The school year ends in March in Japan. This year my first grandchild, Marin, graduated from elementary school and will start junior high in April. This is a shot of her graduating class. This is Okinawa, Japan.
I was allowed, along with another photographer, to go up on the balcony and capture the event. There, we could set up tripods and take pictures without any interference from the munchkins bouncing around on the wooden floor below. We could also avoid the other 900 spectators packed into the auditorium, who you can’t see in this photo.
The blue sheet on the left side was laid out to protect the flooring, and the white boat setting on it is a planter. All the plants and flowers are real, projects of the students.
The only problem was everyone had black hair and uniforms. I couldn’t find my granddaughter!
So I just took plenty of wide-angle shots to capture everyone. That saved the day for me. Marin is in the front row, 3rd from the right.
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