Last two shots from the kimono photo shoot last month. I have plenty more but I don’t want to bore you, and the rest would just be variations on these. It’s fun to have so many different shots from a single shoot to play with, in terms of editing and re-touching. This guy is one of the few models where I hardly do any actual re-touching, focusing on fixing shadows, evening out highlights and colors. Great fun! It almost reminds me of the good old days I used to spend in the dark room. Ah, memories!
More manly kimono for everyone that didn’t get enough of this guy wearing a different kimono, or him in a suit, or him holding the flashgun, or the dramatic close up of him (which is also the current cover of a Japanese model agency site), or a semi nude, or the three portraits of him here, or… well the list goes on!
Again this was the same studio (my studio) the same light set up (one light, good models don’t need more), and the same stylist using a different kimono. I tried a red background to get a more dramatic and visual look. I screwed up on the color correction of the skin tones, but please don’t try and find the areas where I missed, I am already sporting big red marks on my forehead from banging my head on the keyboard once I noticed this. Don’t know if I succeeded overall, but as I said earlier, even a blind monkey with a disposable toy camera could get a good picture of this guy. Enjoy! A couple more coming up next week.
Back to basic photography, here at one of my many favorite (it’s so hard to pick just one) places in Tokyo: Marunouchi! Japan’s and possibly Asia’s finance industry heart (not that this fact in itself is in any way positive). Just walking around with my camera and enjoying the last few minutes of the setting sun. It’s not often I get the chance to just walk around and see things.
Here are some more photos from the greatest Tokyo park, the Shinjuku Gyoen. Most of them closeups, using my cheap, light weight and wonderful Sigma 70-300mm (the old tele-macro version). I think the flowers, which are very popular all over Japan, are called spider lillies, but I am not sure. I also managed to catch a couple of butterflies! If you are interested in photography I invite you to have a look at the last photos, the one with the bridge being the cheap 70-300mm Sigma and the one of the stone lantern a much more expensive Nikkor 85mm. Lovely lenses both, but quite different in terms of contrast and how the bokeh comes out.
These stone lanterns can be found all over the country, some very old ones are carved in stone but these days most of them are cast in concrete I guess. Like most stone monuments they probably come from a wooden model but I have never seen any original wooden “stone lanterns”. In Japanese they are called Tōrō.
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