About Tokyo Portrait

I live and work in Japan, where I have a small portrait business and I also teach communicative English (i.e conversation) at the university level.

Another Photo

I guess it’s good to be busy, but it leaves little time for things like posting blog entries. In an attempt to be more active, here’s another photo. My pizza is good, apparently.

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Fujifilm X100s, Capture One & Lightroom

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International Dwarf Fashion Show

It was Tokyo Fashion Week recently, and coinciding with this the non-profit International Dwarf Fashion Show held their (I believe) first Tokyo show. I was lucky enough to be included in the photographers covering this event.

http://www.thedwarfashionshow.com

Not being an event photographer, it was a bit hard for me, and during some important moments I didn’t really shine. It was fun though. More photos and info on my work blog here:

http://www.tokyoportrait.net/tokyo-portrait-blog/

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Light on a stick

A few months back I was shooting a client in the Ginza district of Tokyo at night. I was basically relying on the bright and crazily coloured neon lights to provide my lighting – giving a funky, modern, fast paced big city feel to everything.

Then I found a really good location, but it was too far away from the bright neon lights I had been relying on. Stumped, I gave up on that spot. But it did cause me to recall something…

Ages ago I saw Zack Arias* in a video using a speed light mounted on a short stick with an umbrella as the modifier. I think he called it ‘light on a stick.’ Finally got around to knocking one up today. Here’s one test shot. Three more tests with it on my work blog here.

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* this is not the original video I saw. Can’t find that one now. In this one he calls it a travelling light

Wide and Shallow – the so-called Brenizer Method

The Brenizer Method is simply taking a grid of photos of a reasonably close portrait subject with a long or longish focal length and wide open (or close to it), and then stitching them together to make a single final portrait image.

What it gives you is an image that looks wide or wide-ish and still has a shallow depth of field. Usually it has a depth of field more shallow than you would expect for that lens and format. It is a great way to mimic medium or large format results.

It was popularised in recent times by the work of Ryan Brenizer, hence the name. It is also known as panoramic stitching, bokeh panorama and bokehrama. The actual technique or idea has been around for ages – since 1843 according to the Wikipedia entry.

Anyway, I’ve been playing with it for a while now. Here’s two recent-ish shots. With both more and less attention to fixing up the background oddness that can result. In fact, I often like the surreal weirdness that can occur after the stitching.

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Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds V

More from a now no longer recent train riding day trip into the Chichibu highlands / interior. These four from Nagatoro Station and surrounds.

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