Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Exploring the Northern East cost of Okinawa

The early bird gets the worm as they say so I was up at 5:30 in the morning to meet up with fellow photographer and good mate David Orr to head up north exploring along the East coast of Okinawa. 99% of the time I'm photographing the west side of the island as thats the side I'm on and arguably the most popular side. We headed up the highway in darkness past Ginoza and Camp Schwab to find some nice rock formations and small mountains jutting out from the water. From here in the drizzling rain we trekked up the beach to find a few locations to catch the sunrise (if any). Was happy to see the clouds part just enough to let the sun though to shed some light on things so to speak.




After that the clouds gave way to a gorgeous blue sunny day so we continued north to see what else we could find. Next stop was this lake with mangroves growing in it. The lake was pretty much perfectly still and gave a fantastic reflection of the sky and mirrored the mangroves.



After this it was further north until we found a beautifully located little restaurant called Tachigao waterfall cafe. Intrigued we headed in to check it out even though there were closed signs out front.

The kind owner came out and greeted us and I asked him if he wouldn't mind us coming in to check out the waterfall. He said we were welcome to come in and take photos. So I thanked him and promised I would send him some pics.


The area here is beautiful and theres a terris overlooking a huge valley that runs down to the ocean. They also have a guesthouse here for people to stay over with family etc. Highly recommended!


David Orr getting his slow shutter on


There are two main falls here and both of them require pretty steep decents to get down to the base of the falls. The paths are very slippery mossy concreate paths then creaky wooden steps that feel like they could give way at any moment  then onto super slippery wet rock with a rope for the last section to the base of the creek. 

Further on down the path are the second falls. This one is just as high if not higher than the first one but hidden a little more behind lots of forestry. Still very beautiful though and would make for a great swim on a hot summers day I bet. 






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Monday, January 21, 2013

January Off Camera Flash Workshop

FotoShisa Photography together with Chris Willson of Travel 67 held our 2nd Off Camera Flash photography workshop together this past weekend. Our first one that we did together last year was a huge success and people were quickly asking when we were going to hold another one.

The workshop was held over two days and was aimed at photographers who wan't to take their flash skills to the next level. We started out with the basics of controlling flash photography with things such as flash compensation to bounce flash and then on to taking the flash off the camera by various means before delving into using radio triggers and various modifiers to shape and control light better.

With the help of model Jovi and make up by Summer we headed down to Chris's local beach to practice lighting our model with the various techniques myself and Chris taught during the workshop.

There has already been some interest for future workshops on topics such as Lightroom workflow and long exposure photography and even taking the workshops abroad to other countries.

Here are a few images from the workshop.

Chris doing a wonderful job at posing for the students!

We both went though a few of our "strobist" shots explaining the 
techniques and what diffusers were used. 

Students trying out the Pocket Wizard Plus III's

Down at the beach with our model Jovi. Me holding 2 Lastolite EZ softbox's


Now lets see what it looks like if we light our model from below. 

Trying out a few different locations and lighting techniques


Chris had the Pocket Wizard Plus II's and I had the Plus III's on my 
light so students could take turns shooting directing and lighting Jovi. 

Seeing what advantages and disadvantages there are of using bare 
flash with our model. 

Some beautiful light and the end of the day to finish off our workshop. 

The students got some really great shots and I'll be sharing a few in an upcoming blog post. 
Thanks to everyone who attended! And a big thank you to Chris Willson, Jovi and Summer. 

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Model shoot with Rie



Got together with Kyoto model Rie Tanaka who is living down here on Okinawa studying to become a doctor. The goal of this shoot was to get some sample images to use in my next Off Camera Flash workshop coming up on January 19-20th with Chris Willson of www.travel67.com.

So we went though using various light sources from reflector, natural light, pop up flash, on camera clip on flash and bounce then to off camera.

Of course we also made a few images just for fun also as there are lots of beautiful yellow flowers in bloom right now at the location which is one of my favorite locations to shoot at on the island, Kitanakagusuku castle ruins and the old "haunted" Royal hotel.


Here's a few shots from the day.











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