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28 March 2016:

Kiribati, an island located in the central Pacific Ocean, can be a diver's paradise. But for the locals, it's far from a paradise. In addition to many social, economical and health issues afflicting the island, it is facing serious environmental woes due to the effects of climate change. It is estimated that the island will be completely under water by 2100. When I asked the local residents “ You are lucky to live on such a beautiful island, what do you every day?” They answered “ nothing, we got no work. Men go out fishing, women just sit and watch the waves all day. We worried about our future because the island is disappearing into the water” But it seems that children are happy and worry free playing in the water every day like any other children in the world.

CAMERA: Sony RX100M3, LENS: Zeiss 24mm-70mm / f1.8-2.8, FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm, EXPOSURE: 1/200 at f/5.8, ISO: 250

(Yoshi Shimizu) Kiribati Ocean Pacific children climate change global warming island swimming https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2016/3/photo-of-the-week-28-march-2016 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:38:12 GMT
Photo of the Week: 09 March 2016 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2016/3/photo-of-the-week-09-march-2016

09 March 2016:

The juxtaposition of old and new in Viet Nam.  While a teacher helps a student put his helmet in the foreground, the painting of Ho Chi Minh, helping a young school girl put her scarf, shows in the background at a public elementary school in Hanoi.

CAMERA: Sony A7, LENS: Zeiss 24mm-70mm / f4, FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm, EXPOSURE: 1/200 at f/5.8, ISO: 250

(Yoshi Shimizu) Hanoi Ho Chi Mihn Viet Nam Vietnam helmet road safety school student teacher https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2016/3/photo-of-the-week-09-march-2016 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:27:33 GMT
Photo of the Week: 18 February 2016 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2016/2/photo-of-the-week-18-february-2016 F1_03012016_JP_08809F1_03012016_JP_08809

18 February 2016:

Hatsumode - the practice of visiting a shrine or a temple during the new year in Japan to pray for good health, peace and prosperity for the year.  Here, we visited the Ohishi shrine in Ako City, Hyogo prefecture in Japan. A total of 170,000 people visited this shrine on the 1st of January alone. 

CAMERA: Sony RX 100 M3, FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm, EXPOSURE: 1/800 at f/8, ISO: 320


(Yoshi Shimizu) Ako Hyogo Japan culture new ohishi shrine shrine year https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2016/2/photo-of-the-week-18-february-2016 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:34:59 GMT
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02 February 2016:

Children play house in an abandoned car in an urban squatter settlement in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

CAMERA: Sony RX 100 M3, FOCAL LENGTH: 45mm, EXPOSURE: 1/250 at f/2.5, ISO: 200


(Yoshi Shimizu) Children PNG Pacific Papua New Guinea Poverty settlement squatter https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2016/2/photo-of-the-week-02-february-2016 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:59:07 GMT
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For years, the equipment I have always used for assignments work was Canon SLR and DSLR, the latest model I used was Canon 5DMKII, with several L lenses.

Carrying heavy loads of equipment for many years has become an occupational hazard of many photographers. I am no exception. Finding solutions to reduce the weight of equipment was a big challenge. While trying to replace Canon gear with much smaller and lighter cameras, it was also important to maintain image quality at professional level. A few years ago, Sony introduced NEX 7, one of the first mirror-less cameras on the market at that time.  I have tested NEX7 as a backup camera on assignments. It performed perfectly as a backup camera but not as a main. Only when Sony came out full frame A7 and A7R, I was comfortable to switch from Canon to Sony entirely.

Now this is what I bring for a typical assignment work.  

I am a bag freak. I have no idea how many camera bags and backpacks I have accumulated over the years. But finally I have settled with a PacSafe anti-theft backpack that I have recently discovered (even though it's been on market for quite some time) and been using on every single assignment.  



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Photo of the Week: 23 August 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-23-august-2015 F277_01122010SL1488-2F277_01122010SL1488-2

23 August 2015:

Daniel, whose right arm was cut off by RUF rebels during the civil war in Sierra Leone, tries to re-build his life as a farmer in Waterloo, Sierra Leone.

CAMERA: Canon G12, FOCAL LENGTH: 35mm, EXPOSURE: 1/800 at f/4, ISO: 100

(Yoshi Shimizu) Africa RUF Sierra Leone West Africa amputee civil war farmer https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-23-august-2015 Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:11:49 GMT
Photo of the Week: 16 August 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-16-august-2015 F157_0109_PH_1285-2F157_0109_PH_1285-2People living and working at the Payatas garbage dumpsite in Manila, Philippines.

16 August 2015:

The Poorest of the poor - there are hundreds and thousands of men, women and children living and working at the Payatas, the largest garbage dumpsite in Metro Manila in the Philippines. When a convoy of trucks filled with solid wastes arrives at the site, young children fiercely compete for the spots on the trucks to scavenge "valuable" wastes. 

CAMERA: Canon 5D, FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm, EXPOSURE: 1/640 at f/7.1, ISO: 500

(Yoshi Shimizu) Asia Manila Payatas Philippines child worker children dumpsite garbage poverty https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-16-august-2015 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:50:23 GMT
Photo of the Week : 10 August 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-10-august-2015 F2_07062015_CH_00308-2F2_07062015_CH_00308-2Two sisters before the concert in Geneva, Switzerland
06 August 2015:

Two sisters before the concert in Geneva, Switzerland.

CAMERA: Sony RX100M3, FOCAL LENGTH: 30mm, EXPOSURE: 1/30 at f/6.3, ISO: 640

(Yoshi Shimizu) Europe Sisters Switzerland concert geneva musicien https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-10-august-2015 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:24:40 GMT
Photo of the Week : 03 August 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-03-august-2015 F2_26012014_ZA_9758F2_26012014_ZA_9758Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

06 August 2015:

It's TIME TO DIP!!  I shot this image during an assignment in Cape town in South Africa.  Too bad, if I weren't working, I would have joined them.

CAMERA: Sony NEX 7, FOCAL LENGTH: 120mm, EXPOSURE: 1/320 at f/9.0, ISO: 100


(Yoshi Shimizu) Africa Cape town South Africa beach children ocean sea swimming https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-03-august-2015 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:11:50 GMT
Photo of the Week : 27 July 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-27-july-2015 F8_12052015_JP_04150F8_12052015_JP_04150Buddhist monk in communication, Japan

27 July 2015:

The Engyoji temple in Japan is best know as one of the film locations for the Last Samurai. The temple offers meditation sessions to the general public. During my recent visit to the temple, I was mediating on my own by watching the people in a meditation session.  When the session is finished, the first person got on a mobile phone was the master monk himself!! After all, he is just one of us being trapped in the mundane world ….

CAMERA: Sony A6000, LENS: Carl Zeiss Sonnar 90mm, FOCAL LENGTH: 135mm, EXPOSURE: 1/400 at f/4.0, ISO: 160




(Yoshi Shimizu) Asia Himeji Japan Japanese temple Last Movie Samurai" The buddhist monk meditation mobile phone monk movie sets mundane world temple https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/8/photo-of-the-week-27-july-2015 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:34:20 GMT
Photo of the Week : 20 July 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week-20-july-2015 F2_10072015_ES_00880F2_10072015_ES_00880Holy light, SPAIN

20 July 2015:

After spending a few hours walking under the scorching heat of the sun in the beautiful town of Segovia, Spain, I took refuge in a small church off the main street to cool down.  What jumped into my sight upon entering the church was this brilliant rays of holy light pouring down to a young man contemplating in the darkness.  It was such a beautiful scene!

CAMERA: Sony RX100M3, FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm, EXPOSURE: 1/40sec. at f/2.8, ISO: 640


(Yoshi Shimizu) Europe Segovia Spain church holiness holy light man portrait https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week-20-july-2015 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:22:28 GMT
Photo of the Week : 13 July 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week-13-july-2015 F2_19062015_CH_00048F2_19062015_CH_00048


13 July 2015:

The Cornavin train station in Geneva, Switzerland. Train stations are one of the busiest places in public. Yet, we can see many human stories taking place in a seemingly busy environment by applying Slow Shutter Speed Photography.

CAMERA: Sony RX100M3, FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm, EXPOSURE: 0.3sec at f/7.1, ISO: 80


(Yoshi Shimizu) B&W Geneva Switzerland black and white photography movement station train station https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week-13-july-2015 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:44:53 GMT
Photo of the Week : 29 June 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week-1 F6_12052015_JP_09661-2F6_12052015_JP_09661-2

13 JULY 2015:

This image was shot at the Byodo-in temple in Kyoto. I had to wait for a while not only to get the carp in the right position but also to get the ripples in the frame. Patience is everything, not only in photography but life in general!

CAMERA: Sony RX100M3, FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm, EXPOSURE: 1/400 at F/5, ISO: 200



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Photo of the Week : 06 July 2015 https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week F1_05022014_NA_0672-2F1_05022014_NA_0672-2

06 July 2015:

During an assignment in Namibia, I stayed at the lodge near the Etosha national park. I was woken up by the noise outside of my room and peeked through the window to find out a pair of giraffes were approaching toward my room. I quickly turned on a small reading lamp near the bed and quietly went outside to set up my camera on a tripod.  Since the only available light source was the reading lamp through the window and moonlight through the clouds, I was compelled to use a long shutter speed, hoping I can get the giraffes somewhere in the frame......AND they were!!!!

CAMERA: Sony NEX 7, FOCUS LENGTH: 28mm, EXPOSURE: 10 sec. at f 4.5, ISO 800.

(Yoshi Shimizu) Africa Etosha Etosha national park Namibia Wildlife giraffe moonlight national night park photography https://www.yoshishimizu.com/blog/2015/7/photo-of-the-week Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:10:43 GMT