In short, I will make a travel guide for a autumn-colours tourist spot here in Japan.
There is fledgling community of patrons following JapanesePhotos.Asia at Patreon.com/ablyth. There, I post a photo a week and share travel guide information for followers. From the 1st October a poll opens only for patrons in the $5 tier. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas on where I should go. I hope to create a great travel guide for a place to see autumn colours here in Japan. If we get enough funding, then I can travel to more adventurous places, or get the help of models (may be in a kimono).
Join the community, have your say, and access content including photos. Usually, these photos cost USD$25 each, but the minimum is $1 or $5 (whatever you can chip in).
As I’ve said in previous blog posts, all future travel articles, travel info, and travel guides will be published on our new Patreon project. Currently, it’s called 52 Photos of Japan, but perhaps 52 Facts About Japan is better. Whatever it’s called, it is ladened with info about this weird, beautiful, some times crazy, sometimes delightful land. Today’s new blog post is a travel guide about how you can visit Satsuki and Mei’s house, a replica from the beautiful iconic classic My Neighbour Totoro. See it at Patreon.com/ablyth.
- Photos: me
- Story: me
- Model: Chiaki
Every company wants news about them to go viral, but not like how it went viral for Nikon. I didn’t even know this, until FStoppers released a news story that had these points
- Nikon released the new and amazing D850 (Ok, I knew this)
- Nikon recently announced an all star team of photographers
- The all star team would promote the Nikon D850
- They are all men
I also noticed that the team exclusively consists of Caucasians, Central and East Asians. The main points I see is that there are no women, and it represents a racial profile that suits Nikon. It was also pointed out by a Twitter member (sorry, I forgot who), that the Nikon president doesn’t want to show women using cameras, as it would appear that the cameras would be too simple. Pure sexism. To be fair, in the global group they have one Italian woman included.
In contrast is Yashica, this week hinted a new chapter in their company’s history with this video showing a young Japanese woman using a vintage camera, a smartphone adapting lens, and a hint of something new in the works.
JapanesePhotos.Asia has started a new project at Patreon.com/ablyth, where we will share:
- 1 new photo each week with a short story about Japan (you can keep the photo for personal use on your own blogs), and
- Each month, a new travel guide entry, or
- A photographic how-to (great for beginners and travellers)
This project is really new, and we have BIG plans for it. It is exciting, and will be loaded with travel advice, travel information, and photographic ideas to make your next big trip fantastic. Best part is: It’s super cheap AND you can join in the discussion. Most travel books provide information one-way. Here, we will build a community, and you can have your say on what we can do next. That’s right, if you want to know more about a place in Kyoto, and other people agree, we can take you there with our Patreon blog.
We’ve teamed up with HelloSpace.Me the leading provider of websites for education and lifestyle people and groups.
Want your own .com web address and website? Yes, you can be one of five people to win the first year of your own website FREE from HelloSpace.Me. To enter, simply Become a Patron to our Patreon.com/ablyth blog in September 2017 and you’re in the running. Winners will be announced both here, Patreon.com/ablyth, and at HelloSpace.Me/blog. The prize is over USD$130 of webspace and domain for your own website*.
You will get:
- The Lite Plan with 3Gb webspace, easy one-click install of WordPress and many other web apps, upto 5 email addresses, and more (see the Lite Plan here).
- Domain registration (for your own web address) choose a name with one of the following TLDs: .com .audio .ca .cn .eu .nagoya .net .nl .nz .one .org .pro .ru .space .tokyo .uk .us (USD$20/yr limit).
- If you prefer a different TLD like .blog .me or .photo then you will still get the 3Gb webspace free, but you will neet to pay for the domain registration (web address registration) yourself. Full list of TLDs is here.
- Choose your web address / domain registration at: https://hellospace.me/host/index.php.
- Cost of renewal after the first year is: domain registration plus Lite Plan fees (current discounted cost: USD$60) plus taxes.
- Winners to be announced 1st October 2017, and will be chosen at random.
- Follow us on Twitter.com/japanesephotos Instagram.com/japanesephotosasia Patreon.com/ablyth
- Follow HelloSpace.Me on Twitter.com/hellospaceme.
Best of luck
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There’s two things that have got me down this week, but at the same time two things more than make up for it. Let’s start with the good, and I promise to end with a funny comment.
As readers know, this week has been a busy one for me. I’ve continued to set up and added to the new Patreon.com/ablyth page, and I’m preparing the 52 Week Japan Photos project (a full weekend and then some is still required). The first patron exclusive photo went out on Friday night. The other good thing is I’ve submitted a proposal to KickStarter, and hopefully they will understand it and approve of it. If not, I’ll find new ways to promote the cost-share product shoot.
The first thing that has let me down also relates to Kickstarter. I supported the Rigiet smartphone gimble. It was meant to be delivered in June, however, at time of writing, I’m still waiting. I got the delivery tracking number at the end of July, but still no movement. Apparently, the company that makes it chose a bad shipping company and had “problems” (as they vaguely described). However, in the last few days people in the US and Europe have been saying that they’re getting theirs. Another, “however” is that it doesn’t work properly. They are reporting that it is so bad it’s unusable. There appears to be no Android app, it doesn’t calibrate, batteries are faulty, and the motors don’t seem strong enough to support the iPhone. Other people are reporting that they didn’t get the GoPro mount adapters they also ordered. Most disconcerting of all is the lack of communication from the Rigiet company. They are reactionary in their communication, but also they do not respond to many people’s requests for refunds.
The Rigiet gimble, apparently DOA.
The company that should be doing it right is Amazon Japan. My old external drives started to act unreliably, and with 17 years of data and photos stored on them, it’s time to upgrade. So, I recently ordered and started to set up a RAID storage system. The latest step was to add an 8Tb hard drive to the system. This is a very important step, as it would be a backup drive for what is already set up, and allow me to reorganise all my current storage systems so it all is consolidated. However, this morning my joy sank immediately on opening the box.
As you can see, the ¥27,000 (about $300) Seagate 8Tb hard drive was not in a normal protective packaging, but in bubble wrap, thrown in lose with the breakfast cereal. The most crucial element of a storage and RAID system is the trust you have that it will not fail; at least it should last a few years. However, this HDD was simply sitting on the floor of the box, sandwiched between the corn flakes and spacer paper added. Hard disk drives cannot be bounced around, and they cannot suffer hard jolts from being on the floor of a delivery truck. Added to that, there are people on Amazon.jp saying that their devices failed within months (1-star feedback). I cannot risk having a system failure, and I cannot risk losing 17 years worth of data on a very large disk, where one small bit of damage can undermine the whole system. Consequently, I’m returning it. I hit the return button on Amazon within 10 minutes of receiving it.
As you can see in the images above, the boxes were damaged, and one was partly open, allowing the world to see what brand of laundry detergent I use.
However, simply returning items to Amazon isn’t simple. There are reports of people being banned for returning too many faulty or problematic items (The Guardian). I worry that this may affect my standing with Amazon, but Amazon isn’t the only online marketplace… though there is no comparison.
In any case, I got my bran flakes delivered for me. Yay! I love the twenty-first century!
We’ve started our two Patreon projects:
- 52 Photos of Japan (weekly)
- Travel info, guide, travel photo articles
The first Patreon exclusive content goes out at 7pm tonight (Friday) Japan time. It includes a free photo normally worth USD$25/photo, for JUST $1 or $5/post. Find us at Patreon.com/ablyth.
We have published a lot of great travel articles, travel guides, and more here on our blog. However, we don’t get paid for it. A lot of people are able to benefit for free, but we struggle to afford the trips and the models we need. Consequently, we will be doing two new projects on Patreon.Com/ablyth.
- The 52 Week Japan Photo Project, a photo per week will be given for free to patrons.
- All new travel articles and travel guides will be published on our Patreon page; we hope to eventually do this monthly. Included will be large-sized photos that patrons can download and use without any watermarks. Patrons can also use these photos for their own personal use including blogs.