2019
05.31

As a budding amateur photographer, I always keep abreast on what is happening in the digital arena. I have recently purchased a Canon 5D MKII after much research. The reason for my purchase was to add something extra to my photography – higher resolution (21.1MP) as well as a better image sensor and full HD video capture.

I have been extremely impressed with the camera so far, after only a couple of weeks of use. However, I have been more impressed with some of the work produced by other companies using the 5D MkII.

The last episode of House aired on 17th May and was shot entirely on a Canon 5D MKII. The House director Greg Yaitanes was available after the programme to answer any questions viewers may have had by using twitter. One of the questions asked was “how was the quality compared to the cameras traditionally used?”. Gregs’ response to this was “I loved it and feel it’s the future – cameras that can give you these looks”.

Greg also used the entire range of Canon Prime lenses as well as Canon 24-70mm and Canon 70-200mm zoom lenses. The effects are amazing. By combining the use of such a competent camera, twinned with Canon prime lenses, the style of imagery created is simply stunning. The subtleties, the use of depth of field, the clarity and colour help make this episode a visual treat.

The outcome was as engaging as any other House episode. I don’t think this will be last time we’ll see a Canon DSLR camera being used in the same way for TV film production or for movies. You may even see a film from me in the future – if I ever find the time!

Article written by Paul Mabin

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2019
05.18

Old news but still fun… Barcodes or UPC symbols are icons of our consumer civilisation have received a radical makeover by a Japanese firm D-Barcode in 2008. Their ideas ended up on grocery products all over Japan. Now, you might not notice anything new when picking up an item in your local 7/11 or Cirlce K Sunkus, but on closer inspection the charmingly designed UPC masterpieces will amuse you, make you smile, and might even cause you to go hunting for other products, to start your collection – such is the Japanese way. Trust the Japanese to glorify every single mundane detail, to cheerfully enhance consumer experience – by adding a little something extra, something so easy to miss. I first fell in love with Japanese packaging, and their cheeky secrets when I discovered the odd-one-out from the marching penguins on Lotte Cool Mint Gum packaging designed by a hero of contemporary Japanese design, Taku Satoh.
I also recently found a Sloth hanging off a washing line on a packet of Japanese ‘Spash’ Gum…
I kid you not.

Sources: darkroastedblend.

(Opinion: Jon Price ? Designer)

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2019
05.05

Kenichi Tanaka made this thesis piece to show his countrymen that things that take place in Japan, ?isn?t that normal? to westerners. So the tale was told from a foreigner?s viewpoint rather than a Japanese?s, but he begs ?please don?t call me racist, because I am one of the short, small eyes Japanese ;P?. This is a smart and insightful piece because of the cultural self-awareness of its maker. Definitely a significant contribution to the world of visual essays. The original Japanese version can be seen here on Vimeo. As infographic animation goes, this is up there for simplicity, humor and captivation of interest. There is certainly a lot missing from my experience but in fairness, a full insight would have a running time of hours not minutes.
Great work.
(Opinion: Jon Price ? Designer)
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