Today I photographed the Shinnyo En Temple’s Water Consolatory Service in Makiki. This precedes the annual lantern floating on Memorial Day, and is presided by Shinso Ito, referred to as Keishu Sama by the Temple’s members. As tradition follows, it was quite hard to get a photograph of the actual ceremony because of the position I was given, and the restriction of freedom to move around. Luckily there were massive HD video screens which were live-feeding the service to the hoards of people in the overflow tents outside and in other auditoriums on site. I was able to line up a shot of Shinso Ito with some other interesting compositional elements for my favorite shot of the assignment.
….BUT this did not come without perseverance and patience, and a little bit of frustration on my end. I didn’t notice until I started editing my take, but the camera that was capturing Ms. Ito was also capturing yours truly, sticking out like a sore thumb with massive white lens and all, in most of my shots!
Luckily I was able to get a decent shot of Ms. Ito without myself in it. Stay tuned for the lantern floating!