Monday, August 22, 2016

Okinawa real estate aerial video for promotion

I recently had the opportunity to make another aerial promotional video with the DJI Inspire 1 drone way down south by Mibaru beach for repeat client Colby who has a massive beach house that hes looking to renovate. Its a fantastic location and I enjoy getting out to new spots with the drone and making these kinds of promotional videos. Check out the beach house video below.






And heres another video I made for the same client of a pretty large house which is currently up for sale. Great property and real estate around the huge famous shopping area Rycom and Nakagusuku.





If you need promotional photography or an aerial exterior and interior video for your real estate drop me a mail here.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

9 tips for better sunset/sunrise photos

I was recently asked to put together some basic tips for capturing sunsets as its that time of the year here in Okinawa where we are blessed with amazing light shows daily between around 7-7:30pm. 

If your new to capturing sunsets and just want some tips then heres 9 to help you get better shots, read on below!

A few of the tips apply to any picture taking also. 




*only include in the shot what you want to show..
(be mindful of distracting objects cluttering up the image that take away from the shot, that goes for any image)




*Look for interesting clouds/cloud patterns
(Sometimes the best shots are not even looking towards the sunset itself)



*Take panoramas to show the whole scene. 
(often just a single shot can’t show the whole scene depending on how wide of a lens you have, any camera or even phone these days is cable of making nice wide panoramas showing the whole scene.)





*Keep your horizon straight!
(theres nothing more annoying then capturing a great sunset then noticing your horizon is dipping down to the left or right by a few degrees. This is what separates the pros from amateurs. It only takes a few seconds to correct and you can even do it in your phone)




*Under expose the sky a little. 
(If you have control of your exposure in camera then under exposing the sky a little will help to saturate and show more details of the sunset)





*Use flash
(If your trying to take a selfie or pic of your friend at sunset with no flash your not going to see anything except for a black shape, thats because your cameras sensor can’t capture all that dynamic range like our eyes can. The only way to correct for this is to use a flash)





*include some interesting foreground. 
(Having some nice foreground object like ocean, rocks etc.. will help create depth to the photograph rather then just having a shot of the sky itself)





*Dont be in a hurry to leave. 
(many of the best colours don’t appear until well after the sun has dropped below the horizon, if you can always stick around an extra 10 minutes at least after you think the sunset is over because often the prettiest colours will present themselves after you’ve packed up and ready to leave. 





*Look for reflections

(You don’t always have to point your camera straight at the sun. Look for cool reflections like building windows, and pools of water. Try getting down really low a puddle of water to catch a mirror like reflection and get twice as awesome of a sunset 8)


Hope you enjoy the tips! Get out and start catching some better sunset/sunrise shots!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Drone video shoot for marine sports company

Danny & Jo having fun SUP'ing out in the Kerama islands

I was asked by a local dive and marine sports company to to out to the Kerama islands with them to film a promotional video for them with the drone and also underwater so of course I was happy to oblige. Along the way I took a bunch of photos as well as you can see below. 


Check out the video here! Shot by myself Pete Leong and edited by Alisa



And heres some other photos from that day shot with the DJI Inspire 1 drone with the x3 camera, Canon 5DmkIII for other shots from the boat and underwater photos shot with my Canon 5DmkII with 8-15mm f4L fisheye lens in an Ikelite water dive housing. 

If your interested in licensing any images please email me here









Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wicked summer storm clouds in Okinawa




While shooting a family location photoshoot yesterday for my friend Todd and his family this beautiful super cell storm cloud appeared out over the ocean to the north of where I was shooting at Toguchi beach. The last time Id seen a cloud like this was a couple of years back in Australia while shooting a wedding. 

Seeing these kinds of rare clouds always gets me excited, especially if I have a camera in hand. Now that the rainy season has finished here in Okinawa its been pretty much awesome weather and nice sunsets almost every day. 



Todd and his family shot with the Sony A7Rii and Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens

Another panorama of the wicked cloud. About 8 shots made with the A7RII and Canon 16-35mm f4L lens with Metabones adapter. 





Hope you enjoyed checking out my cloud shots! These are my favorite kinds of seascapes for sure!






Sunday, May 29, 2016

Okinawa Real Estate aerial and interior video sample

FotoShisa recently had the pleasure of photographing and making a sales video for this multi million dollar home in the Rycom area of Okinawa. Myself and partner Keith Smith shot the entire video with the DJI Inspire 1 drone and DJI Osmo for interior shots. 

If your interested in having video for your real estate, B & B or hotel/resort drop us a message by clicking here


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

new Spider Holster mirrorless camera hand strap!





My fantastic supporters at Spider Holster are just releasing their new revolutionary hand strap for mirrorless cameras. They already have wicked good holsters for your camera allowing you to do away with shitty camera straps and insanely comfortable hand straps for DSLR cameras and now they are catering to the mirrorless camera shooters.

These straps are nothing like your traditional camera hand straps. I've tried a few of those in the past and they never stayed on my camera too long. Spider Holsters hand straps however are super comfortable, easy to get your hand in and out of and importantly easy to operate the buttons on your camera.

Check out their kick starter campaign at the link! Also remember if you want to get 20% off their other products on their website www.spiderholster.com then use my special code Leong20 at check out. You can thank me later 8)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiderholster/the-spiderlight-hand-strap


Monday, May 09, 2016

Adopted a new puppy!

Not photography related except for the photos which were all shot with the new Sony A7RII I just bought while traveling in Taiwan along with the Canon mount Sigma 35mm f1.4 art series lens used along with the Metabones adapter.

Anyway I'd been contemplating getting a dog for ages and figured I'd go ahead and adopt one as all the cute ones I saw in the pet shop were between 130,000-180,000yen!! Yes thats like $130-$180 bucks. So I took a look at the pets that were up for adoption first at Petbox, a pretty popular local pet shop here in Okinawa but most were not too attractive looking. Then after that to the new big Vet park pet store here in Chatan where they had lots of doggies and cats to give away.

Ended up with this little girl who is 2 months old and has some Rottweiler in her I think.

Needs lots of attention and potty training etc.. but shes super cute. Think she'll be called Lilikoi (Hawaiian for Passionfruit) maybe...

Heres a few first day picks of her.






 For those interested in shooting specs, all photos were shot at f1.4 with the Sigma art 35mm. I absolutely love this lens. I used to use the Canon 50mm f1.2L lens but sold it and got this lens and haven't looked back.



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Shopping for a Sony A7Rii in Camera Street Taipei and Taiwan photos part 1


Just returned from a week of photographing the beautiful nature of Taiwan. It was a fantastic trip driving down from Taipei along the stunning east coast right down to the bottom of the island. First though I stopped by "Camera street" near Taipei station to browse the countless camera shops and see if I could get a good price on a Sony A7Rii and a metabones lens adapter while I was there so I'd be able to use it with my Canon lenses that I took along for the trip. I also brought along my trusty Fujifilm XT1 which I planed to most of my shooting with during the trip. Oh and I also took my drone, the DJI Inspire 1 and Osmo so I could get some aerial video and photos over the mountains and ocean. Below is my little video showing Camera street and my little shopping spree I did there. 





I've not had much time to edit photos from Taiwan since getting back as I've been slammed with weddings and prewedding shoots but heres just a few I edited so far. 

A couple of drone shots taken with the DJI Inspire 1 near Jiufen. One of my favorite areas in Taiwan. Rugged mountains combined with waterfalls and and abandoned gold minding town right on the ocean. 

Looking down on the abandoned gold mining factory. 5 images stitched together with the Inspire 1 drone. 

Driving along the wild east coast of Taiwan near Hualien. On of the most scenic and dangerous roads I've driven on. So many tour busses and trucks coming right at me on the narrow winding roads. Another panorama taken with the DJI Inspire 1

Flying high in Tarako gorge. Was very difficult to get a GPS signal in here but once I flew high enough it was ok. This panorama was stitched from about 8 images from the DJI Inspire 1. 

Higher up on the mountains behind the abandoned gold mining factory. 

A beautiful road size waterfall near jiufen. Stopped off to take some shots with Jo, the new Sony A7Rii, Fujifilm XT1 and our trusty Velbon tripods from my sponsor 8)


Looking back up at just part of the abandoned gold mining factory. This place is huge! Aerial video of it coming soon!

Our trusty rent a car at the base of the mountains. 

Driving along the rugged east coast towards Hualien. Love this place!

We hiked up higher into the mountains from that temple in the photo below to this beautiful spot. 
A panorama made with the Sony A7Rii

My very first pano made with the Sony A7Rii. Huge file!

Tarako gorge. We stayed up here for the night at a hotel. Beautiful place!

8 arch bridge way down south in 


So far loving the image quality and sharpness from the Sony. Surprised to say I think the images are sharper from the Sony with my Canon lenses than my Canon bodies with Canon lenses!! Thats pretty crazy. Not to mention the much better dynamic range and I prefer how the Sony handles white balance better than my Canon's also. Not every thing is better with mirrorless. I wish I could choose M and S RAW with the Sony was I wasn't forced to shoot at 40+ megapixels every image. I don't need that big of a file for all the weddings I shoot but I would never shoot in jpg which does offer L, M and S size. Also I wish I was able to magnify the image faster than how Sony seems to handle it. Unless Im missing something. It seems that when you want to zoom in to check focus on an image it takes you straight to 100% but takes at least 2 seconds of waiting before it shows the image. On all my other cameras including Fujifilm you can just zoom into the image with the scroll wheel slowly increasing magnification and there is no waiting/lag time. Perhaps theres a setting for that I've not yet come across in the messy menu system. Anyway over all Im loving it and its quite a blast to shoot a wedding with a totally silent shutter. Almost not sure Im even taking a photo. 

I'll talk more about the A7Rii in an upcoming video once I've had more experience with it. More Taiwan photos on the way also!



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Miyako island pre-wedding photoshoot

The view from our beautiful room at the Allamanda resort (Shigira) on Miyako Island

When I was invited to fly over to Miyako island to do some location photoshoots with newlyweds Samantha & Jason it didn't take me long to accept to offer. Miyako island located pretty much half way between Okinawa and Taiwan is one of my favorite islands in Okinawa with its beautiful beaches and amazing diving. I used to shoot a few weddings down here a few years ago when I was working for Watabe wedding but never got a good chance to explore the island. 

Luckily my good friend Cindy is the general manager of the Allamanda resort and was nice enough to hook us up with a very nice lagoon room with its own private pool. Not only was the accommodation amazing but the staff were super friendly and the food at the restaurants was just amazing! All very high class and top notch stuff. But on to the wedding location shooting. 

For the first night we went down to the beach with Samantha & Jason to get a shot of them with the beautiful night sky. 


The next day we set off around the island to find some nice spots to stop off at such as the famous Sunayama beach below. Heres just a few quick samples. 



 We stopped to have a little color powder fight!


Outside our room at the Allamanda resort lagoon. 
Theres something like 50 sea turtles swimming around the lagoon here. 

We are currently putting together a behind the scenes video for the happy couple so once its done I will post that here also. Since purchasing the DJI Osmo, filming behind the scenes and Youtube videos are a breeze. Many thanks to Cactus for supplying great flash gear, Velbon for supplying tripods and Spider Holster for making it easy to carry my cameras while Im working!

Theres lots of beautiful islands surrounding Okinawa main island. Most of them are easily accessible. If your interested in having a photoshoot on one of them drop me an email and we can help organize your trip for you. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Back visiting Australia


Just returned back to Okinawa after a week in Australia visiting family and friends from north of the Sunshine coast in QLD down as far as Byron bay just into NSW. It was great to catch up with family I hadn't seen in years and also some new additions. For this trip I wanted to travel light, especially with camera gear as I wasn't going for any "work" shooting, just fun stuff so I took along my Fujifilm X-T1 with just two lenses. The Fujifilm 18-55mm f2.8-4 and cheap but impressive Rokinon 12mm lens which stayed on the body most of the time for landscape shooting.

Having just got back and trying to catch up on wedding editing jobs I haven't had much chance to edit all the photos from Australia yet but heres just a few samples of what I came across.

On the way up to Curra to visit my sister and my nieces new baby twins I came across this cool pub and garage called Hell town hotrods. 

Up early to visit my old climbing playground, The Glass House Mountains


Byron Bay from the lighthouse on a beautiful but windy day. 

Caught up with my old best mates I grew up rollerblading with Dave (Kamo) and Ben (Swami)

Visited Nosa heads. Beautiful area!

Will be posting more photos soon once I get a chance to go through and edit them.