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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Copyright 2016 Ryan Sakamoto, All rights reserved  

 

 

 

 

CROSSROADS...FUJIFILM XPRO 2

No picture today just my thoughts...


My photography gear is about to hit another another crossroad on this journey to hopefully help me become a better photographer & artist. I've been eyeing out the new Fuji XPRO2 & have made the decision to, NOT "jump ship" but to purchase this camera to expand my creativity. Don't get me wrong, I still love my Sony A7S II, paired with the E-Mount Zeiss Batis lineup, I'm very satisfied. I am not planning to sell any of my Sony gear, well maybe a couple of lens that I don't use, but that's all.  I love, love my primes now, funny since I've alway been a "zoom" guy!

On Sunday 05.22.16, I picked up my Fuji XPRO2 body & a lens, from my friend Tony's shop in Aiea, Pro Camera Hawaii. I was seduced by the XPRO2 Acros film simulation, I'm now shooting more & more black & white fine art images. The film simulation together with the amazing jpeg quality images coming out of that camera, it was the logical path to follow...I think, & I had to give it a shot?! There are several reasons why I made this decision, the XPRO2 body is fully weather resistant along with certain lens that are also weather resistant. I'm always near water in one form or another shooting sunrise seascapes. It has a dual SD memory card slots, something that is lacking in Sony's A7 line. I'm looking forward to giving it a run at sunrise but also very excited in trying to do some model shoots focusing on more black & white conversions. One drawback is that there's no flip up screen, something I could overlook for now.

I also did a test with all my Youngnuo YN 560 IV flashes & 560TX controller & I'm happy to say they are fully compatible! 

On a side note, I've been a Sony shooter for a little over a year now starting out with the A7S I & 1 of the main reasons why I jumped ship from Nikon to Sony was the smaller form factor & weight. With the 2nd rev of the A7 series there was a noticeable bump in size for the body, at least for me. It took about 2-3 months before I was comfortable with the bigger hand grip on the A7S II, which now fits like a glove in my hands. I've been noticing that with the G Master series of lens coming out, the overall size of the Sony A7 series of bodies & high end lens is getting bigger & heavier. I moved away from Nikon to get away from the "bulk", but Sony seems at least in my opinion, to be evolving into the very thing I ran away from. As I said earlier I do love my Sony system & not planning on jumping ship to Fuji...at least not for now. 

I've also started to print some of my "best" work on a  beautiful fine art paper I found. A selected handful of my images will be available for purchase as signed limited editions, if you're interested please contact me through email for pricing.  

It's ALOHA FRIDAY, have a great & safe long 3 day Memorial Day weekend!!! I'm planning on doing a lot of shooting this weekend, 3 sunrises, a photowalk thru Chinatown, possibly a hike with some old friends & Hawaii's Annual Floating Lantern Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Stay with me as I explore this amazing camera, XPRO2 from Fuji, I'll be posting new images from next week, starting on 05.31.16, using the XPRO2.  Would love to hear your feedback...Aloha, Ryan Sakamoto