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Photographer's Note

My friend, Tsutomu, pointed this out to me while on the train in Tokyo. I found it so amusing I just had to take a photo of it, so I could show people back home.

Ronald McDonald, mascot of fat-inducing McDonald's restaurants worldwide, doing ice skating?

Yes, that was what I thought.

The poster, which was hanging down from the ceiling on one of JR's Tokyo trains, is to advertise the Winter Olympics 2006. They were held in Turin this year, or 'Torino' as it seemed to be called on TV. My first assumption was that Torino was what the Japanese were calling it, but it was being called Torino by the BBC back here in the UK, too. I guess Torino is Italian for Turin.

It also advertises the previously mentioned fast-food sellers. Rather amusingly too, I think.

It seems to be their attempt to market their burgers and fries as something more healthy and even athletic, to their potential Japanese customers.

I have put this into the categories of 'Humorous' because it makes me chuckle, at least, being a silly image; into 'Transportation' as it was seen on a JR train; and into 'Event' because it relates to this year's Winter Olympics.


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Technical:

Rotated image slightly to bring it straight.
I took this from an angle, below the poster which was hanging above me. Getting a perfectly straight image would have entailed holding up my arms up high for a very awkward shot. As it is a flat image already, though, I don't think it matters too much.

I then cropped the image to bring it tighter around the two skaters, and adjust levels. Despite being a photograph of a flat image, adjusting levels seemed to give it a little bit of 3D. Finally, I sharpened the image.


Regards,
Richard

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