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Gamelan Dancers

Early Sunday morning I had the opportunity to photograph the musicians and dancers of a Gamelan Indonesian dance group.

I shot portraits using natural light and a wide aperture against green vegetation.

I also used the felt black background and a single strobe setup from the karate masters series to create a second set of images.

Here’s a quick behind the scenes shot showing the black Lastolite background leaning against our car, and a Profoto B1 strobe with OCF beauty dish on the stand. Portraits were shot using the Pentax 645Z with the 90mm and 55m lenses.

A huge thank you to the Gamelan dancers and musicians, and to Michael Lyon for setting up the shoot. Looking forward to seeing your performances in the future.

Fall Workshops

We had a fun movie-themed studio lighting workshop on Saturday. Started with some simple soft beauty lighting on a white background.

We then progressed to using multiple lights, and costumes to create roles for the characters from E.R. to Star Trek.

Huge thank you to Crissy our model, Cee Jay the makeup artist, Amy and Monica for being fun students. Great spending time with you 🙂

I’m going to spending all of August and September focused on the karate masters documentary, so I’ll return to teaching Fundamentals Workshops in the fall. Click on the link to reach the Facebook event pages and message me to book your spot.

October 5th and 6th 2019 Photography Fundamentals Workshop

November 2nd and 3rd 2019 Photography Fundamentals Workshop

Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate #5 Kiyomasa Maeda

Things have been so hectic the last month I forgot to post about the release of Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate #5 with Kiyomasa Maeda.

A fascinating interview which shows the real love and respect these masters have for their own teachers, and the humility with which they approach their art.

Front cover of National Geographic (textbook)

I did a double take the other day when checking out the reading materials at the local university. Spotted what looked like one of my photos on the cover of a National Geographic / Cengage Learning textbook about Mount Fuji.

Checked inside, and yes it was my photo, purchased through a stock agency back in 2008. Always nice to have my images on the cover of a book or magazine. Would have been even better if it had been the National Geographic magazine, but it gives me something to aim for in the future.

This image was shot back in the days of film with a Pentax 67 medium format camera. I’d travel around Japan with this wonderful beast of a camera, which is how this website got its name TRAVEL67.com

This photo was quite fittingly captured using Fuji film 🙂

Transformation

Came across this fascinating digital painting that was based on one of the outtakes from the 2016 “fisherman” shoot with Michael Lynch for the Pentax K-1 exhibition.

UP! from hashem alshaer on Vimeo.

Michael was mugging for the camera and staring wildly at the sky. The digital painting version transforms the picture to a whole new level.

Here’s my finished photo of the wild seafaring Michael.

Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate #4 Takeshi Tamaki

The fourth episode in the crowd-funded YouTube documentary series Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate is now online!

Please share, like, comment, and subscribe as these factors all influence the YouTube algorithm to get it shown to more people.

This is a real team effort. Thank you to those who helped make the episode including Gary Hughes, James East, and Yuki Willson. A huge thank you to Jerry Figgiani and Sadahiro Makino for setting up the interview, and of course to Takeshi Tamaki agreeing to be interviewed and sharing his thoughts.

I made the decision that I didn’t want this video series monetized by YouTube advertising so a huge thank you to the people and organizations who have donated to help keep this project going. Tomorrow I’ll start work on the edits for the next video which will hopefully be ready at the end of June.

Main Sponsors 

Fusei Kise, Isao Kise and the OSMKKF-USA  

Jerry Figgiani – Shorin Ryu Karate Do International

Series Sponsors  

Cezar Borkowski – Northern Karate Schools

Marguerite “Peggy” Hess – Jensen Beach Uechi Ryu Karate Do Dojo

Reece Cummings – Cummings Karate Dojo

Michael Quinn – Okinawa Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Europe

Series Supporters 

Tim Herlihy

Robin Ross

Joshua Simmers – Okinawa Karate Podcast

Jeff Perkins – Okinawa Budo Kai

Paul Punshon  

John J. Strangeway

Gerry Campbell

K V Manoharan – India Uechi Ryu Kenyukai 

Phil Butler      

Danny Smith – Boone Trail Isshinryu/Tokushinryu Kentucky  

Justin Rathert

USO Okinawa 48th Annual Service Salute.

Thank you for having me as your photographer at the USO Okinawa 48th Annual Service Salute. The Service Salute celebrates those individuals who work as volunteers in their community from both the American and Japanese services.

Congratulations to all those who received awards.

Attendees can now download images from the event from Dropbox at the link below.

https://tinyurl.com/y4rghkxl

This service is provided by the USO Okinawa. Attendees can share the images and make prints of their favorite photos for free.

Success and Sponsorship

Now that the first three episodes of Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate have been published to YouTube I can happily say that the feedback I’m getting has been really positive, and its popularity on YouTube is growing with each video! The first video had 5000 views in its first month, the second video had 62,000 views in its first month, and the third video has had 86,000 views in its first two weeks!

I’m in the final stages of the edit of the fourth video with Sensei Takeshi Tamaki, and hope it will be released on May 22nd.

This endeavour is possible because of sponsorship and support by the international karate community. If you see the value of undertaking this project, please consider become a main series sponsor, series sponsor, or supporter. More details here.

Sponsors and supporters are listed in all subsequent episodes of the series. If you’d like to help, and get in touch before May 21st, I can add you to the credits for Episode 4 before the final file creation and upload.

Thank you again to all those who are helping create these videos it is a real team effort.

Jasmine and the Lilies

Lilies are flowering in Okinawa at the moment. The 24th Iejima Lily Festival took place from April 20 to May 6, but there are still plenty of lilies in bloom around where we live in Motobu. I went out with the camera to shoot some still images, and get some b-roll video for future projects.

Jasmine – Homo sapiens mischievous
Easter Lily – Lilium longiflorum