Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Photowalk with Satoki Nagata

Signed up for a 2 hour Street photowalk with Satoki Nagata. First thing I noticed was his striking film director appearance…some serious styl'in going on complete with a gray sport jacket, long black neck scarf, belled black slacks, and black long toed boots. I couldn't look that good…not ever. Then I noticed his wheeled pull bag with gear sticking out + a camera bag. What on earth? Me with a little camera around my neck and an extra battery in the watch pocket of my jeans…ready to make sum street pitchers.

After giving a little talk that I understood technically, but didn't comprehend in significance, we wandered around for several blocks as he studied the light and searched for the first location. It was the experience of being with an artist in his zone. I've previously seen his work which is a mixture of documentary, portrait, street, and some wonderful atmospheric back flashed images. When we settled he pulled all this stuff out his bags and proceeded to conduct his "first ever" street flash workshop. Total surprise! To this point I had never used a flash, had absolutely no interest whatsoever in flash photography, and with a vague interest in the proceedings, I took my turns, but quickly lost focus. Today it finally sunk in, how I might add another challenge to my repertoire, and for the price of nice steak dinner I ordered the necessary gear.  Links below:

Yongnuo Flash: http://amzn.to/29abkoz
Yongnuo [3-contact] Trigger: http://ebay.to/28Zj3YR
Generic Flash Stand: http://amzn.to/28Yy4pt
Generic Mounting Adapter: http://amzn.to/2942YBi