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!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Another of my "how to" articles published in EOS magazine

Its that crazy busy time of the year once again where I don't get as much time as I'd like for blogging and new Youtube videos because of the second peak wedding season kicking in here on Okinawa as the weather starts to cool down a bit after a very hot summer. 
Just before leaving for my last overseas photoshoot in Indonesia to cover surfing in the Mentawai islands, I was asked to EOS magazine if I would write another article on how I photographed my water drop type shots. So at around midnight the night before flying out I set up the tank and speedlites again to re enact how I did my original shot of the peppers in the below right shot. 

While I had the tank set up I decided to also film a quick little tutorial video on how to do these kinds of shots. Click below to check out that video. 

And while on the subject of Youtube Im happy to announce my humble little channel just broke 2000 subscribers woohoo!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The new Spider Holster Hand Strap ready for pre order now!

Spider Holster, the awesome folks that brought you the best way to carry your camera since the strap are now coming out with their new reinvented hand strap to keep a better grip on your camera and to help alleviate the strain on the wrist, a problem that us working pro photographers who are carrying our cameras for several hours each day have to constantly deal with. But even if your just picking up your camera for a few shots you'll notice much improved comfort and ease by using one of these newly designed hand straps from Spider to make the camera body become more of an extension of your arm rather than having to constantly grip on tightly to your expensive and heavy investment. 

I've tried a couple of other hand straps in the past but always ended up tossing them out after a week or so due to their poor build quality. They would usually get in the way more than anything and then if I wanted to add a tripod plate or an attachment to the bottom I would have to remove the whole thing. Not with the new Spider hand strap, its designed to fit perfectly under any tripod mount or Spider mount and still allow for mounting your camera to a tripod when you need to. 

Check it out at to get your pre order today!

I'll have a video review of this great new hand strap going up on my Youtube channel very soon but for now if you'd like to check out any of my other videos about Spider Holster gear you can check out my Youtube videos below. And don't forget to subscribe to my channel! 8)

And remember if you want to order any Spider gear from their website then you can get a sweet 20% discount by using my discount code leong20 at check out!

You can thank me later ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Okinawa Prewedding and Wedding day for Kaori & Naoya

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and shooting for Okinawa crossfit instructors Kaori and Naoya of Crossfit Bagus in Sunabe. They are such a fun couple with a lot of energy which made for a fun photoshoot.

For their prewedding we shot at local Murasaki Mura and then off to the near by beach for a beautiful sunset. Their wedding was held a couple of days later slightly north at Moon beach chapel and resort.
Here are just a few samples from our couple of days together starting with our double location prewedding photoshoot. 

The Big Day...

Big thank you to Akemi for hair, make up and assistance. 
And of course a big congratulations to Naoya and Kaori!!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

BTS video of a model photoshoot with pro surfer and bodyboard girls in the Mentawai's

I've finally finished going through the 14,000+ images I shot while in the Mentawai islands of Indonesia on assignment with pro surfers from Japan. On our last day of the trip I took a small boat with our two pro rider girls Kaori Mayaguchi and Akiko Sato to a small island with a beautiful beach and we made some photos for their sponsors.

Gear was super minimal with only one camera, a couple of lenses and one Yongnuo cheap speedlite. Oh I also had my trusty trifold shoot through umbrella from Lastolite but didnt have an umbrella mount to put it in so that had to be hand held.

The day was super hot and the time was not ideal for model/portrait photography but we make do with what we've got right.

Here's a quick little behind the scenes I shot and some of the images below.

Here's some other shots from that shoot and other times from the trip of the girls sporting their various sponsors gear.

Akiko having some fun jumping off our boat the Nagalaut
while I fire off 10 frames per second from my Canon 1DmkIV

While visiting a surf camp on a beach we came across this awesome little monkey who 
was happy to ride with the girls for a few shots. 

Getting some shots of Kaori with the awesome AIRsup from Japan. 

I love this tree so much. So photogenic. 

Kaori sporting her Roxy gear and board

Akiko with her Honey Girl gear on an awesome palm tree

Walking backwards with a tripod and flash in hand while shooting to light this one of 
Kaori in her Roxy gear

Kaori with her sponsors surf boards lit with my Yongnuo and shoot through umbrella just out of frame held by Akiko 8)

Now that Im finished the editing I'll be posting lots more images of some amazing waves and adventures in the Mentawai's soon. Theres still tons of video to be edited as well so stay tuned!