Saturday, 31 March 2012

Japanese Artists in Vicenza

In Vicenza I met 3 Japanese artists, a sculptor and two painters, they where exhibiting during "Haru no Kaze" a very nice Japanese festival in Vicenza, Italy, during wich I exhibit my photographic work too. I took the opportunity to shoot this portraits, using ambient light, a mix of artificial lights and used my 85mm f1,4. I choosed  the position for the pose in front of or close to each one work of art, kind of reportage/portrait. It was very nice to know them.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Yes, I like it!

A nice neck, again, the yukata is the summer version of the kimono, same shape but in cotton, the neck is nicely shown by the soft fabric and is enfatized by the hair tied up. The ear is sexy too. I love the shallow focus given by my 85mm Nikon f 1.4 in natural light from a window in my studio with a shoji to soften the light.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Nice neck

A nice sensual neck, again, Mirei is really nice and elegant wearing the white kimono with red cranes. I took this picture in my studio, in natural light, it was a great sunny day. I built the shoji in the background of the picture, the wooden frame covered with paper to shield the light in front of windows or to separate ambients in the traditional Japanese house.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Mina san

A really sexy neck, is in't it? The neck is one of my favourite part in a woman, I found it really attractive and stimulating. The kimono is a great garment especially for women, it conceal the body making it more mysterious and show only the ankles and the neck, very sexy! It was Summer and she was wearing a really nice yukata with bunnies, this was a traditional Japanese dance lesson and her gesture is really sensual.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

O hina sama

The 3rd of March in Japan is the girls festival, hina matsuri, and is tradition to dipay in the house a couple (or more) of dolls wearing traditional kimono, hina ningyo, representing the emperor, Odairi sama and the emperess, Ohina sama. This is to wish to all girls good health and happiness. I like close ups so I took the photo with my 105. macro lens, in natural light.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Peach flowers

Spring is coming! This peach flowers are blossoming in our house, it's a present of friend Mari san, very good in the Japanese art of flower arrengement, ikebana. I photographed wit 105mm. macro lens fully open in natural light, a sunny day after few rainy days.

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Japanese sword making

In those pictures the manufacturing of the katana, the Japanese sword, by master Masahira, grinding the blade and giving a very sharp edge.

Tsuba

The tsuba is the metal protection for the hands on the katana, the Japanese sword. Are authentic works of art and there are collectors of ancent tsuba. This master swordsmith is Masahira and live in the Fukushima prefecture on a hilltop in the middle of a bush. Here is showing a treatment of the tsuba, in order to rust, oxidize it, to give a texture to the metal before polishing. I took this photos on August 2007, this was the second visit to Masahira sensei and he showed me different moment of the long process to make a great katana.

Sushi!

I love sushi, for me is the best food in the world. This photo was made for a catalogue, the subject was the plates and chopsticks and, of course, everything must be on focus, clear and readable. The sushi is not great was ready made in a box sold by the same company, we do not eat it. The photo was shoot in studio with strobe lights, Nikon D2Xs camera, 85mm lens.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Carrè pan

This is carrè pan, japanese style curry meat and vegetables inside a deep fried pan with a crunchy breadcrumb surface. Is a very popular dish in Japan at home or ready in supermarket or food store, to be eaten hot, perfect with a nice beer.