Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The awesome folks at Spider Holster have given me a special Black Friday code to offer to my followers good from Thursday,11/26 and valid through Monday, 11/30.

I've used Spider Holster gear on a daily basis now for the past few years and cant say enough good things about it. Do away with your annoying camera straps and shoot like a gun slinger!

Use offer code BF25PETE to get yourself 25% off any order, one time only per customer at

Monday, November 23, 2015

Quick trip and model shoot on Tokashiki island

Just got back from a nice little over night stay out in the beautiful Kerama island chain on the island of Tokashiki. These islands are just an hour or so by ferry out from Naha city and are an amazing getaway from main island Okinawa and the beaches are a whole different level out there. Not to mention the world class scuba diving and visibility. 

The main reason for the trip was to photograph my good mate with the same last name and model from Canada Jammie Leong. I also wanted to take along my DJI Inspire 1 drone to get some aerial still shots and video from above the island for future video projects. 

A panorama from the sky stitched from about 8 images
 shot with the DJI Inspire 1

Being the busiest month of the year I haven't got around to editing all the photos and video yet but heres a few sample shots and a little background on how I lit and shot them.

First day we were just scouting a location to shoot so I didn't have much gear with me. Hand held bare Cactus speedlite at full power and my Canon 5DmkIII with 16-35mm f4L lens stopped down to about f13 to get the sun burst effect. 

For this shot I wanted to use flash but also use a shallow DOF (depth of field)
So I used my Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART series with an ND8 filter so I could keep my shutter at 200th/sec for flash sync and also keep my aperture pretty wide open at f2.8. 
For light I used a Profoto B1 with Cactus CB60 softbox. 

This was the same as previous shot with the Profoto B1 and Cactus softbox on it mounted on my new large Manfrotto lightstand. I didnt have any sand bags/weights or assistant so I was constantly keeping an eye on it in case the wind got the better of it. Lucky only the softbox blew off at one stage. 

The last two shots here were very wide shots as I wanted to show the colour in the sky and this nice big rock in the middle of the beach so I took off the softbox and just used bare flash from the Profoto B1 from about 5 meters back. 

Will post more drone photos and the video shortly here on my blog as well as on my main Youtube channel at

All images are copyright PeteLeongPhotography. They are available for purchase, just contact me here 

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Okinawa Karate 100 Kata event drone video

Looking down on the event. Shot with the DJI Inspire 1

I recently had the pleasure of getting up before sunrise and up to Zakimi castle ruins here in Yomitan, Okinawa to try filming the 100 Kata Karate event with the DJI Inspire 1 drone with the help of my partner in crime Keith Smith.

The idea was that each of the various groups of Karate groups would perform their kata 100 times. So with the ideal traditional looking Okinawan location, a whole bunch of karate guys and girls,  plus a sunrise that added up to make for some interesting photos and video.

Getting the drone set up with Keith and our good mate and famous nature/underwater photographer Shawn Miller (Okinawa nature photographer) dropped by to say good morning. 

Shot with the Fujifilm X-T1 and cheap Rokinon 12mm f2 manual lens. 

And last but not least the video I put together using Final Cut Pro X and shot entirely with the Inspire 1. Still learning this whole video editing thing but having fun with it. Hope you enjoy!


If your interested in having aerial drone footage for your next wedding or event no matter how big or small contact Pete by clicking here

Sunday, October 18, 2015

2016 Calendars now available!

Hey everyone! Happy to announce the arrival of my 2016 Okinawa beach & sea calendar. These calendars will be available for purchase at various spots around Okinawa or will be able to be ordered from a webpage currently being set up. For now if your in Okinawa and want one, they can be bought directly through myself or at Okinawa brewing company in American Village (Mihama) Drop me an email here to order directly through me.  Or click by now to make your purchase right now online.

$25US online or if paying in person yen is also ok (¥3000)


Shipping to the US is also available for $10

Friday, August 21, 2015

Inspire 1 drone test over Okinawa surf

 Yesterday we were blessed with awesome weather and a few little pre typhoon waves. My good mate Danny melhado of Happy surfing Okinawa got out on his longboard for a few quick waves in our neighborhood here in Yomitan so I thought Id get the DJI Inspire 1 out for a fly over him trying to keep him in the shot as I fly along and also control the camera gimbal at the same time. This is much easier when I have my copilot Keith with me so one of us can concentrate on flying while the other works the camera and gimbal movements.

The view down towards Gala and Alivila resort

Temporary control HQ with Red about 400-500m out from the surf

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Whats in my camera bag? 2015 version

I recently made an updated "whats in my camera bag" video for my Youtube channel as Id been asked by several subscribers for an updated version. Quite a bit of my Canon gear has changed in the past couple of years and so thought it would be good to show what I currently use for my daily shooting from photoshoots here in Okinawa to overseas weddings. I try to make sure I have a back up of everything in case something stops working during a shoot which sooner or later will happen!

Take a look at the video here...

Some of the main gear featured in this video that I use is: 

Think Tank airport take off

Canon 5DmkIII
Canon 1DmkIV (discontinued) find the 1DX here

Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS
Canon 24-70mm f4L IS
Canon 17-35mm f4L IS
Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art  for Canon  for Nikon

Cactus RF60 X2
Cactus V6 radio triggers
Cactus CB60 softbox
Lastolite Ezy pole  (discontinued?)

Camera support-
Spider dual holster or by direct from and use my offer code Leong20 to get 20% off.  

Theres plenty of other brands and gear I use for different shoots such as the Tamron 150-600mm for sports, Rogue flashbenders for other lighting situations, Profoto B1 when I need lots of power on location, fisheye lens and underwater housings, other flash brands such as Yongnuo, the DJI Inspire1 drone etc.. But this is my general bag that gets my by for photoshoots 99% of the time. 

Extra shout out to the companies that send me gear to use such as Spider Holster, Rogue, Cactus and ImageVISION. I appreciate all the support!!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Back to Hawaii!!

Just a quick little update: Im currently back on Oahu, Hawaii shooting a wedding this time on the beautiful North shore for Jason and Phuong who live on Oahu. Phuong had originally been following my work on my fotoShisa facebook page and asked me to come over for their big day. Of course I was more than happy to oblige.

Yesterday I got a chance to meet up with my good friend Tommy who also likes to shoot in the water getting in some waves and the Sea turtles etc.. so I had a great time while Tommy showed me around to some of his regular spots. Got to see and swim with a bunch of cute "Honu" and get some shots with my Gopro and borrowed Tommy's Canon 5DmkII in an SPL water housing to get this shot below.

Used the Canon 8-15mm f4L fisheye zoom in an SPL housing to 
catch this shot of a turtle coming up for air. 

Gopro selfie with a local Honu

With fellow water shooter and good mate Tommy Tsumoto

In the late afternoon I went off with the couple to do a little sunset pre wedding photos around some of the quieter areas of the North shore. Although we didn't catch much of a sunset we still got some sweet shots with some nice backgrounds. Heres a little sneak peek. 

Stood on top of the car to get high enough for this shot

Thanks to Ana for assisting me with the off camera flash 8)

The big day is today and the weather is perfect so time to charge up all the batteries and get to work. More photos from this Hawaii wedding coming shortly! Aloha!!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Bought a drone! The DJI Inspire 1

Happy to announce I've finally got myself a DJI Inspire 1 drone to use with my business (and for fun of course) to provide video and still images for everything from surfing, weddings and engagement shoots, resorts, wedding chapels and of course the beautiful seascapes and nature of Okinawa.
For months before I bought the Inspire 1 I was already watching every Youtube video about drones that I could find and learning what I could and bought a little Blade Nano quadcopter to practice with inside the house.

Since the Inspire arrived I've been taking it out everyday to practice with and learning a lot as I go. Im very impressed with the 4k video and very happy that it has the capability to shoot raw dng still images.

I'll be setting up aerial photo/video packages shortly for weddings, real estate etc.. but for now I just wanted to get up a little sample video I've edited below as well as a few images taken with the drone and some behind the scenes shots. Enjoy!

Check out some initial footage from my first few days with the Inspire 1

Saturday, July 04, 2015

My EOD bomb suit shoot shared on!

It was a surprise and an honour to recently find that my US Military EOD bomb suit shoot had been picked up and featured by one the worlds biggest photography blogs!

The shoot originally came about when I had photographed Master Sergeant Matt Small's family photo session here on Okinawa and when he told me what he did for a living I thought it would be awesome to take a portrait of him in his suit doing his job. Matt was able to pull some strings and make it happen. But I didn't think we would also have access to various types of bombs, smoke grenades, and bomb disarming robots etc..

Check out the behind the scenes video of the shoot above 

The shoot was mostly shot with my Canon 1DmkIV as I knew I would want to have a fast burst rate to capture the C4 and diesel bombs going off. For the close in shots I was using my Canon 16-35mm f4L lens and for the ones with actual bombs going off I used the 70-200mm f2.8L.
For my off camera lighting for this shoot I chose to bring my two Alien Bee 320ws strobes powered by the Vagabond Mini battery pack

Heres a few images from the shoot. I wanted to make the smoke and some of the images look a bit grungy and edgy so applied some effects in Nik Color efex pro.

The photos were sent off to the EOD foundation head quarters in the US and they were nice enough to send me out a thank you letter and also an EOD collectors coin.

Eventually I plan to put together a Military action type portrait print series or photo book once I get a few more shoots like this under my belt.

Click the link below to be taken to the Petapixel page featuring my shoot!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Okinawa Prewedding chapel rental location

Im happy to offer Pre wedding photo packages at the resort wedding chapel below.
Located in Moon Beach in Onna Village. Moon beach also has an awesome beach and nice locations around the resort we will also be able to use. Packages including 30-50 edited digital images from ¥80,000yen