Hi, my name is Irwin Wong and I am professional photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Every month on Lenspire I’ll be bringing you a journal introducing aspects of my ongoing personal project, which involves documenting traditional crafts and traditions in Japan that are in danger of going extinct. Here is entry number 1 about Magic Mirrors in Kyoto.
A professional photographer’s camera bag has always been a study in compromise. Packing a bag for assignment used to always involve a delicate balancing act between cost, size, weight and practicality. How many lenses to bring, and which focal lengths? Should I use unwieldy zooms or a selection of primes? Do I sacrifice weight for mobility or do I bring everything I own on the off chance I might need it?
I often get asked why I got a ZEISS Loxia. The key for me was the optics, communication with the body, and manual focus. I find myself enjoying the process more when automatic options are not available.
Untouched nature, stunning landscapes – and in the middle of this three speed riders on skis with small paragliders perform loop-the-loops over the ancient cliffs. It’s not just the action that’s spectacular, but also the resulting images. Shams, one of the cameramen involved in this shoot for a sporty advert for a Norwegian mobile phone company, reports on his experiences and why you need to keep your cool when shooting spectacular scenes.