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It's my reliable travel companion throughout the summer

2022-12-08 06:25:16 [Retro ]
It's my reliable travel companion throughout the summer

Summer is the best time of year for leisure travel. The forests and seashores in the south are both suitable destinations for slow-paced travel and photography. As a non-professional photographer, I don't like to pre-set too many plans when I travel on my holiday, and I hope to capture the beautiful moments that happen unexpectedly at any time during the trip. In the past few months, Nikon Z 9, the flagship mirrorless camera, has been by my side during my travels. With its powerful performance and rich lens group, it has become a powerful partner for my record creation. Portrait photography Nikon Z 9+AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED. f/2.5, 1/1000th of a second, ISO 64. When Yu Haitong was traveling with his girlfriend for portrait creation, I chose two F-mount SLR lenses, 58mm F1.4G and 105mm F1.4E ED. These two large-aperture fixed focal lengths are specially optimized for out-of-focus spot performance. , you can get a dreamy atmosphere when shooting portraits and small scenes. Different from the previous experience with the SLR body, the Z 9's stable face/eye tracking and high-speed continuous shooting functions with full electronic shutter make me feel that these two lenses have been reborn in the micro-single era. Nikon Z 9+AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED. f/1.4, 1/2000 sec, ISO64. Yu Haitong's Nikon Z 9+AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED. f/1.4, 1/30 second, ISO1250. Yu Haitong took a photo of Huizhou's Shuangyue Bay at sunset, and the rising waves would be lit up into gold by the side light of the setting sun, complementing the azure blue sea. In order to capture the most beautiful form of the spray, I turned on the Z 9's high-speed burst shooting of 20 frames per second. The Z 9 radically removes the mechanical shutter. I use the full electronic shutter with a high-speed stack sensor, which won’t produce any vibration, viewfinder freezes, and black screen during high-speed continuous shooting, and I don’t have to worry about the life of the mechanical shutter. I can shoot as much as I like on the scene, and choose pictures calmly in the later stage. Nikon Z 9+AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G. f/11, 1/10 second, ISO64. Yu Haitong's photo of cool waterfalls is also an indispensable theme in summer travel records. Before I wanted to shoot such a slow-moving water, a combination of a tripod and an ND filter was essential, and additional equipment would become a burden during travel. However, the Z 9 has a reliable five-axis image stabilization in the camera. Even with a SLR lens without optical image stabilization, you can shoot handheld with a slower shutter speed of 1/10 of a second to get silky water flow, and the body-integrated camera The vertical grip also gives me more stability. In addition, the Z 9's ultra-low native ISO 64 allows me to extend my exposure time without the need for an ND filter, and I don't have to close the aperture too far to affect the quality of the image. So we keep joking that although the Z 9 is a lot heavier than the previous micros, it can save a lot of weight in our backpacks. In addition to photographing travel portraits, we also like to record the little creatures on the natural journey in summer - flowers, insects, birds, beasts... Nikon Z 9+AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR. f/5.6, 1/500 second, ISO400. Photo by Yu Haitong For ecological subjects, the two lenses I chose are the NIKKOR Z Macro 105mm f/2.8 VR S and the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR. The former is my favorite macro lens, while the latter is an ultra-lightweight telephoto with a built-in Fresnel lens. Both lenses can be easily packed into a travel backpack and used with the Z 9 to capture animals and plants from far to near. Nikon Z 9 + Nikkor Z Macro 105mm f/2.8 VR S. f/8.0, 1/160 sec, ISO500. Photo by Yu Haitong I have used quite a few automatic or manual macro lenses, and the NIKKOR Z Macro 105mm f/2.8 VR S is my daily favorite. The lens has a linear motor and a multi-focus system, and the continuous focusing at short distances is very light and accurate. When shooting macro, I set the Z 9 focus mode to 3D focus + AFC, so that after placing the initial focus point on the subject and pressing the AF-on button, the focus can accurately bite the flowers swaying in the wind and Fluttering insects can also compensate for changes in focus caused by slight hand tremors. Nikon Z 9 + Nikkor Z Macro 105mm f/2.8 VR S. f/8, 1/400th of a second, ISO64. Yu Haitong's Nikon Z 9 + Nikkor Z Macro 105mm f/2.8 VR S. f/2.8, 1/1250 sec, ISO500. Photo by Yu Haitong It is rainy in the south in summer, especially during the "Dragon Boat Water" period in June, where it often rains heavily. I saw this little snail "snorkeling" in the shower, so I put the camera at a low position and used the four The axis flipped the screen for framing, and captured the reflection of the snail moving forward. Shooting in heavy rain, the camera and lens were splashed with water droplets, but the Z 9 body achieved the same weather resistance as the flagship DSLR D6, while the Nikkor Z Macro 105mm f/2.8 VR S has IPX2-level water resistance and easy cleaning fluorine coating. The whole system performed reliably and there were no shooting problems. Nikon Z 9+AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR. f/8.0, 1/125 sec, ISO64. Yu Haitong's Nikon Z 9+AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR+ AF-S TC-14E ​​III teleconverter. f/8.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO1000. When Yu Haitong took pictures of birds flying through the air, the Z 9's animal recognition and focusing ability is even better. After setting the AF subject recognition to "Animal", most animals and birds encountered in the wild, whether it is squirrels, horse musk deer, raptors, and songbirds, can activate the focus recognition frame of the Z 9, and can shoot continuously at 20fps at high speed. Keep focus point tracking accurate. In addition, the Z 9 will not reduce the ability to follow the focus after the telephoto lens is combined with the teleconverter. When shooting the black kite in the picture above, I used an AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR with a 1.4x teleconverter, and the camera still maintained high-speed and accurate focus tracking, helping me to capture clear black kite flying photos. Nikon Z 9+AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR+ AF-S TC-14E ​​III Teleconverter (High Power Crop). During Yu Haitong's travels, not all animals encountered were necessarily at the right distance. In Angsai Township, Yushu, Qinghai, the white-lipped deer, a national first-class protected animal and endemic to China, seems to be far away. Even in the summer alpine pastures at 4,700 meters above sea level, the highest point within the reach of a car, the white-lipped deer still look down on us as kings from the cliffs a few hundred meters away. The Z 9's high pixels came in handy when we waited down the hill until the sun slanted west, and finally a beam of light brushed against the rock wall illuminating a deer's face, separating the gray deer from the gray rock. The 45.7-megapixel is more than twice that of the previous Nikon flagship high-speed camera, and it can expand the equivalent focal length through a large crop. With a telephoto lens, a teleconverter and in-camera cropping, I used an equivalent focal length of more than 1000mm to photograph these elves on the plateau. Dark night photography Nikon Z 9+ AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G. f/1.4, 8 seconds, ISO1600, multiple stacks. Yu Haitong's photo of fireflies flying on a summer night in the south. In Tianluokeng, Zhangzhou, Fujian, we waited for the arrival of fireflies by the mountain stream. In the darkness where I can’t see my fingers, the Z 9’s luminous buttons inherited from the D850 allow me to adjust parameters in the dark night. I used the interval shooting function to record the flight of the fireflies for a period of time, and superimposed them later to complete the work. The thermal noise of the sensor is also well controlled during continuous long-exposure shots on summer nights, avoiding red-green highlights in the finished film. Nikon Z 9+AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED. f/2.0, 30 seconds, ISO400, multiple stacks. Photo by Yu Haitong Summer hurriedly passed, and the sun and temperature began to gradually subside. Fortunately, the Z 9, a body beyond imagination, helped me record the good memories of summer. Taking photos and recording videos on the go with the Z 9, my biggest takeaway is that it can do almost anything. Whether the subject of shooting is landscape, portrait or animal, if you want to shoot high-pixel photos or record high-frame-rate videos for a long time, you can find the settings that meet your needs in the rich function settings of the Z 9. While the Z 9 is bigger and heavier than the mirrorless cameras I'm used to, it's a powerful replacement for scenes I've struggled with with multiple cameras before. It was my reliable travel companion all summer long. Nikon Z 9+ AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G. f/1.8, 30 seconds, ISO640, multiple stacks. Yu Haitong Photographed by Haitong at Tsinghua University, Ph.D. His photographic works won the first prize of the Greenwich Annual Astrophotography Competition and the first prize of the Weibo Photography Contest, and have been featured on National Geographic and NASA’s Daily Picture for many times. Editor: Chen Zhonghuan Feng Jingli

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