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Random Japan

February 23rd, 2010 by admin

Just going through some photos from January’s trip to Japan, and found some cool random pics.


Slammed S14. I hated the original front end of the first series S14, but drop it this low, and it looks great.


Jinglish names are cool. Sexy Cramp is curious.


I usually go to Japan once a year, so it’s interesting to see new products on the shelves. Chocolate drinks were the trend for 2010, with this one and a Chocolate Beer catching my eye.


Australia is in a Vitamin water buzz, something which Japan and the US experienced maybe 5 years ago. Japan has now moved over to a Protein water trend.


I love steam buns, this was a 30th anniversary Pac-Man bun. Custard and nuts inside. Yum.


I heart rust


I think this was a video store? Immigrant? exactly.


No need to cover the load. Japanese roads are smooth.


H1 in Tokyo. It would be a struggle to drive on so many of the narrower streets.

CBD

February 22nd, 2010 by admin

I had some meetings in the city the other day, and took my camera along. I was a bit rushed walking from meeting to meeting, but still managed to stop for a second to get these shots.

ThinkTANKPhoto update

February 18th, 2010 by admin

After finishing my first overseas trip with my new bag, which I initially review here I can now tell you all how it went. When packing for an OS trip I do take a fair bit of non photographic gear in my camrea bag, as it becomes my only carry on bag. Initially I thought that I wasn’t going to fit everything in, my former Lowepro bag had a large front pocket which would fit a stack of gear. But the TTP Airport Take Off only has two small outside pockets, which I use for emergency gear like spare USB cables, tissues, that sort of thing. When I finally loaded up all my gear into the TTP, I was amazed at how much more stuff I could fit in. It just kept eating anything I needed to take.

10 days of travels around Japan made me realise I should have never even attempted to carry 25 odd kilos on my back, a roller makes things so much easier. Having the ability to make it a backpack was perfect, as there were times I had to walk on dirt, up stairs, or just not roller friendly situations.

My only criticism of the Airport TakeOff was that if I load up the bag, and then the laptop bag, the laptop bag (artificial intelligence 17) doesn’t really fit easily into the backpack. If I have just the laptop in its bag, so no power supply or mouse or anything else, then it can fit. However most of the time the laptop stayed at the hotel, or I would carry that as it own shoulder bag. The other solution was to put everything into the main bag itself. So far it’s not the perfect bag, but it’s the closest thing I’ve used.

K-1 World Champ

February 17th, 2010 by admin

I was lucky enough to photograph a K-1 World Champion not too long ago. Mark Hunt is a New Zealander who now lives in Australia, and has a pretty seriously modified Monaro as his toy car.

Mark was a great guy and good to talk to, I did find out that he is a big online gamer and loves playing Counter Strike. So if you ever come across a guy who says he is a K-1/MMA fighter, be warned, he really might be one.

For the strobists, I used 3 580EX’s, two on the right and behind had shoot through umbrellas.

New Host

February 15th, 2010 by admin

I have moved webhosts, my old provider had way too many new outages, so I hope the new guys are better.
My email is still moving over due to DNS, so if you do email me and it bounces, try my gmail account pakula@gmail.com regular services should be fine in 48 hours or so.