The D5600 was my trusted companion on my trip in search of winter landscapes in northern Japan, where temperature conditions are harsh. Being able to move around easily becomes key when photographing in the bleak winter season, where many of the shooting locations are in severe environments. With the D5600 being a lightweight and compact DSLR, you are able to capture shots reliably without missing the first signs of life that signal the change of winter to spring. （Report by Toshiya Hagihara）
D5600/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR/ FL: 300mm (equivalent to 450mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/8, 1/200 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight
To draw myself closer to the slope of an inhospitable mountain, I took this shot at a focal length of 300mm (equivalent to 450mm in FX/35mm format). As a result of the high resolving power of the D5600, the details of the slope are faithfully reproduced, making the slope of the rugged mountain seem as if it was right before me.
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, 1/250 sec)/ ISO 400 /WB: Direct sunlight
I took this shot vertically looking up so as to depict the height and enormous size of the series of ice walls. The vari-angle LCD monitor on the D5600 also supports shooting in the vertical position. The freedom to change the angle and direction of your camera means that you can concentrate on your shoot without being forced into an uncomfortable position
D5600/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR/ FL: 85mm (equivalent to 128mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8, 1/200 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight
A telephoto lens is great for zooming in and capturing a snippet of a wide landscape. With this scene I framed my shot to only include the trees, the mountain and the snow. By using a telephoto lens you are able to cut out unnecessary elements and easily create simple compositions.
D5600/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR/ FL: 270mm (equivalent to 405mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/11, 1/400 sec)/ ISO 400/ WB: Direct sunlight
As winter draws to a close, the snowy landscape transforms into one bathed in warm light, as spring comes along and life re-emerges from slumber. In this scene, I narrowed the aperture to f/11, and used a NIKKOR lens with a rounded diaphragm to beautifully depict a bokeh effect in the background.
Enormous ice walls that appear in hills and valleys blanketed in snow are just one example of the harsh landscapes unique to winter. It is precisely this harsh inhospitality to visitors that makes them so appealing. So, in order to reach the ice walls in the deep valley, I wanted to travel as lightly as possible, which was where the D5600 came in handy. Not only is it compact and lightweight, it is also capable of taking high quality images, making it the ideal portable companion to bring along on my search of harsh winter landscapes.
Water that seeps out of sheer rock cliffs in a deep valley freeze due to the cold air in winter, creating an enormous ice wall. When I descended to the bottom of the valley and looked up, the towering ice wall right in front of me was really impressive. In scenes such as this where I am looking up at an ice wall for my shoot, the vari-angle LCD monitor of the D5600 comes in very useful. It makes it a breeze to compose images when you are setting up your camera, whether horizontally or vertically.
Often when shooting natural landscapes, the shooting location is located quite a distance away. If you are carrying heavy equipment, you might become exhausted before reaching your shooting location, and end up being unable to concentrate on your shoot. With regards to this, the D5600 has been designed to be lightweight even with the lens attached, making it very handy.
Before long, the harsh winter gives way to the warmth of spring. Once the snow and ice walls disappear, flowers can start to bloom, and life re-emerges as spring returns. The beauty of life is made all the more valuable in contrast to the harshness of winter.
And with my trusty D5600, I will always be able to capture these changes as each season transitions to the next.
Born in Kofu City of the Yamanashi Prefecture in 1964. Hagihara joined an advertising agency and became involved in catalog production and event planning. Became a freelancer after leaving the company, and currently specializes in natural landscape photography, also actively writing for photography magazines. A member of the Japan Scenery Photographers Association (JSPA).