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In Tokyo and surrounding areas, signs of electricity conservation are visible everywhere. Rolling blackouts are in effect, train services have been scaled back, stores and businesses are using fewer lights, advertising signs and escalators have been switched off, and even some pachinko parlors have cut their hours of operation. On Twitter, a community of graphic designers has sprung up to create posters encouraging people to save power. Residents of eastern Japan are encouraged to print them out and post them where they live and work. [Link: Setsuden via GaijinPot]

Japanese electricity saving poster --
Everyone save electricity

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Local gas companies occasionally add a touch of character to the giant spherical gas containers that dot the landscape of Japan. Here are a few examples.

Decorated gasholder in Japan --
Nicotan (mascot of Shibata Gas) -- Shibata, Niigata prefecture [via]

Decorated gastank in Japan --
Watermelon -- Tomisato, Chiba prefecture [via]

Decorated gas holder in Japan --
Hikari-chan and Gatto-kun -- Niigata [via]

Decorated gas tank in Japan --
Zen monk-poet Ryōkan -- Tsubame, Niigata prefecture [via]

Decorated gasholder in Japan --
Soccer ball -- Kiryū, Gunma prefecture [via]

Decorated gastank in Japan --
Tokkikki (Niigata prefectural mascots) -- Niigata [via]

Decorated gas holder in Japan --
Ōnyūdō -- Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture

Decorated gas tank in Japan --
Peach -- Akaiwa, Okayama prefecture [via]

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Playful, sensual and elegant are some of the words that describe Serge Leblon's photographs. His images are anything but harsh, opening up an evocative world of fantasy and desire. In fact, the Belgian's romanticism is somewhat at odds with the aggressive sexiness found in mainstream fashion imagery. Even though he has a spark in his eyes, Leblon comes across as a discreet and humble man.

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American artist Lee Price paints photographs of women and food. Working with her photographer Tom Moore, the images are painstakingly reproduced using oil on linen canvas’ to create a soft milky tenderness to a series of works exploring the deeper aspects of feminine nature. In this line of work, Lee develops her ideas by focusing on the nurturing traits conditioned in women to look after the needs of others before tending to their own. Continuing her observation of feminine conditions through this singular technique, Lee talked to Dazed Digital about the process…

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Taking portraits of people entering his flat for a consecutive five days, experimental photographer Martin Zahringer created a lighting setup in his home and asked his flatmates, via chalkboard, to take their portraits - as he had decided to conduct it in complete silence. The invitation was then extended to his friends on Facebook which then led to a steady stream of up-for-it people coming into Zahringer's flat every day. The results of the portraits means they were of a very awkward and intimate nature as he wouldn't be able to chat to or direct them. In addition to this, because of the lens he used, Zahringer was rather too close for comfort to the people he was shooting - which may show in the final images...

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 Terminal

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When we chose the theme 'Terminal' for this issue several months ago, we were aware, of course, that some contributors would be exploring the issue of man's mortality and contemplating some of the uncomfortable truths and difficult issues that come with the territory. None of us could have predicted then, however, that it would take on such a horribly topical relevance in light of the tragic deaths of Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, two experienced, passionate and hugely respected photographers, both killed by a mortar on April 20th whilst covering the civilian rebellion in Misrata, Libya.

Though none of us would claim to have known either man well, our paths had crossed in the past. Justin's sister, the violinist Fenella Barton, collaborated with Chris - who was a huge classical music buff - on a project in which his images were projected while she performed Bach's Partita in D minor. According to accounts from Justin and other's who were lucky enough to be there, it was a hugely moving experience. At Deep Sleep from now on, whenever we hear that piece of music, we will think of Chris Hondros.

As for Tim, I met him just once many years ago, but as those who knew him have testified, he was the kind of person whose humanity, passion and fierce intelligence made an instant and lasting impression. He joined Ian Teh and I for lunch in Shoreditch where he spoke with characteristic enthusiasm and articulacy of his plans to expand beyond the bounds of still photography ('transjournalism' as he would later call it). I remember sitting there a bit awestruck thinking "this bloke is operating on an altogether higher level to the rest of us!" I walked back to the studio with the humbling yet inspiring feeling one gets having met with the full force of a superior intellect. He put that intellect to very good use but, gentle, modest, self-effacing Englishman that he was, he carried it lightly.

Tim was a Liverpool FC fan. From now on, when they're belting out You'll Never Walk Alone at the Kop, we will be thinking not of football but of Tim Hetherington. As was clear from the outpouring of spontaneous and heartfelt tributes when the news of their untimely deaths broke, both of these exceptional men will be sorely missed and not forgotten.

Editorial: Ben Smith

Pictures: Getty / Matt Stuart


 
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一眼レフ用広角レンズと同じ設計を採用

DP1xのレンズは、一眼レフ用広角レンズのレンズタイプとして一般的なレトロフォーカスタイプの構成を採用しています。レトロフォーカスタイプは、デジタルカメラに重要なテレセントリック性に優れ、周辺光量を豊富に取り込みやすい性質を持っており、DP1xの専用レンズもその特性を存分に活かした設計となっています。周辺光量は十分に確保しつつ、非点収差や像面湾曲を極限まで抑えることに成功しています。

一方で、レトロフォーカスタイプは焦点距離に比べてバックフォーカスを長く取る特性があるため、必然的にレンズ全長が長くなるという欠点も持ち合わせています。全長を可能な限り抑制しつつ、高画質を実現するために、DP1x用レンズには後群に高屈折率グラスモールド非球面レンズを採用しています。これにより、レンズ枚数を削減し、高性能を保ったままで全長を短くすることに成功しました。また、このグラスモールド非球面の採用は、非点収差とコマ収差の高度な補正をも可能にしています。

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