Friday, September 25, 2009

Its all about motion

Had the day off yesterday and the weather was nice so decided to take the 50cc scooter for a spin up the mountains to hit the onsen for a while and and to also have a play with my Canon G9 and Gorilla pod. Heres a couple of results.

Multicolored Falls This river runs for miles down the mountain from the hot spring towns and has tons of great little waterfalls along the way. The red in this shot is caused by reflections of the red rocks behind the falls. Kinda looks like a painting?

Heading up the mountain roadMounted my Gorilla Pod to the handle bars of my fun little 50cc scooter with Canon G9 attached for this shot zooming up the mountain roads. Very hard to get a good smooth shot though as it was so bumpy.

Speed through the nightFor dinner we headed out to one of the local Sushi joints for a fish fix. I was still in the mood for more motion shots so decided to try and attach Gorilla Pod to the window of the car with the Canon 5D and Sigma 15-30mm mounted on it. I kept held of the camera strap for back up and fired it via cable release. It stayed steady the whole way and didnt even look like falling off even with the heavy body, lens and big metal ball head on it.

Sushi SpeedThis was just a spur of the moment shot. I was firstly mucking around trying to shoot panning shots of the sushi at like half a second and 1 full sec exposures etc.. and got a couple of not bad ones. But then I thought it might be cool to let my 5D go along for a ride with the sushi and came up with this.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day turns to night from Dust storms in Australia

I was just sitting in my studio killing time between shoots when messages started coming in via Facebook etc.. "But you wish you were in Oz with your camera now ey?" Why whats happening?? Sydney had apparently woken up to a crazy dust storm and it was making its way up to Brisbane.

Yeah I wish I was there! Looks like a great op for some very cool photos.
Anyway check out this crazy amature video footage I found on YouTube

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Girls can drift too!

A mate of mine living over here in Japan organized a sort of mini Drift festival basically for a bunch of us "Gaijin" to meet up and do some drifting at my local track, Ebisu circuit. As well as have a BBQ and and good chance to work on my panning technique. Managed to get some pretty sharp shots at 15th/sec at 200mm such as this shot of Emily drifting her pink S14 at the South course (the famous D1 track)

My first Outdoor Japan magazine cover shot

Just got my first cover shot on Outdoor Japan Magazine this month with an Autumn shot I took up in the Fukushima mountains near one of my favorite Onsen (hot spring). This issue also has a page with more of my shots and a little write up I did about Motoyu onsen. A rather hidden all natural hot spring up in the mountains about an hour drive from Fukushima city.

The next issue of Outdoor Japan mag will be out in November with a 6~8 page story on the Rota trip they sent me on a couple of months back now. Looking forward to seeing it!