STORY Feb 17, 2017
 

I want to sign camera lenses

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Opportunities for playing tennis matches on television has been increasing, thanks to Kei Nishikori's tennis players being playing a lot of advances for several years.

When I am watching, I am doing interesting things after the game. He is signing the lens of the camera.
This is awesome and cool. I want to do. I also want to try myself.
Born in 1987 in Hyogo. An activity I take part in on the side of working as a company employee, is creating useless things. I'm a bit troubled that, because of the difficult family name, my family uses a fake name whenever they make reservations at a restaurant.
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Let's make a apparatus for signing

There may be people you have never seen before. I want you to take a look at the amount that comes up when you search "tennis camera sign".
Did you notice the coolness of it? It seems that recently, even other sports like baseball are doing this camera lens signing.
I've never played tennis, and I can't even serve the ball above my head, I just want to sign like that.
It seems like on the realy thing, they're signing on a camera lens film.
If that's the case, I'm pretty sure I can make some kind of plastic board, fix it to the front of my camera lens, and get signing done that way.
Sorry for the hopeless drawing every time, but if it goes like this, it should be good.
Sorry for the hopeless drawing every time, but if it goes like this, it should be good.
Let's get those materials and build it right away.
Cut a Forex plastic chloride board
Cut a Forex plastic chloride board
Drill a hole.
Drill a hole.
And just like that, it's all finished! How's that?
I did it pretty damn well, so I took a bunch of pictures at different angles.
I did it pretty damn well, so I took a bunch of pictures at different angles.
And here it is from 3 angles.
And here it is from 3 angles.
I was able to fix the camera inside the acrylic board.

If you use 1/4 inch screws, it'll work with the holes in the camera.
And together with the camera, this is what it looks like.
And together with the camera, this is what it looks like.
I took it to a tennis court to give it a try.
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You could say the dawn colosseum next to it is, just like the Koshien for baseball, or the national pitch for soccer, the holy place for tennis in Japan.
I went to this kind of place purely for getting instant signatures.
I bought UNIQLO's Nishikori Kei shirts. The level of improvisation is just amazing.
I bought UNIQLO's Nishikori Kei shirts. The level of improvisation is just amazing.
There was a group of what I thought were high school students playing on the court. Ah youth.
Meanwhile, me without my racket, made my preparations on the outside edge of the court. So cold.
OK! Let's get those signatures without delay.
Wait, what?
Wait, what?

The tennis world is tough

I couldn't see it at all. It's not focusing on it at all.
My heart and body were chilled to the core, and I returned home crying. Time to remake it.
I took off the double sided tape holding the acrylic board on, and behold it's humble state.
I took off the double sided tape holding the acrylic board on, and behold it's humble state.
Anyhow, the board was too close to the lens. Let's make it a bit further out.
Adding some parts.
Adding some parts.
I made the board giant sized, and it was pretty heavy. Now my hands are tired.
I held the board there with screws. The holes I drilled were just beautiful, so I took a bunch of pictures again.
I held the board there with screws. The holes I drilled were just beautiful, so I took a bunch of pictures again.
Before, I was using a black pen to sign, but it seems that was the wrong idea as well.
If you have a look at the tennis stars on TV when they do it, they just use a highlighter.
I thought it looked pretty colorful, but when I tried it myself, I understood. It doesn't really capture when you use black.
I bought thick Posca highlighters, so let's give it a try with these.
This is one of those important items you need to get closer to that first-class tennis grade.
This is one of those important items you need to get closer to that first-class tennis grade.

I'm off to get my revenge.

I went to try it out at a tennis court in a park in the neighbourhood.
Let's try and do it right this time. A moment of nervousness.
Hey!
Hey!
That went great, and it's so easy to see right!?
I'm writting with cling wrap over the top of the board.
And thanks to that, I can do it as much as I like. Even if there is a bit of twisting and lining in the wrap.
Victory!
Victory!
I'm so happy I was able to do it just like you see on TV.
Even if I can't play tennis, at least I can't take photos like a winner.

It's still cold though.
Of course on the day of my photography a big cold wave had to hit, so cold that I could only ask "Why?" out loud. Asking questions to the weather without thinking. It was super cold, so I went to a cafe and ordered a cafe au lait.
The warmness permeates my being.
The warmness permeates my being.
I'm sure I could just upload these photos to instagram as is, but just hold on a second.
Delicious.
Delicious.
With this apparatus, impressions can be put into photos.
It's just like photo booth scrawl, right? I feel like I want to build a market for this function on selfie sticks.
It seems like the writting is something you need to practice.
It seems like the writting is something you need to practice.

Signing on the lens, it's so cool!

Just as I thought, it really is cool to sign a camera lens. The first person to think of it was a genius.
With this, it seems like it'd be fine anytime I win at Wimbledon. Not that that will ever happen.
To those who want to try it as the Wimbledon champion reserve army, i'll give you these 4 points of know-how. I'd love it if you used them for reference.

・Sign with a highlighter pen
・Write on cling wrap
・Make it far enough away from the lens
・Don't do it on a cold day!
Although you can't tell when you're actually sign... it's a point of anxiety.
Although you can't tell when you're actually sign... it's a point of anxiety.
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