Picked up the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 to have a nice walk around lens for the Nikon D750. At the moment I’m not ready to drop the loads on the higher end f1.4 line that Nikon has available. This lens is totally capable of getting the job done for a budget price. more “Nikkor 35mm f1.8 Lens Unboxing”
Runa was visiting from Japan and got in contact with a fellow photographer, he was kind enough to invite me along and I got some killer shots out of it. more “Runa’s Beach Day”
A friend hooked me up with a large umbrella to soften up the light on my flash. I chose a larger size not realizing how much it is to handle when you’re outside and the wind is hitting you or even fitting this in doors. I really should start bringing assistants out or perhaps an extra 40 lbs worth of sandbags could do the trick, this could be a serious workout all by myself. more “Got an umbrella”
Salt is a great spot for practicing my hobby. The guards, so far, have been very calm anytime I show up to shoot. more “Silk Cosplay”
Quick lil shoot with some friends. They were trying to show me how to fill in some light with reflectors. Been a while since this happened, definitely need to reschedule another shoot with @annasian. more “Shot with AnnAsian”
Bonnie had this nice little body suit and sheer robe to shoot with. Naturally, I wanted to hit up a spot that let the sun shine through. more “Sheer sunset”
@masapuff cosplayed as Rem and Ram from Re: Zero. We didn’t have an extra person to make the pair so she switched things up in the later half to portray both characters. I have been here a few times and tried hitting up different angles to see how I could change it up a bit. It takes me a while to get comfortable with a scene so I might miss some really great angles the first time around. Lately, I’ve really been wanting to make the eyes pop out in my photos, it really adds so much more to the photo when you can see some beautiful catchlights. The effect is enhanced even more when all these cosplayers have some crazy colored contacts.
The second half of the photos were edited in another session and I handled them differently. This has become more common lately as I try to see what style fits in with my current vibe. I’m not really sure what direction I’m trying to head in, yet.
Just before Valentines Day hit I met up with a lady bug and a cat for another session downtown. Prior to this shoot, I didn’t know much about the show where these cosplays came from. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is an animated CGI series from France and full of cat puns. That alone has put this show on my list of things to watch in the future. Ladybug and Cat Noir were portrayed by @stellafraise and @kyykun, totally worth checking out their IG accounts later if you like cosplay. @takacosplay came back out to help out, holding items, reflectors and most of all eye candy.
Everyone brought a great energy to the shoot, I’m not one to be that serious so it helps when the people in front of the camera don’t take it seriously either. It ends up being just a session of hanging out with a camera.
After getting a bit more comfortable with the triangle reflector, I’m hoping to try out something larger like a sunbounce. Even the cheap one is easily 4x more expensive than this knock off reflector I’ve been toying with. The Fuji XT-2 and 85mm f1.2 was my setup of choice for this shoot.
January 28th marked another pop up cat cafe for Mori. This time around there were reservation times to keep the lines controlled a bit more. There were several cat themed products available including shirts, pins and stickers from various local brands. There was a photo booth provided by Photo Ops Hawaii and refreshments from Morning Glass Coffee had a refreshment table with delicious snacks.
It was a bit hectic so some of the kittens needed alone time and didn’t stay out for long, thankfully about 7 kittens managed to find a furever home by the end of the day. It will be great if Mori manages to create a permanent location for people to drop in and enjoy the kitten party frequently.
The kittens arriving in their crates minutes before being let loose around the store.
I’ve been bringing out the XT-2 pretty consistently since I got it. This day was no different, the 56mm Fujinon was the only lens I used for this day out with Lauren. The focal length took some getting used to. I initially shot at 135mm for a majority of the time last year. While I do enjoy the compression from such a long lens, it’s nice to work in areas that have limited space, something the 135mm lens wouldn’t do easily. This area didn’t have much room to step back so it worked out very well.