Zombie Walk in Okinawa

Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

The Cheerleader – Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

On Sunday, I was invited to the Annual Zombie Walk in American Village, Chatan. The zombies lurched their way from the AEON parking lot to Depot Island.

Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

Wayne’s World – Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

Some may have expected that terror would smother the area like a wool blanket laced with smallpox.

Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

The reality was smiles, selfies, and an impromptu dance-off between a zombie and a group of high school girls.

Awesome.

Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

Zombie Walk, Okinawa, Japan

Pics taken using the Pentax 645Z and the Profoto B1 with voice activated light stand (Thanks Cody)

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100 Kata for Karate Day at Zakimi Castle

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

October 25th is Karate Day. This year James Pankiewicz, owner of the Dojo Bar, organized the first 100 Kata for Karate Day challenge.

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

Kata are the set forms which train the mind and body in the various techniques of karate. When done properly they are also hard work, and doing 100 in a row is a martial arts marathon.

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

The mayor of Yomitan Village allowed the event to take place inside Zakimi Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I had imagined that this would be bureaucratic nightmare to pull off, but James managed it.

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

The event took place at dawn on the 25th with James’s own master, 10th-dan Toshimitsu Arakaki opening proceedings.

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

Teams from numerous dojos came to the castle to perform their 100 kata. Even more amazing was that there were hundreds of other dojos across the world that got involved and were also performing their own 100 Kata for Karate Day.

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

It was a real pleasure to photograph the event, and I expect to be there next year as the 100 Kata Challenge goes from strength to strength.

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014 at Zakimi Castle World Heritage Site, Okinawa, Japan

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Toyota 2000GT

Twilight - Toyota 2000GT

Twilight – Toyota 2000GT

I took some more photographs of a client’s Toyota 2000GT on Sunday night. An exceptionally beautiful motoring icon, and now extremely rare.

It was fun to get into the driver’s seat for a moment while I was checking the lighting. It’s not often you get to sit behind the wheel of a million dollar car. In both images I used the Profoto B1 strobe and a medium softbox to add some light to the car (above) and subject (below).

Drive - Toyota 2000GT

Drive – Toyota 2000GT

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World’s Largest Tug of War

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2014 )

Last weekend was the world’s largest tug of war. It is held each year on route 58 in Naha City, Okinawa. First the two halves of the rope are joined together with a giant wooden pin. Kings of the west side and east side are then carried to the center of the rope.

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2014 )

Thousands of spectators including Okinawans, tourists and local American military take part in the event pulling for either the East or West team.

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2014 )

I was pleased that this year I could add to my selection of images of the tug of war . I already had a fantastic overview shot from 2010, but it was great to get some POV shots from the center of the action.

The above shots were all taken with the Pentax 645Z and the 25mm lens held above my head on a monopod. The photo below was with the Pentax 645D and 55mm.

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2010 )

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2010 )

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The curious case of the Flickr

Who's posting to my Flickr account?

Who’s posting to my Flickr account?

A strange thing happened the other day when I checked my Flickr page. Someone appeared to have hacked my account, logged in, uploaded several photos, and then tried to print one of my photos. They even took a screenshot as they tried to print, and they uploaded that too.

Immediately I started changing my passwords. If someone hacked my Flickr account maybe they had access to other accounts. I also contacted Flickr to try and sort out what was going on.

Who's trying to print my photos?

Who’s trying to print my photos?

Flickr got back to me promptly. It seems that I was “the innocent bystander to a Quality Assurance pass gone astray” and that my account had not been hacked.

It still seems very odd. Why would quality assurance be testing out uploading images to my stream, why leave the images on there, and why test out making prints?  Ironically assurance is exactly what I don’t now have in Flickr.

Until I spotted it, there were several photos that were not mine on my Flickr page. Viewers, and possibly potential clients, visiting my Flickr page would have been greeted by what appeared to be blatant copyright infringement on my behalf.

Anyone else out there had issues with their Flickr accounts being compromised?

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Okinawa 9 Exhibition

Okinawa 9

Okinawa 9

November 2nd to 6th, at the Tenbusu Building on Kokusai Street, Naha there will be a photo exhibition by 9 Okinawa based photographers. On the 2nd at 11AM there will be an opening reception party at the Tenebusu building.

Tenebusu Hall, Kokusai Street - Thanks Google Street View!

Tenebusu Hall, Kokusai Street – Thanks Google Street View!

It will be a great event so please check it out. We’ll each be showing some of our favorite images of Okinawa. I’ll be there for the opening on the 2nd, and regularly during the rest of the week. Here’s one of my pics that will be on display.

Chondara Clown entertains the crowds, Okinawa City, Okinawa 沖縄県、沖縄市 人々を楽しませるチョンダラー

Chondara Clown entertains the crowds, Okinawa City, Okinawa
沖縄県、沖縄市 人々を楽しませるチョンダラー

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Typhoon Vongfong – Aftermath

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Typhoon Vongfong brought strong winds and rain, but the number of injuries and the amount of damage was smaller than it could have been.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Out at Cape Zanpa, power lines had come down, and the fence for the goats was on its side. The goats had sensibly opted to stay next to their shelter rather than escape.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Up north, large waves had covered parts of the coastal roads with a layers of debris.  The expressways were closed until Sunday afternoon due to strong winds.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Falling trees knocked down several power lines, and there were numerous small landslides.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Typhoons however are just part of life on Okinawa, as Trevor and I drove around on Sunday morning to get pictures for news agencies, the main roads had already been cleared of larger debris.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Teams from the electrical companies were out fixing the power lines, and road crews were cleaning small landslides.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

Super Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa, Japan.

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