For the second trial of the Nikon DF, I wanted to shoot something I photograph often. Japanese is one of my favourite cuisines and I'm constantly on the hunt for that perfect bowl of steaming hot ramen or juicy Japanese BBQ. Each venue always differs, but my goal is to bring out the personality and taste of each restaurant. Although these are classic dishes with simple flavours, I have tasted many and each have their own signature attributes. It's important for me that the details of these attributes are shown in my images.
I have been eagerly anticipating my first visit to Kanada-ya for quite some time and couldn't wait to sample their famous bowl of ramen. As we were indoors and the venue is quite small, I needed more light to get that perfect image. I turned the ISO to a higher setting so I could capture more light and pick up the details of their amazingly melt in your mouth pork belly slices and the gooey texture of the slow cooked egg. The results were exactly what I was hoping for, and the NIkon DF allowed me to capture all the flavours of both the pork, soup, and toppings in my images.
That same evening we visited Wako Japanese BBQ and I continued to play around with the ISO settings on the Nikon DF. Evening photos in ambient, dark venues are always a challenge and I often bring along an extra exterior flash to add more light to the image. I was very impressed that the Nikon DF allowed me to use far less artificial lighting and enabled me capture optimal detail with a few adjustments on the ISO and aperture settings.
I loved that the Nikon DF helped me shoot a typical food day for Hungry Hong Kong and made it a smooth and enjoyable experience.