Japan, Okinawa, Pentax 645D, Photography
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Shuri Castle Portraits (645D)

Dropped by Shuri Castle early this afternoon to take some photos. Unfortunately the sky clouded over and scaffolding covered half of the building. I did however mange to get a couple of portraits of the girls in traditional Okinawan costume that pose with visitors to the castle.

After a couple of days with the camera I was comfortable enough using it for these opportunistic shots. I quickly opened up the aperture with the thumb dial to blur the background, moved the girls into some open shade and took a couple of photographs of each girl.

Girl in Okinawan Costume Shuri Castle (1) 645D 55mm

Girl in Okinawan Costume Shuri Castle 645D 55mm

Okinawan Kimono at  Shuri Castle 645D 55mm

Okinawan Kimono at Shuri Castle 645D 55mm

Girl in Okinawan Costume at Shuri Castle 645D 55mm

Girl in Okinawan Costume at Shuri Castle 645D 55mm

I just realized that I never showed the girls the preview images after I took the shots. I hadn’t even considered it! It was only 30 minutes later when I sat down with a cold drink that  I even looked at the pictures I’d taken. I think this is a case of delayed chimping. Must remember I’m shooting digital not film 🙂  I will however make a couple of prints and drop them off next time I’m at the castle.

I’ll put a full size image of one of the girls on Flickr. Another interesting thing I’ve noticed is that every outdoor portrait I take includes two mini self portraits one on each pupil!

4 Comments

  1. Frank says

    I downloaded the large photo from Flicr, it’s beautiful. I never made photos with large format cameras, but I did noticed the very shallow dept of field with F4. I think I would have used F8 for portraits ..

  2. Jones says

    Chris, is it possible to get the RAW(is it a DNG-file?) of the full size picture?:) Perhaps via rapidshare or something like that…I’d be deeply grateful, cause I’m also very interested in buying a 645D;)

    Oh, and sorry for my English, I’m not a native English speaker;)

  3. Are you shooting handheld or off a tripod? I used an H4D recently and it was big enough that it was difficult to handhold.

    • When using the 67II I usually handheld for quick portraits and used a tripod for everything else. I think I’ll probably stick with this system, I am used to always wandering around with a tripod in my left hand!

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