100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

Another great karate event organized by James of the Dojo Bar in Naha, Okinawa. Participants performed 100 kobudo (karate with weapons) kata (set forms) starting just after dawn at Kira Kira beach in Nishihara, Okinawa.

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

Simultaneously at dojos around the world other karateka were taking part in the event.

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

A great morning at the beach, well worth the early start :)

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event, Kira Kira Beach, Okinawa

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Lotus Eclat

Lotus Eclat British sports car Rudding Park Hotel

Lotus Eclat British sports car Rudding Park Hotel

Lotus, an iconic British motoring brand. Makers of lightweight sports cars including classics such as the Esprit and Elise. The most famous Lotus was the white submersible driven by Bond several decades ago, but they are still building amazing vehicles and competing in F1.

Rudding Park Hotel was a great backdrop to take a picture of the car before we headed out into the Yorkshire Dales.

Lotus Eclat  in North Yorkshire, England.

Lotus Eclat in North Yorkshire, England.

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Sugarcane Season

Sugarcane Worker

Sugarcane Worker

It’s sugarcane harvesting season in Okinawa. It’s a tough job working in the fields cutting down the stems, loading onto giant trucks, and taking them to the crushers (juice extractors).

Sugarcane Worker

Sugarcane Worker

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Ryukyu Weave

50 Shades of Blue

50 Shades of Blue

Learning about the different types of Ryukyu textiles, dyeing techniques, and clothing design is another project I shall begin in the near future.

Many changes happening in 2015, which means that blog is going to be a little sporadic for the first few months of the year. Stay tuned :)

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Kelvin Mesmin Model Portfolio Shoot

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Male model Kelvin Mesmin wanted to update the images in his portfolio. Agents like to have a selection of recent images to show clients. We spent the day shooting and got a great set of pics.

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

I shot with the Pentax 645Z, so I can give the client the highest resolution files. I used generator powered (Profoto 7a) lighting in the studio, and then the Profoto B1 to add some magical light on location.

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

Model Kelvin Mesmin

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Yoshimasa Matsuda at Naminoue Shrine, Okinawa

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Yoshimasa Matsuda Hanshi 9th-dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu Myobukan at Naminoue Shrine, Naha City, Okinawa.

On Friday I photographed 9th-dan master Yoshimasa Matsuda and his son Hirokazu Matsuda at Naminoue Shrine, Naha City, Okinawa. On January 31st Matsuda will receive the rank of 10th-dan.

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Yoshimasa Matsuda Hanshi 9th-dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu Myobukan at Naminoue Shrine, Naha City, Okinawa.

Naminoue Shrine is the most famous shrine on Okinawa. The fact that Matsuda is a local resident and supporter of the shrine meant we were given permission to use it as a background for the photographs.

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Hirokazu Matsuda, Shihan 7th-dan (elft) and father Yoshimasa Matsuda Hanshi 9th-dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu Myobukan at Naminoue Shrine, Naha City, Okinawa.

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A baby monkey’s guide to hot spring bathing.

Ask an adult for permission to enter the pool

Ask an adult for permission to enter the pool

Enjoy the hot water

Get in and enjoy the hot water

But do regular checks that you're not getting wrinkly fingers

But do regular checks that you’re not getting wrinkly fingers

Pose for photos

Pose for photos

Quick cool down on the edge of the pool

Have a quick cool down on the edge of the pool

Back in again to warm up

Then back in again to warm up

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