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

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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!