CP+ 2014

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Hasselblad model at CP+ 2014.

CP+ 2014 (Camera & Photo Imaging Show), Japan’s largest camera show, was held on Feb. 13-16, 2014 at Pacifico Yokohama.

We went on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, the day after they canceled the show due to heavy snow. By  Sunday, most of the snow had melted and it was sunny.

It wasn’t crowded at all to get in at around noon on the last day. Last year on the first day, there was a long line to get in. Now I know which day to avoid.

Inside, the show was crowded enough. Hordes of men taking pictures of the pretty girls. But some booths like Olympus and Nikon restricted picture-taking to only people using their demo cameras. You couldn’t shoot with your own camera. Other booths like Ricoh/Pentax and Panasonic had models posing for anybody. Crowd control measures it seems.

It’s not a big show, no professional equipment. Mainly for general consumers and amateurs. Sometimes the staff can be amateur too when they cannot answer your technical questions.

Official site: http://www.cpplus.jp/en/

Inside CP+ 2014.

Inside CP+ 2014.

Muscle man with a tripod. For the ladies I guess.

Muscle man with a tripod. For the ladies I guess.

Panasonic/Lumix booth.

Panasonic/Lumix booth.

Available only in Japan. Mirrorless EOS M2 camera.

Available only in Japan. Mirrorless EOS M2 camera.

Canon booth had a free EF lens-cleaning service. Normally it costs 500 yen at a service center. About 10 people were waiting in line for this.

Canon booth had a free EF lens-cleaning service. Normally it costs 500 yen at a service center. About 10 people were waiting in line for this.

Nikon booth had this diorama of Tokyo.

Nikon booth had this diorama of Tokyo.

GoPro showed that their action cameras were smaller than a business card.

GoPro showed that their action cameras were smaller than a business card.

Epson booth had this weird label saying "Please do not take away." In Japanese it means "Do not take home the display model." Were they afraid that someone would walk away with a printer on display?

Epson booth had this weird label saying “Please do not take away.” In Japanese it means “Do not take home the display model.” Were they afraid that someone would walk away with a printer on display?

Pentax/Ricoh had a bunch of girls posing for anybody.

Pentax/Ricoh had a bunch of girls posing for anybody.

Chino Otsuka’s “Imagine Finding Me”

Another interesting photo theme with Chino Otsuka’s “Imagine Finding Me” series showing photos of her present self posed next to her child self in traditional scenes. Very skilled Photoshop work of compositing her adult and child images in one photo. Double self-portraits in a kind of time travel. Both girls in the photo are her.

It’s everyone’s fantasy to go back in time and see yourself when you were younger. See more of her photos and watch her interview at this link: http://www.ago.net/chino-otsuka

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2013 Japan News Photo Exhibition

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The 2013 Japan News Photo Exhibition (報道写真展 Hodo Shashinten) is being held at Mitsukoshi Dept. Store (7th floor) in Nihonbashi, Tokyo until Dec. 24, 2013.

About 250 photos are on display. Free admission. Hours: 10 am – 7 pm. http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/store/1010/houdou/

Japan News Photo Exhibition

This was the award-winning photo at the news photo exhibition. In July 2013, a female passenger in her 30s was getting off the Keihin Tohoku Line at Minami Urawa Station when she fell into the gap between the train and platform edge. She got stuck at her waist. When train station staff pleaded for help, 40 people on the platform and in the train pushed the train to tilt it and free the stuck woman. It took a few minutes and the woman had no serious injuries. The photo was taken by a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter who happened to be there.

Employees getting fired over unsanitary photos

This summer, there has been a rash of shop employees (convenience stores, restaurants) who posted Twitter photos of themselves in ridiculous and unsanitary poses at their workplace. The photos went viral and they quickly got flamed. Their Twitter accounts have since been shut down, but the incriminating photos have been reposted by others. Of course the employees in question got fired and sometimes even the store was shut down.

Here’s a sample collection of the problem photos: http://ameblo.jp/oniyome2/entry-11587383750.html

From top to bottom, the page shows a photo of an employee at Bronco Billy steak house inside a refrigerator.   This restaurant branch was shut down because of this photo and he might face a lawsuit. (Made national news.) Then a woman bites into a pack of frozen sausages inside a freezer at Marugen Ramen restaurant. Another employee lies inside a refrigerator at Hotto Motto bento shop. The man resting on a pile of hamburger buns piled up on the floor was fired by Burger King. The bottom photo shows a man lying down on ice cream inside the freezer at Lawson convenience store.

A lesson on how to get fired from a part-time job in Japan.

Also Japan Times article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2013/08/20/digital/chain-stores-suffer-part-timers-stupidity-on-the-web/#.Uhbb3hbRgrQ

Organizing photos with Japanese-style dates

Countries around the world have different ways of writing a date like June 28, 2013 which is the American style. However, I think Japan has the best way of rendering the date, with the year, month, and day (2013年6月28日).

I find this especially true when I organize my digital photos. The file names of my photos follow the Japanese style. For example, 20130628-0001.jpg.

I also have my image folders named in the same fashion along with a title or key word(s) such as 20130628-UenoPark. It’s a lot easier to organize and find digital photos according to date. I don’t ever use iPhoto, etc., to organize photos.

Geisha photos at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqio6Kc8liE

Geisha/geiko guru and photographer Peter Macintosh is having a geisha photo exhibition at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo until early July 2013. He brought an Asakusa geisha (video) to the opening party on June 10, 2013.

Directions to FCCJ: http://www.fccj.ne.jp/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=132

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