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Photo-technique [Individual Subject section] 01 Shoot architecture and natural scenery at world heritage sites in a fantastic atmosphere!

Advanced technique

Capture the mountain scenery, ... (Location: Nepal/Himalayas)

When photographing landscapes, you may often have opportunities to take pictures of mountains. Since you are dealing with nature, you will find that mountains look very different depending on the season or weather conditions. If you take pictures of only the mountain itself, your shots are prone to be monotonous. Enrich the pictures by including lives of people associated with the mountains, and a sense of the season. Take pictures early in the morning or at dusk when nature invites you to a dramatic moment of changing hues.
If you plan to take authentic mountain photographs, you should arrange to use mountain climbing and trekking gear. It is essential that you make appropriate preparations for your trip, including arranging for the participation of an experienced person(s) to accompany your shooting expedition.
Remember that the weather in mountainous regions often changes and that you may be forced to spend days without seeing the mountain. You may be required to be patient while you wait for better weather.


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Taken with:GR Digital ●1/930 sec ●F3.5 ●ISO64 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: GR Digital ●1/410 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO64 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: GR Digital ●1/500 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO64 ●EV-0.7 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: GR Digital ●1/290 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO64 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:MANUAL



Shoot the fantasies of landscapes, ... World Heritage (Location: Peru/Machu Picchu Ruins)

A Initially, I intended to shoot the ruins in the sun with the light coming from behind the camera on a fine day. Unfortunately the rain continued incessantly until the morning of the 5th day of my daily visit. Then the fog that had completely concealed the ruins began to disappear from below and the city in the air emerged into view. Within seconds the fog disappeared, granting me only a moment of fantastic viewing of the ruins.

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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/570 sec ●F7.3 ●ISO100 ●EV-1.0 ●WB:AUTO

B While I was waiting for the sunlight to come out of the break between the clouds, a lama suddenly appeared in front of my camera, presenting me with a heaven-sent photo opportunity. Now the point is to take pictures rapidly without panicking in an easy-does-it manner.

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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/440 sec ●F4.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO

I have photographed in overseas countries for many years, but it is quite rare for me to encounter fantastic landscapes intentionally. When you take pictures of changing landscapes in the flow of time by staying for long periods at photo locations, you may encounter a photo opportunity or two from time to time.




Shoot night scenes, ... World Heritage (Location: Peru)

The few moments between the sunset and the time stars begin to twinkle are one of the most favored times for landscape photographers. The skies in the west change beautifully from yellow to orange, reddish violet to purple and then to deep blue. I believe that a number of people wish to record such moments in photos.
The color tone of night scenes is sharply dependent on the type of light source close to the subject object. You can change the white balance setting to get a color tone closer to your liking.

A Setting the white balance to Tungsten turns the color of the sky more bluish while the city lights become more yellowish.

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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1 sec ●F3.3 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO

B Setting the white balance to Overcast adds a touch of red to the blue of the sky and the city lights turn orange.

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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1 sec ●F2.9 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:MANUAL

You had to use color conversion filters to adjust colors on a film camera, but you can easily apply color effects using a digital camera. In order to take a good picture of a night scene at this time of a day, it is important for you to stand by at a predetermined location before the sunset on a fine day.




Shoot the view from inside a building, ... World Heritage (Location: Peru)

You can express the atmosphere of the streets by including not only the main building but an arch-like pillar in the foreground. As you adjust the exposure to the outside landscape, the arch-like pillars become silhouetted as they are not in the sunlight. The forest of pillars helps tighten the image, simultaneously giving it a rhythm and a sense of movement. It is important that you check the surrounding areas and discover a good shooting location in advance.


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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/500 sec ●F6.8 ●ISO100 ●EV-2.0 ●WB:AUTO



Photograph the lighting effectively, ..... World Heritage (Location: Peru)

I took these pictures of lighting on the streets of a World Heritage site.
Different countries and towns use different light sources to provide illumination. Many of the ancient streets seem to be illuminated with tungsten light of low color temperature for its warmness. Few use fluorescent lamps or mercury lamps.

Photos A and B were taken inside the same building using the same light source. But different shooting positions, time and white balance were chosen.
For A, I chose Tungsten for white balance as a trace of blue color still remained in the skies. With B, I chose Overcast for the white balance to create a warm feeling by including the restaurant table in the picture.


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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1 sec ●F9.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1 sec ●F5.7 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/4 sec ●F3.2 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO

C is a church building. You can tell that it is not lit by a single light source but by a mixed source of several types of light. I chose Auto for the white balance of this picture.

Photos D and E were taken at the same site. Their difference is in the vertical or horizontal framing, and in the white balance. You can produce different images by changing the shooting conditions when you shoot at the same location. Try various approaches in order to approximate the results to your original ideas. By doing this, you will make new discoveries that may lead to new potential in your photography.

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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/4 sec ●F2.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.7 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/9 sec ●F2.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-1.0 ●WB:AUTO



Night scenes featuring the movement of people, ..... (Location: Thailand)

I photographed Wat Arun with the movement of people when it was lit up. I gave a touch of a plot to the photo by adding some moving people to an inorganic building at night.
I used a tripod without using a flash to create the movement in the picture. I chose a shutter speed so that you can identify the moving images to be people. However, people move in totally different modes. So after finishing the shooting, I closely checked the shots in the monitor to finalize the shot I liked the best.


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Taken with: GR Digital ●1/2 sec ●F3.2 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: GR Digital ●1/2 sec ●F2.4 ●ISO64 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO



Landscape photos with people at work, ... (Location: Peru/Bolivia/Nepal)

These shots were taken on street corners. Placing people in your pictures makes them more familiar to you.
Here, I tried to depict images of old streets at the World Heritage site and the Andes in South America. I used a wide-angle lens to capture the ambience of a town and its people. To prevent the people from being dwarfed, you have to take them in closer range. The contrast between the portion in the light and one in the shade turns out to be much greater in the picture than when seen with the naked eye. Care must be taken to prevent the shady portion from becoming solidly blacked out. If you are afraid that a person's face may become dark when you shoot against the sun, you can use the flash for effect.


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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/200 sec ●F4.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-1.0 ●WB:AUTO
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/189 sec ●F3.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.7 ●WB:AUTO
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/930 sec ●F5.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-1.0 ●WB:AUTO
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/810 sec ●F7.2 ●ISO100 ●EV-1.0 ●WB:AUTO
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/68 sec ●F2.4 ●ISO64 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:MANUAL
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Taken with: Caplio GX100 ●1/620 sec ●F3.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-1.0 ●WB:MANUAL

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