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What to do during winter – By Jerome Arfouche

-12 in the morning, going to work
We have another new writer for you today. This is an article by Jerome Arfouche, who has offered to give us a piece about how to deal with the long cold winter, that saps the creative energy from a lot of us.I hope it gives you all some fresh ideas on how to deal with winter.
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Interview with a collector – Jon Mitchell

Interview with a collector, Mr. Jon Mitchell
One thing I have wanted to do more of is interviews with hardcore collectors and people who are passionate about cameras. Fortunately one of my good friends in just this. He also happens to take the most beautiful camera porn I have ever seen. So, here is my mini interview with Jon. Step this way to see more hardcore camera porn…
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In your bag #60 – Eric Kim

In your bag number 60, Eric Kim
Well well well, got a very special bag for you all today….The bag of the Legendary Eric Kim! Yes, that is right I have managed to get Eric to give us a bag shot so you all can see what the globetrotting Mr. Kim carries around when he is out teaching his workshops in exotic locations.
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Would you like to write for Japancamerahunter?

This lens wants you to talk about it, very very much
Do you think you have what it takes to contribute to Japancamerahunter.com? Want to follow the path to fame and fortune*?
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Eyes wide open; Being aware

blink and you could miss it
I know I post a lot about cameras, but they are a bit of a thing for me, as you all know. Well, this time I thought I should post about something a bit different. Namely spatial awareness. Yeah, I know, keep it about the cameras, but I really feel that I need to talk about this subject.
I think that it is important for you as a photographer to be spatially aware, perhaps more so that the average person. As a street photographer you have a certain responsibility to document the things that are around you and you cannot do this if you are not aware of your surroundings.
I get immensely frustrated when I am out walking and people bump into me or just stop where they are going without thinking. I think as a photographer you may find yourself becoming hyperaware of everything that is around you, and often how it is going to affect your course of action.

This man was looking at his phone, as a consequence he was eaten by an escaped tiger
I honestly believe that the mobile phone is responsible for the dumbing down of society as a whole, as people are more content to look into this screen that they are to look around them. This is good and bad for you if you are not one of the terminally addicted too. This is good in that it can give you the advantage of not being seen and can get you some interesting subject matter. the disadvantage of this is that you can often find yourself being the one that gets bumped into. People are becoming less aware of their surroundings as they become more engrossed in the gadgets they have in their pocket.

They never found this poor mans face. Next time he will be more careful
One of the biggest things that I noticed when I was teaching the workshop was that I was frequently telling the students to look. Now I am also guilty of not looking properly, but I am pretty good. You have to train yourself to look, to be aware. When you are out, even if you are not shooting you should be looking. Make sure you take the time to be aware of your surroundings, look around and see things. Pride yourself in seeing the things that others do not. After all, you are not going to be much cop as a photographer if you are not looking. It will not happen overnight, but you will find yourself seeing then things that you missed before.
Keep looking, keep searching and keep shooting.

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Tokyo Street Photo Workshop – Done

Well well well, The workshop has finished and it has been emotional
Yes, that is right, the workshop has finished and we had a blast. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us, not just the students but the instructors too. We have made friends from all over the world and have seen each other develop our skills. I have learned a lot too…mainly on how not to organize things, but also a bit about myself as a person.

For the first day we met up in the afternoon and got to know our students a little bit. I was going to be taking the beginner group, so after a nice little meet and greet we hit the streets and found our way into the middle of Shibuya. In retrospect this was not the ideal choice for students who consider themselves to be beginners, as Shibuya is a frenetic place with not a great deal of space to move. For me Shibuya is a great spot to go shooting, but I have been there a lot and have had the time to find the things that I like about the place. I think in future workshops it may be better to ease the beginners into a location that is a bit less hectic. the main point for the first night was to get people out and have them shooting in an area that they were not familiar with, and my focus for the evening was to gauge exactly how confident the students were. We had an interesting night and I learned a little about the styles of my students, which was a lot of fun. After a couple of hours of shooting we filled our rumbling bellies and went our separate ways. I got a couple of interesting shots as I was trying out flash for the first time. It is a lot of fun, but not really my style of photography. I now have a great deal of respect for those that can do it well though.

For day two we had an group discussions about our experiences and the instructors introduced their photography. It was really good to hear a wide variety of thoughts about each others photography and to discuss a bit about ourselves.
After a quick spot of lunch my group and I headed out to Ginza and Yurakucho for an afternoon of shooting. We had a long walk and I got to know my students a little bit better. We had a lot of fun shooting through the backstreets in Yurakucho. The weather gods had decided to bless us with some fantastic light, which I instructed the students to take advantage of. We all walked down the main area in Ginza and I got them to try layering their shots and to take advantage of the long shadow casts. It was really nice to see them going out and giving something different a try. Everyone seemed to have a good time and towards dusk we headed back to the Gotanda centre to talk about our experiences and for more workshop tutorials.
In the evening we had organized a smashing dinner at the famous Gonpachi restaurant, the same one that the set of the Kill Bill fight sequence was based on. After a bit of a mixup with the booking we managed to get everyone fed and watered. A good amount of beer was consumed and I tried to get around to speak to as many people as possible. Apologies if I didn’t managed to speak to you all, I tried my best.

The final day and the weather was perfect, which was a huge shame as we has soooo much to do in the workshop that we didn’t actually have time to get out and shoot before we headed off to the Leica party. Eric hosted a workshop before we had an image critique of the students work. It was really amazing to see the work of the students and to see how much they had developed in only two days. A very humbling experience in my opinion. It gave me a lot of pride to see images that they had taken whilst out with me.
After the critique we rushed to to Leica Ginza to finish the rest of the critique and to have the ceremony for the competition.
Leica Japan very kindly offered some lovely prizes of a Magnum photobook, a Leica calendar and a Leica diary for the winner of the best shot of the weekend. There were also several other lovely prizes for runners up and different categories. Champagne flowed and people laughed, it was a lovely ending to a fantastic weekend.

This was a great workshop and a fantastic experience. I was able to show something and teach something to a really enthusiastic bunch of people and I feel like I have made a lot of new friends. It also got me to get out of the photographic rut that I was in. The energy of the students and the way that they saw things really made me think a lot about the way I shoot and how I can develop myself as a photographer. I am really looking forward to teaching another one of these and I hope you are all looking forward to coming to another one.
I am hoping to come and teach in Los Angeles sometime in the new year, I hope you can come and work with me and I look forward to seeing you.

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Tokyo Street Photography Workshop

Eric Kim is in Tokyo, lets get the party started

Tonight is the night! The first night of the Tokyo Street Photography workshop hosted by Eric Kim. Eric arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday and has already been living it up with myself and Charlie Kirk. He has seen the sights and is now ready to get the show started. It seems that Eric is loving Tokyo too (despite the prices).
As part of the workshop we have teamed up with Leica Japan to show the best of the Leica lineup and to give the students a chance to have a hands on with the gear. We will also be having an exclusive party hosted by Leica on the final night. Pretty cool really.
Leica have been kind enough to loan me an M9 for the duration of the workshop, and I have to say I am really enjoying it. It is a fantastic camera. Well built and well balanced it is perfect with my 35mm Summicron ASPH. The images are sharp and well rendered too. I think I am going to have to get one of my own after this.

I am really looking forward to getting a fair bit of use out of this thing and having a good time with the students. I shall be teaching the beginner group and we are going to have a great time. The weather is a bit grotty, but it doesn’t matter, we will wrap up warm and get to it, shooting everywhere we possibly can. There is a lot to see and only a small amount of time to see it, so we are going to do our very best to make sure the students have a fantastic experience.

All of these pictures are ones that I have taken with the M9 since Eric arrived. I am really starting to enjoy using this thing. Though my love is still film, there is no denying the convenience that this camera demonstrates.
I hope you enjoy the shots and enjoy eric’s videos. We are going to be doing updates and blog posts about the workshop so keep on coming back and see what we get.


In your bag #29 – Ade Ogunsanya

In your bag number 29, Ade from the UK/Japan
Today we have a bag from one of my friends and fellow Tokyo shooter, Ade Ogundanya. Ade is from London, but by ways and means found himself in Tokyo (don’t we all?). Take it away Ade:

I’m Ade a.k.a Street Portraitist, a.k.a floatingcamera. I am software developer in Tokyo working for an online advertising company. Of late, I mainly just take street portraits of people I see in the street (not “candid portraits” of girls playing with their keitai, I actually go up and speak to people :) )
All of this is done on medium format and can be found at www.streetportraitist.com.

Contents of the bag from right to left. Got a notepad and pencil to basically write down apeture, shutter and light conditions of each shot. Main motivation for doing this is to check how certain films look in each light and if I am getting the amount of depth of field I wanted for each shot.
Below is Chris Orwigs book People Pictures, very inspirational, I read it for ideas on how to shoot people.
Spare battery for the pentax and light meter and some business cards to give to people after I take their photos.
Next is my weapon of choice the pentax67 with ttl viewfinder. It has a 105mm 2.4 attached to it. Most shots I take are with the 105mm which is about a 55mm on 35mm format.
I carry a spare lens which is 165mm 2.8 which is about about 85mm on 35mm format, I mainly use it for headshots of if I want a tighter shot.
Random rolls of film just incase I end up in a situation where I want to shoot like crazy.
Seckonic light meter. I dont ever use the ttl viewfinder to meter always use the external light meter.
Bag I got for free from my homie Kane (http://www.kanesfeaver.com/).
And thats about it.

Thanks Ade, great to see what you actually shoot with. Always interesting to see inside the bag of a mate.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al).


In your bag #27 – Arato Ogura

In your bag number 27, Arato from Japan
Greetings from Japan, another great bag shot for us. This time it is something special. This is a bag that belongs to a good friend of mine, who has impeccable taste in gear, Mr. Arato Ogura. This man is also partially responsible for my ridiculous gear addiction, as he has one of the finest camera collections of anyone that I know. Today’s bag is special in that it is not so much a camera bag, but a travel bag, which makes it really interesting. Oh, and sound the trumpets, this is our first bag from Japan! Over to you Arato:

Hi folks, my name is Arato – I travel few times a year on business, and I sneak out meetings and trade shows whenever I can and enjoy shooting street snaps on black & white film.
Here’s my things that I carry onboard, clockwise from that M6 on top.

Camera : Leica M6 & 50mm F1.4, Ricoh GR1s
Both are my 10+ year old mates, trustworthy and never lets me down.
The film case is from Fuji, available from JapanCameraHunter.

Pant : Dressterrior Wool Cargo
Nothing special, but with handy large pockets to hold a passport and tickets. Nylon webbing duty belt from Eagle Industries.

Eye mask & slippers : All Nippon Airways
Stole’em from ANA business class.

Shoes : NewBalance 998
Ultimate cushion and support, my first choice footwear for running to/from airport terminal gates.

Bag : Freitag F12 Dragnet
Made from used truck tarps. Liking the size and uniqueness (each bag is different), picked up from the Freitag store in Cologne Germany.

Paperbacks : Japanese classical literatures and/or English mystery novels.

Coin case & wallet : made by Hans Oster (Danish leather craftsman).

Sweater : Paul Stuart merino turtle
I’m a sucker of fine natural fiber, particularly wool. Bought this merino sweater which costed like cashmere 12 years ago, still very soft and the warmth is second to none.

headphones : Shure SE530
The silicone ear buds perfectly isolates the jet roar, and yeah the “noise” of crying baby two rows behind you.

and in the center,

iPad 2, iPhone, and a Moleskine notebook with a Lamy Safari ball point pen.

That’s about it, and hope you guys enjoyed my IYB shot.
Happy shooting +++

Name : Arato
Location : one the move
Occupation : professional camera buff
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/arato

Check out Arato’s flickr to see some absolutely ridiculous gearporn, seriously you will have to wipe the drool from your screen.
Thanks for sharing this cool bag with us Arato, it is interesting to see how people deal with travel in their own style. I hope that you will share another one of your lovely bags with us in the future.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al).



In your bag #20 – Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

In your bag number 20, A very special guest…
See that? Up there? That is a Times Press badge…Which means we have a very special bag for you today. I am lucky enough to be able to show you the bag(s) of a genuine, highly published professional photographer, Mr. Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.
Jeremy works as a photographer in Tokyo, Japan. With twenty years of experience his pictures have appeared in magazines and newspapers the world over, such as The Times, The Guardian, New York Times, Time, National Geographic, Marie Claire, Le Figaro, and many many others. For the last 12 years he has been one of the principle photographers for Greenpeace International. He has been the recipient of awards and his work has been exhibited internationally.
We are extremely lucky to be able to take a peek into Jeremy’s bags, so lets have a look….Over to you Jeremy.
My Crumpler bag is my day-to-day assignment bag. Used most of the time for my editorial/corporate/reportage type assignments. Within it I’d carry any variety of the below equipment. I really like to travel as light as possible, and if this means missing a picture sometimes as I don’t have the right gear with me then that is fine. For every picture I miss, I gain a few others by travelling light. What I carry, and what I carry it in, really depends on the assignment, my mood, and how far I’m going.

If I’m on deadline then I’d carry the laptop and card reader, and modem. If not then it stays at the office. The Quantum and Canon flash, depending on the assignment I’d also leave this at the office. The 300mm, bought to cover Princess Diana’s funeral, only comes out depending on the assignment also, as does the USB modem etc. I try to strip down the bag to as light as possible every time.
The one missing feature on this bag is an outside open pocket to slip a bottle of water into it. A big oversight.

Bag: Crumpler Farmer’s Double L
Canon 1D Mk3
Canon 5D
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Image Stabilizer
Canon 16-35mm f2.8
Canon 1.4 converter (not pictured)
Canon 300mm F4
Canon 550 EX flash
Canon Off-camera extension cable
Quantum flash battery 1+
E-Mobile USD modem
Pack of CF flash cards
Tokyo street atlas
Notepad (I have all my notepads, going back for years..)
Business cards
MacBook Pro 15″
CF card reader

If it is a lit portrait which is required on assignment then the Canons go into my big Tenba bag, along with my Elinchrom Ranger light, and umbrella etc. I have a large, long Manfrotto bag full of stands, clamps, umbrellas, background paper stands etc. Sometimes this gets dragged out also, or if it is a portrait in the street I’ll do away with stands and get my assistant to hold the umbrella and light, thus save incurring the wrath of security or police by having a lighting stand set up as an obstacle in the street.
This Tenba bag is also the one I’d use when going on planes, when I need to carry cameras and laptop etc, to go to a foreign assignment. But this would be without the Elinchrom light obviously, although it has been done on occasion (sweating and praying at check-in).

Tenba bag
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra + ‘s’-type head.
Suntech Umbrella 85cm, or variation of.
5-in-1 reflector 80cm
PocketWizard Plus receiver & transmitter
( and Another Manfrotto bag with light stands, background paper stands etc.)

My little Tenba occasionally gets an outing. It first went with me to Romania, where a few hours after arrival it was very carefully slit down one side by a bunch of thieves on a bus, who were trying to get inside it. Thankfully I noticed something was happening and the theft was thwarted. So down one side at the back it has a 4 inch incision, now sewn up with dental floss (strongest thread around).
This bag is used mainly when I’m shooting for myself, sometimes it’d carry one Canon and two lenses, sometimes my Leicas, or sometimes the Mamiya7. Depends what I’m shooting, and for whom.
The zip is also busted, so this bag is nearing the end of it’s working life perhaps.

Tenba bag
Mamiya 7 and 65mm lens
Leica M6 TTL
Leica M6
Leica M4P (currently on loan to a colleague).
35mm f2 Summicron
28mm Elmarit f2.8
50mm f2 Summicron

I also have a variety of other bags- Sometime the a selection of the above kit would just get thrown in an anonymous looking general day-to-day Karrimor back pack, either for lightness or as I’m shooting somewhere where i don’t wish to stand out as a photographer so much. There’s a blue much loved Domke (F2 I think is it’s name) which I’ve given up using as I find over one shoulder type bags aren’t good for the back or for moving around, now I much prefer a rucksack two-strap variety. I have a waterproof Orteg (bike messenger) bag for assignments at sea and on boats. And two Pelican 1550 cases which I used to use for transiting to ship assignments abroad, when the luggage would go in the plane hold, now I prefer to carry as much as possible in the large Tenba. And a variety of other cameras….the list goes on…

Website is here
Facebook Page

A massive thanks to Jeremy for sharing his bags with us, it is great to see work and pleasure bags side by side. You can see how practical all of these set-ups are. It is a real pleasure to have these bags on here.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al).