Kutsuphoto http://www.kutsuphoto.com Photography of Luis Zapata Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:08:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 98740668 Yakushima http://www.kutsuphoto.com/yakushima/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/yakushima/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:47:16 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=801 There is something about winter in Japan that really makes you want to hide out in your house (and under your kotatsu) and just do absolutely nothing. I can see why various animals hibernate for the winter. If it wasn’t for work I feel like I would do the same. But about about a month ago, I went hiking in one of the most beautiful forest in Japan, Yakushima. Just to give a slight language lesson; Yakushima means the island of the old story roof/house. Mind you this going based off the kanji that was chosen for the island. People refer to the beaches of Yakushima as the “Okinawa of Kyushu.” In other words, very beautiful. I didn’t get to go to the beaches because I was more on a hiking trip but they looked beautiful in pictures.
So I tend to avoid words and show more pictures. But all the pictures are at the bottom of the post so I’ll do a little explaining beforehand. We were able to combine two trails with our trip. YakushimaRoute

We started on the Shiratani trail. Along this trail we were able to see the moss covered forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki for Princess Mononoke which is why the forest has also been given the nickname Mononoke hime no mori (Princess Mononoke Forest). It was from this trail that we head butted in the middle of the Arakawa trail. Which allowed us to hike to Jomonosugi. We stayed in a hut over by the tree and then did the Arawaka trail back out.

This was the first time I have ever done an overnight hike and it kind of makes me want to go hike some more. Looking at the map, I feel like I saw only like 10% of the island so I want to go back now. Hopefully I can do another hike soon!

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Week 14 – Blue http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-14-blue/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-14-blue/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 01:37:25 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=780 Slowly catching back up with the posts. A nice big yay for that. Ironic though, to get this week’s theme around the same time tsuyu (rainy season) starts in Japan,which just makes everything feel all mushy and kind of sad.

Well week 14’s theme was Blue. The reason blue was chosen as the theme was because we haven’t really done a color theme yet. There is a lot that is associated with colors like feelings or characteristics.

Well, here are the photos. Like last week, the third guy had to take a break to take care of some other projects and work so there are only two this week.

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Week 13 – Joy http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-13-joy/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-13-joy/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 01:32:26 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=768 Another weird break but here it is. Unfortunately this week there will be only two photos instead of the usual three. One of guys got stuck helping out with another photo job that didn’t give him the time to take a photo. Priorities are annoying, ain’t they! Well anyway, lets talk about this week’s theme.

This weeks theme is Joy. This theme was chosen because summer is just really getting started people come out of their shells and start enjoying the outside. So thought it would be interesting to capture some of that summer joy! Also the light and the sky in the summer are absolutely splendid. You get those nice long sun sets 🙂

Here are the two photos for this week…

——-UPDATE———

Scores thus far!
Brent    14
Jordan  11
Luis        14

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Week 12 – Portrait http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-12-portrait/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-12-portrait/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 04:26:14 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=755 Interesting this week, the theme of this weeks falls back to back with Week 11’s “self-portrait.”
The theme for this week is Portrait. I haven’t received a reasoning for picking portrait but I find it interesting to have the theme self-portrait without us in it to anything that would be classified a portrait. Definitely a broad category to say the least. Once I get a reasoning for picking portrait I’ll append this paragraph with that update. Until then the three photos are:

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Scores thus far!
Brent    13
Jordan  11
Luis        12

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Week 11 – Self-portrait http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-11-self-portrait/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-11-self-portrait/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 00:50:08 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=744 We are in the double digits, that’s exciting 🙂 Almost three months long of doing this. Crazy.

Anyways, the 11th week theme was Self-portrait. There is a unique quality about this photo though. The guideline was that we were not allowed to be in the photo. You had to use environment or props to create an image about yourself. The theme was chosen because part of knowing and understanding your photography is knowing and understanding yourself. The lack of self in the photo was meant to make you think about what environment and composition can say in a photo because often times in a portrait, it isn’t the subject that says the most in the photo – it’s the environment they’re in. So this theme gave us a chance to kind of look into ourselves a little bit.

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Scores thus far!
Brent    12
Jordan  9
Luis        12

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Week 10 – Up http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-10-up/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-10-up/#comments Tue, 29 May 2012 01:37:27 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=734 I hate when I get off by a week. But none-the-less I post.

The theme for Week 10 is Up. The reason it was picked because it was thought to be an interesting idea. Up can be taken in many ways. That is of course a constant joy about the English language. Even though a single word has a definition, the definition and the use of it is still vaguely up for interpretation. More so the use though. That’s why I’m at least happy to say I like the variety of images this week. We each took a slightly different interpretation of the word Up, something that I felt like we haven’t done the past few weeks!

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Scores thus far!
Brent    11
Jordan  7
Luis        12

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Week 9 – Black and White http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-9-black-and-white/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-9-black-and-white/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 14:45:53 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=721 Getting a little bit more back on schedule brings forth week 9. We have made it past the 2 month mark! That’s kind of exciting. After next week, I think we will have hit the half way point. Which is kind of scary when you think about it. Still have a long way to go though.

Anyways, the theme for this week as said in the title is Black and White Photography. It was specified to use digital black and white not film. Which if you looked at the schedules of last week, I think was a good decision to use digital. Hopefully in the future we can do a film theme but first I will have to see where to develop film in Japan that doesn’t take 3 weeks and I can use my plastic TLR! All anecdotes aside. This theme was picked because of it’s important photography. Kodak didn’t produce it’s Kodachrome until 1935. And it still took a while for people to switch. So we wanted to look at photos with the absence of color.

The photos for this week are:

——-UPDATE———

Scores thus far!
Brent    11
Jordan  6
Luis        10

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Week 8 – Lines http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-8-lines/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-8-lines/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 15:25:19 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=713 This post is off by a week. Much to my misfortune, coming back from China, getting sick and getting ready for sports day did not help the matter. But better late than never, here is the theme.

Week 8’s theme was Lines when asked why, the picker said, it was because lines are important. Which I can follow, especially in a geometry stand point. Over looking the fundamental reference to a spot in space, a point, a line is the next big thing. It was outlines, defines, and creates borders. So I guess I can agree with that lines are important.

Well none-the-less…. Lines!

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Scores thus far!
Brent    11
Jordan  5
Luis        8

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Week 7 – Food http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-7-food/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-7-food/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 10:55:58 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=705 This week I’m a little late on posting the blog post, mainly because I’ve been chilling out in Beijing for the past 5 days. Now that I’m in Shanghai, I have a little bit better internet so I can finally post the theme and even before the upcoming week is over, thank goodness.

This week’s theme was Food which I was oh so happy to pick. The reason I picked food because coming over to China I was being reminded of how much food infiltrates a culture. I see it in Japan, now in China and when I’m in America. It’s something that we have to use (or well eat) to survive. So I was happy to see what I and my friends come up.

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Scores thus far!
Brent    10
Jordan  3
Luis        8

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Week 6 – Genuine http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-6-genuine/ http://www.kutsuphoto.com/week-6-genuine/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:19:39 +0000 http://www.kutsuphoto.com/?p=690 This week’s theme of genuine was chosen because of the challenge associated with capturing something genuine. It was separates the boys from the men. And that when it is done, it tends to be done well.

On a personal site note, this was probably the hardest theme yet for myself and even at that I don’t feel like I really captured it but I tried to capture a moment that is associated with it. Surprisingly, finding an actual genuine moment is not something you can usually plan for, it happens without really thinking about it. With that I feel like I have a lot to learn in capturing it. Given the week deadline though these are the pictures captured:

As judged by Steve Johnson of Florida.

Photo comments.

In order of rank.

1) Photo 3 I love the genuine reaction in this photo. The only issues about this photo are technical. It is underexposed, but I am so glad you used natural light instead of a color-sucking flash. This captured a moment, and that is exactly what photography is about. Might I suggest a lens with a lower aperture, 50mm f/1.4 is a personal favorite, to work in lower light.

2) Photo 2 Love the depth of field in this shot. The bubbles give a great sense of foreground and background without distracting the eyes from your subject. This is something that is very hard to do. I ranked it second because of the theme. This picture does show how genuinely happy or bubbly (no pun intended) the person is, but I feel like this was a posed situation. If this was in a park with the sunlight shining through the bubbles it would be a more genuine moment. A very close number two.

3) Photo 1 This is a fantastic portrait that is very well lit. You show a perfect amount of contrast with your light on your subject, and his expression is very genuine. I would have liked the surrounding to better reflect who this person is. The whole reason why we take our subjects out of the studio for environmental portraits is to let the environment help tell the story. Maybe this would have helped express why this person is so genuine if you would have done this.

Hope this helps. Let me know if I can do anything else for you.

– Steve

——UPDATE——–
Brent 10
Jordan 1
Luis 7

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