Studio Practice with Aiko

Creating a very ghetto rigged studio out of my living room has been surprisingly constructive. Shoving around all the furniture and setting up some sort of background brings out a little creativity to get things in order.  I’ll need to pick up pieces of furniture or something to add to the photos.  @spicyaoiroll had a lovely black dress that we used to shoot with a white backdrop.  I could see myself getting tired of white, so even just a different color of paper roll would be nice.   We snapped a couple more outback with a vape.  When the wind isn’t a problem, the clouds created can make for a really unique element in the photo.

Catsmas lights

A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights.  I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you.  We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started.  We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in.  There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand.   Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach.  The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.

 

Nikon D750 with a black backdrop

 

Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls

 

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.

Tourist time

Hung out with @kougs for a little walk around a hotel in Waikiki.  The lighting had changed from the last time I took photos there so things didn’t go as planned, but we still managed to get something out of it.  more “Tourist time”

Contax 45mm lens

A few weeks ago, I stopped by one of the local camera stores in Honolulu called Eight Elements Camera. I was playing with my Contax when the owner mentioned that he carried the 45mm F2 Carl Zeiss planar lens that was unlisted.

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Sunset Practice

The photos from one of my sunset walks were not as outstanding as I had hoped them to be.  I decided to return  with another friend in hopes of getting more experience under my belt.  Eric took lead while photographing Naomi and Sara hung out as a test subject.   more “Sunset Practice”

CatParty Walks 04 Ms Valentine and Cat

This isn’t exactly the type of Cat Portrait I’m aiming towards in my life, but maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting closer.  I met with Cat and her sister, Ms Valentine at Bread and Butter Cafe to start off our session.  I have shot with Cat on a few occasions before and she is always so full of energy. This was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting her sister. These little photo walks are always super casual, so I was surprised to hear that Ms Valentine was nervous to join us. more “CatParty Walks 04 Ms Valentine and Cat”

CatParty Walks 03 Anne

Hung out at the beach with Anne for little shoot.  It’s been several months since I had a chance to take photos with her so I brought a bunch of extra cameras to compensate.  My Fuji Instax wide and Contax G1 seen a decent amount of action in between the digital photos with my Canon. My GoPro was set on a tripod to record the video.  I also had my Yashica 635 on hand, but didn’t have a chance to bring it out, perhaps I reached my limit at 4 cameras per shoot. more “CatParty Walks 03 Anne”