Instagram by Lester

I know, I know.  Haven't updated the blog in a while.  But good news!  I've discovered Instagram!  Well, not really....had a account for a few years, but I've recently discovered how fun it is and have been uploading images once a day!  So please follow me for current images at:  @iluminiphoto

Direct link:  https://www.instagram.com/iluminiphoto/

全然ブログアップしていません! 申し訳ない。。。(涙)

でもなぜか最近Instagramにハマりました! 何年もアカウントがあったんですけどね。 そこで大体毎日アップしていますので、もしよかったらフォローしてください!

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Direct link: https://www.instagram.com/iluminiphoto/

Finding the Light by Lester

It was around 4:30pm when we started to shoot around the grand staircase of the Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki today.  A strong light was shining through the window in a way that I thought was casting a very interesting light on the staircase.  The contrast was so wide from light to dark, I thought it might be cool to try and go with a artsy silhouette since the highlights were going to get blown out anyhow.   Dunno, since there's not much time in these shoots anyway, just gave it a try and moved on.   What do you think?

Moana Surfrider Hotelでの16:30ぐらいの撮影中に路線階段で撮ってた時、面白いと思った光が窓から入ってきた。どうせハイライトがぶっ飛ぶと思ってシルエットも面白いかなと考えた。 最近天気が悪いからどんな感じの光でもすごくありがたいと思ってちょっとアーティスティックに撮ってみた。 ウエディング撮影っていつも時間が足りないもので、一か八か撮ってみて次に移動したけど、どうだろう? ちょっとかっこいいかな?

#MoanaSurfrider #Ilumini #HawaiiWedding #Arluis


D&Mさん、9/11/2015 by Lester

最近雨が多いハワイ。 それでも撮影は楽しかった!
D&M さん、おめでとうございます! 

Just a few shots from a wedding a couple days ago, lightly edited for your amusement.
It was just horrible weather, but the couple made up for it with their enthusiasm.  Outside of that stained glass shot, it was just chaos beyond those doors.  Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria kind of thing.

©Ilumini, Produced by Real Weddings

Professionalism by Lester

Here is a great article on Petapixel that got me thinking.  Go read it and come back here.



I have had this happen before, from DJ's and also Videographers. I understand the need for pictures for social media, but there is a line. And it's not a fine line, it's pretty obvious. Now I would say 90% of my Videographer friends and DJ's know and respect the LINE and have pride in their work, but it's the minority 10% (usually the vendors that's struggling to get by) that is oblivious to the boundaries of professionalism that we all (well, most of us anyway) strive to uphold. And that 10% are the ones that never communicate during the event and keep to themselves. In my experience, it's the most talented and confident professional artists that are the most friendly and easy to get along with.

Beam Me Up, Scotty by Lester

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僕の夏繁忙期は今日で終了!  最近ぜんぜんアップしていないFacebookとBlogだけど、もうちょっと余裕がで着ると思いますのでもっとアップしていきたいと思います。  とりあえず先週撮ったこの1カット。 ちょっとStar Trekっぽいけど、どうかな?

Didn't have too much time to post anything on Facebook or my Blog lately as the Summer Busy Season has been keeping me pretty busy, hence Summer Busy Season, but here is a shot from last week's wedding. A little Star Trek-ie, I know, but I kind of dig it. The bride is a famous stage actress in Japan, currently touring in Phantom of the Opera. Congratulations, Mr and Mrs Kondo!

Seminar at Hawaii Camera by Lester

I was fortunate to be able to put on a photo seminar at Hawaii Camera on this past 3/25.  Special thanks goes out to Josh and Randi of Hawaii Camera for giving me this awesome opportunity!  I've known Randi for close to 20 years now and she and her family has been very good to me over the years.

Josh is the owner of Hawaii Camera and those who don't know, he has built that company from a Craig's List ad to one of, if not the biggest photo gear rental houses in the Pacific.  And he's a hell of a nice guy to boot.  I really enjoy just talking gear with him for hours on end.

This was a particularly special seminar as it was the first one put out by Hawaii Camera that was entirely in Japanese.  It was a great opportunity for everyone as it opened the door to introduce more Japanese clientele to Hawaii Camera, and for me to get out of the van that I live in down by the river.

A special thank you to the more than 50 people who attended the live seminar and the hundreds that watched it live streamed over the net.  Props and a heartfelt thanks goes out to Kelii and his team at Kai Media for lending his support and awesome talents to this special seminar!

The good news is that now the entire edited seminar can be seen online on Youtube, or embedded below, but the bad news for you English only types is that like I said, it's entirely in Japanese!

3月にHawaii Cameraでおこなったセミナーがやっとyoutubeにアップされました! ライブストリームに見てくださった人たちは、やっとHDで見れます!

Hawaii Cameraはハワイだけではなく、Pacificでの一番大きいカメラレンタル屋。 そんな素晴らしい会社とタッグを組めるのがとても嬉しかったです。 

50人以上の人が集まってくれて、ネットでのライブを見てくれた何百人の人たちにとても感謝しています! ライブストリームでは画像があまり良くなかったみたいだけど、今度は僕のズラをHDで見てください! 

Mt. Fuji Spring 2015 by Lester

ピント合わせるのに30分かかりましたし、ちょっとカメラトラブルもありましたが、なんとか撮れました。 Sony A7rを使いましたが、live viewは真っ暗の撮影は弱いかな? ちょっと大変でした。笑


Just came back from Japan from another Mt Fuji photo shoot. Went out at 1am and shot through the night. Had some focusing and camera problems, but managed to get a few shots. Used the Sony A7r but the one weak point on the new mirrorless cameras with live view only is shoots like this where its pitch black and nothing really to lock focus on. Took 30mins to finally get a focus I was satisfied with.

We're Hiring Assistants/募集中! by Lester

We're looking for a dependable, motivated, outgoing, hard working, open minded person to add to our team!  No experience required except for a good attitude.  Gain valuable knowledge to possibly start your own photography career.  Please email inquiries to: lester@ilumini.net

アシスタント募集です。 経験無しでも全然OK、いい性格はMUST。 写真の技術を学びながらチームを組もうぜ! 本気の人だけこちらへ:lester@ilumini.net


A note to Workshop attendees... by Lester

来週のワークショップに出席する方へのプチほうこくです:

皆さん!  

Hawaii Camera日本語ワークショップ第一弾 「技術は廃らなへんで〜」の

予約ありがとうございます!

ワークショップまで1週間になりました。  それで2お願いがあります。

 

1) 予約をしてもらった人の中で出席をできない方がいらっしゃると思いますが、

もし来れない人がいましたら、予約をキャンセル、またはこのメールで

教えて貰えばありがたいです。  実はWaiting Listに20人以上の人がいますので、

その人たちに使われないチケットをあげたいと思います!

 

2) ワークショップ中に答えてほしい質問(どんなレベルの質問でもいいですよ!)

を送ってください!  このメールもしくはlester@ilumini.netに。 使われた質問の人には素敵な商品もありますので!

 

それでは25日を楽しみにしていますので、どうぞ宜しくお願い致します。

 

See you all next week!

Lester

2015 Workshop by Lester

皆さん、報告です。 3/25に行うワークショップ「技術は廃らへんで〜」は一週間で完売になりました。 40席を50に足しましたが、それでも足りないということです。  こんな反応が出るとは想像もしてなかったので、本当にありがたいです。 ありがとうございます!  でも! チケットを申し込むサイトでは、SOLD OUTと書いてありますけど、その下にADD ME TO THE WAITLISTのボタンをクリックしてもらい、そこでお問い合わせをしたら予約待ちリストに入ります。 Waiting Listの人数によって、もっとチケットを発行するかもしれませんので必ずWaiting Listに名前を入れてくださいね!

お問い合わせはこちら:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/-technique-never-goes-out-of-style-tickets-15990121885?discount=LESTERVIP

 

Kyoto 2 - Leica Monochrom by Lester

More from Kyoto with the Leica Monochrom.  Some night scenes are very grainy as I shot at ISO 6400, but I like the grain from the Leica.  Gives it a more film like vibe. 

Leica Monochromの京都シリーズつづけます。 ISO6400で撮った写真は結構ノイズが荒いけど、ライカのノイズはフィルムっぽくて僕は好きです。。。

There was just something about these stairs that fascinated me.  なぜかこの階段が気になった。

There was just something about these stairs that fascinated me.

 なぜかこの階段が気になった。

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These stairs again.  I don't know why but I was just drawn to these stairs, so I went back again during the day. なぜか気になって、また昼間にもどってみた。

These stairs again.  I don't know why but I was just drawn to these stairs, so I went back again during the day.

なぜか気になって、また昼間にもどってみた。

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My favorite shot of the day. この日の一番お気に入り。

My favorite shot of the day.

この日の一番お気に入り。

Kyoto - No Finder with the Leica Monochrom by Lester

More shots with the Leica Monochrom.  This time, walking around Kyoto with the camera around my neck, shooting without looking into the view finder...a technique used so that you're inconspicuous while shooting street scenes.  These day shots were easier as I could stop down and even when shooting open, I could still guess my distance.  I had the most fun shooting this way.  No chimping!

 

Leica Monochromシリーズ第2。  こんどは京都に行った時。  カメラを首に賭けてファインダーを除かなくて撮りました。 次のブログは夜で撮った写真をアップしますけど、今日は昼間シーン。 明るいときの方があけて撮ってもピントが当たる確率が高かった。 フィルム時代を思い出してノーチェック撮影楽しかった!

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Japan with the Leica Monochrom by Lester

Here are some shots taken on a trip to Japan a year ago using my (at the time) new Leica Monochrom.   Resolution is just great with this camera, but to be expected with a monochrome sensor in addition to Leica glass.  Some shots are extremely cropped, but I bet you can't tell which one.

1年前に撮ったものだけど、その時新しかったLeica Monochromと言うモノクロカメラで撮った写真をわけてアップして行きますね。  Resolution、sharpness、すごい。 何カットすごくクロップしている物もがありますけど、どっちかわからないよね?

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Tsubasa & Noriko by Lester

Rain couldn't dampen the smiles of Tsubasa and Noriko as their happiness shone through all of their photos.  We started early morning with a walk down Waikiki and shot at the historic International Market Place which was a landmark in the middle of Waikiki for decades.  Sadly, due to redevelopment, this was the last time ever to shoot here as International Market Place is no more.  Another sunset where there wasn't a sun to set, but we made the best of it and had a great time anyway.  

Congratulations Tsubasa and Noriko!

 

今のハワイは雨期ですけど、いくら雨が降っててもお二人のスマイルはサイコウだった。 朝一のワイキキタウン撮影。  そこでインターナショナルマーケットプレイスで撮影しました。 おそらく、インタマで撮影したのがこの日最後だった。 再開発のため、インタマは1月いっぱいでCLOSE。 何十年もあったインタマ。 ちょっと悲しいね。  

挙式後のNorikoさんのお父さんは忘れられません。 なんとなく新郎とかお父さんが泣くと、こっちもうるうるしちゃいます! ちょっとヤバかったです。。。

フラワーシャワーの時は雨が降ってて教会の中にしましたけど、わりとよかったし、奇麗だった。 サンセットフォトツアーも曇っててあまりサンはセットしたなかったけど、お二人の笑顔のパワーで楽しい一日の最後でした。  TsubasaさんNorikoさん、本当におめでとうございます!  末長く押し合わせに〜〜!

 

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Hiroyuki & Kaya by Lester

Here is another one of my recent couples.  I had a wonderful time with Hiroyuki and Kaya as they loved photography and they chose me specifically to be their photographer.  I'm truly humbled and honored when couples seek me out and choose me from the hundreds of photographers out there, especially here in Hawaii where the competition is stiff!  

Congratulations Hiro and Kaya!

 

とても素敵なカップルHiroyuki and Kayaさんは、ハワイに居るたくさんなカメラマンの中で僕を選んでいただきました。  本当に良いお二人で撮影時間があっというまに終わりましたが、印象がまだまだ残っています。 とくにHiroyukiさんのプリケツは一生忘れません!笑 (すみません、お二人と僕の中の話でした)

HiroさんKayaさん、おめでとうございます!!

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HIS & Arluis Wedding by Lester

I'm pleased to announce a second collaboration with HIS and this time with Japanese Wedding Production Company, Arluis Wedding.   In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Avanti & Oasis, the wedding division of HIS, they are running a promotion with the help of Arluis Wedding and the world famous Moana Surfrider Hotel called "Romantic Wedding".  For 6 months starting in July, Avanti & Oasis has a special 5:00pm evening wedding package at the Moana Chapel and the package also includes a famous Moana Bear!  

Oh yes, and wedding photography provided by me...

 

HISのコラボ第2弾、こんどアールイスウエディングさんとのスペシャルAvanti & Oasis25周年17:00挙式パッケージ「Romantic Wedding」がスタートしました! 期間は7月〜12月、挙式は大人気のモアナチャペルで、なんと! あのモアナベアーもプレゼント!笑

あ、そうそう、フォトグラフィーは僕。。。

The ad in the latest HIS Wedding Catalog.

The ad in the latest HIS Wedding Catalog.

Moana Bear!  What a deal!

Moana Bear!  What a deal!

And here's me!  What a deal!

And here's me!  What a deal!

HIS & ATWD - One Day House Wedding by Lester

Congratulations to H.I.S, one of the biggest travel companies in Japan and Ayano Tachihara Wedding Design for the successful launch of their first wedding under the "One Day House Wedding" banner.  I had the distinct pleasure to be the official photographer for their new wedding venture.  Congratulations to Shuntaro and Rumi on their wedding and thank you for your smiles and happiness shared throughout the day!  Here are some shots from the first wedding a few days ago.

 

H.I.Sさん、Ayano Tachihara Wedding DesignのAyanoさん、One Day House Weddingのスタートおめでとうございます!  僕が第1のウエディングカメラマンを選ばれて本当に嬉しかったです。 これからもよろしくお願い致します! 

Shuntaroさん/Rumiさん、改めてご結婚おめでとうございます! とても楽しい撮影でしたね。 天気も最高でカップルも最高でとてもラッキーなフォトグラファーです!  末長くお幸せに〜

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2014 WPPI Print Competition by Lester

Getting ready to send my prints out to this year's competition.  I'm entering in 5 prints this year and I'm figuring with all the rule changes and fresh start for the competition, the judges are going to be uber critical with this year's crop.  Just hoping to place somehow!  Wish me luck!

 

またWPPIの写真コンテストの時期が来ました。  毎年出してて、4年連続賞をとれたけど今年はルールが変わり、さらに厳しくなってジャッジも張り切ってもっと厳しく写真を見ると思う。  なんとかトップに入りたい僕ですがどうかな?  3月に結果が出ますので応援しててください!

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