Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, we sometimes forget to slow down and admire the city from a different perspective and angle. How one turns ordinary landscape and buildings into something spectacular largely depends on the photographer’s creativity, but having a versatile camera by your side definitely goes a long way in bringing out that creativity. Find out how the Nikon D750 can help to take your photography to the next level. (Photo and report by Cyrus Lau)
D750/ AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR/ FL: 16mm/ Manual exposure (f/11, 1/10 sec)/ ISO 160/ WB: Manual
This is a simple photo of a densely packed building complex with a small playground in front of it. I took this shot from a low angle above a puddle of water in order to obtain a symmetrical shot. As this shot was taken with a shutter speed of only 1/10 seconds, the light weight of the D750 combined with the Vibration Reduction capabilities of the lens made it easy for me to handhold it without having to use a tripod.
D750/ AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR/ FL: 19mm/ Manual exposure (f/22, 61 sec)/ ISO 50/ WB: Manual
This night shot of a street in Hong Kong was taken with a 1 minute exposure. The low expanded ISO sensitivity of ISO 50 (Lo 1) produced superbly clean images which were virtually free of noise, allowing me to obtain this shot of light trails from moving cars. The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens I used was also essential for this image, as the wide focal length allowed me to fit more elements into my photo.
D750/ AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR/ FL: 18mm/ Manual exposure (f/13, 15 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Manual
I wanted to capture the movement of clouds with the tall golden office buildings of China Hong Kong City, so I set my camera on my tripod 90 degrees vertically and framed the buildings diagonally. The tilting screen of the D750 allowed me to frame the shot without bending my back or having to squat down to look through the viewfinder–an extremely useful feature for landscape and cityscape photography.
D750/ AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR/ FL: 25mm/ Manual exposure (f/4, 1/80 sec)/ ISO 640/ WB: Manual
This photo shows an overhead view of the famous Mongkok Bazaar, one of the most popular night markets in Hong Kong. The 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor of the D750 enabled faithful colour and detail reproduction in virtually any scenario and lighting condition. In this shot of the bazaar at night, the colours of the stalls and lights are accurately and vividly depicted across the entire frame.
How do you take a memorable photo? This is a simple but tough to answer question that many photographers tend to ask. People say that the best camera is the one you have on hand, but having a camera with a wide array of features certainly can help you tackle almost any kind of shooting scenario. For me, the Nikon D750 is a camera that is both easy to carry around the urban jungle while still retaining a multitude of functions that give me inspiration to take creative shots.
One of the features of the D750 I like the most is the tilting screen which can allow me to shoot from both high and low angles without having to resort to extreme postures. As someone who shoots mainly landscapes and cityscapes, this feature is extremely useful when I need to change my angle in order to make the shot stand out. Without such a feature, one might not even think of changing the angle of the photo.
The D750 is one of the smallest full-frame DSLR in Nikon’s FX lineup, but certainly doesn’t skim on the performance either. The 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor is able to capture whatever I shoot in great detail, and the dynamic range offered is definitely impressive as well. The small and light form factor of the camera also means I can bring it around the crowded cities of Hong Kong without much hassle.
In addition to the camera, Nikon also has an extensive lineup of quality lenses which compliments the camera well. One of my favourite lenses is the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, as it offers spectacular image quality and a focal length range that I commonly use for my cityscapes.
For those looking to get their first full-frame DSLR, the D750 certainly will not disappoint, and is my camera of choice.
Cyrus was born in Hong Kong and graduated with a degree in manufacturing engineering. Currently working as an engineer in a manufacturing company, Cyrus dabbles in photography in his free time. He likes going to well photographed places and trying to break the norm by photographing those places from unique angles. He wants to show the world that sometimes all you need to do is to look at a place from a different perspective.