Last week I was chatting with Mark Thorpe about his upcoming time-lapse workshop. He mentioned that Sunday 5th of June was a new moon and possibly the best day of the year for photographing the Milky Way. Mark would be heading out to Mount Fuji, but I thought I’d head over to Zakimi Castle in Yomitan. I doodled the castle and stars on a piece of paper. Then continued to doodle adding a minotaur into the doorway. I actually have two animal masks sitting in my office. One is a hippo and the other a bull. They hippo has been used for a few rather bizarre photo shoots. I realized that to create a minotaur all I’d need is the bull mask and a suitable torso. Luckily my mate Adam has both the right physique and was free on the Sunday night. Still doodling on my piece of paper, the image was lacking a foreground subject and could use a hero. I’d previously photographed 8th-dan karate master Masaharu Higa at Zakimi Castle and knew he …
A combination light painting / beauty shot for an unusual test image with the new Pentax K3 camera. A big thanks to model Yuki and MUA Summer Johnson for letting me try something a little different, and to Trevor Williams for inspiration.
Three pics from the third night of light painting. We were creating our images as a team, so credit for each image must go to all members of the group, rather than just the person with the finger on the shutter. Thank you to Jamie, Kevin, Michael, Jonathan and Gary for coming to the advanced workshop, and of course to Trevor for illuminating us with his knowledge. We’ll see you back in Okinawa in Oct 2014!
Last weekend Trevor Williams came down from Okayama to teach a 2-day intro to light painting workshop and a 1-day advanced course. Everyone had great fun learning to create images with light. Here are just a few of the pics from those who came on the intro workshop. I’ll put up more images from the advanced class over the next few days. We’ve already set the dates for the 2014 Light Painting Workshop. October 10th and 11th for the intro to light painting, and October 12th for the advanced class!
It’s three weeks to go before the Trevor Williams Light Painting / Retro Portraits Workshops. If you’re interested in coming to either of these workshops please contact me to book your place. It’s going to be a fantastic few days, and as the next Trevor Williams courses will be in 2013 or 2014 please make the most of this opportunity while it’s available. Trevor will also be showing off his light painting skills at the Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo on April 17th. It will be a high tech interactive fusion of light and music, possibly the first of its kind in the world. If you can’t make the workshop, please check out what should be a fantastic event. You can check out some of the great images by last year’s light painting workshop participants here. Hope to see many of you in three weeks time 🙂
Now that I’m back from Yonaguni and Tokyo I can start organizing the coming workshops. Please click on the links to see more details about each class. I’ve put in two Photography 101 workshops in April so that people who aren’t yet comfortable with their digital SLR can master the basics before taking part in the Light Painting Workshop. I’ve also had requests for another Off Camera Flash course, hopefully this will happen later in the summer. April 14/15 – Photography 101 Weekend Workshop with Chris Willson US$250 April 28/29 – Photography 101 Weekend Workshop with Chris Willson US$250 May 3 – Going Retro Mini Workshop with Trevor Williams and Chris Willson US$50 May 4/5 – Light Painting Workshop with Trevor Williams and Chris Willson US$150 To reserve a place send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please write WORKSHOP on the subject line) Please state the name and date of the workshop you wish to book. I’ll send a paypal request for the course fee. Once payment is made your place on the course is confirmed.