Runa’s Beach Day

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.  The timing was pretty rough since it was right around lunch.   The light ends up being the harshest at this time of the day and it was no exception for this shoot.   Runa powered through that bright sun and so did we, much to my delight the photos turned out better than I could have expected.   I wish there were more time with her, but that wouldn’t happen since we caught her at the end of her stay in Hawaii.

 

Got an umbrella

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.

This time around @genkidenki hung out while I played around with the settings.   The buildings added a bit of pizzazz to the image with all the colors they had to offer.

 

Silk Cosplay

Salt is a great spot for practicing my hobby.  The guards, so far, have been very calm anytime I show up to shoot.  To keep it casual, I’m usually shooting with whatever natural light I can find, but there has been an urge to expand my skill set into off camera flash while outside.   Balancing the ambient and flash light is still difficult for me even though this shoot was a while back.   I was lucky to have a patient model and a few friends guide me through this.

Much thanks to the talented @sachisenpai , @krislabang @islandbag

 

Shot with AnnAsian

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.

 

Sheer sunset

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.  As nice as the spot is for photos, there tends to be a lot of cat calling from people driving by and even going so far as almost causing accidents when they stop paying attention to driving.

 

Rezero Cosplay in the Garden

@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.

Miraculous Ladybug Cosplay

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.

 

Mori’s 2nd Cat Cafe

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.

Beach session with the Fuji XT-2

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.

Getting some slide film developed

I decided to try some slide film a while back and have only recently sent the rolls in to get developed.  Handling these on island is a bit too costly for me to afford locally, so I had to ship a box off to the mainland.  A friend had recommended a company called AGX Imaging out in Michigan. AGX was great on the pricing and turned the images around flawlessly.   This isn’t a sponsored post, but I really would like to talk about the experience working with them.   Mike at AGX handled all my questions about the mailing process and everything returned very well taken care of.   I probably should have had Mike scan the slides.

The second half of the process where I chose to scan the images myself, didn’t work out as well as I had hoped.  The roll of film appears to look great,  but I couldn’t seem to nail the scanning down properly as the colors looked off and a line appeared throughout most of the images. I tried adjusting the colors and cleaning the scanner but it couldn’t get the results I seen on the slide.  This is definitely my fault and I need to look up some tips on how to handle my scanner better.  It requires a lot of time and knowledge to be comfortable with all the different steps involved for getting your film to the medium you desire.

 

It’s the middle of January 2017 and some of these rolls went as far back as 2015.  I know a lot of people can build a huge backlog of undeveloped film, but this has been the longest I’ve personally taken to get the processing finished.

The Mamiya RZ67 got a taste, but those slides had the most trouble for me to scan correctly.

 

The Yashica 635 had one fancy rolls that has stopped production since I picked it up in Japan. Provia 400X

 

Lastly, I’m pretty confident these were shot with my Contax G1 on Provia