Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kiteboarding in Okinawa

Okinawa plays a fantastic host to water sports of all kinds from of course Scuba diving to Surfing and something I've always been interested in, Kite boarding.

My good friend Mike Davidson of Patriot Kites and the fotoShisa camera crew got together to capture some of the thrill and excitement of the sport the other day.

Here is a few shots and behind the scenes from the day.

All photos by Pete & Haruna Leong. All photos copyright fotoShisa 2013.

All images shot with Canon 5DmkII with Canon 8-15mm f4L fisheye zoom in Ikelite housing or
Canon 5DmkIII with 300mm f2.8L attached from the shore operated by my wife Haruna. 

An awesome fun first time shooting Kiteboarding! It was also a great learning experience for catching fast action while in the water with a heavy camera housing. 

For more info on Kite boarding in Okinawa visit Mikes Facebook page for Patriot Kites! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Let's Happy Time Scuba Diving Okinawa! 8)

I had been putting it off and saying I always wanted to do it and now finally thanks to my good friend Keith Smith of ScubaTKS I now have my certification, yayy! For the last 4 days I have been diving everyday and today was the first with my Ikalite underwater housing for my Canon 5DmkII and 8-15mm f4L fisheye lens.

Keith was a fantastic instructor, very patient and clear when teaching me all the skills needed to dive safely while still having lots of fun. Huge thanks Keith!
Visit Keith's Scuba in Okinawa facebook page here

Here are a few practice shots on my first actual open water dive since I did my introduction to diving on Rota island a few years back while on assignment there for Outdoor Japan Magazine. (See image above taken on Canon G9 also got a double page spread in a Chinese island travel magazine.

These shots were taken with the Canon S95 and Canon housing.
First shot of a cute little nudibranch

With Keith sensei at Kadena North

Here's a few from today on my 5th dive and first time diving with good friend +David Orr and with the Ikelite Canon 5DII housing at Cape Maeda.
 Although the visibility wasn't that great it was a great feeling to be able to shoot the fish from their level and not be in a rush to get back to the surface for air every few seconds as I always have done when snorkeling with the housing. I feel pretty much like a total beginner photographer still right now while shooting underwater but having a blast exploring the amazing underwater compositions and watching all the sea life around me. An amazing feeling once I learned to relax a bit more down there.

Thanks Dave!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Georgie & Nick's wedding in Australia

So I recently returned to my home country of Australia to photograph the wedding of my 2nd cousin Georgina & the love of her life Nick. The ceremony was set up on my cousin Donna's beautiful 5 acres or so of country land with the wedding alter built by my uncle Tony.
There was a bit of rain on the day but luckily it held out for the outdoor ceremony unfortunately the helicopter that was planned to pick up the couple and myself after the ceremony finished got stuck in Brisbane airport due to the bad weather. We did however have some pretty sweet classic cars to shoot with. It was a long fun but tiring day and I had wet soggy feet most of the day but all in all a fantastic day. Congrats to you both and thank you for having me to photograph your special day!

Check out the slideshow video here or below for photos.

And some photos from the day...