The whole reason for wanting to photograph the interior of Kyashii was because it would be a challenge and a learning experience.
And boy was it a challenge!
The first problem was finding angles to shoot from where you aren’t seen in a reflection. With every wall having either a glass aquarium, a mirror, or a shinny stone surface, everything catches your reflection. Add flower vases and wine glasses and now your own reflection isn’t just a problem but the flash being reflected is as well. With the lighting on a cloudy day not being ideal and the restaurant lighting intended to be ambient it was necessary to use a flash. I would have preferred to use a tripod but the amount of available space in the relatively small restaurant didn’t allow for this. Not to mention that it would have made available spots to shoot from even more limited in terms of catching my own reflection.
The flash provided even more problems. Limited to my mountable flash without a diffuser or soft box I ended up with lots of strong shadows. These of course did not look aesthetically pleasing and I attempted to bounce the flash off the ceiling or walls. This didn’t help as much as usual due to all the reflective surfaces but provided a slightly better effect.
In the end, with a lot of trial and error, I was able to get a few decent shots but nowhere near the result I would have liked. I think that with a lot more time and a bit of planning based on my original shots I would be able to take much more professional-looking pictures a second time around.
Nevertheless, it was a great learning experience and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to photograph such a unique venue.