FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY 2016...05.30.16

There's something special about the Floating Lantern ceremony, personally I go to capture moments & the emotions that this event brings to each family, happiness, sadness, a time to remember a loved one who has pasted. The air is filled with Aloha. I followed 2 families to document their journey. Unfortunately I didn't get their names but gave them my contact info so I could share my images with them.  

In this series of pictures below, a young Japanese lady with her son takes a moment to pay their respects to their loved one before releasing their floating lantern. 

I shot this entire event in black & white with a Fuji XPro 2 camera, with the Acros film simulation & a 23mm f/1.4 lens. I'll put up a gallery with all my images from the 2016 Floating Lantern Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park.

If you recognize anyone in the gallery please ask them to send me an email, I would love to share my images with them.

Aloha a hui hou my friends! 
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Copyright 2016 Ryan Sakamoto, All rights reserved

FUJI XPRO 2, BUYERS REMORSE...NOT!

06.01.16
The day after I bought the Fuji XPRO 2, I asked myself what the hell did I just do, regretting my purchase the day before?! I was so tempted to return it, but I had to give it a chance.  So I had a whole week to customize the functions of the camera & to familiarize myself with the menu items, which is pretty easy to understand compared to the Sony menus! 

On 5.28.16 Saturday, I took it out with me on a test sunrise shoot at Makapuu beach. I wan't sure what to expect?! After I uploaded the images to my computer I was so disappointed at the noise in the image, & thought there was no way I could make a print from this file. It didn't really dawn on me that this is a crop sensor & shooting my style of very long exposure of 1-5 minutes would result in very noisy image especially pre sunrise. On the image below, shot with the Fuji XPRO 2, I must say that I've never seem colors like this on my Sony A7S II, it is stunning!

It's not very noticeable in this web size image but there is a very large amount of noise in the shadows & mid tones. 180 sec exposure, f/8, ISO 200, , Fujinon 10-24mm f/4,  taken at 5:38am about 20 minutes before sunrise.

It's not very noticeable in this web size image but there is a very large amount of noise in the shadows & mid tones. 180 sec exposure, f/8, ISO 200, , Fujinon 10-24mm f/4,  taken at 5:38am about 20 minutes before sunrise.

That very same afternoon I went out to Chinatown to do some street photogtraphy, shooting strictly in the black & white acros film simulation, the resulting images was amazing! 

1/5000 sec, f/1.4 @ ISO 2500, , Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 

1/5000 sec, f/1.4 @ ISO 2500, , Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 

The next test would come on Monday, Memorial Day at the Floating lantern ceremony. Packing only the XPRO 2, 23mm f/1.4 (35mm equivalent in the full frame world) & a 56mm (85mm full frame equivalent) f/1.2 & 2 spare batteries. I ventured out into Ala Moana Beach Park & worked my way to shoreline. I think that's the lightest I've every travelled with any kind of camera gear!

1/320 sec, f/1.4 ISO 2500, Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 

1/320 sec, f/1.4 ISO 2500, Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 

After I downloaded the images from the Floating Lantern Ceremony to my computer, I came to the realization that I love my XPRO 2! I can't use it to shoot sunrise, but I can shoot everything else with it! When I normally would step out of the house I would consider taking my Sony A7S II but always would decide against it because it's too big. Now I wouldn't hesitate grabbing my XPRO 2 & walking out the with it to, just to have a camera with me. I just picked up the Fujinon 35mm f/2, which is a weather resistant lens & paired with the XPRO 2 weather resistant body I can comfortably walk around & not have to worry about bad weather & getting my camera wet! 

Aloha a hui hou my friends! 
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