Eyes of Nikon

D7100 | AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR | ISO 100 182.0 | f/22


Yoi Kawakubo川久保ジョイ

Yoi Kawakubo was born in 1979 in Toledo, Spain, where he lived until the age of 18. After graduating from the University of Tsukuba, Kawakubo left graduate school in 2005, to work in the world of finance as a day trader in order to fund his photographic endeavors, giving him a unique background among photographers. However, he left the stock market in 2007 in order to devote himself fully to production. Kawakubo's photos are characterized by extraordinary portrayals of space and time, such as momentary scenes in natural or structural motifs that can't be seen by the naked eye or portrayals of subjects as they change over a long period of time. His tranquil vision that unites advanced techniques with philosophical concepts has earned the support of many fans around the world.
His past awards include being chosen for the 36th Japan Advertising Photographer's Association Public Exhibition APA Awards 2008, as well as second place at the Bishin Jumonji competition at the Photograph Note Exhibition. http://www.yoikawakubo.com

Photographer's Eye

I felt that all of the lenses performed noticeably well. The 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G was much lighter than I had imagined and also had great contrast and resolution, so it produced very sharp images. The 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G didn't have quite the same ability to produce images as the previous lens, but the zoom allowed it to cover a wide field of view, so I felt that it would show its true worth in location shoots where you had to work with limited equipment. I normally use a completely wooden 8-by-10 camera and a fixed focal-length lens, so what impressed me the most after working with these cameras and lenses was the convenience. The aberrations or distortion of forms did concern me a bit, but the general levels were within permissible limits and not a problem. So, in contrast, I thought that they really showed their user-friendliness in location shoots, where a lot of walking is required like the ocean or mountains. Furthermore, I felt that were probably places I couldn't go without this equipment. Meanwhile, I also think that compared to other lighter lenses, these two were extremely well balanced in terms of description and faithfulness to their subject.

Work of Yoi Kawakubo