The D850 comes with a wealth of camera functions that lets you capture flawless images, depending on how you use them. Join me as I capture natural landscapes, and find out how to fully bring out the camera’s resolving power, as well as how to take beautiful evening scenes. (Photo and report by Toshiya Hagihara)
Natural landscapes are very subtle and intricate, such as the texture of tree branches and rocks. Portraying all of that down to the very last detail is a challenge that many landscape photographers face. However, the D850 meets that challenge. When people are confronted with a landscape, the complete experience comprises not only what you can see with your eyes, but also what you detect with your other senses. For example, the scent of a small mountain stream and the forest, the coolness of the air, and so on.
The perceived resolution produced by the 45.7-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and the high image quality delivered by EXPEED 5 does not simply capture the landscape, but seems capable even of reproducing how you felt as you were shooting. The D850, with its high ISO sensitivity performance, excellent high-speed continuous shooting, as well as diverse image portraying capabilities, is likely to become a game changer in leading the transformation of how landscapes will be shot in future.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ FL: 27mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8, 1/80sec, EV -0.7)/ ISO 100/ WB: Natural Light Auto
A mountain landscape where the beautiful autumn leaves shine under the clear blue sky. I captured the shape of the autumn leaves spreading out from where I stood near the mountain's summit. To maximise the resolution of each autumn leaf, as well as the rocks on the mountain’s surface, I selected an aperture value of f/8. I took into consideration how far I was removed from the subject, as well as the focal length of the lens I was using, and decided on this aperture value. Take care not to stop down the aperture heedlessly and make it too narrow, as sharpness may be compromised. I also used a PL filter to reproduce the colour of the deep blue sky and beautiful autumn leaves. By eliminating the excess reflection of light, rich hues can be obtained.
I cropped part of the image above at 100%. I also tried to shoot using f/11, where images begin to be affected by diffraction phenomena, but when comparing both, f/8 had a higher perceived resolution.
Shot without a PL filter. A difference can be observed in the saturation of the blue of the sky and the hues of the autumn leaves. When photographing landscapes, it is important to use a PL filter to eliminate unnecessary reflections.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR/ FL: 55mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8, 30sec, EV -0.3)/ ISO 100/ WB: Natural Light Auto
An impressive evening view with the sky bathed in orange. The vivid clouds were the primary subject, while the mountain ranges and city lights were the secondary subjects. To emphasise the orange hues of the evening scene, it is advisable to set the WB to Natural Light Auto. The camera will automatically identify natural light and enhance the redness. When shooting evening scenes, your exposure settings also become a key factor. Set the exposure to match the orange colour of the sky. The mountain ranges will become silhouettes, which helps to make the evening scene stand out.
"Natural Light Auto" on the D850 is the recommended white balance setting for evening scenes. If using “Auto 1”, the blue will be too strong, and if using “Daylight”, the blue becomes a little lacking. "Natural Light Auto" splendidly portrays the subtle differences in colour that are unique to evening scenes.
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).