November 14, 2008

Busy as of late...

Been pretty busy lately.

- Election came and went. Obama is now the President-Elect. =) I was at Pearl Ultralounge for the result announcement, McCain's concession speech, and Obama's speech. Then i headed over to Hannemann HQ where i hung out with Mike Burley, FL Morris and Bruce Asato. Too cool.

- Been shooting alot for Ka Leo lately... especially since no one ever wants to cover news and features...only sports...

- Internship Applications are due...i'm really starting to stress because im down to the wire, and i really want to get an internship... i'm currently applying to the NYT and the Honolulu Advertiser...not sure where else just yet...AP perhaps? haha. i wish.

October 9, 2008

Remembering the Fallen

Stephanie Blevins Borabora, sister of 2nd Lieutenant Thomas A.K. Blevins speaks about her brother, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1966, at the Army ROTC Fallen Warriors Wall Dedication Ceremony on October 9, 2008. Blevins was a 1965 graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's ROTC Program. (Ka Leo O Hawai‘i photo by Kent Nishimura)

Wild Art: Silhouettes

A lone fisherman made a picturesque scene as he is silhouetted by the setting sun on a quite Saturday afternoon at Kakaako Waterfront Park. (Kent Nishimura/The Photo Bistro)

Silhouettes are always fun to make. The dictionary defines “silhouette” as an “image in which only the outline shape of a dark subject appears against a lighter background.” This word came from Etienne de Silhouette, the Minister of Finance in France way back in 1759. He cut out portraits of people from black paper and pasted them on light-colored backgrounds. Here, at Kakaako Waterfront Park, this fisherman was silouetted by the setting sun. You can see the light slightly washing over him.

Usually, the bright sky serves as the background for silhouette shots. You can also use water backgrounds, shaded subjects against atmospheric backgrounds like haze, fog and smoke, and sunlit backgrounds (as in the picture above demonstrates.)

Over the next couple of day's i'll be posting silouhette shots and stuff from my advernture at Kaka‘ako.

July 27, 2008

So, lately...

We're closing in on another semester of school for me. Yet another year of still being a student. Only slightly closer to graduating. Slowly trekking to the "finish line" that is the real world.

I attended Frederic Larson's "Shoot the Moon" Class sponsored by UH Manoa Outreach College's Pacific New Media sessions.

lingering moment by sunset and moonrise

A beach going musician plays some tunes while in the background, an almost full moon rises in the distance out of diamond head crater.
Kent Nishimura | The Photo Bistro

July 24, 2008

July 17, 2008

June 3, 2008

My Daily Gear

The Arsenal, L to R: LowePro Photo Runner, Lens Case 3, DMC-Z (Not Pictured), Ka Leo O Hawai‘i Presspass, Ka Leo O Hawai‘i business cards, Canon Speedlite 580EXII, Maglite Mini, Eneloop AA batteries and wall-charger. Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, Canon EOS-1D + EF 70-200mm f/4L, Canon EOS 1D Mark II N + EF 17-40 f/2L, 2x NP-E3, Sandisk Extreme III 2GB CF Cards, Apple iPhone, Apple Macbook Pro 15.4". (NOTE: NP-E3 Batteries also in camera for 4 total batteries, 4GB CF + 4GB SDHC in 1Dmk2N, 2GB CF in EOS-1D)

The other day, I was out on assignment, and someone asked me if i was a photographer. I replied "sure. I think so...although I've always though of myself as just a guy who makes photos...nothing more, nothing less..."

That got me thinking. For some strange reason that question is always posed to me even as I walk down the street, cameras dangling from my shoulders.

So, yeah, I guess I am. I must say, I think I look pretty ridiculous with all my gear. With that said, I try my best to keep my equipment to a minimum, and the photo above shows what I carry with me on a daily basis when working for the Ka Leo. Less is more in my book.

The Flash Setup:
Once my buddy John Nakatsu comes back to the islands i'll have my 420EX and ST-E2 back in my hands, so that'll be cool. I want to actually get some lightstands and unbrellas so i can set stuff up. I can trigger the remotely with the ST-E2 transmitter. Nice light, cheap, and quick and dirty. I'll use the Omni-Bounces (Not pictured) when I need to go on-camera with the flashes. They soften the light a little, and disperse the light for a somewhat softer look than straight, naked, on-camera flash.

The Bag:
As a PJ in the field I’m not much of a bag man. I prefer to keep my cameras out so they’re always ready. And since I don’t carry much else, I just use a waist pack to hold my strobes and transmitter, the EF 24-70mm, and some extra batteries. While the bag itself doesn't hold much, I find it light, quick to access and very convenient; when i'm in the field.

The Cameras:
I carry two bodies. The EOS 1D Mark II N and the EOS-1D. I actually just picked up the Mk2N. It was a friggin steal. $2,000, 8k auctations and practically brand spanking new. SWEET! Anyway, the 70-200mm is always on either the Mk2N or the Classic. Either way, both shoot at a blazing fast 8fps. Most of what I shoot here is done with those pieces of equipment. The Mk2N is great for sports and fast moving subjects, and does exceptionally well in low light. I also really like the 1D Classic, sure it's almost 8 years old, but who cares. The color is good, and like the other 1D cameras it has a APS-H sized sensor with a 1.3x crop factor. Which is why I always have a UWA like the 17-40L on there. I like the pincoushin distortion a lot and that’s why I use the Camera+Lens combo. Gotta be careful with it though — beware the “cone head effect.” If you shoot at 17mm and put people in the corner of the frame they tend to end up looking like cone heads. Not as bad as if I was shooting FF. But I do like the look of really wide photos where there’s so much context jammed into one frame.

The Laptop:
Since the Ka Leo O Hawai‘i is totally digital, the photographers use laptops to process and edit our daily work. Since the advent of digital communication, we can send pictures to the office from the field. So after a football game we can whip out the computer, edit our shots, and send the photos to the photo editor...oh wait thats me! It definitely makes things a lot easier.

May 28, 2008


Got this off of David Jay's Blog. Wow. It's great. Watch it! :)

May 27, 2008

Memorial Day

A memorial day in Hawai‘i nei.
We honor those who gave their lives for peace.
who gave their lives for love.
who gave their lives for liberty.
who gave their lives for family.
who gave their lives for freedom.

Thank you brave soldiers of life and liberty. thank you.

Photos are from the Mayor's Memorial Day Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and the Lantern Floating Hawai‘i festival at Ala Moana Beach Park. Photos were taken while on assignment for the Ka Leo O Hawai‘i.

May 20, 2008

as of late...

Been kinda busy busy lately. Haven't really had a chance to update this thing. This semester has been a whirlwind of events. I can't wait for the next semester to start...weird huh? LOL.

Here are some photos i recently shot for the Ka Leo O Hawai‘i and the Western Athletic Confernece among other clients.

May 12, 2008

my day at the lab

Kenji Yamazaki and other students from ART206 work on finishing their mattes for their final project.Exposure details: Canon SD870IS, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ASA400 at 4.6mm

So last week, the ART206 Final Project entitled "Body in Crisis" was due. I believe i must've spent at least a good 20-30 Hours in there. Above is a photo of a bunch of us trying to finish out matting on Tuesday night. The day RIGHT before the project was due. I'm going to be totally honest. I really enjoyed the class. I think it was the only class I didn't skip a day this semester. (Definitely NOT a good thing though...) Which is why I think I'm taking ART207 next semester. Stan Tomita is the professor again, and I definitely know hes got a lot that he can teach me. So I look forward to it. John, Cameron, and Gabe will be in my class again next semester. Looks to be a lot of fun. Stay tuned. Once I get a scanner up and running I'm going to try and post the prints I've made in the class.

April 29, 2008

my goal

So I was on the POTN forum, perusing through the posts in the Honolulu Hale thread, and i came across a post by PocketNinja.

Here's something interesting for everyone to talk about. What are your goals for photography?

So it got me thinking. What is my ultimate goal? What do i want to do? Every time i think about it, i guess my ultimate goal in photography is to capture and create a visualization of my interpertation the human continually photography each moment as it comes and document it like writing a history photo-book. Of course along the way there are little steps here and there...i want to shoot concerts, weddings, big events, the state of the state address, the state of the union address, super bowl, the olympics, when the bows go to another college bowl again. I want to be able to go and take photos for some humanitarian organization like Thirst Relief International or the Peace Corps and take photos of places like the Brazilian Amazon. I want to go to iraq and photograph things happening there. I want to travel the world capturing the spirit of the people, the essence of their culture, the depth of their environment. To document things, happenings and occurrences as they happen, so that i may share the here and now with those that come later.

It all stems back to what i said about capturing what i see, and creating a image of that moment frozen in time...back to what i said about capturing the human condition. To be honest its not just the technical stuff of photography that interest me.

While I believe that taking photos of people smiling and posing for the camera is fine. I believe that capturing them in the moment doing something, and making a photo of that is so much more powerful. It captures who they are, and it makes the viewer of the image think about the drama/emotion created from the photo. Who is this person, why is he/she doing what he/she is doing at the time the image was created? What made them do what they did. and so forth. I believe myself to be analytical and someone who is a deep thinker. I like to analyze things, and I believe that my photography reflects that. Like i said in one of my earlier posts, through my photography i seek to change the way you see the world.

April 24, 2008

Camera Talk

So I decided to check on the shutter life of my cameras. Much to my dismay, i discovered that according to the amount of times that I've logged how often i;ve reset my memory card on my 20D, the 20D's shutter life should be somehwere around the ball park of 50,000 clicks. the life is around 50-60k.

whereas my EOS-1D is rated for around 100k worth of clicks. I have 131,789 clicks on it.

holy crap its time for a shutter replacement? maybe a sensor aobut just new gear.

i'm accecpting donations. :)