Trip Your Travel movie taking off

Very happy with the reception that “Trip Your Travel” movie is getting on The North Face YouTube channel! This is something new for me, a project non winter related, non snowboarding related, non Car Danchi related etc., This is a fashion based movie made to promote a line of clothing by The North Face, but you won’t really know it until the end. If you like California, travel, West coast lifestyle etc., take 10 minutes to check it out! Also check out the great music from Ted Russel Kamp and Clint Lapointe that I was able to use for the soundtrack.

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Smooth and stylish

This is the guy who gave me some of the coolest MC jobs back in the day! At the time he was working for Burton and we did classic events at Tokyo SSAWS indoor resort and the Nippon Open Half Pipe events right after the 98 Olympics and lots more cool stuff. Now he has gone on to create one of the coolest brands to come out of Japan for a long time Visvim. Check him out! Much respect! Nakamura Hiroki.

Hiroki Nakamura of visvim – Building from the Inside Out from Hypebeast on Vimeo.

TNF web site update

The North Face web site has been updated with more photos from the new Store Standard. Have posted about this a few times, but what the heck why not one more time. If you have not checked out my photos of the new store please take a look at the slideshow they have set up there.

Script Magazine is out

My official debut into fashion photography is now in print.  There are 30,000 free copies of Sapporo’s Script magazine being given away this Autumn, try to grab a copy!
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They used one of the photos from my shoot for the cover!  Always very happy to see one of my photos on the cover of a magazine, no better place to be!

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The index page also features one of my shots cropped and turned to B&W.  Nice design!

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Here is the cover shot as a two page spread.  This was shot very near my house where I go kayaking and the local canoe tours depart from this place. There is a rocky peninsula that was made to slow the water flow at that point in the river.  I had the models walk out and pose there, while I was shooting down from a bridge over the water. In Aperture, I darkened the blacks so the water and background wouldn’t stand out so much.

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The shot on the left is posed in front of a water fall, also near my house.  The model is standing on top of a ladder and I am using two flashes.  One to the left in front and one hard light behind and to the left.  I under exposed this one as well to make her stand out more.

The shot on the right is in the Onsen village at a place called Yu no taki.  There is Hot Spring water running over fake rocks and at night the steam rises up making for a moody setting.  Seems to work well with the rocker look.  I had one of the models hold a flash directly behind her to light up the hair and steam.  I have another flash hidden near her feet covered with white cloth to soften the light.

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This was a simple sunset shot taken right behind my office.  Great natural light with a soft-box on the flash off to the left.  A highlight on the chin coming from a hard light behind and also to the left.  Shot a bunch of this setting trying to get the earrings in just the right position.

The four shots on the right below were taken last at a park near my house.  One flash off to the right, we took about 50 shots to get these four.

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This was shot at a rock factory about 20 minutes from my office.  Nice pile of rocks, simple flash from directly overhead.  Her shirt looks overexposed, but it is actually not like that when you see the magazine.  I think I added a vignette to this photo to accentuate the two of them and the light.

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Totally desaturated this next picture.  When we did the shoot the trees were still super green and during the editing Ken asked me to try and take the green out.  It is a fall fashion special, after all.

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Script out today

New issue of Sapporo’s premier free magazine “Script” is released today.   I have a long photo story featured in this issue.  Starring Hiroshi Fujiwara it is the story of the train trip from Tokyo to Sapporo on the famous Cassiopeia train.  All the photo’s are in B&W and I am stoked with the way it came out.  Will post some photo’s of the story a little later, for now here is the cover.  Check it out.
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TNF continued

Back in Sapporo now after two busy days in Tokyo.  The North Face event was amazing, must have been at least 1,000 people there.  So many different types from all different fields.  Athletes, scientists, professors, climbers, fashion designers, actors, you name it they all have something to do with the North Face.  Here is another sampling of photos I shot from that night.

Watch Picker

The Hokkaido Fashion Web was nice enough to include me in a watch feature that was featured on the web site from 9/26 Check it out here.

I choose my Nike+ sports band to introduce of course. Still having a blast with that system, in fact I have a challenge going on with 4 other people in Tokyo including designer Etsu. We are neck and neck right now at 60klm each, but there is still a month left. It is getting harder to run everyday now as the weather gets colder! I am thinking of getting a pair of cross country skis to replace the running in the winter! Will try to keep running until the end of October.