The city at night reveals a completely different side of itself compared to the hustle and bustle in the daytime. I used the high resolution and low-noise D850 to capture nightscapes of the Tokyo metropolis in high image quality. (Report by Hiroyuki Yamashita)
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ FL: 70mm/ Manual exposure (f/13, 30sec)/ ISO 32/ WB: 2500K
Cars are streaming from a complex intersection of regular roads and expressways. The light trails of the headlights and tail lights of cars going to and fro, seem to be flowing through the city nightscape as though they are the veins and arteries of the city, the blood vessels that we call roads.
D850/ PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED/ FL: 45mm/ Manual exposure (f/8, 4sec)/ ISO 400/ WB: 2500K
A cluster of high-rise apartments as seen from a bridge. The clouds gently floating above makes one notice how high and vast the night sky is. The city in the dead of night, having recovered its tranquillity, makes the flow of time seem slower compared to the bustling daytime.
D850/ PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D/ FL: 85mm/ Manual exposure (f/8, 6sec)/ ISO 400/ WB: Preset manual
In the quiet, windless night-time city, a long elevated section of a familiar expressway is reflected on the mirror-like surface of the river. Depending on weather conditions and timing, scenes that we usually take for granted can be seen in a different light.
There are two camera specifications which are essential for me as a photographer of city nightscapes: a high pixel count and a wide native ISO sensitivity range. Boasting an effective pixel count of approximately 45.7-megapixels and native ISO sensitivity ranging from ISO 64 to ISO 25600, the D850 clearly meets both of those requirements.
When photographing city nightscapes, I want to capture the scenery in as much detail as possible. The city spaces that we live in and look at without paying much attention to are changing rapidly with the times. New structures emerge and old ones disappear on a daily basis, and among these structures are numerous historically important ones. I want to capture the nightscapes unique to that city as dramatically as I can, portraying not only the design of the structures, but also motifs of steel frames, exteriors and the like in elaborate detail. When shooting at night, there might be cases where you would need to increase the ISO sensitivity. However, with the D850, there is negligible noise even if you increase ISO sensitivity, so you can shoot with peace of mind.
The D850 meets my requirements perfectly. For someone like me who records city nightscapes on an ongoing basis, this D-SLR is undoubtedly the cream of the crop.
Born in 1970. Raised in Kumamoto Prefecture. After resigning from a construction company in Tokyo, he travelled the Australian continent on an off-road bike in 1996. Upon returning to Japan, he was deeply impressed by the works of the photographer Masaaki Aihara, who photographed Australia, and contacted him directly, becoming his assistant. After that experience, he started working as a freelance photographer from 2001 onwards.