Author Archives: Michael Gakuran

A Brush with the Law at a Haikyo Hotel

Arriving at the haikyo hotel was relatively straightforward. A train ride to the nearest station and a long walk along a road skirting the edge of a mountain. I discovered the entrance, partially blocked with the telltale orange and black ‘Safety First’ signs. I scouted around for security systems at first, as there were a […]
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Iori Tomita’s New World Transparent Specimens

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. – Ludwig Wittgenstein. So goes the age-old philosopher’s quote on the front of Iori Tomita’s book ‘Transparent Silence’. A curious collection of see-through animals, preserved in jars and dyed with colourful chemicals to give a 3-dimensional x-ray look into each specimen. Pretty much the exact kind […]
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Night Walk with the E-P3 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens

Finally! It’s been 2 long, infuriating years, but the lens we’ve all been waiting is finally here! A bright f/1.8 portrait lens for the micro 4/3 format with delicious bokeh. It arrived on my doorstep a few days back and I’ve been just positively itching to take it out and give it a whirl. Here’s […]
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Olympus PEN E-P3 Field Test

The E-P3 is a camera made for taking with you. For the last 3 weeks I’ve had it out and about shooting Japanese festivals and fireworks displays, photographing beetles and having fun in coffee shops. It’s just ideal for casually hanging around your shoulder as you hop out the door, but ready for action even […]
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Kanabun Drone Beetle Macro with the E-P3

On my night walk yesterday evening I came across some rather handsome done beetles, known as かγͺぢん in Japan. I decided to go back tonight armed with my tripod, macro lens and flash to see if I couldn’t grab some shots of my shiny, metallic beetle friends.
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Night Walk with the E-P3 and Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica Lens

I know, I know. I should be working on the actual review of the E-P3, but the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica DG Summilux lens I ordered finally arrived. As per typical Panasonic, it was delayed by 2 weeks, but it got here safely in the end, a little warm from the Japanese summer heat.
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Olympus E-P3 Shooting Fireworks

Very quick post today! I’ve been busy lately designing websites for clients, as well as a new, sexy ‘responsive design’ version of Gakuranman.com. It’s because I got the design itch again I love all you mobile users out there and I want to make sure you can enjoying visiting the site without it looking bad. […]
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Olympus E-P3 PEN Preview

The first images of the soon-to-be-announced Olympus E-P3 micro 4/3s camera have been leaked online! I must say it looks gorgeous, just like my long lost E-P1. The styling is very similar, but Olympus have finally added the missing features I’ve been craving for since the launch of the original PEN series cameras.
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