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A new muse?

Shooting night skies at Chofukuji Temple in Okayama, Japan. Have we found a new muse?

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Posted on January 7, 2017 more

Images now available for licensing!

As most of you know, we work closely with Getty Images. It is a very unusual case as we not only work with them on creative stock and video, but we also cover news for them. Come next year, we will possibly be putting out a big event as collaborators. It really is exciting working with such a world renowned company.

Posted on November 8, 2015 more

Lomography Japan

I am sure you are familiar with film camera king Lomography. They have been keeping film photography alive and well by producing cool film cameras and unique films to fill them with. We were contacted by them recently about working on some joint projects. I am not ready to release the full scope of the project just yet but here is a teaser.

Posted on October 31, 2015 more

LIT: The Blue Peak

From last year we’ve teamed up with some of the world’s most talented light painters to work on a new documentary idea. The aim of the project is to revisit history through light painting. The teams go to cool locations across the planet to inspire their performances.

Posted on October 5, 2015 more

Toei Studios in Kyoto

I recently had an editorial assignment in Kyoto. Getty Images sent me to cover an event at the Eigamura which is an Edo-style park. For this event local makers and producers turned the park into a bar. There was lots of special foods and the sake was flowing. What really added to the event was the fact that everyone got into character for it including a majority of the visitors. Below are some of the shots from the event.
The coverage started with the performers and some of the sellers going through wardrobe and make-up to transform themselves into what they would look like if it really was the Edo period.

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The second part of the assignment was to cover the actual event. This was really fun as there were lots of colorful characters.

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There was entertaining cultural events through out the night which really added to the experience.

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You can see the whole set of pics here

Posted on June 17, 2015 more

Nishiki Market, Kyoto

We recently made the long drive to Kyoto.  Jon to shoot a model and some time lapse and I had a news assignment at a large movie studio. My assignment did not start until late afternoon so I took a stroll through a nearby Nishiki Market. It was full bizarre foods and fascinating people.

I would also like to that this guy for coming on the adventure it was and being an awesome right hand man! Had to literally fight the geiko woman off of him throughout the night!

Posted on June 2, 2015 more

Guide to capturing firefly images

Have you ever tried capturing light trails from fireflies? If you have not you should definitely give it a try. Fireflies are found in certain areas of Japan, where I live, and in other places around the globe. They are 2 species found in Japan, Genji and Hime.

Posted on May 27, 2015 more

Quicktip! Shutter releases

Shutter releases! What’s the deal? Too long that it hangs down by your feet but too short to use as a regular remote for when you need to be in the picture. I don’t get it. Who chose this length? It just dangles around in the dark just above ground level.

Posted on January 20, 2015 more

Flycam Flowline for the DJI Ronin

Our new “flycam flowline” (cheap knock off of the easyrig) arrived this morning so I took it out for a quick spin.

In terms of what kit I’m using here, this was the dji ronin, with a blackmagic production 4k and a Samyang 14mm Cine lens. On top of the camera is a sdi to hdmi converter that sends a 1080 image to the Blackpearl monitor. First impressions; to be honest I didn’t hold out much hope for the flowline as I thought it’d just be a cheap copy of the real thing, but actually it’s not that bad. It’s somewhat comfortable and it does what it claims to, it takes the weight off of your arms whilst carrying the ronin.

I’m used to wearing a steadicam vest for long periods, so for me I’m used to the weight being on my hips so I don’t mind that at all. But I’m sure for some at first it might be a strange sensation.
Because of the weight of the rig it tends to sit at waist level without any assistance. For higher shots where the camera is at head height you will have to take some of the weight into you arms but compared to holding it there without the rig it’s much easier.
At the lowest point the camera will reach to my shins, and can easily skim the floor if I cushion my steps as I walk.
The flowline does feel a little plasticy and its a little bit scary to go handsfree and trust it fully to support the full weight. But for 1/3 of the price of the easyrig it’s a good interim solution until we can afford the other.

It clips onto the handle with a spring loaded clamp which seems for now to grip ok, my concern is that over time it will lose some of the tension and slip. So I would always keep a hand on the ronin just incase I need to make an emergency catch.
I also have a similar reservation about the cord that takes the weight of the ronin. But if that happens then I’m sure using the back piece and arm we’d be able to fashion something else to help take the weight. So for now I think it was worth it. I’ll update more as I get more use with it. We’ve got a shoot later this week where we’ll be able to give it a real world test and see just how well it handles.
Over the coming days and weeks we’ll start to upload a few sequences that were shot using this set up so you can see exactly what it’s capable of.
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Posted on January 19, 2015 more

Quicktip! for Lens fog

At certain times of the year lens fog and even ice can be a real problem when photography at night. Of course, this is going to vary depending on where in the world you are located, but here in Japan it is almost all year. Especially when the camera is left to time lapse the night sky.

Posted on January 14, 2015 more

Samurai House!

Join us in this short vid as we go out on location and photograph an old samurai house. The video is short but has a few tips and shows a little “behind the scenes” of our night shoots. Feel free to share this via the buttons on the left, and join us on Facebook!

Posted on January 8, 2015 more

QuickTip! Glowing tripod legs?

Here it is. Our first Quick Tip! This series will be short videos that show exactly what the title says; a quick tip. We will share our little tips from both our commercial and personal video and photography projects. This quick tip is about night photography.

Posted on January 6, 2015 more

LED Lenser X21R.2 vs Kokubunji Temple

Just a quick post to show what can be done with just a flashlight at night. This requires no special technique really and more just a bright flashlight. We went for a night shoot at Kokubunji Temple in Okayama, Japan. There was a full moon high in the sky so not many stars are visible.

Posted on January 4, 2015 more

Daiya profile movie

We recently completed our 2nd video for Daiya Kogyo. This time around it was a company profile. Check it out below. It was shot in 4K resolution.

Posted on November 28, 2014 more

Orion Rising

I have not had the opportunity to do much night shooting recently. Commercial work has consumed most of our time leaving no time for any personal photography. I decided to change that this week and pushed all my work aside for the night to go grab a few night shots.

Posted on November 21, 2014 more

Night Drive with LED Lenser’s X21.2R

This fall has been insanely busy for tdubphoto and I could not be happier. I traveled to Okinawa to teach a workshop, Jon traveled to Okinawa to teach a workshop, we scored our biggest contract to date and I became an official ambassador for LED Lenser.

Posted on November 19, 2014 more

Bouldering at night with a LED Lenser H7.2

We were recently on a job to film a bouldering competition here in Okayama, Japan. When we wrapped up filming for the night we had the chance to do a little bouldering ourselves. This was the perfect opportunity to test out LED Lenser’s H7.2 headlamp. We would have a hike through a pitch black forest where we need all of 250 lumens as well as be face-to-face with a granite wall where we could test the lowest power.

The light performed excellently. The zoom was really useful for extra reach and the nice wide beam was great while climbing. The adjustment dial on the back made using the light super easy. If you are in the market for a headlamp we highly recommend the H7.2 from LED Lenser.
Check www.ledlenser.jp for more info.

Posted on November 14, 2014 more

Okinawa Light Painting Workshop 2014

OK, so this post is about a month late! Hey, we are busy people over here at tdubphoto! I recently did another weekend of light painting workshops which were held over the long weekend in October down in tropical Okinawa, Japan. This year was the fourth year in a row for the workshops.

Posted on November 12, 2014 more

The Official Ambassador for LED Lenser Japan!

It comes with great pleasure to announce that I have become the official Japanese LED Lenser Ambassador! LED Lenser is the world leader in handheld torches and other products. They have started an Ambassador program with 7 Ambassadors spread across the globe.

Posted on October 15, 2014 more

WHAT'S GOING ON...

  • 23 April 2017
    Sunday April 23rd 09:30-17:00

    Okinawa iStock Event

    We will be coming to Okinawa to look for photographers and videographers interested in making money through licensing their content through stock photography with iStock.

  • 12 March 2017
    9:30-17:00

    iStock Event in Okayama

    ストックフォトやストックビデオに興味のあるフォトグラファーを対象としたセミナー&実践撮影会を開催する運びとなりました。どのような写真やビデオがストックとしてふさわしいのか、プロストッカーから撮影方法や生のアドバイスを得られるチャンスです。
    経験豊富なゲストスピーカーをお招きし、明日にも使える充実したカリキュラムをご用意しています。
    皆さんこぞってご参加ください!

  • 10 December 2016
    10th and 11th of December

    Light Painting Workshop!

    Come join us in tropical Okinawa, Japan for a weekend of Light Painting fun. You will learn techniques that will make you confident night shooter. There will even be door prizes!


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We’ve been using DJI equipment professionally now since 2013, so we’re super excited to be working alongside them now to produce content. DJI make a range of drones and camera stabilizers that take our work to a higher level, both figuratively and literally.

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