About super typhoons and Typhoon Jebi

At time of writing we are taking a direct hit from the typhoon. It’s the strongest I’ve experienced since I was in Taiwan. The last typhoon I saw in typhoon I saw a roof lifted and dumped onto the road below my apartment, where a driver stopped and stared at it for a good five minutes before his senses returned. Below is the clean up of that roof. I don’t remember why I didn’t photograph the actual incident. I just heard the loud crashing sound from inside my apartment.

Roofs can be deadly flying debris during a typhoon. Photo taken in Taiwan, 2005.

Roofs can be deadly flying debris during a typhoon. Photo taken in Taiwan, 2005.

Wind gusts of over 250km/h or about 125kt are strong enough for any flying debris to be deadly. DO NOT GO OUT if it is anywhere close to a super typhoon, and of course do not go out into a super typhoon.

Super typhoons can tear branches of trees and uproot others.

Super typhoons can tear branches of trees and uproot others.

 

Typhoons can be very dangerous. Here’s a sample of the dangers.

 

Model Call in Nagoya 29th Sept #ModelCall

Only open to people already or about to be in Nagoya Japan. If you’re travelling through, and will be in Nagoya on that afternoon, please get in touch. If you can’t do this, could you please pass this information onto a friend who might be interested. Also this is a great opportunity to build your portfolio, and to get know by me a photographer for future work. Updates to the following information will come.

What: Pose as customers in a local pub for commercial art project. The photos will be displayed at the Foreign Artists Exhibition in the first week of November.

Who: Limited to four people (preferably two men & two women) of about 30 years old. Nationalities should be mixed including Japanese and others.

When: 2-4pm, Saturday 29th Sept

Where: Local pub in Meieki, Nagoya, Japan.

Wear: Smart casual (more information to come)

Preparation: All models will be sent a Shoot Plan, which provides information to study, including how to pose, suggested pose styles, and makeup requirements and advice.

Makeup: This is a low-budget shoot, so sadly we cannot have the assistance of a MUA this time. Please prepare your own makeup as stated in the Shoot Plan.

Benefits: Trade-for-prints (up to 10 images for your portfolio and social media self-promotion, number of images will be decided later), and up to two free drinks provided by the venue. Possibility for more work in the future.

Legal: All models will be required to sign an industry standard model release in either English or Japanese.

Language: At least some English required; Japanese abilities are helpful.

Outcome: The images will be used in an art exhibition and online.

Contact: https://portfolio.japanesephotos.asia/contact.

See here for more information about model calls, and here for How to Model. モデル求人 and モデルのやり方.

A young lady in a local pub. A young lady in a local pub.

Art Print disruptions for upcoming US holidays

I’ve received an email warning of disruptions to art print services by one of my automatic fulfillment vendors, AdoramaPix, in the US. This only applies to some art products that can be ordered via portfolio.japanesephotos.asia, but does not affect ablyth-shop.com. Information I received is as follows:

…print partner AdoramaPix will be closed and pausing order fulfillment September 10 and September 11 in observance of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday, September 19 in observance of Yom Kippur,  and September 24 – October 1 in observance of Sukkot. …

  • FOR ROSH HASHANAH: Orders placed before 5 PM ET on September 7th will be fulfilled before AdoramaPix closes. Orders placed after this or during the closure will be fulfilled when AdoramaPix returns on September 14th.
  • FOR SUKKOT: Orders placed before 5 PM ET on September 19th will be fulfilled before AdoramaPix closes. Orders placed after this or during the closure will be fulfilled when AdoramaPix returns on October 2nd.

Nagoya Dance Festival – Domatsuri

New domatsuri (Nagoya Dance Festival) photos have been added to the Culture Gallery of my portfolio. There’s plenty to choose from. These are especially good for news and media distribution.

Competitors at the annual Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri)

Competitors at the annual Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri)

 

The origin of the festival is a little sad. It was started by some local university clubs, but was taken over by the city; taking control away from university students and to benefit the local government. However, not all is bad. Today, there are a variety of teams that compete. There are still university teams, also community groups, local towns (which include children, parents, and grandparents), overseas dance guests, and even the local professional pop group SKE48. Each team can have between about 10 to 50 members, and there can be over 200 teams participating, and so as of 2014, there were about 23,000 entrants. The best teams are typically the university clubs who aim to win; and the teams that are usually the most impressive are typically the Kyoto and Hokkaido teams. The music is played from an accompanying truck that rolls ahead of the group as they advance along the street. The crowds are dazzled by amazing costumes and amazing dance moves. Of course, the teams of older ladies and community groups are there for the experience, but there are groups that are amazing to watch.

Competitors at the annual Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri)

Competitors at the annual Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri)

 

The event generates a huge number of photos, and so eventually I will cut back on the number I keep in my portfolio. So, please get the ones you want as soon as possible.

Gallery: https://portfolio.japanesephotos.asia/gallery/Nagoya-Domatsuri/G0000WrxJRrx512o/C0000NMg8GDdr2Vs

Competitors at the annual Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri)

Competitors at the annual Nagoya Dance Festival (Domatsuri)

References: https://www.domatsuri.com/english/
Previous posts: https://japanesephotos.asia/blog/tag/domatsuri/

New Summer Surf tshirts, tank tops, hoodies now available

Fans and followers will recognise this photo taken a few weeks ago at Utsumi. It’s now available as print-on-demand clothing. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and planning for the shoot, and then a lot of time thinking and planning the design of this print. There are two shirts, one is of a heavier cloth (great for all-year round wear), and the other is lighter (great for hot weather). All other items are light and roll up small, so can easily fit into any backpack or carry bag for whatever adventure you’re on. The hoodie is great for late or early summer and spring & autumn. Get them now, while they’re hot. Oh, and older and discontinued products gets taken offline. So, if you’re looking for a item that was there, but can’t find it, it might be sadly gone forever.

See these great products here: https://ablyth-shop.com/collections/summer

To purchase the actual digital file of the photo for your own projects: portfolio.japanesephotos.asia/gallery/Sea-Ocean

Summer Series: Surf now available on shirts, tanktops, and hoodies.

Summer Series: Surf now available on shirts, tanktops, and hoodies.

New Sea & Ocean gallery with amazing sunset photos

Sunset and crashing waves at Utsumi beach resort.

Sunset and crashing waves at Utsumi beach resort.

Yesterday, I went to Utsumi, a seaside resort town about an hour or so from Nagoya city. It’s a quiet little town that has shower heads mounted on the outside of some houses (obviously a sea-loving family lives there). There are seasonal stalls set up just for the August holiday period. Suntanned beach bodies strolling along the sands and the concrete seawalls. It’s a great little place. So, my intention for going there (again) was to get some new art-like photos and some dramatic self-portraits. I especially hoped to get some amazing sunset photos. As it turns out, the sunset views aren’t as great as I’d like it to be there. Anyway, I had a bit of sun playing about and trying to figure out how to get interesting wave photos. I got splashed by waves quite a bit, and my camera and lenses got sea water on them too. At the end of the day I was getting very worried about my camera and gear. Even though weather resilience is built into professional gear, it’s still corrosive sea salt that it was hit with. I went straight home, wiped everything down with men’s face wipes (ethanol-like wet wipes specifically to clean off skin grease), put it all in one of my camera dry boxes with a fresh desiccate satchel, and saw the humidity gauge hit 80%, before dropping to 60% (it’s still just above the safe zone for camera gear). The dry box is like a hyperbaric chamber for camera gear. I hope that when I can open the box again, both cameras and all the lenses will work just fine (I’m sure they will, but still worried about the long term corrosion possibility).

Sunset over Ise Bay taken from Utsumi beach resort.

Sunset over Ise Bay taken from Utsumi beach resort.

These are the lead photos of that shoot, and these can be purchased as digital downloads, or art prints (prepared and delivered from approved professional labs in the US). I may choose one or two for next month’s signed-by-the-artist limited print run. These signed-by-the-artist limited prints will be prepared and sent from here in Japan. Look out for announcements. For all other orders, see the complete gallery here: https://portfolio.japanesephotos.asia/gallery/Sea-Ocean/G0000XfPbqWQZpYk/C0000AsLlJc9PPOU.

Self-portrait sunset photos taken at Utsumi beach resort.

Self-portrait sunset photos taken at Utsumi beach resort.

New artwork: Meieki Blur on sale until 20th Aug, order now

I’ve been sooooo incredibly busy. I wish I could have put this out sooner. This image was chosen after the voting competition to choose the best in July, and where Robin M won. However, for him/her to claim their prize, we need at least 12 sales. Please share this information, but more importantly, please please decorate your walls with this very fine art print. This will be on sale until 20th Aug 2018, so order now. After the 20th I’ll begin the printing and mounting process, and orders will be put into the mail as soon as possible. A portion of sales will also contribute to Tree Nation, and organisation that aims to support the future. More images and details at:  https://ablyth-shop.com/collections/ablyth-art/products/ablyth-framed-art-meieki-blur

Each print will be hand-signed and numbered by Andrew. This print will be the first of a series on a similar theme.

Frame art prints of Meieki Blur on sale until the 20th Aug 2018.

Frame art prints of Meieki Blur on sale until the 20th Aug 2018.

 

Andrew signing a print of Meieki Blur.

 

Frame art prints of Meieki Blur on sale until the 20th Aug 2018.

Frame art prints of Meieki Blur on sale until the 20th Aug 2018.

 

Andrew testing different pens to find the one that works best for signing this particular image.

 

Frame art prints of Meieki Blur on sale until the 20th Aug 2018.

Frame art prints of Meieki Blur on sale until the 20th Aug 2018.

BREAKING: Mexico wins the World Cosplay Summit 2018. Details:

As I sit here writing this, it’s after midnight, still getting over my heatstroke, and still importing the images from my memory cards. It was at least 39 degrees Celsius (over 100 degrees F) today, which is too hot for any outdoor activities. I struggled with the minor competition outdoors at Oasis 21. Later, thankfully, the main event with the international performances was held in partially air conditioned the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. I still don’t think my brain is working as well as it could be.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

The international performances were great. However, there was one performance that was head and shoulders above the others. Mexico. They won a bunch of minor awards, and the Grand Prize. It was well deserved the win. Their performance was a recreated battle scene based on the computer game Street Fighter.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

The performance was amazing to watch. Every move seemed to go off without a hitch, and it truely represented very well the Street Fighter game. Furthermore, the crowd went wild during the performance and after. The many thousands of fans watching over the internet voted with a 50.7% preference for them to win the NicoNico award.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

The photos of this astounding performance and more are available for sale via the portfolio. Updates will come.

 

Update 8th Aug: The Mexican team are the BananaCosBoys. My tweet announcing them the winners went viral with hundreds of shares and reshares, and thousands of likes already.

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their

The Mexican Team wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit with their crowd stunning acrobatic Street Fighter performance.

I just arrived at today’s sumo tournament a little early

I just arrived at today’s sumo tournament; a little early. Even though they start at about 8.30am, most fans get here at about 3pm or so. As I arrived there were already announcements that they are already sold out today. It will fill up. This photo and more from today will be available for sale later today. Contact me for details.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2ztrjhh
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