Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a beautiful city where the sophisticated cityscape is in harmony with the greenery. On my trip to there, I brought along my trusty partner, the compact and lightweight D5600. The mobility it offers enabled me to take casual street shots of Singapore, which felt like a city built inside a big garden. (Report by Noboru Sonehara)
D5600/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED/ FL: 10mm (equivalent to 15mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/8, 1/500 sec)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto
Using a wide-angle zoom lens, I composed my shot of the beautiful flowers in bloom at the park against the backdrop of skyscrapers from a low angle. By utilizing the 10mm angle of view I managed to achieve a wide depiction of the scenery in a single shot.
D5600/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR/ FL: 45mm (equivalent to 68mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/5.6, 1/100 sec , EV+0.3)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
The lightweight and compact D5600 enables you to enjoy street photography with ease. I managed to capture an everyday casual scene using its fast autofocus capability.
D5600/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED/ FL: 24mm (equivalent to 36mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/8, 1/320 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
Seeing the modern buildings standing among the trees made me realize that I had come to the garden city of Singapore. The D5600 was able to capture such scenery quite unique to this country in high resolution.
D5600/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR/ FL: 24mm (equivalent to 36mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/8, 1/200 sec)/ ISO 200/ WB: Auto
I took street shots of people relaxing in the shade of the trees. Even in such high-contrast scenes, the D5600 provides excellent tone reproducibility, and suppresses washed out highlights and crushed shadows appropriately, capturing an ambience close to what you see with your own eyes.
For the first time in 20 years, I visited Singapore, with my D5600 in tow.
The cityscape of Singapore had become even more refined as time had passed, so I was honestly at a loss as to what I should shoot first.
It was then that good friends of mine, who were familiar with present-day Singapore, came to the rescue. Having lived in Singapore for a long time, they explained how the country’s beauty is due to the wonderful harmony that exists between the well-arranged cityscape and the greenery around it.
That made sense, as the well-maintained appearance of the trees and flowers was really wonderful, providing a precious retreat in the midst of a huge city.
"City in a Garden"
On my quest to uncover the appeal of Singapore, which I had finally glimpsed, it was the lightweight body of the D5600 which made it a reassuring partner to have while I was engrossed taking photos.
Shooting for long hours under the hot sun was physically quite taxing. However, the slim, compact, and lightweight D5600 allowed me to carry it around effortlessly. Thanks to the high-speed autofocus as well as the highly accurate auto-exposure, which was able to reproduce images as seen with the naked eye, I was able to capture a large number of stunning images. Additionally, the vari-angle LCD monitor with touch-enabled operations is invaluable for making full use of high and low angles and freely capture a three-dimensional urban landscape. Of course, the D5600 delivers high image quality in a way that only D-SLR cameras can, which is more than sufficient for producing high quality works.
This trip convinced me that as long as I had the D5600 with me, I would be able to capture all the sights that I came across.
Born in 1971. After completing postgraduate studies at Shinshu University, he worked at a video production company and then went freelance as a photographer. He mainly shoots for various magazines, and also writes for camera information magazines. His photo exhibitions include "Inside the Walls of Istanbul".