It's been snowing like crazy the last few days here in southern Japan which is rather rare. It's also been a while since I've shot in the snow, so the other night I grabbed my X-T3 and 90mm and took this opportunity and go out in the usual fashion as a creepy foreigner to wanders the street at night with a camera taking peoples of random people minding their own business.
Shutter speed is often one of those settings on a camera that photographers overlook. Most photographers these days just put their camera in aperture priority mode and let the camera decide shutter speed for them. While doing this is fine for most people and most situations, you might be ignoring some artistic potential, some mood, or some vibe by not taking just a little control of that shutter speed. In this article, we will look at the roll shutter speed plays on an image's mood and how just a few basic adjustments can have a big impact.
Deep within Kyushu island in the Ariake Sea of Japan are these cool Torii gates that get flooded twice a day with the high tide. The official name for this spot is The Floating Torii Gate of Oouo Shrine. Not sure what the story is with these, every time I read up on them the story seems slightly different and it never makes any sense. Something about blessing the waters for better fishing, or there is something about some giant fish. That's usually how it goes with historical sites in Japan. A giant catfish, a giant fish, a mountain god, etc. Fun stuff.
Nikon is slowly winning me over at becoming my favorite full frame camera system. I still like the EOS R, I think it's a more capable camera in terms of versatility, mainly because of the 30MP sensor and the flippy screen that is so nice for landscape work, but I actually enjoy using the Nikon Z6 more. The main thing that's really got me excited about the Nikon system is the (somewhat) affordable high quality f1.8 AF glass, which is what you're seeing with all the samples in this post.
Last week we took a ten-hour bus tour through Hokkaido during a crazy blizzard. I guessing it's always a blizzard in Hokkaido during the winter months, especially Sapporo which is the second most snowiest place on earth. I lived in the Rockies for several years back when I was in high school and I've never seen it snow like it did for the week I was in Hokkaido. The snow was so thick you could sometimes only see twenty to thirty feet ahead of you.
Traveling to Tokyo from California is always great for the first few days because it's very easy to wake up for the sunrise. I don't typically wake up until 10am since my lifestyle of working as an editor for an ad agency has made me completely nocturnal. So when you factor in the time difference between California and Tokyo, sleeping in until 5am is perfect for me.
We took the train from Fukuoka to Yufuin Japan. The ride is a few hours through Japan's countryside, carved out by rivers and rice fields hidden between volcanic peaks, the landscape here is amazing and is one of Kyushu's must see spots. It's also a great place to relax, or to just shoot some travel photography.