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October Comp

October 30, 2014

I shot the October bouldering comp at Rocks Okayama gym last night. I really enjoy shooting these events and took a different approach last night. I put a couple of cameras out and asked people to use them freely. I knew this would yield different results than if I had shot it mainly because people are more likely to act differently in front of the camera if it is a friend behind it. Here are some of my favorites. Most of the pictures I do not even know who took them!

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The competitions are mostly just for fun but there is a small cash prize to winners of the different categories. The format for these is really interesting too.  13 routes are set just before the comp opens. These are marked with special tape. Once the bell rings the competitors have an hour to complete as many as possible. Similar to golf, each person is given a card to record their progress. A possible 3 points can be earned on each route. One point is earned at halfway, a second at the top or goal, and a possible third point can be earned by climbing it successfully the first try. At the end of the hour the score cards are collected and tallied and the top earners head on to the final.

A big thanks to all those that picked up a cam and took some shots!

Be sure to catch up with us on social media to keep up with all of the exciting things coming up!

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European Energy Label Commission

It is a great pleasure to announce this news. In the fall we were contacted by the European Energy Bureau about creating some custom light painting images to go with the release of the new European energy label. It proved to be a really fun project and you can see some of how they were used here. The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
First up was to make some light painting tool that would create something similar to the energy symbol the European Energy Bureau uses to grade various products on their energy efficiency.
We started with color matching the symbol

A 110 volt AC powered LED bar was used as the base light

The set up was powered with a portable lithium battery

A stencil was needed to create the arrow shapes in the energy symbol

The finished set up looking pretty crappy but it certainly did the job

Shooting various patterns on black would give ideal elements for them to overlay other photos.

As well as the above designs we created a variety of headers and banner images for their various SNS channels and website.

All in all a very fun project that we are proud to be a part of. For those who missed the links at the top of the article you can see  how they were used here.  The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
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