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07.26.2012

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

The tip of the cape, thirty miles west-northwest from San Francisco. I look down at Point Reyes Lighthouse, built on the Pacific Ocean. While I listen to the sound of the waves, I captured the vast landscape with the compact digital camera. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with SIGMA DP2X


From Los Angeles, I headed north on Interstate 5 (I-5). When I came across Tejon Pass, I was lured by the snow covered landscape and I exited the freeway. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @180mm

I stood on the gently rolling hills from Battery Spencer, a concrete gun battery that protected the Golden Gate Bridge for over half a century and look over toward San Francisco through the Golden Gate Bridge, a 1.7 mile bridge built from 1933 to 1937. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC HSM @33mm

Once inside the fort ruins, the Golden Gate Bridge (746 ft high) looks independently separate from the building. The image captured with the large aperture medium telephoto lens showed details of the bridge surface and building texture. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

6.8 miles away from US Highway 101. A perfect view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Muir Beach Lookout was desolate and windy. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM @ 8mm

Driving along the long and narrow 100 acre lagoon, I saw a flock of Harbor Seals sprawled across the shore. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @300mm

I decided to stay at a bed and breakfast at Stinson Beach. It was still before 7 o’clock, but the inn had quieted down. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with DP2x

When I woke up the next morning, it stopped raining. I stopped involuntarily by the water and soak in the morning silence. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @252mm

Stepping foot into the vast Point Reyes National Seashore, as I walked toward the lighthouse, a female Tule Elk stared at me. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @200mm

The lighthouse, lit in 1870 and automated in 1975, is usually open to the public, but it was closed this day, so I was unable to go near it. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @200mm

At the time where there were no means of collecting fresh water, a facility was built to collect rainwater for the Fog Signal and lighthouse workers. Decreasing the saturation and increasing the sharpness, the presence of the well-used facility was emphasized. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with DP1X

The morning sunlight reflects brightly against the white picket fence and the lapping white waves seemed to continue endlessly in the Pacific Ocean. The photograph was turned monochrome to emphasize the white. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @23mm

Built in 1927 and closed off in 1969, this lifeboat base, Marine Railway, was repaired and maintained. Many large lifeboats went out to sea from here. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM @8mm

A couple visiting the lifeboat base came back through the forest. On this day, I used the high-magnification zoom lens to capture the first visitors of the day. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM @200mm

I overlook the small cape stretched across the east. On the left, Drake’s Bay where the lifeboat base is located and the on the right, the Pacific Ocean. The fisheye lens was used to envelope the landscape. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM

There were many cattle at the National monument. This bathtub was filled with their drinking water. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM @53mm

I gazed at the lighthouse at the end of the cape from the cloudy beach. I wondered where the large root came from. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @220mm

I saw 5, 6 inch Sand Dollar remains on the beach. Design etched into the white surface was captured with the medium telephoto macro lens. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG

Looking at the thick cloud cover the wintery ocean and shower, makes me miss the summer. Using the EF-140 DG flash, the image of the moss covered shower was taken. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with DP1X

The rain stopped and the sunlight pouring through the clouds, colored the beach brightly. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Historic D Ranch operated as a dairy farm from 1862 to 1998. The roof of the old building caved in and moss had taken over the building. From a distance I can see cattle ranch at an operational farm. Decreasing the saturation and X3 Fill Light, the sepia color was increased, while imagining an old farm scene. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @18mm

Increasing the contrast on the Oyster Farm at Schooner Bay, the appearance of each seashell was highlighted. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with DP2X

Afternoon light reflects on the bay and oyster farm. Zooming quickly with the high magnification zoom lens, I captured the backlit workers. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto. Taken with 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM @164mm

*All artwork on this page was taken with Sigma’s SD1 Merrill camera and Sigma’s DP series digital compact cameras and 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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  1. these are all wonderful! If you go south on 1 past Pacifica, on the way to Half Moon Bay there are some amazing cliffs to shoot and the water is wonderfully rough. Moss beach State Park has tide pools you can walk out on , chech the tide charts so you go at low tide!

  2. Thanks for the info. I like to go there this summer,

  3. I appreciate how the places was captured in a interesting angle as well some
    vintage touch.