Posts Tagged ‘Irwin Wong’

The 5 Most Popular Stories on the Profoto Blog in January

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in News

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The 5 most popular stories on the Profoto Blog in January includes breathtaking shots of racing cars, stunt bikes caught midair, ballet dancers shot on location and a Japanese greeting card … with a horse.

How Frederic Schlosser Made a Parked Car Look As If It Is Moving at 150 Km/h

So you have a priceless Porsche race car to photograph for an ad campaign and you have to make it look like it’s driving really fast, but space is tight and you left your stunt driver at home. So how do you get the shot of this car driving fast while parked?

Aaron Conway Dances with the D1

Cincinnati-based fine art and commercial photographer Aaron Conway was challenged to introduce the city’s ballet to a new and younger audience. His solution? Shoot the ensemble dancing in a location where the kids actually hang out.

Mark Wallace’s Lighting Tips for Shooting on Location at Mid Day

Shooting portraits on-location can give you terrific results. If the light is right things are a snap, but what happens when we have less than ideal conditions? With a bit of knowledge, and the right tools, you can even shoot outside at almost any time of day!

Kohsaku Hoshino Catches a Jumping Motorcycle Rider Midair with the B1 Off Camera Flash

We’ve already posted behind-the-scenes videos with the B1 off-camera flash shot in Italy, the US, France and Spain. Now add to that a Japanese video, featuring a jumping motorcycle rider caught midair.

Irwin Wong’s New Year’s Greetings

New Year’s Day postcards are a big thing in Japan. But Tokyo-based photographerIrwin Wong took it further than most, bringing his entire team, a horse and a bunch of B1 off-camera flashes out in the forest.


Which one was your favorite? Leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to find more like that!

On Monday we return with a brand new Light Shaping Tool of the Month piece. (Hint: it’s a collapsible tool that ends with “mbrella”.)

Have a great weekend.

Irwin Wong’s New Year’s Greetings

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera flash

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New Year’s Day postcards are a big thing in Japan. But Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong took it further than most, bringing his entire team, a horse and a bunch of B1 off-camera flashes out in the forest.

There is a perfectly fine explanation for the horse. The Chinese zodiac has a cycle of 12 years, and each year is represented by an animal. Next year it’s the year of the horse.

There is also reason for Irwin’s choice of flash, as having a battery-powered, cordless flash such as the B1 helps a lot when you’re out in the wilds.

The behind-the-scenes video shows us pretty much the entire process. It starts with the car trip to the location. Then the team meets the horse and do their makeup. After that they set up their gear, including B1 off-camera flashes, a Hasselblad H5DRFi softboxes and Zoom Reflectors.

The final shots can be found below, and you’ll find even more of Irwin’s work at his website.

For more information about the B1, click here.


©Irwing Wong

©Irwin Wong

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Irwin Wong, the RFi Speedlight Speedring and the Blogging Jogger

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong claims he shoots portraits like a kid collecting baseball cards. For him, it is all about meeting colorful characters and documenting the experience with a powerful portrait.

“I get a huge kick out of seeing what all sorts of different people are like,” says Irwin. “Through my job I get to meet people from all sorts of different walks of life. I’ve met homeless people, rock stars, the yakuza, etcetera, and 99% of the time they are happy to let me into their lives enough for a photo to be taken.”

So, tell us about this particular experience?

“These shots are part of my portrait series Gaijin, featuring foreigners with interesting, unconventional jobs living in Japan. The strangely dressed man is Joseph Tame. He wears that outfit and blogs live while running marathons or jogging around Tokyo. That is why he has all those iPhones and iPads with him.

“While having a coffee with him in order to prepare the shoot, Joseph mentioned that every single time he jogs in that outfit, without fail, he gets stopped by a police officer who wants to know what he is up to. So, besides the fact that I thought seeing a man dressed like a nut being questioned by the police would make for a humorous scene, I also felt that a lot of non-Japanese living in Tokyo would be able to relate to that scene, as there is this underlying perception here that the police keep a special eye out for foreigners.” Read more

Maki Kawakita on Strobist

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Hot photography, Lighting tips, Portrait photography

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Writer Irwin Wong has a new post on the popular off-camera flash blog Strobist. It chronicles a 2009 photo shoot by Maki Kawakita, a commercial photographer based in both Tokyo and New York.

Kawakita shot the Japanese rock band Glay in a Yokohama hotel with a many lights, colored and not. Wong goes into considerable detail on how two shots were put together. One utilized six Profoto Pro-7a units, the other a whopping twelve.

Profoto reflectors were also used. Kawakita is all about saturation, as you can see above. Full details are available in the Strobist post itself.

Currently at work on a book of self-portraits, Kawakita’s work can be found at her site.