On Assignment: Kyoto

Travelers line up at Kyoto station. Photograph by cory Lum.

Travelers line up at Kyoto station. Photograph by cory Lum.

Aloha all! Apologies for not posting sooner. Work has been steady with interesting gigs !
Sharing some behind the scenes images from a project shot in Kyoto, Japan. Strict contract requirements prevent me from sharing the ‘take’ but more announcements will come in 2015.  I’ve also started a Instagram account, please check it out @corypix @corypix @corypix for recent photographic meanderings.

Model being dressed by expert staff. Kyoto, Japan. Photograph by cory Lum. Instagram via @corypix

Model being dressed by expert staff. Kyoto, Japan. Photograph by cory Lum. Instagram via @corypix

Whirlwind of a trip shuttling photography gear much like a snail carrying the house on the back. Complete with 3 Nikon bodies, lenses and a full location lighting kit that was really worked as the most important tenet is ‘quality light’

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Below we have some of the amazing hand made textiles. Each garment is a unique work of art.

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Fashion

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Kyoto is an amazing city. Lots of history and amazing views. Below a torii or gate at one of the many gate entrances to the Royal Palace in Kyoto. Much of Kyoto has been photographed. The extreme challenge is making unique images of a well photographed city, story telling visually and giving the viewer a ‘cory Lum’ view of Kyoto.

Tilt shift torii

Tilt shift torii

More to come.

Turandot

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Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Puccini’s Turandot part of their 2013-2014 opera season. more info here. http://www.hawaiiopera.org/
some behind the scenes images, pls view my instagram via http://instagram.com/corypix

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Nikon D800s used with the Nikkor AF-S 80-200/2.8 ED IF one of the sharpest zooms. enjoy the fact there is less elements. NO VR ! YAY !

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photograph above made with Nikkor PC-E 85mm f/2.8 Micro with amazing tilt shift abilities.

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photograph above made with Nikkor PC-E 85mm f/2.8 Micro with amazing tilt shift abilities.

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photograph above made with Nikkor PC-E 85mm f/2.8 Micro with amazing tilt shift abilities. love the soft bokeh effect done in camera. iso 1000 f/2.8 front tilt used

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Mahalo for viewing ! please feel free to comment below. many thanks ! c

Musings with Light

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Thank you to all who participated in the recent Pacific New Media class about Painting with light at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Thanks to David Ulrich and staff for hosting this fantastic photography workshop series. honored to participate and share !  pls check out previous post light painting 101 here.

above photograph, blue gelled vivitar 285 flash within a plastic container and a small AA battery powered LED flashlight w/ special snoot. will post a photo of the snoot soon

below image made w/ ‘backlight’ only

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we worked from a simple one object still life to a group image with attendees.

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above images. top, one baretube flash subject rear. silhouette of subjects. 2nd image below, i ‘painted’ in the silhouette w/ LED light. 8 seconds f/8.0 iso 200

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above image, 1 baretube flash placed behind john, LED flash light painted his face then w/ 4 seconds left, i quickly turned the lens out of focus and used the LED to ‘paint’ his jacket and desk areas. 8 seconds, f/8.0 iso 200 . nikon D800 w/ manual focus 105mm AIS lens.

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sorry for the delay in posting. made our move back to the islands.

first off, glad to assist with any portraits, wedding and commercial/advertising photography projects.

some images from last weekends wedding. commissioned to assist w/ portraits after ceremony. this was a stunningly beautiful day and equally beautiful bride and groom. brought the new D800 bodies out. these bodies scream for needing light. wasn’t too amazed w/ the way they bodies handled available light. since the clients didn’t need the 103MB file output i decided to shoot on ‘M’ or medium files. these whopping ‘M-sized’ files were 56MB total with tons of latitude.

above image shot w/ my special light modifier prototype (more on this later). please note too, all images are right out of the camera, no Photoshop at all.

running and gunning for less than an hour as light fades is always a challenge. thankfully i’m switched over back to regular pocketwizards which paired with my Armatar 300ws heads are a godsend. insert full mass here ! the pocketwizard non TTL lights worked perfectly.

decided to work simply with one light and the beautiful setting sun. the light quality from my light modifier ( i’ll call it a “LUM-ISPHERE’ patent pending) is stunning. specular highlights and the ability to offer speedy setup and nearly wind resistant too. i’m working on larger options and a windproof one too ! will be building prototypes for these sometime soon. the internal baffling and internal diffusion/reflection system inside is what really sets this light modifier apart from any current product out.