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SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art Review

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Diamond Fuji from the Southern Alps

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 ISO100 35mm f/11 1/4sec.

Nikon D800E + SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | Art
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Nikon Photomentary Exhibition

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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.

Yuga Kurita Photomentary by Nikon Eizo Galleria Contact Sheet Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 3.33.32 PM

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. =)

EIZO Galleria Ginza
Blanespa Ginza BLDG 4F, 7-3-7 Ginza, Chuo-ward, Tokyo
http://www.eizo.co.jp/galleria/ginza/


If you’re Google+ and can visit the exhibit on Nov. 20 or 21, you get a chance to print your photos with professional equipment. Find the details on Photomentary’s Google+ Communities shown below:

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Nikon AN-SBR2 Black Rapid Quick-Draw Strap

日本語Yuga Kurita Nikon AN-SBR2 Black Rapid Quick-Draw Strap _9E53013jpgYuga 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.

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5 Reasons Why You Gotta Come to Fujigoko in Autumn

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Yuga Kurita Kawaguchiko Fujisan Maple Trees_KS14974Nikon 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.

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Blue Pond and Green Ravine

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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.

Yuga Kurita Biei Blue Pond Aoike_4E00036Nikon 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.

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Tales of Fuji | Voice of Nature

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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

Island Gallery

Kyobashi 1-5-5 B1, Chuou ward, Tokyo 

Phone:  03-3517-2125

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.

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NiSi 150mm Holder System for the Nikon 14-24mm

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Yuga Kurita NiSi Half Grad 14-2430 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.

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Laid-Back Photowalk in Kawagoe

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DSC03153Sony 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?

DSC03159Sony 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.

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Protect Your Fingers! Nikon Offers Great Gloves for Photographers

日本語Yuga Kurita Nikon Photographer's Gloves_DSC1441Nikon 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 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.

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