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:
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.
We eventually had a nice, photographic day in Biei on the third day in Hokkaido. In Biei, we of course visited the famous blue pond. Honestly speaking, I somewhat doubted that the colour was exaggerated by processing but it was actually very blue.
My second solo photo exhibition “Tales of Fuji | Voice of Nature” had ended on June 21, and I came back to the Fujisan area. I do exhibitions in summer every year. It feels like the summer solstice is the New Year’s day for me. I’m in the midst of the New Year holidays now. I briefly stop shooting Fujisan and am going to travel Hokkaido from tomorrow.
Sony Alpha 7 + Canon New FD 50mm f/1.4 via a mount adapter
When I came back home from Tokyo, I received an order-made frame that I ordered before I went to Tokyo. I bought this frame to put in the handcraft painting of Ganesha, which I bought in Pushkar, India back in 1996. Since I was a backpacker and travelling for a long period of time, I usually didn’t buy anything that was absolutely necessary. But I ordered a team of Indian craftsmen in the town to create this for 4000 rupees.
All tourists are badly cheated in India. The Japanese are doubly so. For people coming from developed nations, everything looks so cheap in India that everyone can’t tell whether or not the prices are reasonable. After travelling in India for a certain period of time, everyone realises that they were badly ripped off and stop trusting Indian vendors. I practiced ancient meditation techniques called Vipasana at an ashram before coming to this town. This experience purified my mind and made me unable to distrust anyone. As a result, I bought a lot of things that weren’t necessary and this painting of Ganesha is one of such.
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
From June 6 (Sat) to June 21 (Sun)
Open 11:00AM - 7:00PM
No Admission Charge
Kyobashi 1-5-5 B1, Chuou ward, Tokyo
Co-supported by Maruman/Canson Infinity
The artist will be at the gallery everyday during the period. We are going to do a YouTube talk live on June 6.
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.
Sony Alpha 7 + Canon New FD 50mm f/1.4
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.
Nikon D5300 w/ AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
When someone wants to take beautiful photographs, he probably buys a DSLR with a kit lens at the begning. 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.
Nikon D800E w/ AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
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.
Nikon D5300 w/ AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Shooting Fujisan seems to be one of the favourite activities for retired people. Famous shooting locations are getting more and more crowded with old people. I want to believe that everyone who loves Fujisan is a good person. But sometimes it is not true. I often pick up trash thrown away by some of such amateur photographers. They don’t throw away trash at popular places where their deeds are witnessed by other people. They reveal their true personality when they’re seen by no one. That’s what mindless jerks does. Some take pictures from the back of the spots with wide angle lenses and try to chase off everyone comes into the frame. I’ve heard someone actually did such even to people who came earlier to the spot than him, saying “I always shoot Fuji from this position. You guys must go away.” But his ‘place’ was owned by someone else. Some get furious when someone briefly lights his camera with a headlight or penlight. If he really doesn’t want any artificial light to enter his camera, I think he should shoot in back-countries. I’m sick of all of this. I wanted to stay away from them. I wanted to be all alone in nature.