One of my favorite things to do here is walking the back streets and alleys with my camera. This is a side street near the covered mall in Naha. I shot this with my Fuji x100t.
Japanese can be funny about having their photo taken. Oftentimes they object with a hand waving motion in front of their face, and yet other times they are very friendly and have no problem at all smiling for the camera. These girls were with a large group of young people in Naha celebrating Coming of Age Day this past January, and were happy to pose for me.
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Today's photo was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus while walking around in one of my favorite areas in Okinawa, Omoromachi, or Shintoshin as most refer to it.
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A couple weeks ago I bit the bullet and decided to upgrade my Fuji x100s to the new x100T. As luck would have it I've been busy and haven't really had time to put it though it's paces until this past weekend. My daughter Summer had a modeling job for Ryubu, an upscale department store here in Okinawa, and I had some time on my hands, so off I went to wander the streets of Naha. :)
Okinawa is very much like a small town, complete with a multitude of small shops, cafes and one-man farmer's markets. The people who work in them are often elderly and generally friendly. I often empathize with what must be long, mostly uneventful days spent patiently waiting for the few customers who actually buy something rather than just gawk and take photos. :)
Street photography touches my love of photography like no other genre. It's difficult to explain why. Maybe it's the historical relevance of recording society, although I've never been a big history buff. Maybe it's the rawness or reality of the moment, or maybe it's just the voyeur in me, like all humans that are fascinated with observing others and their environment.
I love walking around in Naha. It's the closest thing we have here in Okinawa to the city. Many years ago I lived in mainland Japan, where I spent a good bit of time in Tokyo, and sometimes I find myself missing the city. Last year I purchased the new TCLX100 teleconverter for my Fuji x100s. I also did a review on it found here. Every once and a while I like to take one lens, and shoot all day at that focal length. It's a challenging and fun exercise that can allow you to see scenes differently than you normally do. So a few weeks ago I decided to head down to Naha, and shoot for a few hours with my TCLX100 attached.