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Last Man Standing

I mentioned (and pictured) a Wista field view camera yesterday. You might be interested to know that Keiichiro Nagaoka, builder of a similar but competing 4x5, is the last craftsman still building wooden cameras by hand in Japan. He was 82 years old as of the end of 2019 and has to make his own metal parts now (no more subcontractors willing to do it), but he's still building new 4x5's and 8x10's, just as he has since he started way back in 1962. Here's the link to a September 2020 article abou...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Japan, Paris, Disneyland, Florence, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Fred, Oren, Vivitar, Fiesole, Ueno Tokyo, Nagaoka, Wista


Open Mike: My Top 10 Favorite Cameras of All Time*

["Open Mike" is the Editorial page of TOP, which is sometimes off-topic but not today.] - In no particular order, but roughly chronologically: Zeiss Ikon Contaflex B. This belonged to my father, who let me use it when I was a kid. It was an SLR with a fixed 50mm ƒ/2.8 Tessar lens, and I believe a leaf shutter. I loved it, especially the shutter sound. I had a job at a Kentucky Fried Chicken stand when I was 14, and left it on the electrical junction box outside when I was unlocking the store o...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Germany, Old, ISO, Cameras, Porsche, Sony, Rob, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Leica, Zeiss, Konica Minolta, Mamiya


Canon has launched a weird monocular-style compact camera – but only in Japan

I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet. On the one hand, it’s pretty cool and interesting. A new take on the tech that could be very useful to a lot of people – especially sports goers, if Canon’s promo video is anything to go by. But on the other, it’s pretty weird. […] The post Canon has launched a weird monocular-style compact camera – but only in Japan appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Japan, News, Camera, Canon, Compact Camera, Canon PowerShot Zoom, Point & Shoot


Brand Moves for Monday September 14

In early March we began reporting daily on how brands were dealing with COVID-19. But it’s become clear that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption, so we decided to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal is to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves as they happen. Social media platform TikTok has announced its own fashion month as a digital in...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, UK, Instagram, Advertising, US, Walmart, Tesco, Taiwan, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Harry Styles, Seattle, Marc Jacobs, Changi


Travel

I have so many travel photos and I have over 25,000 photos on my iPhone so I can keep going for a while. Japan was really special. I saw this in a small village near Pamplona near the time of the running of the bulls. They had live bulls running too. I have to say that I felt sorry for the bulls as they seemed terrified rather than fierce. Beautiful glass art by Chihuly in Seattle. The Vessel in NYC. The Eye lit up in London. Monks in Conques on the Camino...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Japan, London, Spain, Seattle, Pamplona, Chihuly, Conques, The Vessel


“Photographer” Charged for Forcing Children Into Transparent Swimsuits

A sick criminal posing as a photographer is being charged by police after he photographed middle and high school girls wearing transparent swimsuits, additionally paying them to do so (with one girl receiving as much as ¥1.6 million). Osaka police are charging the 53-year-old self-employed man on suspicion of violating the child prostitution and pornography […]
Tags: Photography, Japan, Crime, Children, Anime, Osaka, Mizugi


A slowly decaying Shinto shrine and its truly incredible torii

Shinto shrines can be found everywhere in Japan. Some, of course, are large and grand like the famous Meiji Jingu in central Tokyo, but many more are small, simple structures — especially so outside the big cities. And yet while they are all unique, I’ve never seen one quite like this before, or at least not one with such incredibly striking torii gates.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Religion, Culture, Tokyo, Meiji Jingu


Meet the 15 richest people in Asia, who are collectively worth more than $500 billion

Even with a net worth of $58.1 billion, Alibaba's Jack Ma is only the second-richest person in Asia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images The 15 richest people from Asia in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are collectively worth more than $500 billion.Some of the billionaires occupying the top rank are self-made and built their fortunes through tech empires, like Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, China's largest e-commerce company. Others inherited wealth from their f...
Tags: Google, Photos, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Money, Microsoft, Life, China, Singapore, India, Trends, Bloomberg, Bbc, Features, Overwatch


A new book showcases real-life places around the world that look straight out of a Wes Anderson film — here's an early look at the fantastical dupes

Fox Searchlight Pictures/Courtesy Accidentally Wes Anderson The founder of the popular Instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson is releasing his first-ever book highlighting 200 of the "most idiosyncratic and interesting locations on Earth."Images in the book span every continent including Antarctica and echo filmmaker Wes Anderson's distinctive and whimsical visual style.Titled "Accidentally Wes Anderson," the book is available now for preorder and will be released on October 20.Founde...
Tags: Post, Japan, Instagram, California, Trends, Prague, Brooklyn, Wes Anderson, Antarctica, Frank Gehry, Tripadvisor, Grand Budapest Hotel, Perth, San Antonio, Anderson, Queenstown


Ten Highest Paid Footballers in the World

Football is a good platform for a lucrative business. It no longer remains a game but has turned into business due to which the big clubs try to approach good players with a stronghold on social media reach. These include big names like Real Madrid and Manchester United, who have been known for chasing the superstars to gain public attraction, which helps increase their popularity. It is the clubs who are getting smarter, and the management pays the players a fair amount per month according to ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, England, Instagram, France, China, Nike, Adidas, Barcelona, Soccer, Manchester United, La Liga, Liverpool, Manchester, Real Madrid, Ronaldo


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #505

Instagram launches QR codes globally Following the feature’s initial launch in Japan last year, Instagram is now making QR codes available to all users globally. Scannable via all supporting third-party camera apps, the idea is that businesses will be able to print individual QR code and have customers scan it to open their account. Instagram brings suggested posts to your feed Instagram is adding ‘suggested posts’ to your news feed. These posts, made up from accounts you don’t follow, will sh...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Seo, Mashup, Black, Trump, US Pinterest, Facebook Portal, Tiktok, Pinterest Shop, Eric Han, Workplace From Facebook, National Black Business Month


Taiwanese Instagram Grandparents Prove Blogging and Social Media is For Everyone

It is inevitable that growing old, with children and grandchildren building their own lives and families, can be quite lonely for seniors. The internet can provide so many opportunities for seniors all over the world. When they could not travel to see their loved ones, grandparents could easily connect through social media. Grandparents could also stay connected with communities through these platforms. Technology may be a bit daunting for their age, but various aids could help them adapt to suc...
Tags: Japan, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, US, Social Media, Taiwan, Blogger, Marie Clare, Chiba Japan, Influencer, Instagram Grandparents


Taiwanese Instagram Grandparents Proves Blogging and Social Media is For Everyone

It is inevitable that growing old, with children and grandchildren building their own lives and families, can be quite lonely for seniors. The internet can provide so many opportunities for seniors all over the world. When they could not travel to see their loved ones, grandparents could easily connect through social media. Grandparents could also stay connected with communities through these platforms. Technology may be a bit daunting for their age, but various aids could help them adapt to suc...
Tags: Japan, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, US, Social Media, Taiwan, Blogger, Marie Clare, Chiba Japan, Influencer, Instagram Grandparents


Instagram Launches QR Codes Worldwide

Instagram is launching in-app QR codes worldwide via an update, according to The Verge. Users will now be able to generate QR codes that are scannable from any third-party QR camera app. The feature will allow businesses to print and display a QR code that will direct customers to their Instagram account more easily, for example. QR codes in Instagram first launched last year in Japan, but the feature is now rolling out to all territories. To use the new QR codes in Instagram, make sure you ...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Instagram, Instagram Launches QR Codes Worldwide


Instagram rolls out proper QR codes to let you follow accounts quickly

It was just last month that WhatsApp officially introduced the ability to add contacts via a QR code, and now Instagram is taking a leaf out of its sister app’s book. The company today began to widely roll out QR codes in its app, after trialing the feature last year in Japan, according to The Verge. Aside from WhatsApp, it follows similar moves from apps like Messenger and Snapchat, which originated the concept. Truth be told, this isn’t the first time Instagram has attempted the ‘scan-and-add’...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Instagram, Social Media, Insider


The faded traditional shop fronts of an old Japanese town

Away from the nation’s more populous cities, Japan can be a very different place indeed. Changing demographics and increasing urban migration mean that many smaller, and especially rural settlements, are now faded reminders of a far more optimistic past. I’ve documented several such places before, but my favourites, at least in regards photographic results, are a meander along the length of a now disused train line, and this exploration of the abandoned buildings of a slowly dying resort town....
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Takada, Niigata Prefecture Takada, Naoetsu


The smoky sanctuary of a traditional little Tokyo bar

The photo below has appeared on these pages before as part of a monochrome series from Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, or Piss Alley as it’s also known. It is also a companion piece of sorts with this shot taken just a few minutes later. Back then, as well as converting the original image to black and white, I’d also cropped it, but going through some older pictures with a view to the print sales mentioned last week, this one caught my attention in relation to how it would look in colour, and if it w...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Food And Drink, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Times, Piss Alley


Why I Can’t Wait to Return to Korea

Every now and then, someone asks me if I’ve ever been to South Korea. “Yes, I have,” I tell them. “I spent three weeks in Korea.” “Then why is there so little of it on your blog?” Well. That trip was taken in 2013, in the middle of a yearlong RTW trip. It was sandwiched between two weeks in Japan, where I tried to see as much of the country as possible while struggling with the searing heat; after Korea, I would be heading directly to the Northern Territory of Australia, where I would be bu...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Japan, Instagram, US, Samsung, Blog, Queens, Korea, Croatia, Busan, Seoul, Sephora, Exo, Rtw, Conan O Brien


Uber-efficient Tokyo food delivery

The uber-efficent delivery of food is a tried and long tested process in Japan. Traditional bicycle transportation may well have (mostly) given way to faster motorbikes, but invariably it’s still the fella who made the dish that also delivers it. And while a well-known American company is very visibly making inroads, there’s thankfully still lots of sights like this on the roads.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of atomic bombing - in pictures

City remembers world’s first atomic bombing with downsized ceremonies due to coronavirus and mayor urging nations to reject nationalism and unite to fight all threats Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific


The Photographers Who Captured the Toll of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A new book of photos documents the human impact of the bombings that ended World War II — and challenges a common American perception of the destruction in Japan.
Tags: Photography, Japan, News, United States, Nuclear Weapons, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, University of Texas at Austin, Books and Literature, Hiroshima (Japan, Nagasaki (Japan


Lone looks in an old Tokyo bar

Last week, with the help of a friend who has both the means and the experience, I produced some gallery quality archival prints from a handful of selected photos. The aim, when shipping from Japan finally returns to normal, being to try and sell a few. Having someone there to not only help, but also guide me through the selection of paper and so on was invaluable, and in the end, the monochrome matte prints in particular stood out. Results that needless to say I couldn’t be happier with, prompti...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Food And Drink, Tokyo


No Tokyo Olympics and almost no people

Today is a national holiday in Japan. It’s Taiiku no Hi to be exact, or Sports Day, which is usually in mid-October, but it was understandably brought forward this year in order to celebrate the first competitive day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Or at least what would have been the first competitive day of the Olympics. Instead, it’ll just be another day — a day similar to so many of late. Like the one below in touristy Asakusa last weekend. A spot where up until recently it would have been pack...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo, Asakusa


Japan's supreme court rules that people who retweet copyrighted photos are guilty of infringement

In 2014 a photographer noticed that one of his photos had been posted to Twitter without his permission. The photo was retweeted by three other people, and Twitter's algorithm cropped out the name of the photographer. The photographer went to court to get the name of the original poster, as well as the 3 people who retweeted the photo. The case ended up in the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the photographer. From The Next Web: As a result, the High Court ordered Twitter to divulge the em...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Photography, Japan, News, Supreme Court, Copyright-related Lunacy


These dessert fans scour Japan to showcase the best convenience store treats

@parlor_sweets is a delectable Instagram account that curates pre-packaged desserts from konbini, or convenience stores, across Japan. American 7-Elevens aren’t known for their assortment of sweet treats, save for a Slurpee on a hot summer day, which is why this enticing convenience store content lured us in. A gooey soufflé pancake melts onto crumbs waiting to collect the overflow. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Instagram, Tokyo, Ibaraki Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Godiva, Hiroto, Japanese konbini, Mille Crepes View, Daifuku View, Iwashi


Brand Moves for Friday July 17

Twenty weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves ...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, UK, London, Instagram, Singapore, Advertising, US, Qatar, Walgreens, Netflix, Thailand, Austria, Brooklyn, Ireland, Ikea


Life and looks in Tokyo’s old shuttered shops

There are a huge number of shuttered up shops in Japan. They aren’t just in more rural areas either, as they can be found all over the capital as well. Some of them, of course, are now abandoned properties, and are left to gradually deteriorate before demolition. Many others, however, are still lived in, as lots of traditional little operations are a combination of both the home, and the workplace. In regards the latter, without a doubt the most poignant place I’ve ever found and photographed w...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


A giant Tokyo octopus and a rare gestured insult

The dreaded ‘peace sign’ invariably appears if you ask to take someone’s photo in Japan, and the number of times I’ve been presented with it is way too many to remember. How many times it has actually worked as part of an image, on the other hand, is a much smaller number. It’s one. This one to be exact. So as offensive as it can be, getting the decidedly non-peaceful V sign was a very unexpected treat. One further added to by being brandished under a similarly surprised looking giant octopus. ...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


Brand Moves for Thursday July 9

Nineteen weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand move...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, UK, New York, London, Instagram, Robin Hood, Advertising, Disney, US, Walmart, Espn, Lgbtq, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Chicago Bulls


Deadly floods and landslides in Japan – in pictures

Heavy rain that caused deadly floods in southern Japan has moved north-east, hammering large areas of the country’s main island, swelling rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying homes and roads. At least 58 people have died over several days of flooding Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Flooding



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