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




Do not copy any images. If your interested in purchasing images for publication please contact me at fotoshisa@gmail.com

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 https://spiderholster.tilt.com/the-spiderpro-hand-strap 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 www.spiderholster.com 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!!