Colour Grading, New Camera, Random Shibuya and more... | 7 Days, 7 Minutes 2015-02-02

00:00 MONDAY Shinjuku Station
01:00 TUESDAY Dogenzaka Crossing
02:00 WEDNESDAY That Fucking Chocolate
02:49 THURSDAY Aoyama Dori
04:00 notFRIDAY The Mighty Tama River
04:47 SATURDAY Leveling Up
05:47 SUNDAY Random Shibuya


Lumine Est department store, Shinjuku Station, Tokyo | Random Japan Phone Snaps.

A walk around one of the most fashionable places for young women to spend their pocket money on frivolous, overpriced things that the magazines tell them they need to have.

Random Japan Phone Snaps are just that, and thus quality will suffer accordingly.


Shinjuku Nightwalk

2 nights ago a friend was in town from the uS for work so the cat and I had dinner with her and roamed around Shinjuku. I had my camera, so I made a point to snappy snap. Thats about it really.
Incidentally, the first one is 16:9 so you can use it as a wallpaper if you want.


Shibuya, Midtown Illumination, Hyperlapse and more.| 7 Days, 7Minutes - backlog

I fell quite far behind on the 7 Days 7 Minutes vids so i caught everything up in this 13 minuite monster backlog vid. enjoy!


Shibuya Nightwalk

I have been doing some part-time layout design in Omotesando at the same place The Cat works, and, because I'm poor, on the trip home, I've been walking to Shibuya to save an extra ¥120 on the train trip. I've also been leaving my camera at home a lot more recently because, at the Tokyo Autosalon, my main 12-35 f2.8 X lens' autofocus system died a spectacular death (I cant afford to get it fixed either... hell. I can't even afford to take the train to Akihabara to get a quote form the Panny repair centre, let alone pay their price.) and if the camera dies too, as my bad-luck, QC-skipped one has a history of doing, I'll be proper screwed financially.

But because it was snowing on Friday, i popped on the 20mm f1.7 pancake and put it in my bag, just in case. The snow was all gone by the time I was done for the day, but I did have the chance to actually take pictures for fun, which I haven't really done in a very long time.

All shots are untouched apart from the odd crop/straighten and the removal of the Aston's Number-plate. Most were shot with the camera's built in vivid colour mode in aperture priority (cars were Auto)

It felt really good. so good that I'm contemplating abusing the credit card to get a second body so that I have a backup, and a daily shooter again. I probably wont unless it actually dies again... at which point I will sell all my Panny kit and go sony because I'm really sick and tired of Panasonic's overly polite, but effectively useless after-sales service, and their woeful lack of pro support.

Anyway... Pictures:

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The Ladies of Tokyo Auto Salon - EXCITING GALLERY #1 (AkihabaraNews.com)

The Ladies of TAS 2015:
Of the record-breaking 309,649 people that attended the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon from the 9th to the 11th of January, a rather substantial portion of them were rocking camera kit that costs more than I made last year. But they were not there to shoot the bold, anti-automotive establishment designs from KRC Modified, or the beautiful tread patterns on Toyo’s new semi slicks - they came for the other staple at car shows: Sexy Ladies.
Intellectually, I’m not too sure I agree with the practice of parading beautiful women around as objects of lust secondary only to the cars themselves, but sports cars are not about thinking with your brain and so...I don’t really know where i’m supposed to go with this.
Editor Reno Interjects: 
Brevity is entirely acceptable here. People didn’t click on this post to bask in the warmth of our journalistic integrity.

You know the drill. click through to AkihabaraNews.com and get an eyefull.


The Rides of Tokyo Auto Salon - BIG-ASS GALLERY #1 (AkihabaraNews.com)

On the Rides of TAS 2015:
This year's Tokyo Auto Salon was held from the 9th to 11th of January. Unlike the biennial Tokyo Motor Show, which is all about showcasing the newest technological developments (translated: how to make driving, quiet, boring, safe and slow), the Auto Salon is all about modified cars; that could mean sticking a V8 into a prius (it was done… and I want to drive it), or it might mean bolting fenders to a lambo because Lamborghinis are boring stock (;p). All the best custom madness from one of the most custom-crazy places on earth was on display.
This year saw a marked increase in non-Japanese cars on the show floor, especially from the bigger houses - it doesn’t help that Japanese automakers seem fundamentally opposed producing any new cool cars that moneyed folk would want to buy. With the exception of the 86 and the GT-R, the majority of Japanese tuned vehicles were the same mid-nineties to early-naughties classics.
It also reflects the state of the tuner market because, increasingly, the only Japanese people who mod are the overly wealthy who buy sports cars to stroll along Tokyo’s Aoyama-dori showing off how well they exploited Abenomics. Or, there are the increasingly poor car enthusiasts who scrape their continually decreasing (thanks to Abenomics) part-timer wages to spend on the 25 year old JDM because parts are plentiful and dirt cheap (and they don’t break).
The funny thing is, out of all the cars on show, the only car I desperately wanted to take home was the Car Guys/Vertex Nissan Silvia S15... Okay maybe the Roberuta Ferrari F40 too.
Editor Reno Interjects: 
Ferrari F40 all the way. No debate. Also, I made Nayalan use the phrase “Big-Ass Gallery” in the title, and I stand by the decision.

Picture galleries are all on AkihabaraNews.com go lookie!


Tokyo Autosalon 2015 - sexy cars and fast women.

I went to Tokyo Autosalon as press this year to take photos, which are going to be published (I'll post them when they are up), but nobody wanted to pay proper money for the vid (nobody seems to want to pay proper money for any content these days it seems). SO I put it on my own YouTube channel. Enjoy.