Okinawa's sky is hazy lately from the dust and pollution passing through from China, and it reminded me of this image I shot a couple weeks ago. I was walking along the seawall in Chatan, and I saw this couple trying to soak up what little sun was making it's way through the haze/clouds that day. Times like this when the little bit of extra reach from the teleconverter pays off. Any closer and they would have noticed me and changed the moment. At almost 3:00 pm in the afternoon I was shooting slightly into the sun, pulling some contrast from the shot, but I still like it.
Pope Gelasius declared February 14th Valentine’s Day in the 5th Century, but the legend of the real St. Valentine’s is so much more interesting.
In the 3rd Century A.D. there lived an ambitious emperor named Claudius the 2nd. In an effort to make his vast armies stronger, Emperor Claudius banned all marriage for his solders so they would not have families to miss while serving away for extended periods of time.
A roman priest named Valentine, disagreeing with him, defied the emperor, and secretly continued to married young couples. When Emperor Claudius found out he sentenced him to death.