Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu

Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu,  Risshi Kan Dojo

Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu, Risshi Kan Dojo

Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu,  Risshi Kan Dojo

Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu, Risshi Kan Dojo

Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu,  Risshi Kan Dojo

Choko Kyuna, Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu, Risshi Kan Dojo

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Tatsuya Naka – Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka is a Japanese Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion and actor. Although not a master of Okinawa karate, I was lucky enough to take a quick portrait last week.

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Tatsuya Naka 中 達也 Shotokan Karate 7th Dan, Kumite Champion

Naka sensei one of the leading actors in the movie Kuro Obi ( Black Belt )

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Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa is a Hanshi 10th dan master of Shorin-ryu karate and Kaicho of the Kyudokan Federation. He was teaching at The 2nd Okinawa Traditional Karate and Kobudo Worldwide Seminar last week so I was able to get a few portraits for the project.

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

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Pentax 645Z in Action – Karate Masters Portrait Project

A quick update on how I shoot the Karate Masters Portrait Project. Back in March 2012 we used the following gear:

Pentax 645D with 105mm or 150mm lens
Tripod
Profoto 7a generator with a ProHead
Generic silver beauty dish
PocketWizard Plus II radio transmitters
Light stand
3.6′ x 6.6′ Lastolite Black Velvet backdrop

Karate Masters Portrait Project 1.0

Karate Masters Portrait Project (March 2012)

And the new 2014 setup.

Pentax 645Z with 90mm macro lens
Profoto 7a generator with Prohead
Profoto Softlight Reflector White
PocketWizard Plus II radio transmitters
6.6′ x 6.6′ Lastolite Black Velvet backdrop

Karate Masters Portrait Project 2.0

Karate Masters Portrait Project (July 2014)

Why the changes?

645D to 645Z – More megapixels and greater dynamic range. (However 566 not 712 images on a 64GB card, and my computer runs like molasses.)

Tripod to No Tripod – Faster, more flexible. Ambient light is low so it has little effect on image quality. Action stopped by flash not shutter.

Generic silver beauty dish to Profoto Spoftlight Reflector in white – Larger light source, white interior means better control of specular highlights, image quality.

Light stand to voice activated light stand (James) - Faster, more flexible.

Medium to Large Backdrop – Masters using weapons or kicks are less likely to move beyond borders of background.

Profoto 7a generator, heads and PocketWizards are exactly the same. They still work and do an awesome job.

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

Minoru Higa Hanshi 10th Dan, Kaicho of Kyudokan

The result?

I can now work faster, allowing me to get a wider selection of images in a shorter amount of time. Yesterday I set up the gear at the Budokan in Naha during a karate seminar. James and I were able to meet numerous karate masters we had already photographed which was a real pleasure.  We had a book of prints to show them how the project has progressed, and they then encouraged the other sensei to get involved.

Pics coming soon…

 

 

 

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Bringing the Light to the Party

July 2014 Off Camera Flash Class

July 2014 Off Camera Flash Class

Great time last weekend at the July 2014 Off Camera Flash Workshop. Pete Leong and I had fun with nine photographers who wanted to add a splash of magical light to their images.

Thanks to Rouge Imaging for providing modifiers for the workshop and prizes for the students. Thanks also to Yuki Lynn for modeling, and to Summer Johnson for makeup. Information on future workshops can be found on the Photography Workshops tab above.

July 2014 Off Camera Flash Class

July 2014 Off Camera Flash Class

July 2014 Off Camera Flash Class

July 2014 Off Camera Flash Class

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Okinawa Five-O

Okinawa Five-O

Okinawa Five-O

Coming soon to television screens this fall…

Okinawa Five-0

Yuki leads a special police task force bringing justice to Okinawa’s streets.

Genres: Action | Crime | Drama 
Certificate: TV-14
Parents Guide: References to goya and shikawasa

Trivia: In the show Yuki drives a left-hand-drive Toyota 2000GT. From 1945 to 1978 Okinawans drove on the right side of the road, and many had “import” LHD versions of Japanese cars.

Lighting Engineer – Shawn Miller
Director of Photography – Chris Willson
A Lab Report Production

Cruising in the Toyota 2000GT

Cruising in the Toyota 2000GT

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Cicada Macro

Cicada - Okinawa, Japan.

Cicada – Okinawa, Japan.

It’s a bug’s life.

Pentax 645Z with 90mm macro lens. Lit with Profoto B1.

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