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Fireworks in the family home-town, Fukushima, Japan

Obon is a period of August when people visit their hometowns to pay respects to their dead relatives. We've been up in Ishikawa-machi, Fukushima, for a few days to see family and enjoy a little summer down-time after a very busy few months of work.

I shot a few pics from the bridge over the river but this shot from the high-street sums up the evening better: families out enjoying the summer evening, the town lit up by the annual fireworks display.

We head back to Tokyo tomorrow. We'll have a little bit of a drive today maybe up into the mountains.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 35-90mm lens
32 secs exposure
f/16
IOS 100

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Geez, the streets are so clean there. That is beautiful
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Workshop this weekend in Tokyo with Profoto: two places left

Caught up with the Profoto people yesterday and they tell me there are two places left for this weekend's workshop.

So, if you fancy learning some real skills tuned to shooting editorial, food & journalistic photography... let me know with a message or a note here.

Shooting workshop, post-production, editorial magazine-making... so you'll learn loads of skills from how to pre-visualise, shoot and lay out for print.

http://profoto.com/ja/profoto-japan/news-events/item/profoto-boot-camp-editorial
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Coast road near Minami-boso: monochrome seascape with Hasselblad H4D-40

Another shot from Saturday's outing to Boso, Chiba.

You can see another shot from this day out, here: 

http://blog.alfiegoodrich.com/pre-typhoon-swells-the-coast-near-komagawa-chiba-japan/

This shot was made as we entered Minami-boso, when the light had reached a point of almost unearthly beauty.

Having the road in the right of the shot gives it some nice context.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 36-72mm f/3.5 E series
Monochrome done in-camera

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Amazing capture !
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Hiroshima and Kure from the air: Hasselblad H4D-40, 80mm

Flying into Oita last week afforded me a great view of Hiroshima and the nearby port and naval dockyard of Kure.

I first went to Kure in 2002, after transiting the Inland Sea by JR ferry from Matsuyama in Shikoku.

There was a great youth hostel in Kure then. It might be there still. I remember the walk up the hill from the station being punishing.

Kure is a fascinating port and in this photo you can see two flat-tops alongside the docks. 

Not bad for being shot out of the window, which was badly fogged and scratched.

The detail at the bottom of the shot is a 100% excerpt from the main photo.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC80mm f/2.8 lens

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Hasselblad workshop in Meijimura: the magazine with all the shots

Latest edition of my online magazine is up now featuring shots from the recent Hasselblad Discovery workshop we did in the architectural heritage park at Meijimura, Aichi-ken, Japan.

Superb work from al involved. A great team of people, including Japan's premier kimono dresser, Nogata-san.

http://www.hasselblad.com/jp/news/case-story/new-stekki

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very pretty places iv been all over usa an alway wanted to go to other countrys but get older an probly never make it but thew fokes like u we can all see great!!! job me I hunt artfacks kinda retired now day their on profile if u wish to ever use. An thinks for sharing... Jesse Wells south east mo..thanks!!!
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Digital back on film Hasselblad: shooting with the CFV-16

Over the last few days I have had the chance to try out the older Hasselblad CFV16 digital back on a 500CM film body. 

Full article and many more photos at the link below:
http://japanorama.co.uk/2015/06/09/digital-back-on-film-hasselblad-shooting-with-the-cfv-16/

This shot:
Hasselblad 500C/M
CFV16 digital back
CF 80mm f/2.8
f/2.8
200ISO

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I'm glad you explained the green cast. I though maybe your computer monitor got knocked out of wack or something with its color calibration. 
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Summer lightning over Tokyo

Quick and dirty processing of something I shot tonight from our roof. This storm was over the far west of greater Tokyo, somewhere out near Ome I would guess. So about 40kms or so from our place. 

Pretty impressive show for an hour or so.

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Actually, +Dean Sonneborn, this is about eight of the best shots of individual lightning bolts... all merged together. I'll post one of the best individual ones later today, with the speed, aperture details etc. 
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Pre-typhoon swells: the coast near Komagawa, Chiba, Japan

Saturday gave me the chance to get out for a day with my two sons, before the start of a busy week of shooting here in Tokyo.

The Boso Peninsula is fairly easy for us to get to as we live on the south side of Tokyo, about 7kms from the entrance to the Aqua Line: a combination of 9kms of tunnel and 6kms of bridge that crosses the southern end of Tokyo Bay.

We drove around about two-thirds of the coast and sent a few hours stopped in one nice spot, just about 2kms from where I got this shot.

At the moment we've just had one typhoon pass us and there's another on a more direct route for our part of Japan. Ahead of the winds, you always get a few days of big ocean swells and that was making for some amazing scenes along the rocky parts of the Boso coastline.

The waves at the place you see in this shot, near Komagawa, were huge. The rocks in the foreground were about 40ft high and to the left, out of shot, there were waves breaching the rocky edge of the harbour.

This was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-40 and 80mm lens. The section at the bottom of this diptych is a 100% view of the bottom right of the shot.

*There's a little more grain that normal, as the Silver Efex Po filter I ran this through [the Hassie doesnt shoot monochrome in-camera] pumped the structure and grain a little.

Amazing scenes with the sea mist that had been around the coast all day. The light was just perfect when we arrived at this spot.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 80mm f/2.8
100ISO

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This is much better...
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Mountains of Kyushu from my flight into Oita

Last week I went down to Kunisaki, flying into the nearby airport of Oita.

I'd taken a few shots on the flight down from Tokyo with the Hasselblad H4D-40 and 80mm lens. It was more manageable to hold up to the plane window than the 300mm I also had in the bag.

But just past Hiroshima, the view and the light on the distant mountains became amazing so I got the 300mm out.

It's always a challenge to get sharp shots through the aircraft window, as there are two layers: one of plastic and one of glass. Condensation, scratches, ice... all create challenges. And shooting through the centre of the window is always preferred, as if you look down through the edges you get some horrible distortion and more effects of the double window and air-gap.

Still, this effort wasnt bad. It's not super, super sharp at 100% but it's good enough at web resolution.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 300mm f/4.5
Apart from the re-sizing and adding my watermark, this is straight from the camera.

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An Introduction to Split-Toning in Photoshop

Now I have figured out how easy it is to combine Quick Time and my Zoom H4N audio recorder, I've made a first little video about my post-processing techniques. 

This one, at the request of +Dean Sonneborn , is about achieving a split-tone effect.
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Hi, +hikaru starr . Need to look again but it's probably, if it's the white/light-grey menu you mean, the Nik filters palette.
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Samurai master, Tanaka Fumon: photoshoot for AMG Magazine, 2014

As the magazine finally nears publication, I can start to share a few f the shots that didn't make it.

Last year I organised a five-day shoot for Mercedes-AMG Magazine, based around the seed of an idea their editorial department plan planted in me: samurai and AMG.

The magazine featrues only four of the shots we made over the five day shoot, which took us to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Amano-hashidate and a few places in between.

None of the shots of the car made it into the magazine. I'll ask if I can share some of those soon. 

We had a great time, shooting both martial arts masters, a sword-maker, landscapes and the car. Driving the AMG E63 was also a lot of fun.

This shot is one of my favourites and two shots of Tanaka-soke [soke is the name for the head of the martial art] and his daughter, Ukyo.. who is now acting-soke.

Lovely people. We had a great time shooting them.

I've styled this a little in Nik Analog Efex Pro. I don't mess around like this often with my work but it seemed to suit this shot.

This was shot just with the daylight coming down from a skylight in the dojo.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AFS-G

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Sorry, +John Hoare. Japan, especially me, misses you mate. 
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Fashion photography in Japan with Hasselblad: Mari by the roadside

One more from last week's shoot with Mari Hirao out on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba, Japan.

Great little spot we found by the side of the road down to Cape Futtsu. Loved the flowers, then the whole scene fell into place once I'd stopped the car and taken a proper look: the flowers, the road markings, rice field...

The little rainbow bus in the very background.... we used that afterwards. I'll post some of that soon.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 24mm f/4.8
Sqauer crop and old Hasselblad film border added in Photoshop.

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Freelance photographer and photography teacher in Tokyo, Japan.

Been shooting pics since the age of 7. It's been part of my career since age 21, through the 10 or so years I was in the music business and the five years I ran my own design and marketing company. Went full-time with photography and teaching photography when we moved permanently to Japan, in 2007.

I run weekly photography workshops, photowalks and private photography lessons, which were recently featured in Travel & Leisure magazine.

Have shot as a freelancer for Ferrari, Porsche, South China Morning Post, QMagazine, BBC, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Lexus - to name a few.

Live in Omori, Tokyo with my lovely wife and our three children. 

Enjoy reading, was a chef once [a long time ago] and still love cooking. Love the sea, the mountains, sitting in a Japanese hot-spring bath, playing in the park with the kids...
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