This Photo of the Week is of a Japanese dancer. It is available at my agent’s website along with many others.
Archive for 28 October, 2013
This Photo of the Week is of Brooke, an expat living in Japan. It was a great pleasure to work with her recently. Just over the weekend I published an early version of this photo on the photographer’s sharing website 500px where it was title “City Angel”, and it scored really high peaking at 92.3%; it was very well received. Photos of Brooke are available for licensing at my PhotoShelter portfolio and perhaps later at my agent’s website.
Over the weekend I did a trip to Osaka and was able to work with two models, Brooke and Shino. Night portraits are always a fun challenge, so here is Shino in one of the photos at a point where I decided to just have a bit of fun while shooting. The technical photographers will want to know all the details of how I acheived this, I used a camera, a big black one, with one or two hotshoe flashed connected to Cowboy Studio trigger & receivers, and most importantly, Lensbaby 50mm at f2.8. This is the first and only image I’ve published so far. More will be coming out in the next week or so at both my Agent’s website, Henry Westheim of Asia Photo Connection, and my own PhotoShelter portfolio.
Looking for something err… fun or different this weekend? Feed the deer in Nara Park. Need I say more? Ok, Nara has many wonderful World Heritage listed sites including the Big Buddha (lit ‘Daibutsu’), Todaiji, Kasuga Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple, and more (Wikipedia).
This Photo of the Week is of the Takamine Guitar manufacturer, which specialises in acoustic guitars that are used by some of the top performers including Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Glen Frey (of the Eagles), and many more (Takamine, Artists). Here is one of the artisans installing a bracing on the wall of the guitar. Each step of the manufacturing of a guitar is done by hand, and the same person has one specialisation that he or she has done for many years. Apparently, one guy specialised in adding glue and the back wall of the guitar and has done that one step in the process for over 30 years (I think I remembered that right). The image below unfortunately is not model released, nor property released. It is one of those things where information gets lost in translation. I was told we’d go to a ukulele maker, and then have a picnic. I imagined some lone guy in a one-room shed who’d help my friend learn how to make a ukulele… Anyway, this was unexpected. Consequently, this image is for limited uses, not for advertising. For this Takamine Guitar making image, and others like it, please contact my agent via his website at Henry Westheim / Asia Photo Connection.