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06/08/2015
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above images Samsung NX300 + Olympus E-3

Over the past weekend Director David Shin brought his talent, crew & gear to South Beach Bantayan Island for a TV shoot for Para Island Coconut Water, all the way from Seoul South Korea.

David scouted 4 Islands surrounding the Cebu mainland and ultimately chose Bantayan Island over Bohol, on the scope of the beaches themselves (South Beach in Santa Fe made David happy so he stayed; the Bohol beaches did not)

Top image is renouned DOP/Director of Photography Charlie Kong behind the RED Epic camera with a gorgeous ARRI Alura Zoom 45-250 T/2.6 lens, and this is the first time to my knowledge that a RED cam has ever been on the Island - I know it's also the first time for the ARRI 45-250mm lens.

korean actor male portrait: BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Talent during a break on the set - the DOP and others were chatting strategy between takes, so I was not going to get in close for pictures and distract anyone; this frame from my Samsung NX300.

BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above:  Principal Talent and the all important product itself, Para Island Coconut Water; the subject of this commercial shoot.   images Samsung NX300

BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: DOP/Director of Photography Charlie Kong supervises a close up product shot with the RED Epic camera, using the South Beach shoreline as his background - the dark board the size of a giant scrim beside the camera was brought in to protect the gear & crew from any surf spray at the waters edge.   image Samsung NX300

BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: clockwise - Principal Talent photos, along with RED/ARRI, and DOP Charlie Kong behind the camera - crew in the blue polos are from RSVP Manila and are wrangling all the gear.   images Samsung NX300 + Olympus E-3

director Savid Shin supervises: BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Director David Shin (in hat) on the phone during the shoot, behind DOP Charlie Kong.     Image Olympus E-3

Check out David's work on his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScreeningDavidShin  

BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: a nice shot of the RED body + ARRI Alura Zoom 45-250mm (lens list price aprox. $34,500USD) all resting on a Sachtler Munchen Studio II pan head and tripod system, suppplied by RSVP Film Studios Manila.   image Olympus E-3

BTS photos: behind the scenes with a TV crew w/RED Camera from South Korea filming for Para Island Coconut Water  on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: even with gear costing close to $80,000USD, you won't get the shot unless you can see the screen! 

DOP Charlie Kong trying to shield the LCD screen from the sun while framing his shot: The improvised lens hood is black gaffers tape to help shade the screen from the sun, and I'm suprised I didn't see an optical viewfinder on this RED Epic, unless that camera can't be fitted with one - the sun on beaches in the Philippines is brutal on cameras with LCD screens; not having some type of viewfinder to put your eye up to.   image Samsung NX300

Many Thanks to Director David Shin, and we hope to see you again - David told me he had a great time here and wants to come back to shoot another production of his.

PJAMES

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05/31/2015
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

Just an FYI - one of the more popular pages on wowBantayan.com is THE BEACHES page, and it's crammed with the best, most comprehensive collection of Professional Photography from Bantayan Island that's ever been published - that page just got an update; click here http://wowbantayan.com/wowhome/index.php?page=the-beaches

I just updated that page with some new images (sample below from friends on South Beach) so  check it out on the short link http://ow.ly/NFaIa and enjoy.

photo of friends Vince, Monica and various travelers from europe enjoying nthe beach & sunset in May 2015: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

See you on the Island,

PJAMES

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05/26/2015
Category: Bantayan Weather
Posted by: pjames

Summertime Heat Wave MAY-2015: Survival Tips for Bantayan Island Life  [New Photography]

Spring really never got a chance to stand up and get noticed this year on Bantayan Island Philippines - Winter weather was fabulously good with slightly cooler temps and noticably lower humidity, but when Spring arrived it seemed that Summer with it's higher temps and very high humidity immediatey stepped in and shoved Spring out of the way.

photo late afternoon on south beach in the heat: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: on South Beach at 5pm May 26, 2015.   image Samsung NX300

Temperatures here have been in the 90's with very high humidity in the 80%-90% range most days - humidity high enough to sap your strength and energy, and high enough to make you sweat while sitting right in front of a fan:)
With the heat index this high, anyone can get into trouble with dehydration without even trying, so the solution is to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, and HYDRATE more.

photo of bikini swimsuit filipina model on south beach in the extreme heat, May 2015: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: on South Beach at 3:50pm in the scorching heat - thank God for the cool water.   image Olympus E-3

Drink cool water constantly during the day at 20-30min. intervals, even if you do not feel thirsty (thirst is not a reliable indicator of dehydration) and especially if you're in a fan room without air conditioning, sipping enough water at regular intervals during the day will help you get through the day without too much trouble.

panorama photo of the sun behind clouds on an extreme heat day at the beach: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: on South Beach May 25, 2015 at 4:21pm in the very high heat & humidity - 6 image panorama.   image Olympus E-3

1 gram of sugar holds 4 grams of water in the human body, that's why sucrose/sugar is in sports drinks to help athletes recover from excercise and heat stress, and when we played football we were always given as much Gatorade as we wanted; I'm not diabetic so sports drinks once in a while are important to keep my electrolytes levels up in the extreme heat.

photo: filipina bikini model on the beach in the extreme heat: Bantayan Island Cebu Philipppines

above: on South Beach in late afternoon enjoying the cool water & light breezes in the high temperatures.  image Olympus E-3 

Tip #2: get to the Beach and cool off in the water, especially in the early morning when the water is coolest; reduces your core temperature within a few seconds.

beach photo: travelers from Europe enjoy south beach in the late afternoon during the heat wave; Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: on South Beach in April 2015 at 4pm with travelers from Europe enjoying the sun.   image Samsung NX300

Tip #3: if you're excercising during the day (biking, running, walking etc) get it done around sunrise or sunset when temps are slightly cooler - I have a mountain bike as my main transpo when out & about creating new photo content, and I'm often out during the hottest parts of the day tooling around Santa Fe, and it's no picnic when the heat index is up over 100 degrees.

sunrise beach photo of a female walking along the golden beach: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: on South Beach right after sunrise for a walk along the shore while temps are a bit cooler.   image Samsung NX300

Stay Cool - See you on the Island,

PJAMES

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03/03/2015
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

Photo set #2 from the BTS/behind the scenes documentary photographs I did with my friends from Bikini Photo Safari, showcased in the previous article.

There's 12 photographs to follow in this article; so please let the page load.

photo: erich caparas photographs a model outside with his Nikon D810 camera + Nikon 200mm f/2 lens: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Erich Caparas photographs Galina Fedorova with the Nikon 200mm f/2 lens, a favorite of many swimsuit model photographers.  E-3

photo of bikini photosafari model KryStar Pelomiana wearing a super sexy blue bikini: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Bikini Photo Safari model KryStar Pelomiana wearing an Olalasexy Swimwear blue bikini.  image Olympus E-3

BPS offers fantastic travel packages for amateur & working Professional photographers who want to photograph beautiful swimsuit models (either for portfolio or commercial work) in tropical locations in Philippines - For information and all the details, check out http://bikiniphotosafari.com/ for their mission statement, rates, travel details and upcoming swimwear photo shoot locations in Philippines.

Philippines Phone: 63-922-816-1777  -  USA Phone: 888-673-1199

As a photographer myself, I can easily say that Bikini Photo Safari is one of the more Professional Organizations I've had the opportunity to work with - and keep in mind I was in the background for this event, staying out of everyones way, shooting BTS stills and video for these articles - and I was still treated like a VIP; that's a class company all the way.

photo: photographer Francis Gamboa from Cebu shoots a swimsuit bikini model at Ogtong Cave Resort: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: photographer Francis Gamboa shooting pictures of the lovely Raschel Uy, for Bikini Photo Safari.  image Olympus E-3

photo: photographer mark philip dales takes a break from shooting bikini models; showcasing his Canon 200mm f/1.8 super telephoto lens: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: photographer Mark Philip Dales taking a break with his rare Canon 200mm f/1.8 lens on the left.  NX300

blue gamboa photography taking to bikini model KryStar Pelomiana between shots: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: photographer Blue Gamboa sets up his next series of shots with bikini model KryStar Pelomiana on Bantayan Island Philippines. E-3 DSLR

photo: photographers Erich Caparas & Alec Toting discuss setting up their next bikini model shot: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: photographers Erich Caparas & Alec Toting discuss setting up their next shot with Bikini Photo Safari.  image Olympus E-3.

photo: close up detail shot of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens during the shoot for Bikini Photo Safari: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: photographer Blue Gamboa Photography using the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens during the BPS shoot.  image Olympus E-3.

photo: blue gamboa photography working the bikini photo safari model shoot on Bantayan Island Philippines

above: Bikini Photo Safari is also able to rent cameras with lenses + modeling strobes with wireless triggers for a nominal fee, if needed.

bikini photo safari open group shoot with International Playmates in Cebu City: March 28, 2015 - photos from Playboy Magazine

above: Bikini Photo Safari's Open/Group Photo Shoot with International Playmates Khloe Terae and Holly Wolf: March 28, Saturday, at Terracotta Manor Gardens, Cebu City Philippines.
Rates & Details Contact: Rey +63-915-275-7333   email: 
info@bikiniphotosafari.com or bikiniphotosafari@gmail.com

photo: bikini girls take a lunch break with noodles and girl talk: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Bikini Photo Safari models take a break from shooting with noodles for lunch + a little girl talk.    image Samsung Camera NX300.

photo: DJ Heather Mew in a red bikini from Chicago USA spinning tunes at the Bikini Photo Safari North Cebu Adventure, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Bikini Photo Safari brought DJ Heather MEW from Chicago, to Bantayan Island Philippines to spin the music.  NX300

photo: Koa Nguyen shooting 4K video clips of the bikini models on the new Samsung Camera NX1 mirrorless: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Koa Nguyen from California USA shooting 4k video clips on the Samsung Camera NX1 mirrorless.

photo: Mark Philip Dales controls the new DJI drone/UAV for shooting 4k video clips for Bikini Photo safari video commercials on the youtube channel. Bantayan Island Philippines

above: Photographer Mark Philip Dales controls the new DJI Inspire 1 drone/UAV to shoot 4k video clips for BPS.

Contact Bikini Photo Safari: Philippines Phone: 63-922-816-1777  -  USA Phone: 888-673-1199

Many Thanks to Rob Lucas in California for arranging this BTS shoot, and to Alec & Rey from Bikini Photo Safari's logistical staff for being absolutely professional - I can not wait to do it again, behind-the-scenes style.

PJAMES

02/21/2015
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

Here's a very cool BTS/Behind The Scenes look the swimsuit models and photographers participating with Bikini Photo Safari from Cebu Philippines and USA, shot on location in Santa Fe this weekend (lots of images; let the page load)

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their international swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras with Nikor 200mm super telephoto f/2 lens: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

For information and all the details, check out http://bikiniphotosafari.com/ for their mission statement, rates, travel details and upcoming swimwear photo shoot locations in Philippines.

Philippines Phone: 63-922-816-1777  -  USA Phone: 888-673-1199

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their swimsuit models: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

Simply stated, if you're an amateur, advanced amateur or Professional Photographer focused on swimwear fashion model content, this is a great opportunity to build your content in a small group, closed set photo shoot, where shooters from all over the world come into Philippines and hook up with BPS to travel out to the best tropical areas to photograph select groups of international models - our group on this gig consisted of 9 photographers from the USA, Canada, South Korea and Philippines.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their swimsuit models and canon, Nikon cameras: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: the swimsuit models taking a quick break before their next shoot, while participating photographers check their gear & lights. image NX300

Special Thanks to Rob Lucas from BPS and to Alec who was handling logistics and production for the group; Bikini Photo Safari is a professional organization with very professional staff who looked after me while I was there, even though I was only shooting behind the scenes content, I was still treated like a VIP.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their swimsuit models and canon DJ MEU, Nikon cameras: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

Above, DJ MEW was at the event, spinning great music and getting the models into a dancing mood for the photographers to shoot some 4k video on the new Samsung Camera NX1 28MP mirrorless - the group shoots in a closed set environment, meaning the models are only working with you and the group and no one else at the locations.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their international swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: BPS arranged for assistants to wrangle lights, unbrellas etc. for the group, so the shooters had the freedom to just shoot pictures.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras with 200mm f/1.8 & f/2.0 super telephoto lenses: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: time to bring out the Big Boys Toys, from left - the rare Canon 200mm F/1.8, the Nikon 200mm f/2 & Canon 200mm f/2 lenses.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their international swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: the models selected for your Bikini photo Safari shoot are quite personable and friendly; they stay focused on their task at hand at all times which Pros always appreciate, and they know exactly how to work with amateur shooters who may or may not be versed in directing talent at a photo shoot, so there's no worries at all for the photographers.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their international swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras, model selfie picture with PJ: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their international swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras, and DJ MEU: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

Above, Nikon D810 with the Canon 5D MKII + the 200mm super telephotos: the participating photographers all brought their own gear, including Canon & Nikon bodies and lenses, but it's important to note one can shoot with whatever gear they feel like bringing; consumer bodies, pro bodies, kit lenses/pro lenses, mirrorless cameras, GoPro's and 1080p/4k video gear are all welcome - whatever gets you the shot as they say.

photos behind the scenes at bikini photo safari and their international swimsuit models and canon + Nikon cameras: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: I wish the BPS group was on Bantayan Island every month; worked hard & had a great time shooting with them.  NX300 video grab.

See you at the next Bikini Photo Safari event in Cebu, most likely in May - be there if you can -  hotels, meals, transportation while in Philippines is included in the BPS packages.

PJAMES

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