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08.10.2012

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

After driving about 50 miles north on Highway 1 from San Francisco, I headed toward the shore. The setting sun from the west glimmered over the Pacific and the sheep roamed around looking for grass to feed. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @200mm

Many yachts float in Tomales Bay. The oyster restaurant with a great view of the bay was closed, but I sat down at the cozy counter and imagined a crowd of content customers watching the sunset. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @50mm

On this day, I was unable to witness the picturesque sunset at Dillon Beach located along Bodega Bay. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with DP2

The well-maintained Doran Campground was occupied with some RVs. Water drips slowly from the showerheads by the beach. The off-season beach landscape was captured with the large aperture standard lens. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 30mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Morning at a small cape by the campground. Seagulls congregating around the seashells was captured with the large aperture telephtoo lens. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

The rain started to fall hard when I saw the old pier by Bodega Bay. I opened up my umbrella and cautiously walk on the moss covered pier. The shutter sound was completely drowned out by the bay. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

The crooked old peeling sign. The forgotten, undemolished old pier. Using the built-in flash, the slow moving time seemed to stop. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @26mm

The low tides allowed me to walk under the pier. In contrast to the yacht in the distance, I became a bystander as time passed by slowly by this old decaying pier. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 30mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Was it a part of a ship? The object appearing from the receding tide and the decaying pier seemed to share the same flow of time. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with Macro 70mm F2.8 EX DG

Salmon Creek. The beach where freshwater and seawater meet, a large flock of seagulls cry out. I used the telephoto lens at its maximum focal length to capture the swarm of birds. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM @ 500mm

With the white waves in the background, black birds, that looked lie silhouettes, perched themselves on a rock. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM @450mm

The weather was inaccurate and sun began to shine at the horizon line. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with DP2x

Walking on the beach under the clear skies, I come across a rock giving a thumb’s up. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM @8mm

The shoreline at Sonoma Coast State Beach. A short distance from Highway 1, I see Arched Rock. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @147mm

Heading down to Goat Rock Beach, I walked over to Goat Rock, a rock that looked like a small island jutting out from the beach. In the far distance, Arched Rock can be seen. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC HSM

Russian River is a delta by the beach. I pointed the lens at the unbelievably sunny ocean and capture the gliding seagulls at a high shutter speed. . ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @300mm

The land opened out into a gently rolling plain by the coastline and the fence surrounding a large ranch continues besides Highway 1. . ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with DP2x

One of the most beautiful scenery on the coastline of Northern California. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @200mm

Driving only a small distance away from the coast, I come across a forest and there was no longer an inkling of the ocean. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

I found a small plane when venturing around the mouth of where freshwater and seawater met. Feeling like a kid again, I wanted to launch it across the bright western sky. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

The sun was about to set. I pointed the lens directly at the sun. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Setting the camera on a tripod, a slow shutter speed was used to capture the coast. ©2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, Taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

*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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