Archive | May 2010

Fujifilm adds an “inkjet paper” production line to its U.S. plant

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

Addressing expanded demands for inkjet paper Fujifilm adds an “inkjet paper” production line to its U.S. plant

FUJIFILM Corporation has established another production line at its U.S. plant (FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, Inc.) for the production of inkjet paper, to meet growing worldwide demands in the field of imaging. The facility has gone into production this month.

Fujifilm provides a wide range of printing materials for imaging, such as silver halide photographic paper. The sales of its inkjet paper products, including the “Kassai” series for in-home printing, as well as the digital minilabs and wide-format printing systems for retail stores, is expanding mainly in North America. For this reason, Fujifilm has been preparing to begin production in the United States to complement manufacturing operations in Japan. The completion of the U.S. line has established a dual-hemisphere production structure for global distribution.

For many years, Fujifilm has globally delivered silver halide photographic paper and other printing materials, printing equipment, printing solutions, and other services as the leading company in imaging business. Fujifilm will continue to identify diverse customer needs and provide convenient and value-added products and services, thereby contributing to the development of the world’s imaging industry.

Corporate profile of the U.S. plant

  1. Company name: FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A, Inc.
  2. Location: Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  3. Representative: Shinji Kataoka, President
  4. Paid-in capital: US$80 million
  5. Equity ratio: 100% FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation
  6. Production items: Color photographic paper, single-use cameras, inkjet paper, pre-sensitized printing plates
  7. Site area: Approx. 200 hectares
  8. Number of employees: Approx. 900

F.U.N. Outing at Bright Hill

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

This series of images was taken during our “Vesak Day F.U.N. Outing: “Candle Light Offering & Aspiration” on 22nd May 2010.

The objective of this F.U.N. outing was to capture Buddhist monks and devotees engaging in a pre-Vesak Day religious candlelight offering ceremony at the Hall of Great Compassion at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, also known as Bright Hill Temple.

There are several challenges facing our members during this shoot. Firstly, non-official photographers were not allowed to go near the main hall or the devotees. Secondly, the perimeter of the hall was cordoned-off, thus members had no choice but to shoot from the side road which was about thirty meters away from the hall. Finally, the lighting was very dim. Without a fast lens, it was impossible not to shoot at higher ISO settings.

Nonetheless, our members didn’t give up.  Armed with Fujifilm FinePix cameras,  coupled with quick thinking and steady hands, they were able to capture some of the most extraordinary moments.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

F.U.N. bromancing at Flipside 2010

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

In conjunction with the Singapore  Arts Festival, Esplanade presents Flipside, a series of performances which reflect the lighter side of the arts, offering fun and quirky theatre, music and dance programmes. Flipside spans from 14th May till 13th Jun 2010. Audiences can expect unconventional, imaginative work and eccentric humour!

Sushi Tap Show by Tokyo TapDo! (Japan)

Witness a “Japanised” tap-dancing infused with classical music, Tango with tap-dance, comedy with Japanese costume. Tokyo TapDo! has appeared regularly in events both inside and outside of Japan. Their signature work, Sushi Tap Show premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in UK.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Below are some of the images taken by F.U.N. member Excelglsi not using Fujifilm product.

[photo: Excelglsi]

[photo: Excelglsi]

[photo: Excelglsi]


[photo: Excelglsi]

[photo: Excelglsi]

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Fires of Eden by Starlight Alchemy (Singapore)

In this original production, Asia’s premier fire performances troupe Starlight Alchemy presents Fires of Eden. The story is derived from the biblical account of the Book of Genesis. In a post apocalyptic garden presided by elements on fire, stories of Adam and Eve unfold. Their blissful life in the Garden of Eden is rudely interrupted when they are banished for committing the crime of consuming fruit from the Tree of  the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

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[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Macro Photography with FinePix HS10

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

Moose Montana, writer and creator of Moose’s Camera Tips, has recently posted an excellent article on how to take  close-ups with the Fujifilm FinePix HS10. You can read all about it HERE.

[graphic: cameratips.com]

Underwater Photography with FinePix F80EXR

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

Showcasing at Fujifilm FinePix Lagoon is a series of underwater images taken by the superb F80EXR.

You can view them HERE.

Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

Waterproof Case WP-FXF80

[images: fujifilm.com]

Photo of the Month – April 2010

[written by KopiOkaya]

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

The lyrics from ABBA’s famous song Money Money Money says it all:

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world

With enough money, we (the rich men and women) can be both funny and sunny. In Andikong’s case, the money can be both sunny and funny. How? Let me explain. Andikong, a.k.a. “Bling Bling King”, is capable of capturing any objects (money notes included) and makes them shine like a sunny afternoon. More importantly, Andikong makes photographing money intriguing for the “FUNees”. You see, Andikong sparked-off the “Money Macro” movement with this pioneering money photo. (You can read more about it on SgShoot Forum HERE) This image had snowballed a progressive interests among F.U.N. members and had prompted them to photograph money notes using the macro function of their Fujifilm FinePix cameras (myself included) without using any close-up adapter (such as Raynox). The results are both unusually diverse and fascinating. Money Macro is not as easily as one thinks so. It does require some skill, technique, plenty of patience and sweat to be successful.

After much discussion between Bluffname, SgSoonhoe and myself, the “candidate” for April’s Photo of the Month is obvious. Andikong’s “Money Macro” is more than just a photo. It represents a modern-day crusade – a campaign against the conventional mindset that  macro photography is best achieved with expensive cameras and macro lenses. Quoting from IKEA’s advertising slogan: You don’t have to be rich to be clever, this crusade drove our ingenious and innovative members to explore macro photography beyond its realm.

All-in-all, “Money Macro” deserved to be crowned the King of alternative macro photography, and who else, other than the “Bling Bling King” and his Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR compact camera, could have done it better.

Long Live The King… and his royal aide.