Hong Kong Pet Session

I was in Hong Kong last week for a short trip and someone booked me for an animal photo shoot for his dogs, cats, parrots. Session was half editorial and half studio, it was little chaotic because there were 9 animals chasing each others and flying all over inside the tiny apartment, but we managed to get them under control and got our session done. The more I photograph animals the more I enjoy it, if you are interested feel free to contact me and get a photo session done.

Newborn Session

Had a newborn shoot for Carson and Laura and their 7 weeks old angel Ada. Their generous friend from UK purchased a 90 minutes family session as a gift for them. Gift card from a professional photographer is a great way to make those memories last.

If you are interested in buying one, email me keithtsuji@gmail.com

The Amazing XF200mm F2

The FUJINON LENS SUPER EBC XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR with XF 1.4x TC F2 WR is a SHARP, ultra-sharp, the insane sharpness is really what this amazing lens is all about. The buttery smooth, bokeh areas really make the subject stand out. I am not a gear reviewer so if you want to find out more about this lens there are tons of reviews out there, you can Google them online. I just wanted to share my personal experience using this lens.

I was lucky enough to receive a loaner from Fujifilm in Hong Kong and used that to cover Hong Kong 7s in April. First impression was, it’s a monster lens, it’s solid, excellent built and almost all metal but not substantially heavy and I’ve found it balanced quite well on my XT3 with the battery grip on, with a monopod attached I was able to dodging people in and out the stadium quite easily and without hurting my shoulder too much due to its weight.

At 200mm on APS-C cameras it makes the lens equivalent as a 300mm on full-frame cameras. Adding the XF1.4x TC F2 WR teleconverter, it becomes 420mm, it’s good enough for most cases, for further reach I’d have to use the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 to cover.

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The performance of this lens is astonishing, snappy focusing and accurate. I set my camera to Zone Focusing with continuous focus on and let the camera do the rest. The results were outstanding, I had really no problem tracking the players running up and down, front and back on the field, and that was with the 1.4x on the whole time, so the teleconverter didn’t affect the performance whatsoever. Not to mention the XT3 focusing speed and accuracy made a big improvement over the XT2, so a truly enjoyable shooting experience. Another outstanding performance was the OIS Optical Image Stabilization. I was able to handheld and shoot it at 1/3 sec which still gave me an amazing result. Practically speaking, photographing with a 200mm lens at that slow shutter speed isn’t really an ideal situation, unless, of course your subject isn’t moving at all, for instance, a lazy cat.

XT2, f2.2, 1/3sec, ISO1600

XT2, f2.2, 1/3sec, ISO1600

The price tag of this FUJINON LENS SUPER EBC XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR with XF 1.4x TC F2 WR is $6,000, priced about the same as the Nikon and Canon 300mm f2.8, however due to the APSC camera system it is smaller and lighter also it comes with the 1.4x TC, is it worth it? If you are a Fuji shooters and want a fast tele lens, this is your only choice, but remember you are sort of buying 2 lenses in one, 200mm (300mm FF) and 280mm (420mm FF) with the teleconverter on. So if you are full time shooters especially sports photographer, yes this is more likely for you. For amateurs, if you have extra cash, sure, otherwise the 100-400mm isn’t a bad choice at all. Check out the photos below, all shot with the 200mm and XT3.

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Amour

Amour aka A-Mo-Ru, a 14 year old Shiz Tzu, loves talking but mostly I have no idea what he’s saying, I believe something food related. Amour is recently having a health issue, his kidney and heart aren’t in good condition and has been in and out the veterinary hospital. The owner almost thought he couldn’t make it months ago due to his heart failure but thanks to the some miracle happened he made it through. So the owner contacted me and wanted to have a photo session for him, because they said they would have regretted if they didn’t do the shoot, and this is the best gift and memory they can cherish forever.

If you are interested booking a shoot for your pets, email me and set up a session.

Hong Kong Family Session

It is always an honour and pleasure to photograph a returning customer, Bernice and her family was the first client when I moved to Hong Kong few years ago. Now after 4 years they contacted me again for another family photo session when I was there last month. We spent first half of the shoot in the park near Kennedy Town then roaming around around the neighbour. Valerie is turning 5 and she now has a little brother, Damian.

Valerie’s favourite bunny doll also came to the shoot. That bunny was with her since she was born and never left her sight ever since. Now the bunny is shared between the her and Damian, but sometimes things could get little chaotic over the bunny doll between them.

Cherry Blossom Family Session

You can never get enough of the splendid sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan, every year from March to April tens of thousands of travelers fly to Japan to experience this amazing scenery all over the nation.
My recent session, the family was from Moscow, Russia, they traveled to Tokyo and wanted to have their family photos taken with the sakura, we picked our location at Shinjuku Gyoen, and it was an absolutely beautiful afternoon. We all had such a great time roaming around the park. Their daughter Sasha was just so photogenic and I almost couldn’t put my camera down. After the park we quickly walked over to the busy shopping district nearby and finished our session there.

If you are interested booking my lifestyle family photography service, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or the session could be purchased as a gift and send to someone you care about.

Keep Barking Dog Adoption

I was in Hong Kong for 3 weeks, half assignments half home visiting trip. It was quite a bit in busy schedule with many back to back shoots but all went smoothly. The highlight of the trip was the dog adoption event that I collaborated with Mount Zero Bookstore and teakha. People get together, bring their dogs over and it was such a fun loving day.

The event was a blast, we almost had to cancel due to the weather but we made it. Thanks to LAP (Long Life Animal Protection Charity) bring their dogs over for adoption, and for dog lovers like me nothing more happier than hearing the great news, there were 5 dogs got adopted at the event and 3 in their adoption center that day. Every effort counts and I was proud that we all could make this happen. I really look forward to doing this again soon in the near future.

Adopt, Don’t Shop.

Bosley

Bosley is gentle, lovely, chill and stylish handsome little furry friend. This shoot was a birthday gift package, I’ve got an email last week saying she wanted to book me a session as a gift to her friend here in Tokyo. We went back and forth emailing trying to figure out details and finally fixed out location at Yoyogi Park. if you haven’t been, Yoyogi Park is located next to Meiji Shrine, it became a public park in 1967, after serving as the site for the 1964 Olympic Village, when the Summer Games were held in Tokyo. The park is really popular, especially on Sundays that family and friends can get together having picnic, yoga practice, jogging, hobbyist gathering, it is also great park to enjoy the cherry blossom during spring season. Also, park is super dog friendly and that’s the reason we’d chosen there to shoot.

We arrived in the morning when there were less busy, Bosley had already dressed up in his Supreme sweatshirt and ready to go. We walked around took shots here and there and stopped by a cheery blossom tree and did a glamour shot in front, it was such a blast. Bosley was quite easy going and effortless to work with, one small dog treat would do the trick.

If you are interested in my pet photography service for your four legged friend, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or the session could be purchased as a gift and send to someone you care about.

Long John

Every dog has a story. Long John is missing one eye, what had caused him losing one eye was unknown, he was also abandoned and left on the street, but he got lucky because if he would have picked up by Tokyo’s animal control division his chances of survival would be in doubt. People in Japan are not too fond adopting animals, specially don’t want an adult dog even if they have a chance to adopt one. They want to get a dog when it is still young because of their cuteness. It is arduous to convince the public to adopt abandoned pets, but things have improved slightly in recent years and it still has a long way to go.

His new owner now is a lady and she has taken a really good care of him. Long John may seem like a shy little Dachshund specially to people, but he is absolutely photogenic in front of the camera.

Surfing in Japan

Kamakura, the city has many historical and cultural sites and draws visitors from all over the world annually. Shrines, temples, big buddha, the beautiful nature, and also a very popular destination for surfers.

Surfing will make its debut in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The contest site for the 2020 Games is going be at Tsurigasaki Beach located about 60 miles outside of Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture.

Lulu

Her name is Lulu she was a senior dog. 
Lulu’s owner contacted and asked me to do a photo session for her old dog because she thought she would feel regretful when one day Lulu was no longer with the family and she didn’t any good pictures.
Months after the session, Lulu went to sleep and never woke up again. I later received an email from her owner and thanked me saying how immensely grateful she was because Lulu had a photo session and now they could hang the pictures in the living room.

Year of the pig

It was my first time taking photos for pig and definitely not an easy models to work with, they are loud, chaotic, love chewing my camera bags LOL, but adorable at the same time. Also I am interested working with animals more often from now on, this was a good opportunity for me.

On top of that, it's the year of pig, let's give them a big applause as they deserve some beautiful pictures.

Mochi making

Japanese traditional mochi making, they turn sticky rice into soft and chewy mochi by pounding and flipping it. It is absolutely a great family, friends gathering party. I was invited to friends house and experienced the tradition.

Stranger portrait - 1

Very once in a while I would do some stranger portrait, but I must say I am still not comfortable walking up to stranger and ask them for photos, I guess the reason is rather simple, we all afraid being turned down, what if they say no? what if they just walk away from me without even saying a word? Many many times I have all these assumptions pop inside my head, so I stopped.

Weeks I saw a video from Jamie Windsor talking about asking stranger for photos and I thought, maybe I should recalibrate my thinking and step forward and doing it, at the end of the day, if the answer is “No”

So I was in Shibuya walking around after my photo shoot and I said to myself, I must do one stranger portrait today, so I started to hunt. To be honest, I felt like I was a stalker checking out people around me, and I missed quite a few chances because I didn’t enough guts. Finally I saw an old man walking with his wife, the reason I picked him was because his long beard. Then I approached with courage and asked him if I could take a portrait of him, and lucky me he said Yes! So we did a super quick portrait. They were French living in Canada, traveling to Japan for vacation. Wife told me he’d like to style his beard everyday before going out. One thing I didn’t get was his name, because I was a bit nervous so completely forgot about it.

After shoot was done I felt like I was accomplished a huge task, later that night when I was editing the photos and I looked at it and was like, “Yeah, I could do that, it wasn’t too hard.” My stranger portrait will continue of course and I am aiming 50 strangers in 2019, will see.

The sisters

The adorable sisters Lily and Momo, they both live in Hokkaido with their mother, but occasionally will come to Tokyo to see their father because he works here. They have been thinking about doing the family session for a log time but just never found the right time. Until lately we finally got a chance to get together and do the session.

They picked Kitasenju to do the session because that’s where the sisters were born and the parents like to have photos to cherish the memory of their beloved neighbourhood.

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Proposal in Tokyo

Lately I’ve been doing quite a few proposal photography in Tokyo and specially inside the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen. Although it was rather a short 30 minutes photo session, Andrew and I spoke over the phone along with the Flytographer team week ago to plan out this once in a life time moment. On the shoot day we Whatsapp each other to make sure everything was going to be on schedule…So we all arrived to the designated spot and Andrew gave me a cue then I started shooting, everything went well and smooth. These are the priceless moment that we will never forget. Congratulations to Andrew and Monica again.

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