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

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Okinawa wedding chapel at Kanna resort available for photoshoots!

Im happy to confirm two new chapel locations here in Okinawa that can be rented to use for Prewedding location photoshoots. Majority of the wedding chapels on Okinawa unfortunately can not be rented for photo shooting. The only way people can generally have their photos taken in one of them is to have a wedding there. But now I've teamed up with a couple of places that have allowed me access to their facilities. One of them is an indoor chapel overlooking the ocean which I'll talk about in an upcoming blog post, but for today I'd like to show you Kanna resorts offering. 


Kanna resort is located about 30 minutes drive north from Yomitan along the east coast of Okinawa. 
The outdoor chapel has fantastic views of the ocean and access to a beach down below. 

The chapel will be decorated with bouquet flowers and some other accessories while using the chapel.

The front of the chapel faces the sun which is great for photography throughout the day. 

Pre wedding location packages at this chapel including the surrounding pool side, gardens and beach start at 70,000yen with 50+ digital images included. Click here for bookings and inquiries. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spider Holster Japan campaign

Just back from a fantastic wedding shoot in Australia! But more on that soon. My sponsor Spider Holster has a great deal for photographers in Japan right now. Info only in Japanese sorry.

Spider Holster is running a campaign right now if you get one from the Japan distributer ブラックファルコン Black Falcon Get your hands and cameras on a Spider Holster if you havent already! You'll never go back to straps!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Zen & Angeline Okinawa Prewedding BTS video

Zen & Angeline from Singapore: Okinawa Prewedding:

Spring is here in Okinawa and its warming up with great weather for prewedding location photo shoots around the island. Heres some samples from a recent location shoot from various locations around the island including an underwater prewedding location!

Check out the behind the scenes video put together by my good friend and videographer Joseph Vatchner. You can visit his website at Jsun Photo

Out on the walking bridges at a resort in Onna village

Enjoying the nature at Bios on the hill park

Atop the lighthouse at famous Cape Zanpa

Gala is a great spot for photoshoots and to view the sunset!

On the following day we went underwater even though it was a bit chilly. 
They both did a great job!

They even brought Mermaid tails to try underwater!

Interested in an Okinawa or overseas wedding or prewedding? Send me an email to book your date and lets make some magic!

Packages start from just $450 ($100 off specials now running for march/april!)
Include a minimum of 30 edited digital high resolution images. I always do my best to give extra photos free of charge! We are also now offering video packages with a professional wedding videographer! Contact for info. 

To contact with questions or bookings you can call on +818033390661 or drop me an email by clicking this link. Email me!