Nikon D800E + SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | Art HDR image created out of 4 brackets to expand the dynamic range.
Many photographers with a big budget buy the so-called trinity, that is f/2.8 constant aperture wide, standard and telephoto zoom lenses. Why? Because it is the common knowledge that is the way to go for any serious photographer. But my ‘go-to’ standard zoom lens is a f/4 constant aperture zoom lens, SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | Art, although I can afford more pricey standard zooms. I’ve taken tens of thousands of shots with this lens . Let me explain why I prefer this lens.
Nikon D800E + SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | Art
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I’m joining a photo exhibition organised by the Nikon Photomentary team together with 3 other professional photographers. The exhibition is held at EIZO Galleria in Ginza, Tokyo and is opening the day after tomorrow (Nov. 11) and will close on Nov. 21. Beware that they’re closed on Sundays and Mondays.
In addition to 2 prints, I’m displaying 30 photos on an EIZO’s state-of-the-art 4K monitor ColorEdge CG316-4K. I was utterly blown away by the quality of images that the monitor can present. Good monitors are expensive but it is necessary to invest on them if you’re serious about photography. That said, my ColorEdge is smaller and more affordable. =)
日本語Yuga Kurita taking a photo of Diamond Fuji with a camera attached to the AN-SBR2
I have been using the AN-SBR2 Black Rapid Quick-Draw Strap for nearly a year. I can say this is one of the best items I ever got. Before I got it, I had been using normal straps that came with cameras I bought. They are, of course, usable. But the product has some remarkable advantages over them.
Nikon D600 + AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Nov 8, 2013 at Kuwazaki, Lake Kawaguchi
If you plan to come to Japan in autumn, I’d definitely recommend you to visit the Fujigoko area in Yamanashi prefecture. Here’s the top 5 reasons:
1) The air is cleaner and Fuji is more visible than summer!
A lot of people visit the area in summer and are often disappointed that they can’t see Fuji. Even people living in the area like me, sometimes can’t see Fujisan for weeks. So the chance for you to see Fujisan in this season is quite slim.
I travelled around the Northern Japan with a close friend of mine for a week. I just got a new car, so I drove all the way up to Aomori and took a car ferry there, and then, landed in Hakodate. It was a lot of fun.
Nikon D800E + SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
After landed in Hokkaido, we visited the Lake Toya area and went to Muroran to join the Google+ 4 year anniversary photowalk. But it was heavily raining. I didn’t want to get soaked to take mediocre shots so we quickly left there and headed to Biei.
Yuga Kurita Photo Exhibition Tales of Fuji | Voice of Nature
Does nature have a consciousness? I wanted to hear the voice of nature and ran round Fujisan. I heard something from inside while I was looking through the viewfinder. We are all part of the nature but just forgetting it.
Yuga Kurita Photo Exhibition
Tables of Fuji | Voice of Nature
30 sec. LE shot at sunrise. Nikon D800E + AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED + NiSi Filter Holder + Soft Nano GND8 (0.9)
The Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is one of my favourite lenses. It is sharp from the widest open, and provides very dramatic perspectives. There is, however, one drawback that could cause photographers to hold back buying this awesome lens, that is, the bulbous front lens prevents users from attaching filters.
It is fun to do a photowalk with a mirrorless DSLR with an old manual lens attached. Don’t you agree?
Sony Alpha 7 + Canon New FD 50mm f/1.4
Recently, sales of art photographs grew up to be one of my main income sources. I usually try to take great landscape shots which I can sell at galleries. But I began photography because I enjoyed taking photographs. I just need to take photographs without any commercial aim at times to remember why I do it. Yes, I do it because I like it. So I did a little photowalk in Kawagoe after seeing pallas’s cats at a zoo in the area.
When someone wants to take beautiful photographs, he probably buys a DSLR with a kit lens at the beginning. Since he’s a novice, he doesn’t understand all jargons written in the spec sheet, and so he makes a decision based on marketing categories defined by manufacturers such as “Professional Grade” and “Consumer Grade.” As he gains knowledge on photography gradually, he realises he needs a wide aperture single-focal length lens. Then, he continues to things he never imagined that he would need such as flash units, tripods, L-plates, Arca-swiss compatible ball heads and so on. Do you know what he wants when he eventually becomes a pro level photographer? Quality gloves and a quick draw strap. No doubt about it.
This is the second part of the story. Read it after the first part.
It was snowing at the top of Mount Eboshidake. It was very windy too. I could barely see a thing. I went down. But after 40 minutes of walk, the sky suddenly cleared up and I got direct sunlight for the first time in the mountain. I debated myself whether to go back to the summit to shoot Fuji or go down to the parking lot. The time was 1:00PM. It was almost midwinter. The sun sets much earlier than summer. I only had 3 and a half hours of daylight. Going back to the top and shooting Fuji with sunset means I would have to stay near the summit for a night. I wavered in my decision. I decided to leave the mountain just 40 minutes ago. Once you decide to go home and think about relaxing in a hot bath, it isn’t easy to determine to go back into the snowstorm. The sky may turn back to grey while I’m climbing. I looked up. Thin clouds were moving fast. Sometimes they turned into rainbow colours by the sunlight.