beach from Ikema island

Pond in the middle of the "compact" golf course at Tokyu resort.

Maehama beach in front of Tokyu Resort

Maehama beach on a sunny day