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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Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree, at 634m the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. At least it was in 2011, but no doubt it will not keep the position for long.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

After taking the shinkansen from Nagaoka to Ueno I had intended on having a relaxing lunch, before taking the train to Narita. However on arrival at Ueno Station. the sky was crystal clear, and I could clearly see the Skytree. I ignored the hunger pangs and jumped on the Ginza line to Asakusa. Spent 20 minutes shooting on the banks of the Sumida River, then jumped back on the metro to Ueno.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

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A monkey’s guide to eating earwax

Excavate

Excavate

Look

Look

Sniff

Sniff

Taste

Taste

Regret

Regret

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