City Wing Tsun 1

Last month I shot two days for my kung fu school “City Wing Tsun”.

My friend Marco was so nice to assist me. We started around noon. Since there are a lot of very fast movements in kung fu I had to use a very fast shutter speed to freeze motion. To accomplish that I had to bring lots of lights some being my own others had to be rented. We took a car service from my place in Brooklyn to the city.

Here came the fun part. The school is located on 38th Street and Sixth Avenue on the 4th floor and there is no elevator. It was equipment schlepping time! This is by the way one of the things I don’t like about photography. But it comes with the package.

It took us quite some time to get everything into the school. It was about 1 PM. We set up some lights and I started to shoot immediately. We had a long shot list. Private training, portraits, action shots, close ups, beginner class training, advanced class training and interiors of the school all had to be captured within two shooting days.

Marco and I ran out one more time to get the rental equipment we needed. After that I kept on shooting until about 11pm. I did not even put the camera down or took one break. I shot consistently for eight hours. There was so much going on.

I got many great images that day and the second day. I love this one of Sifu Alex (Sifu=kung fu father/teacher) who is the founder/owner of “City Wing Tsun” while he was training with a 9-foot long pole.
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“City Wing Tsun 1” Manhattan, New York, 38th Street and 6th Avenue, Sifu Alex training with long pole 06-09-09 at 03:28 PM

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