Japan Camera Hunter http://www.japancamerahunter.com Find the camera of your dreams Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:43:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Get Featured: Henry Balaszeskulhttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/get-featured-henry-balaszeskul/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/get-featured-henry-balaszeskul/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:43:31 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21056 Get Featured: Henry Balaszeskul Henry has shared his bags with us before, but not his work. Now he has a series about the the Baselworld show to share with us. This interests me not only for the photography, but Baselworld was somewhere I attended in a previous career, so it is interesting to see a […]

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Get Featured: Henry Balaszeskul
Henry has shared his bags with us before, but not his work. Now he has a series about the the Baselworld show to share with us. This interests me not only for the photography, but Baselworld was somewhere I attended in a previous career, so it is interesting to see a different perspective of this huge event. Check it out.

Baselworld 2013 – 2015
Fotografien von: Henry Balaszeskul

It all started with an order of the editor of a newspaper in southern Germany. There, I was able to complete a four-week internship as a photographer.
End of April there was to go the 2013 order to the opening of Baselworld. Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show is the largest fair in the world and therefore an important reference point for all major brands.

With my specially printed press pass I tried my luck and got frighteningly easy for me to be accredited as a photographer. The arrogance and the occurrence of the visitors struck meet me formally. I had never seen so many people in suits and elegant shoes in such a small space. With my Leica I wandered through the large halls and was very impressed by the architecture of the stands. The major items such as by: Rolex, Chanel, Tissot, Omega and Tag Heuer were full houses.

Back to the job, it was to make the opening to documentation and some sample images and recording, but quickly I decided to turn it into a larger project. Perceptual I wanted to focus on the visitors and the interaction with the architecture and of light and shadow in black and white. The watches and jewelry interested me very little. I have tried it, but these watches have no real benefit for me. After a week I had some interesting pictures, but it was too little for me to make a good choice together. In 2014 and this year I was back on behalf of the same newspaper there and again made my black and white images.

During this period I was good at observing the change in the fair often went this in my opinion in the wrong direction. After three years, has been created for me a satisfactory choice. It shows a visual interaction between the graphical shapes, light and shadow and the people.

Here you’ll find me:
My Website: www.49mm.ch
Me on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/henry.obsoleszenz

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Henry. It is interesting to see how you use the light at the the show.

Come on, share with us what you have and get yourself featured.
Click on this link and send in your project/work: Get Featured. *I am looking for mainly projects, not individual images*
Oh, and click here to see a few of the photographers that have been on the site before http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?s=featured

Please make sure you come and comment, polite and constructive critique is welcome.
Thanks
JCH

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In your bag No: 1218 – Andrew Gundershaughttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/in-your-bag-no-1218-andrew-gundershaug/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/in-your-bag-no-1218-andrew-gundershaug/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:43:41 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21188 In your bag No: 1218, Andrew Gundershaug We have a bogof bag shot for you today (buy on get one free). Yep, thats right, two bags for the price of one. Andrew shares with us the two bags he takes when travelling. Check them out. I have been a fan of your site for the […]

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In your bag No: 1218, Andrew Gundershaug
We have a bogof bag shot for you today (buy on get one free). Yep, thats right, two bags for the price of one. Andrew shares with us the two bags he takes when travelling. Check them out.

I have been a fan of your site for the past year and today I decided I would rather share my passion for photography than work on…well work.

I live in California and manage five power plants for a large independent power company based here in the United States. I took a promotion two years ago which has changed my lifestyle a little bit as I am commuting for the first time in my life. I don’t know if you have ever had the experience of commuting but it affords one some time each day to contemplate many things. Anyhow, I spend my time driving looking for good light and interesting subjects to photograph. When I am not working I spend time with my family up at Lake Tahoe where we ski in the winter and boat in the summer. Tahoe is super beautiful so it is fun to be there taking photos. I have been interested in photography most of my life and have always been fascinated cameras. My father had an OM1 when I was a kid as well as a couple of LEICA III(F and C) cameras and I believe the time I spent coddling established the photographic trajectory of my life.

While I attended college (mid 90’s) I was lucky to work in a camera store for a couple of years during what was likely the pinnacle of film. My boss made a good living convincing people to trade in their “old” Leicas and Nikons and upgrade to the latest point and shoot (we sold some classics such as the T4 and the Olympus Stylus) that would likely improve their photography. During my time in the store many of the cameras that are revered on this site and in the film community debuted and I was lucky to borrow them and try them out from time to time. I strongly embraced digital around 2005 but in the last couple of years I have been getting back into shooting film. I have quite a few film cameras that I find anchor me to my roots and the history of Photography. My favorite films are Tri-X, NEOPAN, Fuji Superia, Velvia, Portra, EKTAR, and Fuji Pro400H. TRI-X has a look that I will never get bored with.

What I have today is what I am traveling with right now (Today). It is actually two bags…

Bag 1 – Lowepro Messenger 150-This bad was dirt cheap, looks like a computer messenger bag, and really does a good job of protecting my equipment.

· Fuji X-E1 and XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 – This camera is always with me and one of the best cameras I have ever owned. It makes my canon Digital SLR seem like dog poo
· Canon Screw mount 85mm f/1.7 – This has a Fuji adaptor on it and is my go to portrait lens for the Fuji as it produces fantastic bokeh, I usually shoot it at f/2. This was my Dad’s lens for his Canon P back in the 70’s.
· Olympus OM4 with 50mm f/1.4 and 28mm f/2.8 – This is my standard black and white film camera and is almost exclusively loaded with TRI-X. The camera has one of the most intuitive and killer meters ever built into a camera, you can take a spot meter reading and then assign it a +/-2 EV offset using either the shadow or highlight button. I dig the cinematic look of red #29 so I have one of those for the camera. I had a silver one of these back in the 90’s but I think this black one has a more accurate meter or something. Both lenses are very good and have a distinctive Olympus look with color film.
· Yashica T4 – right now it has Fuji PRO400H in it, I shoot pretty much everything in this little camera. I takes nearly perfect photos every push of the button. I packed this thing with me for almost a year in South America and I think I took better photos with it than the Leica M4P that I had with me at the time. The motor has sounded a little gritty for the last 10 years but it keeps going.
· Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Graduated ND Filters and holder – I don’t always use the holders but the ND filters are invaluable for landscape photos. I use them for all the time for digital and film, color and black and white. I carry the 2 & 3 Soft Edge and a 3 stop Hard edge. I used to try to do everything in Photoshop but I find the ND filter gets it right during capture and is less time consuming than combining images and layer masks in Photoshop.
· Polarizer 77mm, I can use it on all of the cameras using step down rings
· Sekonic L308- Killer meter, It gives the same readings as my uber classic Gosse Luna-Pro but the flash meter is invaluable.
· Nikon SB-24 – This flash is a work horse, it has an optical slave built in as well as manual and auto flash modes. Favorite of the STROBIST disciples

Bag #2 – Lowepro Backpack – I am not sure what model this is as it has been with me for a long time. I actually ran into a guy who works as a designer for Lowepro a few months ago and he was fascinated with this bag, he approached it with awe and admiration like he had just discovered the missing link. The bottom section is a padded bad and the upper section is pure backpack. It sucks more or less for walking around and taking photos but works really well at getting stuff from A to B.

This bad has the current stuff in it that I don’t need all of the time but combined with the other bad I can do a 3 flash portrait shoot with all of the cameras as well as shoot ultra wide film landscapes on slide film. I have Canon digital camera as well but don’t use it very often

· Canon EOS3 – Total tank with all of the techno wizardry (and more) of a modern digital camera but it shoots film. This thing is crazy loud, it is designed to do something like 5 FPS which sounds like you are the paparazzi or the press corps…the autofocus is lightning fast and it actually has eye control so it will focus where you look (I don’t use it but it is there if I ever need it). Right now it is loaded with Velvia 50 and has the Canon 17-40mm f/4 wide angle lens on it.
· Canon 50mm f/1.4 Sicko tack sharp lens – great for pretty much anything and wide open is fantastic when shooting moody B&W portraits with TRI-X
· Canon 75-300 – for tele zoom stuff(mostly my kids soccer games)
· Canon 550 and 580 EX Flashes, can be combined with SB-24 which has optical slave
· Canon ST-E2 Wireless TTL Controller for the flashes…I normally just use it to fire the flashes set to manual using the L-308S. I also carry some Yongnu wireless triggers which must be stuck in a pocket somewhere
· Gels, filters, etc

That is it for now…photos can be seen at FLICKR

https://www.flickr.com/gp/78621754@N00/78MDoD

Thanks for sharing your bags with us, Andrew. It is nice to see such differences in both bags.
Check out the links and please make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com.

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

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Camera Geekery: Leica MP Gold 60 Years PRChttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/camera-geekery-leica-mp-gold-60-years-prc/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/camera-geekery-leica-mp-gold-60-years-prc/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:08:46 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21173 Camera Geekery: Leica MP Gold 60 Years PRC As you all know, I am rather fond of a bit of camera geekery and I love finding out about cameras that are wild and different. And this one certainly ticks all of the boxes. Especially if you are into a bit of bling. Check out the […]

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Camera Geekery: Leica MP Gold 60 Years PRC
As you all know, I am rather fond of a bit of camera geekery and I love finding out about cameras that are wild and different. And this one certainly ticks all of the boxes. Especially if you are into a bit of bling. Check out the super bling, golden Leica MP!

Leica puts out a lot of special edition cameras, we all know that. Some if them are quite beautiful in their own right and are also solidly useable cameras (The Leica MP titanium comes to mind). Some of them are just, well….interesting. And this is one of those interesting cameras.

This is the remarkable Leica MP Gold 60 Years PRC Edition camera. Released in 2009 to commemorate 60 years of the Peoples Republic of China. To say this camera is a bit flash would be a massive understatement. This is really targeted to a very certain demographic indeed. But it is still a camera, and there is hope that someone might actually use it. That is of course if they have $50k to part with and don’t need to worry about silly things like depreciation from use.

The camera is 24K gold plated, with red (for luck ) calfskin hide covering the body. It really does make a very special anniversary present. On the body and the lens (A 24K gold plated Summilux 50mm ASPH) there is the engraving 中華人民共和國萬歲 (Long Live The People’s Republic of China), words written by Chairman Mao. I wonder what he would make of this camera?

Only 60 of these sets were made, and I am sure many of them are in the hands of very patriotic Chinese collectors, but this little beauty is not in China, it is in the USA. San Francisco to be exact.

Yes indeed, that is globalisation for you right there. This golden camera, made in Germany, For the Chinese market is sitting in the Leica Store in San Francisco. And if you have a few stacks to burn then it could be yours too.

Go and check it out and see by following the link here: Show me the gold camera!

What do you think about this camera? Something you would buy? Comments are always welcome, as long as they are polite/charming/hilarious.

Cheers
JCH

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In your bag No: 1217 – Giles Smithhttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/in-your-bag-no-1217-giles-smith/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/in-your-bag-no-1217-giles-smith/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:02:16 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21165 In your bag No: 1217, Giles Smith Giles has sent us a double. Not a double bag though. No he has been cool enough to send us a bag shot and his film stash all rolled into one nice post. Check this lot out. Consider this a double entry for SUYF and IYB. I hope […]

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In your bag No: 1217, Giles Smith
Giles has sent us a double. Not a double bag though. No he has been cool enough to send us a bag shot and his film stash all rolled into one nice post. Check this lot out.

Consider this a double entry for SUYF and IYB. I hope that’s acceptable!

By way of introduction, I’m a professional photographer based in Leeds/London. I started my career shooting live concerts and festivals, and have since diversified into moving image and film portraiture. Long-term, I’d love to be exclusively shooting editorial and portrait content on film, but for now, being a jack of all trades is the name of the game.

Starting with my film stash, I don’t have a great deal of 35mm to boast about, as I tend to buy as and when I need it, mainly Portra 400 and Tri-X, though I like to keep a supply of Cinestill 800T and 50Daylight around too. However, I recently organised my 120/220 collection, and I began to realise I might have a problem.

In the collection pictured, only the Ektar, Tri-X and two rolls of new Portra 400 (hidden top-left in the largest tub) are in-date. Everything else is expired to a greater or lesser degree. All the slide film (including 3 boxes of Provia I forgot to include) are only a few years out of date, the Fuji stuff in the big tub is mainly 2005-2007, but the 5 boxes of Ektacolor Pro Gold all ran out in 1998 or 2000. I have a few rolls of 220 Pro Gold from 1996 too, and there’s one crazy old roll of Agfacolor I received free in another order that is dated 1973. Who knows if I’ll ever dare shoot it!

I tend to save this weird collection for personal work (I think the Pro Gold might be my favourite 120 stock ever), and I tend to buy Portra 400 for commissions, unless I’ve agreed with my client ahead of time that they’d like to embrace a little, uh, “serendipity” within the work!

As for my bag, I always have my Ricoh GR1S on me, bag or no bag (though, admittedly, I’ve only owned it a few months at this point, so very much still in the honeymoon period). I like how it behaves, the autofocus is pretty great, and having pretty much full control over the exposure feels amazing compared to previous compacts I’ve shot. I would love the GR1V, so am always keeping an eye out for that (I like to push my films, and tricking the camera into doing this with the exposure compensation dial always feels like a cheap hack). I know the Ricoh is a liability in as much as it can no longer be repaired, but even with my giant hands, I much prefer operating this to the Contax T2, as much as I’d love the build quality of the Contax. Also the Ricoh is just that bit smaller and way lighter, which makes it perfect for slipping into a jean/suit pocket.

I typically only carry one of the bigger cameras at any one time, depending on my mood:

The Xpan has quickly become my favourite camera to shoot, and I can’t speak highly enough about it. From the quality of the lenses (I don’t use the circular ND filter on either the 45mm or 90mm, but embrace the vignette) to the reliability of the meter, it all just feels *right*. Also worth noting I’ve yet to shoot anything in regular 35mm framing on this camera – it would feel like a waste. There’s something about the cinematic quality of the 2.71:1 aspect ratio it offers – often times friends in the film industry will ask if I’m showing them stills from a video project, not realising that a still camera exists that shoots in that aspect.

As much as I love my Xpan, the Bronica, which has served me for a number of years now, is probably the best overall camera of the three (that MF quality!). The 65mm is perfect for mid-portraits, and the 45mm is insane for putting in a subject in context. I just wish they’d made a lens that was reliable in the headshot/portrait length. As with the Xpan, the meter is reliable, handling is good, and again it gives a different perspective for me with that portrait-orientation viewfinder.

As for the bag, It’s just an army surplus bag I picked up for £5 and threw some patches on. I use Think Tank/Pelican cases for my digital gear, but for personal work I much prefer carrying something smaller and less obviously housing precious gear. I tend to carry a beanie/gloves etc, and pad those between lenses/cameras. To be honest though, with the exception of the Ricoh, I know these cameras are built to last, and I’m not afraid to bash them around a bit in the name of keeping them on my person as regularly as possible.

Other content of my bag are camera tape and sharpie for marking films (push/pull etc) and my Lumu light meter, which isn’t getting as much use now I sold almost all my non-metered cameras, but I do like using it for portraits to ensure correct exposure on subjects’ faces. Beyond that, just a little Peli case for 120 rolls (I normally carry a mix of TX, Portra, Supera and Pro Gold, but typically not all four at the same time!) and an old case with a few rolls of 35mm inside (a mix of TX, Portra and Cinestill 800T/50Daylight – again not normally all at once).

Now I just need a bag suitable to carry my Pentax 67 and Fuji GW690III day to day…

As for portfolio etc, I’m @giloscope on twitter and instagram, and my film work can be found at gilosco.pe – my main portfolio site is currently in need of quite the overhaul!

Thanks so much for everything you do at JCH, it’s an invaluable resource and great community!

Best,

Giles Smith
Photographer

www.giloscope.com

Thanks for sharing your bag and your stash with us, Giles. I love it, brilliant.
Check out the links and please make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com.

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

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JCH news: Cool JCH Fan-Art Adverthttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/jch-news-cool-jch-fan-art-advert/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/07/jch-news-cool-jch-fan-art-advert/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:10:04 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21158 JCH news: Cool JCH Fan-Art Advert I get sent a lot of cool things (pictures, shirts, rather unusual candies), some of them I can share with you and others I cannot because the people who made them are shy/secret agents/could lose their jobs etc. But this is one of those things that I actually can […]

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JCH news: Cool JCH Fan-Art Advert
I get sent a lot of cool things (pictures, shirts, rather unusual candies), some of them I can share with you and others I cannot because the people who made them are shy/secret agents/could lose their jobs etc. But this is one of those things that I actually can share with you, because it is really cool.

Recently I was contacted by a reader of the site who is in the advertising industry. He would rather remain anonymous, but he is happy for me to share his creation with us all.
The reader told me that I should have a proper full page advert, that can be seen in magazines etc, which I think is a really cool idea. And he said he would make one for me, which is an even better idea!  All I have to do now is find a couple of magazines that would actually be happy to have it on their pages (any offers?).

In true advertising style, we discussed what should be conveyed, but I left the design and everything else completely up to the reader, and he has created this totally awesome advert for me. Check it out.

I think it is a bit of fun and shows people how I work. As I have said in the past, I am not like e-bay, so it is nice to give a little bit of imagery to that. This doesn’t imply that I am better than e-bay, you can find plenty of deals there, but if you are looking for something special from someone who doesn’t mess about then I can help you. JCH has got your back.

I hope you like the advert, please feel free to share it and comment.

Cheers

JCH

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Inspired Eye Vol: 23http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/inspired-eye-vol-23/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/inspired-eye-vol-23/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:06:01 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21152 Inspired Eye Digital Magazine Vol: 23 In this months issue of Inspired Eye magazine, Zac Patsalides takes us on a great roadtrip throughout Vietnam on his bike and Fionn draws us in with a timeless look at Kalkutta, India. Beautifully laid out in 265 pages, is the 23rd issue of Inspired Eye, containing an eclectic […]

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Inspired Eye Digital Magazine Vol: 23
In this months issue of Inspired Eye magazine, Zac Patsalides takes us on a great roadtrip throughout Vietnam on his bike and Fionn draws us in with a timeless look at Kalkutta, India.

Beautifully laid out in 265 pages, is the 23rd issue of Inspired Eye, containing an eclectic mix of photography from all over the world.
Yasuo Furue opens up his native Japan just like Cyrille Druart shoots his native France.

Mark Rosales offer us an off beat look at his hometown of LA and Kicia Randagia uses both her family and various animals as her canvas for her photography. Gene Lowinger gives us unprecedented access to the lives of the Jewish community of the lower east side, plus way more in 120 spreads.

Get a subscription, you save on 2 issues!

Follow the link and sign up for your copy now. And by clicking this link you are also supporting JCH too.
http://www.theinspiredeye.net/street-photography-magazine/?ap_id=jpnch

And now Inspired Eye is offering 1 on 1 photography sessions online.
Online photography sessions
Since everyone is unique in their photography walk, the photography sessions will be take into account where you are first and then fill any gap of knowledge you might have. Afterwards we will start teaching you about the photographer’s eye, heart and mind….a whole new way of seeing.

Your learning will be accelerated with the Inspired Eye method, a method developed by Don Springer and Olivier Duong by mixing photography, philosophy & photography.

You can find out more about them here.
http://www.theinspiredeye.net/online-photography-lessons/?ap_id=jpnch

Thanks
JCH

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In your bag No: 1216 – Cederik Leeuwehttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/in-your-bag-no-1216-cederik-leeuwe/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/in-your-bag-no-1216-cederik-leeuwe/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:08:13 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21147 In your bag No: 1216, Cederik Leeuwe Not often we get a bag from Belgium. But there are no waffles in this bag. Just some cameras and a rather nice pipe too. Check out this lovely setup. Hello there! My name is Cederik Leeuwe and I’m a Belgo-Dutch photographer from Namur, Belgium. I’ve started out […]

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In your bag No: 1216, Cederik Leeuwe
Not often we get a bag from Belgium. But there are no waffles in this bag. Just some cameras and a rather nice pipe too. Check out this lovely setup.

Hello there! My name is Cederik Leeuwe and I’m a Belgo-Dutch photographer from Namur, Belgium.

I’ve started out as a live-event photographer and a visual artist but shifted towards a more photo-journalistic approach in the recent years, working on personal projects in Iceland and Japan.

I’ve always loved to shoot film and I also process it myself. The contents of this Aunts&Uncles bag bears witness to this analog love. For the past 9 months or so I’ve only been using middle-format cameras when shooting film. Middle-format is a real pleasure to work with especially if you end up scanning the negatives. I’ve felt really let down by 35mm scans when compared to their middle-format counterparts, which is why I can’t see myself using anything else for a while. I can’t stuff both of those cameras in the bag so I always have one in and the other at the ready. Of course I never fail to bring a digital camera with me, there are some pictures too common to waste film on but that I can’t help but take…

Contents of this bag for a little stroll in the country-side : (only citing camera gear) :

Mamiya 645S with 70mm 2.8 leaf shutter and two backs holders, grip/motor-drive
Lomo Lubitel 166U model PK1705 (USSR era)
Fujifilm Finepix X-100, with leather case and strap, soft release, thumb rest and an extra battery

The straps on both the Lubitel (featuring rabbits) and the Mamiya (featuring dragonflies) were bought in Japan, and so was the dragonfly cleaning cloth.

Website : http://www.cederikleeuwe.com
Day-to-day blog : http://avaluk.tumblr.com

Thank you for the wonderful idea of “in your bag” it’s been a pleasure to scroll through those gems, all cherished by their respective owners!

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Cederik. That is a very cool setup. Those straps are pretty too.
Please make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com.

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

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In your bag No: 1215 – Gladhttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/in-your-bag-no-1215-glad/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/in-your-bag-no-1215-glad/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:08:15 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21141 In your bag No: 1215, Glad All I have for a name is Glad, but I certainly am glad (oof) that he sent me his bag. This one is great, a classic Russian camera and the bare essentials. Just what you need for a day of shooting. Check it out. Well finally i got round […]

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In your bag No: 1215, Glad
All I have for a name is Glad, but I certainly am glad (oof) that he sent me his bag. This one is great, a classic Russian camera and the bare essentials. Just what you need for a day of shooting. Check it out.

Well finally i got round to sending you the contents of my medium format bag. Please note this is a working bag as it’s one l use frequently.

So about me where do l start, well I first took up photography in the 1980’s after buying a Practica TTL beast but with the help of my at that time girlfriends dad I understood what i was doing. The photography fever had got me and i stepped up to buying a Chinon SLR ( all l could afford) from Dixon’s. Laugh all you want but with that camera i got some great music concert pics Sade’s 1st and 2nd manchester gigs, Sting, Kid Creole, Al Jarreau, Gil Scott Heron to name a few.

I moved into medium format with the purchase of a Yashica 124G, which i still have and use. I and 2 friends formed a photo group called The Photographers Collective, which we used to exhibit our work around Manchester, theatres, hospitals, libraries, we even held an open air exhibition. Our philosophy back then was photography seemed to elitist and so wherte there was a wall we’d show our work.

However at some point in the 90’s l just stopped my photography unsure why probably a broken relationship. So didgital comes along and it kind of excited me but i never did rush headlong into it. However the iPhone and a lovely Chinese made camera app called Lemeleme helped me to start to take photos again.

It was after my good lady took my Billingham bag and those chinon cameras (yes Billingham bag and Chinons) to the charity shop in 2013, that l discovered my Yashica 124G in my shed along with all my developed and undeveloped film. A quick look on ebay showed me a world of bargain cameras, which i could never afford back in the day. Since then I’ve bought far too many compacts, folders, 35mm amd 120 film cameras.

The Kiev 88 you see I bought last year from West Yorkshire cameras in Leeds a great little shop and the two young lads are knowledgeable and helpful. Theye were having a sale at the time so I just couldn’t say no to the Kiev as i loved the weight of it in my hand, came with a 80mm lens and it does the job for me and i find it very easy to handle. It’s about the image more than the gear for me even though i see to buy too much.

My favourites subjects matters are of the urban landscape l’m not into street photography but l am trying to do more portraiture and have a couple of projects in my head. I shoot mainly on B& W film with the Kiev as I develop my B&W at home. It’s also interesting looking back at my work in the 80’s and comparing them with my work now some 30 years later.

Have camera, have film keep shooting!!

Camera; Kiev 88
Lens: 80mm
Light meter: Gossen Lunasix 6
Film: Ilford HP5+ FP4
Bag: Lowepro RL 200

Regards
Glad

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Glad. I wish you had shared a site with us too, so we could see your work.
Please make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com.

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

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Photography News: EU Freedom of Photography under threathttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/photography-news-eu-freedom-of-photography-under-threat/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/photography-news-eu-freedom-of-photography-under-threat/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:13:27 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21134 Photography News: EU Freedom of Photography under threat So, basically it has been reported in the previous week that the Freedom of Panorama ruling has come under threat in the EU parliament. What this basically means is that publishing images (and selling them) of public buildings and artworks in most of the EU could be […]

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Photography News: EU Freedom of Photography under threat
So, basically it has been reported in the previous week that the Freedom of Panorama ruling has come under threat in the EU parliament. What this basically means is that publishing images (and selling them) of public buildings and artworks in most of the EU could be axed. This would put massive curbs on what you are able to photograph and publish online.

Needless to say this is a ridiculous concept. So if I take a picture of Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower), I then have to obtain permission from the architect, Sir Charles Barry, who has been dead for 150 years? Otherwise I cannot put my picture on farcebook?
Most, but not all countries in the EU have a Freedom of Panorama ruling, which basically means that you don’t have to obtain permission to take pictures of public buildings and artworks, and can even sell your images. Some countries do not have this, most notably France and Italy. So those holiday snaps you have of the leaning tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower, yeah, you cannot share them online. Best break out the slide projector and bore your friends to death.

A very thoughtful MEP (there are a few) Julia Reda, realised that this is completely absurd and put forth a proposal to remove all limitations on Freedom of Panorama in Europe. Which is an excellent idea. Unfortunately this was hijacked by other MEP’s, in particular a certain delightful individual named Jean-Marie Cavada (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/28206/JEAN-MARIE_CAVADA_home.html), whom you may also tweet to here https://twitter.com/jeanmariecavada.

Mr Cavada and others have decided to turn the proposal around and make sure that instead of protecting our Freedom of Panorama, they want to make sure that the rules already in place in France and a few other countries will be applicable all over the EU. Which is completely absurd.

This has huge ramifications. With countries like the UK already threatening photographers and harassing them for taking pictures in public, this could mean even more stringent restrictions on what you can photograph. Which really goes against everything I believe in. The last time I was in the UK, I had a jumped up little jobsworth in a yellow jacket trying to grab my camera and threatening to get the police because I was taking pictures on the street, variously calling me a terrorist and a paedo. I was actually taking a picture of the Shard. We don’t need any more of this.

You can read more about this issue and how it may affect you by going and reading Julia Reda’s very informative website
https://juliareda.eu/2015/06/fop-under-threat/

You can also find your MEP here if you are in the EU, so you can write to them and inform them that this is nonsense.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html

And you can also sign this petition to show your support for this being stopped in its tracks.
https://www.change.org/p/european-parliament-save-the-freedom-of-photography

This is a complex issue and needs to be addressed before we lose even more rights. Taking away one freedom will make it easier to take away even more. So please get involved and put a stop to this.

Cheers
JCH

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Get featured: David Valerahttp://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/get-featured-david-valera/ http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2015/06/get-featured-david-valera/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:57:30 +0000 http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?p=21054 Get Featured: David Valera David shares with us some powerful black and white work, entitled ‘Dark Is The Light’. Looking at interesting contrasts of light and humanity, and pondering the bigger questions as to the significance of our actions. Check this fantastic project out. Dark Is The Light An introverted look at life and death, […]

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Get Featured: David Valera
David shares with us some powerful black and white work, entitled ‘Dark Is The Light’. Looking at interesting contrasts of light and humanity, and pondering the bigger questions as to the significance of our actions. Check this fantastic project out.

Dark Is The Light

An introverted look at life and death, light and dark, harmony and disparity, mysterious and the strange, the significance of the insignificant.

“Dark Is the Light” is an ongoing project that exhibits a visual depiction of the contrast of light the and similarity of shapes. The people and beings that share our world, the evolution of life, the cycle of death, rebirth and our part throughout. The paths we choose in life lead us down towards unexpected rewards and disappointment, such is the mystery of life.

We spend much of our lives creating places of comfort and warmth, dealing with sexuality, build the greatest of cities, but fail to look at the greater picture of actions performed today have consequences for tomorrow. Why are we gradually destroying the world around us? Politicians ignore the obvious effects of “global warming”, even though California is in the most severe drought of the century and cataclysmic natural disasters have become commonplace.

But with despair there is hope. With death, there is life, the past is always present, a paradox, it may seem.

http://davidvalera.com/dark-is-the-light/
https://www.lensculture.com/david-patrick-valera

Thanks for sharing your work with us, David. You certainly pose some difficult questions there. I hope that we, as humans, decelop an understanding of our actions for the sake of the future generations, before it is too late.

Come on, share with us what you have and get yourself featured.
Click on this link and send in your project/work: Get Featured. *I am looking for mainly projects, not individual images*
Oh, and click here to see a few of the photographers that have been on the site before http://www.japancamerahunter.com/?s=featured

Please make sure you come and comment, polite and constructive critique is welcome.
Thanks
JCH

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