With tons of places to eat and to shop Kokusai street in Naha is a very popular stop for everyone who has ever been to Okinawa. The street serves as the main drag for the islands largest city and the large intersection near the Makishi market serves as one of my favorite spots to people watch while enjoying some starbucks. I wanted to capture it in a new light however so this time I went down on a not so pleasant day and only used my 135mm lens. I focused more on the shop keepers and the people hoping between raindrops while walking down the streets. Usually it would be all about capturing the bright neon lights at night or the crowds on Sundays when the road is closed to traffic.
I want to thank Matthew Ray for making it out to shoot with me as well. He does some cool work if you want feel free to check him out with the link provided. After shooting a couple shots we settled at my usual spot outside the Starbucks to see what we could get when I snapped this shot of him. Unfortunately my spot was not so lucky that day. we opted to dip into the fish market nearby to try some other angles and to escape the rain that was quickly picking up in intensity.
The markets slim streets and random openings into other parts of town are always packed and commonly the main focus of a photographers attention but having the longer lens I was able to peek into shops and capture some things that usually go unseen. The fishmarket vendors proved to be an almost perfect subject, and I even managed to find a couple side streets with some near perfect ambience.
Sorry for the lack of posts these past weeks, I am in the middle of my move to England and catching up with some folks back home. I wanted to share this however for all my friends back in Okinawa to remind them that you can grab the camera and go out for a couple hours into the rain and still manage to have a really good time behind the camera. Keep shooting!