27.08.2013

Photography Project – taking photos in Mashiko City in Nikko

27.08.2013

Photography Project – taking photos in Mashiko City in Nikko

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I went walking in Mashiko City in Ibaragi , famous for Nikko Tosho-gu shrine and mashikoyaki (mashiko-ware). Today I would like to talk about camera lenses while showcasing the photos I took that day.

Nikko Tosho-gu shrine was built as part of the ceremonies for enshrining Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Edo Bakufu (shogunate) shogun, as “Tosho-daigongen” (posthumous name). The site is completely surrounded by trees, and the way structures on the premises are lit up by light filtering through the trees is really impressive. When taking pictures of architecture, sometimes one wants to take the entire structure, but at other times the eye is drawn to the craftsmanship in the details. At these times, an 85mm telephoto lens comes in handy. When a medium telephoto lens is is used , extra sharp photos of distant subjects can be taken.

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I also took a stroll in Mashiko City, which is famous for sunflower fields and mashiko-yaki (mashiko ware). When taking sunflowers, I used a 50mm macro lens. Macro lenses zoom up much closer to photographic subjects than basic lenses that come with the camera. With these lenses, the photographic subject fills the entire frame, making them perfect for taking flowers and food. I often use them for taking bakery pictures.

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I took a stroll in Mashiko City, which is famous for sunflower fields and mashiko-yaki (mashiko ware). When taking sunflowers, I used a 50mm macro lens. Macro lenses zoom up much closer to photographic subjects than lenses that come with the camera. With these lenses, the photographic subject will fill the entire frame, making them perfect for taking flowers and food. I often use them for taking bakery related pictures.

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In the period immediately after purchasing the camera, I often wasn’t sure what I should be taking photos of. When a photo taken by someone else catches your eye, you should look into the settings and the lenses with which the photo was taken and then try to imitate these. In this way you are sure to make some interesting discoveries.

Guest blogger: Masanori Sugiura
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