The World Through
My Eyes

misofishy – santa monica, ca sushi joint

my older brother just opened up a sushi restaurant in santa monica, ca…and yes, it’s called misofishy!  it’s been open for only a few months so if you’re around that area, please look it up.  anyways, he asked me to take some photos of his food for a new menu he was making.  it’s pretty amazing how he can make ordinary things look like art!  environmental designer turned sushi chef…who would have thought! haha

i have no idea what these rolls are called, but what an excuse to go to his restaurant and find out!  hey, i have to help a brother out…give him that shameless plug: misofishy – 1928 lincoln blvd., santa monica, ca 90405 – ask for steve!

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dai yoshihara test photos

for those of you who don’t know, dai is a professional drifter who drifts in the formula d championships.  he’s currently signed on with falken tire piloting the falken tire / discount tire nissan 240 (s13).  several months back, we were hanging out in la wondering what to do…i had my camera so we decided to mess around and take some photos.  here are a couple that i took of him and his friend…

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2009 falken tire models

I finally have time to post this up…almost one year later! haha  These are the 2009 Falken Tire models I shot last January, I think, I forget.  So this first one is one of the shots from the photo shoot and the second photo is the actual photo is the actual poster Falken printed for shows.  The models are CJ Gibson, Lindsey Hanson, Eri Moriyama, Candace Pittman, Randyl Dawn, and Mary Castillo.

There have been some changes for 2010 and new photos but I can’t post the names or the images up yet.  Check back in about a month, I should have the new 2010 Falken model photos up by then.

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laguna seca cork screw

i went up to the famous laguna seca raceway last year to cover the american le mans race for falken tire.  this particular photo stood out to me…this is right before the notorious corkscrew.

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joon and selly’s engagement photos

wow…it’s been some time since my last post!!  well, here are some shots i took of my friends for their engagement photos.  i finally got hired and paid for my first wedding deal (thanks joon and selly!!). woo hoo!!!!  here are some of the photos i took, hopefully they like them!

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more rig shots!

wow it’s been awhile since i’ve posted some photos. i’ve been super busy and haven’t had a chance to update any of my personal stuff until now.  i don’t even have time now but i gotta post something up before this site diminishes into thin air.  anyways, well, here are some of my most recent rig shots i took in the last few months for work.  these are probably going to be the last rig shots i post this year…i hope you guys like them!

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urban junkie photo shoot

About a month ago, I was hired by Urban Junkie of Anaheim, CA to photograph models for their new ecommerce online store.  I was actually super stoked since I wanted to begin photographying more people.  They wanted a simple, generic look for their site, so here are some samples.

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magazine print ads

Wow…it’s been forever since my last post!!  I’ve been super busy and haven’t had a chance to post anything until now…but even now, I can only post a few things.  Some of you may know, although I do freelance work on the side, I do have a full time job with Falken Tire as their full time photographer.  A good portion of my job is to shoot various cars (street or track, hence all the car photos from my previous blogs) for ads, web, collateral, etc.  Below are some samples of our 2009 magazine print ads.  All the ads are submitted into various car magazines like Super Street, Motor Trend, Car & Driver, and Racer Magazine.  So here’s a snap shot of how some of my photos are used.

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photo shoot in buttonwillow

the other day, i was out in buttonwillow, ca for work to photograph our new alms porsche as well as 5zigen’s time attack acura tsx (honda euro r for you jdm nuts) for some upcoming ads and collateral.  tsuyoshi-san of 5zigen gracially drove up from gardena, ca to buttonwillow for literally a 2.5 hour photo shoot (he probably spent more time driving than the actual shoot time) so many thanks to him for doing that for us.

below are a couple of behind the scene shots of me taking pictures of the 5zigen car taken by tsuyoshi-san.  i just wanted to share these images with everyone cause it’s actual PROOF that i actually work!! hahaha

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below is a shot of the porsche before the shoot…only about a little over a month left until she debuts at the long beach grand prix!!

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new rig shots

a couple of months ago at work, i had suggested that we use some rig shots for upcoming ads since we’ve been using a lot of static stuff.  so i was told to get whatever i needed to make these rig shots work.  so i called up jason siu and asked for his help…he directed me to a company (automotiverigs.com) to purchase the necessary rigging materials.  after some practice with jason’s 335, i was comfortable enough to go out and shoot on my own.  although i still think i need some practice, here are some the better photos that came out that we are currently using in our print ads.

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