Soon a decade in Japan so I thought it would be time to try gathering my best pictures somewhere and perhaps publish a book. This is going to be a long project given the few 10,000’s of pictures I need to go through… But anyway, first step, instagram : https://instagram.com/japan_pictorial/
Summer in Hokkaido: this is the first time I see so many dragonflies!
Maybe one day… in the meantime, just playing with the zoom ring of the lens during a long exposure.
Relaxing dip in a hot spring with sea view in Asamushi Onsen !
Beauty is everywhere, even in the most unlikely places of all, you just need to look at it differently :)
My 50mm, definitely not the sharpest lens around, but one of the few that opens at f1.2 !
Spring is here all right ! :)
Same place (Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland), same day but at different time : a blatant demonstration of the importance of light and weather.
I have now spent a few weeks with the with the Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and I am very happy with it. Look at the results: it’s sharp, tones are accurate, chromatic aberration negligible, distortion minimum and vignetting reasonably limited. Minimum focusing distance is also short and taking pictures of food will not […]
… with my new date : Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM :) As I was writing yesterday, the short focusing distance makes it ideal to shoot food. This will definitely replace my 50mm in that area : no more cumbersome manoeuvres for lovely bokeh !
First shots out of a Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM on a Canon 5D MK3 body. Very happy with the results: it’s sharp, tones are accurate, chromatic aberration negligible, distortion minimum and vignetting limited. Minimum focusing distance is also reasonably short and taking pictures of food will not require the same cumbersome manoeuvres as […]
Always play with your focus ring :)
120s exposure for these pictures thanks to an ND1000 filter. Coming up next : same at night !
Shiraito Waterfall (白糸の滝), near Mt. Fuji : a good place for ND filter tryout session :)
First tries of long exposure during daytime with an ND1000 filter. Me quite happy with the results. Had to close to f22 to reach 50s though so I definitely need something darker to avoid diffraction which reduces sharpness (rule of thumb is never close beyond f11~f13).
Two long exposure shots from Iidabashi at night. I don’t know why but I haven’t really tried long exposure, just on a few occasions, here and there… Perhaps this is an aspect of photography I’ll explore next year ! :)
Photography is essentially trying to capture something different than what the naked eye sees, be it through large aperture, wide angle, long exposure, composition… If you’re just standing and take a picture of what you are seeing, it’s likely to fail. Also try to look up, look down, kneel down, climb somewhere, always try something […]
Expanding my stock photography portfolio, this time with Olivia :)
Construction trucks entrance / exit sign. Might as well read “Warning, Yakuza behind the wheel” :D
For the photo geeks out there – and I consider myself as one of them – 3 shots of the same landscape at 24mm, 70mmm and 300mm. Those were taken from the observation platform of Sunshine 60.
Too bad the water wasn’t perfectly still.
Yes, back to Ochanomizu station and its white metallic pillars. In Lightroom, B&W Look 5 is a preset I like. Highlight the shadows a bit, add some grain et voilà !
Always play with the focus ring when you have the opportunity to do so.
Yes, capturing the light is what photography is all about and with a little bit of luck, sometime, it just looks perfect :)
Believe or not but this is straight from the camera. Not exactly sure what’s happened. I wasn’t even aware of the shot till I uploaded in in Lightroom. Really odd ! Has my 5Dmk3 grown a will of its own ?
Same location, same camera, same subject (Mori Tower in Roppongi, where my office is located) but different lens : 24mm vs. 300mm. Now, the 300mm is not the lens I use most since it’s rather bulky and heavy, but when I have the time, I love using it as a walkaround lens, just to re-discover […]
A dozen of pictures stitched together to produce a picture with 100 million pixels. For a limited time, I let you dowload the resulting image in full resolution directly from my Dropbox. Enjoy ! Two examples of the pictures before stitching below.
Looks like I’m not the only one playing with a camera in Harajuku !
Political controversy aside, the Yasukuni shrine is an ideal place for me for an after-lunch stroll from home, especially in spring or autumn.
Introduction : while detailed technical analyses of a lens are useful to objectively assess its performance, most reviews unfortunately focus on that aspect only. Lenses are meant to take photos, and photos to be looked at, not measured. So, having owned and now owning a few Canon Lenses, I thought it would be interesting to […]