The 45.7-megapixel D850 is a D-SLR that provides all the resolving power required to faithfully reproduce intricate landscapes. In this article I will examine the capabilities of this camera, with the fiery shades of autumn as my subject. (Report by Toshiya Hagihara)
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ FL: 31mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/11, 1/1.3sec, EV -0.3)/ ISO 100/ WB: Natural Light Auto
A magnificent waterfall that can be found in Akita Prefecture, Japan. This is one of the waterfalls that I had been thinking of visiting for some time. The form of the cascading waterfall and the autumn leaves spreading to the left and right is beautiful with a hint of mystique. It is because of the fine depictive capabilities of the D850 that I managed to capture it as a magnificent landscape.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ FL: 24mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/16, 25sec)/ ISO 32/ WB: Natural Light Auto
A beautiful waterfall I found along the walking trail while heading to the waterfall I wanted to visit. I had noticed that the fallen leaves floating on the water surface were slowly swirling around in circles. To depict that movement, I set the ISO sensitivity one step down from ISO 64 to ISO 32. I narrowed the aperture to f/16 and took the shot using a slow shutter speed of 25 seconds.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR/ FL: 95mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8, 1/30sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Natural Light Auto
As you travel along the road to the summit, there is a viewing spot in the vicinity where you exit the dense forest. The scenery captured in this photo was the view from that spot. When using a telephoto lens, slight vibrations can be a concern, but the silent shutter on the D850 reduces vibrations, so you can shoot with peace of mind.
The first thing that came to mind when I got hold of the D850 was, "I should recapture landscapes with this". The first subject I chose for this plan was the waterfall landscape in autumn, when the foliage glows with the brilliance of brocade, as featured in this article.
One method of photographic expression I aim to achieve when shooting landscapes is "to reproduce the allure of landscapes in every intricate detail". I believe that it is possible to imbue your images with the impact and the impressions you felt at the time, by depicting the beautiful landscape spreading in front of you in intricate detail. To achieve this object, you need a camera and lenses that can depict landscapes in even finer detail.
When I saw the landscape images I had captured with the D850 on my display monitor, I was overwhelmed by resolving power of this camera. There is no doubt that the depictive capabilities of the 36.3-megapixel D810 provide sufficient detail, but the resolving power of the D850 far surpasses that, and I am confident that this camera will change how landscapes are depicted thus far. I have captured numerous landscapes in my photos to date, but my objective from here on is to revisit all those landscapes, and capture these all over again, using the 45.7-megapixel D850.
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).