Cherry blossoms of Okinawa by Shawn Miller

The Cherry blossoms are generally in full bloom mid-January through February. Mt Yaedake and Nakijin castle are the most popular viewing locations for the Cherry blossoms. Some of the most beautiful trees can also be found in residential areas and public parks.

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Cherry blossoms – Mt Yaedake

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Nakijin castle blossoms

Cherry blossoms -Kume Island

Cherry blossoms -Kume Island

Every year I try to create an original photograph of the Cherry Blossoms. Something that has not been done before. Below are some of my favourite photographs using specialized blue lights during the night.

Cherry blossum under blue light

Cherry blossoms under blue light

Cherry blossum under blue light

Cherry blossoms under blue light

People often ask me what kind of camera setup do I use to create these images.

Fluorescence photography setup -Shawn Miller

Fluorescence photography setup -Shawn Miller

Psychedelic cherry blossoms

Psychedelic cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms -zakimi castle

Cherry blossoms -zakimi castle

Cherry blossoms - Yomitan Okinawa

Cherry blossoms – Yomitan Okinawa

Lightpainting with the Sola nightsea.

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Lightpainting cherry blossoms

I did some light painting comparisons using UV 385nm instead of 450nm. I used my sons Nike shoe as a background. The shoelaces fluoresced bright orange and the heal fluorescence bright green. I wanted to create something unique.

Cherry blossom under UV 385

Cherry blossom under UV 385

It can be challenging to photograph the animals that feed on the blossoms. I have photographed fruit bats, birds and insect feeding on the sweet-smelling blossoms.

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Fruitbat feeding on Cherry blossoms

The Japanese White-eye  (Mejiro) is the most popular animal to photograph in the trees.  

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Japanese White-eye – Mejiro

Hummingbird hawk-moth

Hummingbird hawk-moth

The Okinawa rail is a flightless bird endemic to northern Okinawa. It is currently listed as an endangered species. This was my first time documenting this behaviour.

Okinawa rail feeding on the sweet fruit

Okinawa rail feeding on the sweet fruit

Have a great day!

 

Light-painting with the nightsea by Shawn Miller

Light painting is the artistic technique of moving a hand held-light source while taking a long exposure. The purpose is to illuminate the subject with constant lighting to create a powerful image.  It takes a steady hand, patience, trial and error and imagination. Using a specialized blue light (nightsea) will allow you to capture fluorescence. The images will be enhanced with beautiful bright vibrant colors.

Most plants and animals fluoresce under blue light. Below are some of my favorite long-exposures photographed using the Nightsea and a Canon 70d.  I also included some comparison photos under white light.

Beautiful cherry blossoms under blue light, Okinawa-Japan

Cherry blossum under blue light

Cherry blossom under blue light

Cherry blossum under blue light

Cherry blossom under blue light

Cherry blossum under white light (MYN)

Cherry blossom under white light (MYN)

 

Sunflowers show some fluorescence under blue light, Okinawa-Japan

Sundflower under blue light

Sundflower under blue light

Sunflower under white light -zoom panning

Sunflower under white light -zoom panning

The animal must not move in order to get a sharp image during a long-exposure.

Rhinoceros coconut  beetle under blue light

Rhinoceros coconut beetle under blue light

Rhinoceros coconut  beetle under white light

Rhinoceros coconut beetle under white light

Onomustus kanoi fluorescence

( Onomustus kanoi ) fluorescence photography

Cicada under blue light

Cicada under blue light by Shawn Miller

Cicada under white light

Cicada under white light

The Rosy gypsy moth (Lymantria mathura) Under blue light

The Rosy gypsy moth (Lymantria mathura) Under blue light

The Rosy gypsy moth (Lymantria mathura) Under white light -

The Rosy gypsy moth (Lymantria mathura) Under white light -

More flowers painted with the Light & Motion Nightsea

Flowers under blue light

Flowers under blue light

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Flowers under blue light

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Cactus under blue light

Mochi leaf flower under blue light

Mochi leaf flower under blue light

Flower under blue light

Flower under blue light

Light-painting with the Nightsea and Sola 600 red light

Light-painting Okinawa

Light-painting Okinawa

Blue light comparison (450nm) with UV (385)

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Blue comparison – 450nm vrs uv 385nm

 

Equipment used

  • Light&Motion Sola Nightsea or Gobe blue light
  • Modeling light Gobe 700 wide (white light) to lock in focus
  • Camera with Manual capabilities and macro lens (Canon 70d *60macro)
  • Manfrotto Tripod and remote
  • Barrier filter (block the reflected blue light )

My above water camera setup for fluorescence

Fluorescence photography setup -Shawn Miller

Fluorescence photography setup -Shawn Miller

 

Sola NightSea underwater blue light

Sola NightSea underwater blue light

My underwater setup for photographing fluorescence.

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Learn more-

http://www.lightandmotion.com/sola-nightsea