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01.30.2012

Eye Scene: Photographer, Ryuichi Oshimoto Travels with Sigma Camera & Lenses

Fall foliage in Bennington, Vermont. It rained all day, but for a brief moment before sunset, the sunlight emerged through the clouds. I hastily pointed the large aperture lens at the gleaming maple leaves. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 85 mm

Following a leisurely meal and feeling fully satiated, I headed to Port Jefferson, a town on northern Long Island, New York. When I arrive at the harbor, a young man wearing an orange shirt with ‘DOCK’ written on the back instructed me to park the car in one of the three lanes. The ferry arrived in 30 minutes and we boarded the ferry with our cars at exactly 3pm. I got out of the car and climbed the stairs to buy tickets inside. Most of the passengers stayed inside the ferry and read their books or used their computers. I had already planned to go out to the deck. This large ferry, even equipped with bar, takes an 18 mile, one hour and fifteen minute ride on the Long Island Sound across to Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The large white ferry, with the ability to hold 85 cars, appeared out of nowhere from the hazy bay and approached the harbor. I entered the ferry from here. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/500 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 38 mm

Under the gray skies, I stood on the back of the large deck and gazed at Long Island. Until the announcement was made to go back to our cars, I stayed outside to feel the cool breeze. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/320 sec | Aperture:F7.1 | Focal Length: 11 mm

A few minutes before entering the harbor in Bridgeport, one of the employees collected our tickets. After leaving the ferry, the road took a few winding turns before I entered I-95. Mid-October after 4pm under the gray skies in Connecticut, most of the cars had their headlights on. Driving away from the coast, I-91 leads north into Massachusetts and by the time I exited I-91 toward State Road 2, it was dark. Most likely because of construction, the narrow road took a detour and I was forced to drive through a forest in thick fog. When the road lead back to State Road 2, I arrived at North Adams, named after Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers. Many buildings had traces of New England history and I recognized most of them even though it was dark out. My plan was to go straight to Vermont, but when I entered a fast food restaurant for directions, an elderly man informed me of the nearest motel and I decided to stay for the night. The motel was built east of North Adams in Williamstown. It was cloudy the next morning, but no rain fell. The forecast predicted rain, so I left the motel quickly. There was a college around the corner and I was captivated by the fall foliage on campus ground.

With overcast sky in the background, the top of the white church can be seen through the fall foliage. The damp New England landscape was captured with the large aperture telephoto lens. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/140 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 85 mm

The campus as well as the entire area of Williamstown was saturated in crimson. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/30 sec | Aperture:F7.1 | Focal Length: 50 mm

Taking cover from the heavy downpour, I photographed this from a university building. Using the ultra-wide zoom lens, the rainy autumn atmosphere with the bright red tree as the subject was photographed. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/13 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 8 mm

Rain, along with strong winds blew. It was moments before all the red maple leaves fell on the ground. Setting the camera on a tripod, as though looking through a tunnel of red leaves, the sensor captured the image faithfully. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/15 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 105 mm

The wet maple leaves were beautiful and lush. The maple leaves taken with the large aperture telephoto macro lens looks real enough to touch. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/15 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 105 mm

Setting foot in Bennington, Vermont, the sun temporarily revealed its face. As I walked around town with my camera on my shoulder, I was hoping the forecast was wrong and it would stay sunny.

Nine in the morning. Behind the elderly man cleaning the street, I can see the red maple leaves glimmering in the sunlight. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/125 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 43 mm

From Bennington, while viewing the lush Green Mountain National Forest in the east, I take a leisurely trip north on a local road, SR7A passing Arlington to Manchester. Rain started to pour violently when I arrived there and I start to lose my desire to photograph.

Large farms were scattered throughout south Vermont. Thick clouds forced its way in as the blue sky became less and less visible, then light rain began to fall. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/250 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 50 mm

A small cemetery of a church in the small town of Arlington. Just over its peak foliage, this image of a quiet rainy day created a poetic atmosphere. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/125 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 50 mm

Yellow foliage stands next to Arlington’s Town Hall. The leaves here would soon fall too. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/125 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 85 mm

Halloween was just around the corner. Clouds blanketed Green Mountain and we were hit by torrential rain. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 40 mm

By the time I arrive at Manchester, I see many of the maple trees have lost half of their leaves. The rain came down hard and I felt the foliage season was nearly over. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/80 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 50 mm

Driving further north on the local road, the rain had no desire to stop so I branch off the path and head to Green Mountain.

A creek flows through the forest in the rain. A photographer took his time and pointed the lens in the foliage. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 23 mm

I drive through the non-changing foliage in Green Mountain. Camera: SIGMA DP2x | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/15 sec | Aperture:F7.1 | Focal Length: 24.2 mm

The rain lightens after leaving Green Mountain and heading north onto US Route 7 and into Wallingford.

The church was surrounded by beautiful foliage. On Church Street, the maple trees greeted me with vibrant colors. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 85 mm

Driving further north then east on US Route 4, I drive on State Road 30 along Lake Bomoseen. When I reach the middle of Vermont, I felt the peak foliage had passed here, so I head back on US Route 7.

Freshwater lake, Lake Bomoseen. The peak foliage had passed, but one bright red maple tree stood beautifully by the lake. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/40 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 23 mm

Returning to Bennington from US Route 7, some sunlight spilled through the clouds before sunset. When I arrived here this morning, the sun temporarily revealed its face. I wonder if the town is very compatible to me.

Undeniably not expecting the sun at all, sunlight streams onto the wet leaves. The large aperture medium telephoto lens captured the sunset soaking autumn landscape. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 85 mm

Walking on the shining fall leaves was a present from the heavens. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 18 mm

The sun hid behind the clouds quickly and sank. This night, I stayed in Bennington where I saw sunlight. The next morning, I woke up to a clear, bright eastern sky. I left the motel before the sun rose and headed east toward Green Mountain National Forest on SR9.

I saw the sunrise just as I left the perimeter of the National Forest. When I saw a bridge over a river, I stopped to take in the morning air. It was a chilly morning and I felt the winter weather fast approaching. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/60 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 12 mm

The beautiful landscape continues from Green Mountain National Forest. From the giftshop in Hogback Mountain, I gaze at southern Vermont. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/320 sec | Aperture:F9.0 | Focal Length: 9 mm

Heading further east, I enter the state of New Hampshire. When I asked about the foliage to the clerk of a coffee shop, he replied, “This fall was especially warm and before the leaves changed colors, the storm from last week swept away most of the leaves. It’s a shame.”

Crossing Connecticut River, I set foot in New Hampshire. Two bridges were built over the river and this one was for pedestrians only. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO:200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/160 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 8 mm

The weather was unimaginably sunny today compared to the storm from last night and I could’ve seen the foliage if I headed south, but I decided to head north. Although rainy, the beautiful fall foliage was burned in my mind and I was fully pleased to see this year’s foliage.

*All artwork on this page was processed from RAW data (X3F) with Sigma PhotoPro software. After processing, some selected images were imported into retouching software to remove dust. This photo essay is currently running on Sigma Japan’s site and it is published here two months later.

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