In Oct., Tamron announced the termination of their Bronica medium-format business with the discontinuation of the Bronica RF645 6×4.5 camera and its interchangeable lenses and accessories. The decision was made due to the shift to digital cameras by wedding and portrait photographers who formed the main core of the Bronica market. The Bronica brand is now history.
I have created an portal page for Shiga Prefecture (next to Kyoto). As of this writing, I have over 2,000 photos of almost all cities, towns, and villages in Shiga. This new portal page will make it easier and faster to find my images and articles related to Shiga.
The URL is as follows:
On March 23-26, 2006, Photo Imaging Expo (PIE 2006) will be held at Tokyo Big Sight.
This is THE photo expo in Japan where you can find small-format cameras and accessories, large-format and professional equipment, and minilabs.
It is Asia’s largest photo trade show. Opening hours: 10:00 － 17:00 (till 16:00 on last day). Admission 1,000 yen.
English Web site: http://www.pie2006.com/
The Web site includes information (including rates) on having a booth at the show.
As I mentioned elsewhere, I gave slide shows in Finland in Sept. 2005 upon the inivitation of a small town called Kuusamo, northeast of Helsinki.
It was a great trip and meeting so many photographers from Europe was very nice. I spent about 8 days in Kuusamo, and many of the days were spent on day trips to watch bears, rafting, forest hiking, etc. My 200+ pictures would tell a better story so here they are:
These are a few photos in particular that you might find interesting:
Japanese gun in Finland
More photos of Japan have been uploaded. For this fall 2005 update, the pictures center on Shiga Prefecture. Over 1,400 (!) images of Shiga are now online. A lot of gaijin (even those who live in Japan), have not heard of Shiga or don’t know where it is. Well, it’s right next to Kyoto Prefecture.
I also have major image collections of major autumn events like the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri (144 pictures), Tokyo Motor Show 2005, and the Emperor’s Birthday (Dec. 23). Enjoy!
Tokyo Jidai Matsuri
Tokyo Motor Show 2005
Ibuki-yama Taiko Dance
Nagahama Hikiyama Festival
Chikubushima, Lake Biwa
Takeshima, Lake Biwa
Koka Ninja Village
Otsu, Shiga Pref.
For a complete list of images, see PHOTOGUIDE.JP/pix/.
UK-based Old Japan, run by my friend Terry Bennett, has just published its latest catalog (No. 33) of old and rare photographs for sale.
The 50-page catalog is profusely illustrated with many valuable photographs of a wide variety of subjects, even a candid and unauthorized picture of Emperor Meiji. Single pictures as well as stereographs and albums are up for sale.
The catalog also provides interesting background on all the items. Very informative if you want to learn a little bit about Japanese history in the late 19th century and early photographers in Japan.
The catalog is available for $25 at Old Japan:
I had a great time in Finland in September attending a nature photo festival in Kuusamo, giving slide shows, and meeting many nature photographers from Europe. I also went on various nature trips such as bear/wolverine watching, river rafting, and hiking in the forest.
I have uploaded over 200 photos of my trip for all to see:
Here are a few photos which are particularly interesting:
Japanese gun in Finland
Wolverine movie clip