Eyes of Nikon

D750 | AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR | ISO 1600 | 1/3200 | f/10


Toshiki Yamahata山畑 俊樹

Toshiki Yamahata was born in Strasbourg, France in 1993, and now lives in Tokyo. He is currently studying at Waseda University. Yamahata chooses to photograph objects linked to both his past experiences and his current area of study. Yamahata is currently working on an independent project about foreigners living in Jordan while continuing his university research. Yamahata’s 2014 photo series, “West Bank”, documenting a resistance movement opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was awarded the Grand Prize for the 4th category (the under 31 category) in the 62nd NIKKOR Photo Contest. In 2015, his “Another Day in Palestine” exhibition was shown at Nikon Salon Juna21 in Tokyo and Osaka. An additional exhibition was held at AMS Photo Studio Gallery in Kyoto that same year. http://toshikiyamahata.com

Photographer's Eye

I took photographs of the lives of my friend’s family, who are living in a country away from their homeland and also I took the landscapes there. AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is a long lens. However, since I spend a long time with the family, I was able to capture their natural facial expressions. Whenever I wanted a dynamic composition without interfering their conversations and actions, zooming up to 500mm creates a powerful impact. Because it was my first experience in using a telephotographic lens, the way of photographing was experimental. Even under the good relationship with the family, by deliberately stepping back when I hold my camera. I believe I was able to portray various facial expressions, such as anxiousness and relief in the foreign surroundings. I was impressed by the fine quality of the lens. Its sharpness is remarkable especially from the minimum focus distance to approximately 6meters length. The lens was able to express meticulous details that is impossible to see with the naked eyes, such as the patterns of the iris, the texture of the skin, and the weaves of cloth. With the help of the powerful VR system, it made it possible to widen chances of hand-held shooting anywhere, from the sunny outdoors to the dark indoors.
In addition, its various depictions attracted me. In short distances, the lens captured every animal hair sharply and also three-dimensionally. The object that was a few meters away, made it seem as if it is possible to reach it with the hand in the viewfinder. On the other hand, when I shoot far objects such as city views and landscapes, the lens produces picturesque beauty. Even though the objects seem flat because of the compression effect, the sharpness of the edge and the tone remains the same. It is impressive that the soft atmosphere and the realistic details coexist in one image.

Work of Toshiki Yamahata