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Thumbing through some old compact discs or commonly called ‘CD’

what a blast from the past ! fun ! above photograph was the normal customarily 2-3 songs, front row in front of the crowds at Aloha Stadium, in an area called the ‘pit’. we get shuffled in after the beginning blah blah then the 2-3 songs go by really fast. need to find my michael jackson photographs /negatives…


completely forgot i used to shoot sports, got ‘ok’ at it. far cry from the ‘zen’ photography attempts in the near dark Klum gymnasium or ‘Ad Nauseum’.


if i need to share one tidbit about getting interesting photographs, my philosophy has always been, ‘put the reader (or viewer) where they cannot be…’. easier said than done. here a view into a burning condominium fire at honolulu’s century center. building didn’t have any sprinklers. the good part, i survived ! oh, also, smoke rises !


last but not least, always carry a camera. you never know what you’ll see, in this case a giant crab devouring a building in kakaako, honolulu. cheers ! have a great week !



Starting the weekend right.

perspectives or point of view/s.

what is it ? how do you use it in photography ? first, for the photographer it can be crawling on the ground or offering a bird’s eye view by climbing to the top of the highest building. two different vantage points with different psychological and visual differences. besides getting down and dirty, changing the view, via camera perspective show’s you the photographer are ‘working it’. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. the important part is the effort or efforts.

in the above photograph, a fisheye lens is used to ‘force’ the foreshortened perspective, holding the camera above on a monopod gives a slight aerial view and a clear view of the rest of the subjects. so in this case, various lenses can create a super wide feeling or an isolated feeling via a macro (closeup lens).

macro view. below, freelensed macro view of pink flowers. (lens handheld in front of camera). the isolated view point, condenses the viewers and concentrates her/him into a perspective that oftentimes would be overlooked. detail images is what many photographers sometimes forget to ‘see’, they see the big picture and miss the little ones.

as you know, you can’t go back to the situation after the job is finished.

also when editing a final product of a bunch of images, having different views of an assignment sometimes lends itself to tell the story in a different and creative way.

another variation on the theme with perspective is the illusion of 3-dimensionality on a 2-dimensional surface. a genius of this was escher. huh ? 3d on 2d ? once you learn a bit about lighting, playing in the studio and learning more of the phenomena of light, you can start playing. breaking the rules too.

what rules ?

now the fun begins.

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2011 tohoku quake

whew march crawled by… survived. the family and kids are adjusting as well as they can, concentrating on day to day life activities has our focus away from the grim news of casualties and radiation woes from the damaged reactors in Fukushima and Onagawa.

i was watching ayu on my day off, friday while my wife headed to Motomachi Chukagai for lunch with her buddy from tokyo. all i remember is grabbing my camera, hitting the video record mode and making images. normally the quakes shake for a little while and then stop… this particular quake lasted for a long time.

flipped on the boob tube to gather what and where the epicenter was. whoa. amazing images of disaster flowed like a very bad nightmare.

from wikipedia, “The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami (東日本大震災 Higashi Nihon Daishinsai[6]?, literally “Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster”[fn 1]) was caused by a 9.0-magnitude undersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday, 11 March 2011.[2][3][7] The epicenter was approximately 72 km (45 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku, with the hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately 32 km (19.9 mi).[2][8] On 1 April 2011, the Japanese government named the disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami the “Great Eastern Japan Earthquake” (東日本大震災 Higashi Nihon Daishinsai?).[9]
The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 37.9 meters (124 ft)[10] that struck Japan minutes after the quake, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland,[11] with smaller waves reaching many other countries after several hours. Tsunami warnings were issued and evacuations ordered along Japan’s Pacific coast and at least 20 other countries, including the entire Pacific coast of the Americas.[12][13][14] ”

first concern was to message wife to move to high ground not knowing how bad a tsunami might hit low lying areas of yokohama. at this point, all the trains stopped. many people were stranded in kanagawa, tokyo and throughout the metropolis.

above live television view of houses and debris being pushed in by monstrous tsunami

since all the trains were down, i jumped on my trusty mamachari to ride into the city to photograph damages and how people were being affected. traffic was backed up for miles. every major road was jammed going into yokohama and into metropolitan tokyo. i saw hundreds of people walking. this was the day the city stopped functioning. one of my friends working in tokyo walked over 5 hours to get home in tamagawa.

the next day at 530am i rolled back into the city to document and photograph more. people were strewn about the yokohama JR station like drunken barflies, sleeping on cardboard boxes and on the ground. many refugees from the train stoppage lay sleeping in the walkways of the station. graciously, the Japan Railway and station folks allowed all these stranded to camp overnight and stay in a heated building.

more to come soon…

starting the year off 2011

aloha all ! sorry for the delay of posts. for 2011, i’d like to keep up a post every 2 weeks or so. many folks wonder exactly what i do… haha ! even my mom wonders. suddenly i appear in strange places in asia, collect images and beam them out then go back home quietly. last month was no exception. flew back to hawaii and was assisting with ISP or the Indpendent Still Photo Pool coverage of POTUS’ vacation, along with kick butt photographer Kent Nishimura. kudos and thanks to EPA’s Gary Kemper and ISP’s Ron Sachs.

the challenging aspect was POTUS was supposedly arriving on january 18th, due to congress issues his trip was delayed. had fun photographing along some of the most talented photographers in the United States, some of the kickass photogs of the White House press corps. Agence France Presse’ Saul ‘Sam’ Loeb, Thomson Reuters’ Kevin LeMarque, AP’s Carolyn Kaster and Chris Carlson. you all rock !

also, thanks to Japan Nikon Professional Services meister Shirasaka san for the hookup and wonderful services. also thank you kindly to Deborah McQuade in NY NPS. thank you kindly !

below are some images of President obama’s vacation some published and some behind the scenes views.

above. iso 100,000, Nikon D3S. amazing. a little background info. as air force one descended i was next to chris. i said,” there’s AF-1″. he said, ‘yeah right…”. i laughed… actually could see her descend as i was peering thru the 500mm VR lens. photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

above image. POTUS pops out the door of air force one. iso 100,000. opted for no flash going for a natural ambient look and the nikon D3s can handle. we were under the wing and scrambling and jostling for images. fun ! photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

during most of the week, we wait. sometimes without photo ops or ‘sprays’ as they are also called. fun ! somedays all we see is POTUS/FLOTUS behind glass driving in his SUV like below. photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

or view below of the motorcade, the standard view. LOL ! photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

three amigos. three of the photographers jostling for sunrise images along Kailuana Place. Kailua, Hawaii.

above. President Obama enjoys shave ice at Island Snow. Kailua Hawaii. 2011. photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

thank goodness he played at a public course with public access. above, we lucked out and local TV was filming so we were able to ‘see’ golf. most of his golfing and beach activities we weren’t allowed access. photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

President Obama avoids little xavier Nesbitt as he walks with friends and family at the Honolulu Zoo. 3 january 2011. photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

above image of jetstreams of aircraft as they approach the ‘no fly’ sphere of President obama. photo Cory Lum/ISP Pool

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bid farewell. photo by Cory Lum / ISP Pool

happy belated spring !

my first real post

flash wrestling, my new assistant

wow !

well. just finished working on some images. pushing two thru for some very large prints.

updating my facebook pages/galleries

well. slapped on the TT1/TT5 pocketwizard combo and made a couple test shots of my nephew/ assistant Derek ! haah ! ( CENTER IMAGE )

he totally rocked. he didn’t knock over my lights. he was cordial and most of all provided me with some amazing facial reactions etc.

cheers !

awaiting an interesting new piece of equipment . a retro 4×5 SLR ! arca Swiss SLR ! (IMAGE LEFT). it uses 4×5 sheet film and is actually missing the focus system. i hear these units are super rare. amazing what u can find.

beer bokeh afterwards. hehe ! (IMAGE RIGHT ) ! KAMPAI !

another view here . a cool image i made

mr d in action

soon !




also . humble thanks to andrew W and Noriko for dinner the other night. wonderful evening of fellowship ! MAHALO !