When I take photos of people, I like to do something out of the ordinary with them. Of course, I take all the standard closeup portraits on the beach etc that Okinawa is famous for, but for clients who want a little more dazzle, I'm happy to provide it.
This shot was taken for an amateur photographer who wanted a photo of him taking pictures. He was thinking about the typical "in action" shots you see of photographers holding cameras up to their eyes, but I had something else in mind. He had no idea I was going to shoot him like this until I told him to hold perfectly still and snapped this 30 second exposure. I called him over to the camera and showed him the viewfinder. "Wow!" was his response. When your clients say that word, you know you've made them happy.
The next shot was an impromptu session with three strangers who happened by at 3 AM when I was taking shots of the milky way in Onna. I asked if they wanted to model for me and they gleefully agreed. This was the result.
The subjects were lit with the flashlight app on an iPhone. For the 30 second exposure, it was almost too bright. The gazebo was lit by my my flashlight held out to the right of the camera to give it some angle. This is a single exposure. The stars are what we saw with our eyes, no Photoshop trickery. Needless to say, the three strangers were thrilled.
In a professional photo session, I'll take more standard shots too. These "out of the ordinary" shots are something I do in addition because for me, photography is more of an art than a business.
Would you like pictures like this of you and your loved ones? Send me an email at info (at mark) psgrieve dot com, or use this form. 沖縄に住んでいる人は特別な割引可能性です。
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