Friday, May 15, 2009

You talkin about me?

Got an interesting surprise the other day while driving back to work from a wedding shoot on location. I was listening to on my iPod Touch, one of my favorite regular photography podcasts I subscribe and listen to when all of a sudden they mentioned a photo from a guy living in Japan called Pete Leong had placed quite high in a national competition. Although they did butcher by last name a bit and made it sound as though it was pronounced in a french accent. They were actually talking about one of my HDR (High Dynamic Range) shots that I entered in a a popular photography magazine photo contest and ended up placing in the top 10 for all of Japan. It made for an otherwise normal day at the office interesting! 8) Although I didnt win thousands of dollars for the placing I did receive some photo editing software called Digital Darkroom and is apparently worth 180 bucks or so. Not that Id ever use it because I already have Photoshop and Lightroom anyway and plus its in Japanese which doesn't help either. It was nice anyway. Click here to see the shot.

To see my mention click the link and scroll down to near the bottom of the show notes for #84 

And if your interested in any geeky tech toys, camera or video etc. related download and listen to their shows. Tons of interesting and funny stuff on there!
If your reading, thanks for the mention Phil! 

Some of my more interesting photos according to Flickr River

Shenanigans in Japan - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Testing out some new camera toys

Hey everyone! Sorry its been a while since if updated the blog. Been crazy busy shooting tons of weddings and other shoots because Japan is on the Golden week holidays right now. 
Recently bought a fair bit of camera accessories from Link-Delight.

As they are super cheap! Ended up getting some radio slaves to fire my flashes off the camera anywhere up to 30m away, macro extension tubes, reflectors, light stand mount for flash andumbrella. Also finally bought a Giottos Rocket blower after hearing many raves about them from the various photography pod casts I listen to and The Hot Shoe Diaries, new book by Joe McNally. About off camera flash technique. Still waiting on those though.

Had the day off today. And although the weather was crap I decided to get out and give the new macro tubes and wireless flash triggers a test run. Here's a few sample shots from today on Smugmug.

And here are just a couple of my fav shots from today.

Mommy and Jet in the park
Haruna and Jet chillin on at park bench at Fukushima 4 seasons park with a sea of flowers behind them. Had my flash on a tripod to the left of the shot. 

After the rain
It had been raining so there were little droplets of water everywhere. 
Had the flash on a dedicated ettl cord held out to the side. Im manual exposure to make the background go black. 

Tiny flower drops
This took quite a few attempts to get right. I was holding the pink flower in the background to try and shoot it through the rain drops. Very tricky to get focus right!

After the rain
Lots of rain drops lit from beneath