You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Morales, Martinez And Redkach at Azteca Boxing Gym, 2015.08.21

Last Friday I stopped by Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, CA.  Mario 'Yuka' Morales was there with two of his fighter, Welterweight Asesino(Aron) Martinez (19-4-1) and Lightweight Ivan Redkach (18-1-0). It was the first time I had met Martinez and was happy to see Redkach reunited with his former trainer.
With both fighter having contests coming up in the next month I though I would take the opportunity to grab some shots of their training.

Here are some images from that training session:


One of my favorite trainers Mario 'Yuka' Morales watching his fighters spar,





Head gear off and a quick photo. 


Mario tends to Redkach after the sparring session,


Two of Redkach on the heavy bag,



and one of him on the speed bag!


I catch up with Martinez on double ended bag,


small heavy bag,


and finally I catch a shot of Martinez working under the watchful eye of his trainer.


Many thanks to Azteca Boxing Gym for always welcoming me, and to Asesino Martinez, Ivan Redkach, and Yuka for letting me shoot the session.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and may not be reproduced without explicit consent.

All images except one (Redkack throwing right to the body) were shot with Leica M/M typ246 monochrome camera and 50mm Summicron lens.



Monday, August 10, 2015

Shooting Boxing in Tokyo With Leica M Monochrom (typ 246)

I picked up my Leica M Mono typ246 from Samys Camera in Los Angelelas the day before my flight to Tokyo. I packed my M typ240 and M/M typ246, but left my Canons behind. I wasn't planning on shooting any boxing, at least not any fight cards and I wanted to travel light. This trip was purely pleasure and street photography, with maybe a little time in the gyms. A new friend, actually a FB friend, talked me into shooting a 13 bout fight card at Korakuen Hall. Korakuen Hall is apparently the busiest boxing venue in the world with several events a week.
I managed to get a ringside position, I paired my M/Mono 246 with my 50mm Summicron (this would be my main camera) and my M240 with my 90mm Elmarit (rarely time to change cameras, but just in case).
I shot over 90% of the bouts with the M/M 246 and here are some of the images. Keep in mind I follow focus (no preset on focus), only the shutter speed and aperture are preset.

13 bouts, one image from each contest.

Sakuma/*Shiratori

Iyama/*Igarashi

*Ishizawa/Takase 

*Higashi/Kouzu

Aoki/*Hanawa (yes even female fighters)

*Kaneko/Kawa

*Kishi/Onishi

Kanazawa/*Sakata

*Takeda/Ida

*Kuura/Morooka

*Itimura/Yokoyama

Yamazaki/*Ishi

*Ishikawa/Arioka

Manny thanks to Hiro Watanabe for talking me into this, and the staff at Korakuen Hall for being som accommodating!

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage, and may not be reproduced without explicit consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this site.