Faced with the task of shooting an image with the theme ‘revolution,’ I set off to the local Starbucks with pencil and paper to brainstorm ideas. After numerous doodles and a lot of head-scratching, I decided to do something a little alternative – black bodypaint with a steel collar and chains. The concept was quite simple: breaking loose, rebelling, freeing oneself…etc. That’s not to say there were no challenges in making this seemingly simpe shoot happen. Continue reading article
On Jan 6th & 7th, Joe McNally delivered his lighting workshop in Vancouver. I made sure I was there. It was an investment, and a fairly significant one, but one I was willing to make. If Joe’s teaching style was anything like his writing style (I’ve read most his books on lighting), I was confident the experience would be worth the investment. Continue reading article →
This is a shot I did for a home assignment on shutter drag. It’s a Korean Hahoe mask of the Yangban (aristocrat) on a (originally) blue* fiber paper background.
The objective of the assignment was to mix continuous light with strobe using shutter drag, i.e. keeping the shutter open to allow in more ambient light, or in this case the continuous light I was using on the background. The following is a description of what I did. Continue reading article →
I’ve been getting some pressure to provide more explanation on some of my lighting shots. Not a lot of pressure, but enough to stress me out. But I stress easy when writing is involved. I’ve never considered myself a good writer so usually avoid it at all costs. On the other hand, I like to share cool things with others and the shoot I did the other day was pretty cool. So I’m putting aside my fears long enough to type up a short blurb explaining what made this image look the way it does. Continue reading article →
April 23, 2011. Trinidad, Cuba. Day 11. I’ve never been much of a writer but the mid-day sun has proven to be too hot and bright for taking photos. I have limited my photography to before 9am or after 5pm and spend the afternoons indoors at my Casa Particular – the Cuban version of a B&B. Trinidad, although not directly on the coast, is close to the sea and is ever so slightly elevated. This results in a comfortable breeze flowing through my room and patio – perfect for reading and writing. I’ve finished most of my books already so this helps pass the time, and do I ever have a lot of that these days. I know that once I return home I will struggle to get anything written up so it makes sense to start now while I have the time.
I have to admit, one of the things I miss most about living in Tokyo is all of the camera shops, both big and small. Rarely did a weekend pass without a trip to at least one shop. My regular hangouts were Map Camera and Yoyobashi Camera, both located within meters of each other in Nishi Shinjuku, just a short walk out the west exit of Shinjuku Station.