Thursday, February 19, 2015

Prewedding photoshoot at Lazor chapel

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Lorintta & Peter's very special Okinawa prewedding where we rented out the Lazor chapel to use as our prewedding location. The Lazor Garden Christea chapel is currently one of if not Okinawa's most popular wedding chapels. Check out a few samples with Peter, Lorintta and her amazing wedding dress and behind the scenes from our photoshoot. 

And a few behind the scenes shots thanks to my assistant Keith Smith and my hair/make up artist Tomoyo. 

For bookings and details for your Okinawa or overseas prewedding or "big day" wedding shoot drop me an email here.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Riptide Magazine Australia

Happy to get a photo published in this months issue of Australia's Riptide bodyboarding magazine. 
The shot above of pro Japanese bodyboarder Akiko Sato on a pretty good size wave while we were in the Mentawai islands, Indonesia. Akiko was never afraid to charge even the biggest waves and even when she got pummeled she would get right back in there and catch some more. 

I made the published shot with my Canon 1DmkIV and 300mm f2.8L lens from a small Zodiac boat. Its amazing how good you can get at holding a long lens steady while rocking in a small boat for hours each day! Below is this months issue of Riptide and some other shots I made of Akiko in Indonesia below. Cant wait to get back there hopefully this year!  

If your interested in a dream surf trip to the Mentawai's then drop by to book a tour. They run a bunch year and owners Ben and Frank really know how to put on an amazing trip! Awesome food, surf and people!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Traveling in Taiwan

Working on my levitation skills at Chien Kai-Shek memorial. 
Shot by Chris Myers (Sogoi Photography)

Taking a few little breaks from Okinawa during the quieter season over Christmas starting with a few days in Tokyo catching up with my long time good mate James Brown and now traveling around awesome Taiwan with fellow photographer Chris Myers just exploring and doing some street photography in Taipei before heading off to other locations around Taiwan to see some nature and take in the culture.

I'll be posting updates and more pictures as soon as I can!

Caught this sweet Ferrari just in time with a slow shutter speed and panning
as it was cruising the streets of Taipei

Out to try Taipei's famous Hot Pot food with good friends. 
Freya and husband of Butterfly Story wedding planners in Taipei. Awesome food!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Some more Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART series lens test shots

Hanging out and having dinner with good friends the other night so I took along my new Sigma art series 35mm f1.4 to test out with my favorite K9's Roger, Pumpkin and Sachimo. Even after several beers I was able to lock on and get sharp shots with very shallow depth of field when shooting wide open at f1.4. Im really loving having this slightly wider look than with my 50mm prime lenses but still having a beautiful creamy background and whats in focus is extremely sharp. 

Check out some of the samples below. Never mind the funky white balance, I was just shooting in jpg as I didn't plan on editing these shots too much. All shots were shot using the Canon 5DmkIII. 

For this shot I used focus stacking as the dof was so shallow. 
So I used a shot of his tongue in focus and then another where I refocused on the eye then blended them together in Photoshop. 

Roger wants to give Daddy a wet kiss

When shooting groups with a lens like this its not a good idea to shoot wide open and expect to get everyones eyes in tack sharp focus. 

It can also be tricky to not have the camera focus on the nose instead of the eyes

So theres a few portrait test shots with the new Sigma 35mm f1.4 art lens. I took the lens along on an all day pre wedding location photoshoot yesterday around Okinawa and so looking forward to seeing how this lens holds up in various lighting conditions outdoors with regards to chromatic aberration as that was my main complaint with the more expensive Canon 50mm f1.2L lens. Im also excited to see just how sharp this $900 lens is even when used wide open.

You can pick up this lens from by clicking on the lens!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens just arrived!

After hearing so many good things about the new line of lenses from Sigma including the Art, Sport and Contemporary series I had to get my hands on one for myself to try.
I used Sigma's "pro" EX series of lenses for quite a few years and was very happy with them. Of course that was back when sensor resolution was a lot lower so they may not hold up as well these days with the likes of 20+ mp sensors.

So after tossing up buying either the new 50mm f1.4 art or the 35mm version I finally opted for the 35mm. Because I was finding I more often than not wished for a little wider field of view when shooting with my Canon 50mm f1.2L on shoots with families and in tight spaces at weddings etc..

I managed to pick up the lens at a bargain price from here in Japan. But you can get it at the US Amazon store by clicking here. 

Here's a little unboxing and initial thoughts on the new lens in my video here.

Here are a few test shots I made with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 art on a Canon 5DmkIII lens around home and just down the street at sunset with my MR2 Spyder.

All samples were shot at f1.4

Heres a tight crop from the shot above

Random test inside on my macbook pro screen

And some tests down the road at sunset with my car

As you can see you can get quite a shallow depth of field even at a relatively wide focal length of 35mm. So Im really looking forward to trying some some wider people portraits with this lens but still having some sweet sweet bokeh in the background as well as shooting in lower light at receptions and parties etc..

The build quality of the lens looks to be fantastic, I would say just as nice if not nicer than my Canon L lenses. And I haven't been able so far to find a hint of chromatic aberration or focusing errors. Focus also locks on plenty quick and quietly thanks to its hypersonic motor. Like others have mentioned the only thing I think its missing is weather sealing which would make it even better. At $900 its not a "cheap" lens but when its beating out much more expensive lenses from Canon and Nikon etc.. I would say its a steal! 
Again if you'd like to get one of these please use my link here to find it on Amazon. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Return from Saipan

So I've just returned for a week in Saipan on a photo assignment to photograph some Japanese models at some of beautiful locations Saipan has to offer. I was offered the job just a few days before leaving for the trip so I didn't have too much time to prepare. Although it was challenging we also had a lot of fun as well and I'll be posting more stories and photos with the models in the coming days. For now though heres a first look at a shot I did just for fun with an old WWII Japanese Zero war plan wreck and the amazingly beautiful island Managaha in the distance behind it.

More coming soon!
For now its back to Okinawa for preweddings, weddings, family photo sessions etc..

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Underwater prewedding bridal photo session Okinawa

Recently I had the pleasure of trying an underwater pre-wedding/engagement photo session for an adventurous couple Nolan from the US and Noorin from Singapore who both enjoy scuba diving and free diving. They wanted to try something under so we headed off to Okinawa's famous snorkeling/diving spot of Maeda for some underwater fun. I've tried this kind of thing quite a few times with various models but it turns out that its actually quite a bit trickier than it looks in the photos. There are a lot of factors to deal with like heavy dresses getting water logged making it hard to swim, stirring up the sand which renders the photo pretty much useless,  staying underwater long enough, water visibility etc... Everything has to come together perfectly for great underwater shots.

Unfortunately this day the main Maeda diving area was closed due to the surf and waves but we got some shots are near by Maeda flats except all the other beginner divers were in the area also. Anyway here are a few images I managed to make with my Canon 5DmkII and Ikelite dive housing. For all shots I used the Canon 8-15mm f4L fisheye zoom lens. I didn't bother using flash as I knew it would just light up all the sand in the water this day.

As soon as the busy wedding season here in Okinawa quiets down a bit we will have another crack at it on a better day but we still had fun and managed to get a few fun images. 

If your interested in trying an underwater engagement/pre wedding type shoot then drop me an email via the contact button somewhere on the right there and lets line up a date. Mini sessions start from 25000yen, full single location sessions from 45000yen. Contact for details and bookings!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong action

Typhoon Vongfong passed directly over Okinawa last night and still rages this morning. Although not as extreme as expected it still had some very strong winds and reported 25,000 or so homes without power overnight. I got out this morning to do what I love doing best and thats photographing wild ocean waves and weather. Heres just a few images from around Sunabe seawall, Toguchi beach area up to Zanpa. I'm heading back out this afternoon for an explore up north a little around the Manzamo area as there are always huge waves smashing on the cliffs there during typhoons. 

Toguchi Beach area

Toguchi Beach area

Toguchi Beach area

Toguchi Beach area

Sunabe seawall

Danny out for a surf check

Afternoon session around Manza

Poor cow couldnt take the wind

Manzamo looking mighty angry

A new waterfall near Manzamo

A fellow storm chaser catching some of the action

Mr X getting some sweet sweet seascapes

Mega waves crash against the 50 foot cliffs

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Stay safe and enjoy your weekend everyone!