Japan to Amsterdam with the Fuji X-T1 & X-T10

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Manuel Alvarez

"Hello, my name is Manuel Alvarez and I am a retired Culinary Arts chef living in Japan, in the Kanagawa Prefecture. My main passion and focus in Photography are landscapes, portraits, and street photography."

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I spend most of my time pursuing my passion for Landscape photography in Japan and Holland. My weapons of choice are the Fuji X-T1 for landscapes and portraits and the X-T10 for street photography. I took an early retirement in 2015 to pursue my passion and haven’t looked back since.

Japan skyline of Yokohama – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @24,3mm . f/16 . 28″ . ISO 200
Japan skyneedle – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF16-50mmF3.5-5.6 @16mm . f/6.4 . 1.3″ . ISO 320
Japan Zushi tori gate in water – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF50-230mmF4.5-6.7 @152,6mm . f/22 . 1/500″ . ISO 640

I am the owner of a small photography business, and also teach Lightroom to aspiring photographers, Navy personnel, and their spouses here in Yokosuka. Living in Japan can pose many challenges as a photographer, or anywhere in the world, because everyone has some sort of digital camera.

Japan Mont Fuji – Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF16-50mmF3.5-5.6 @50mm . f/5.6 . 1/1250″ . ISO 100
Japan red sunset with tori gate – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @26,6mm . f/7.1 . 6.5″ . ISO 200
Japan shinginkyu building – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10,5mm . f/4 . 1/40″ . ISO 1250

However, here in Japan, it is especially frustrating due to large crowds or congested traffic, which makes it a challenge to get to any location. My advice is to prepare yourself for these inconveniences, if you ever decide to come to the Land of the Eternal Sun.

My quest as a Landscape photographer is to try to capture all the beautiful sites Japan has to offer. I love exploring, or for better words, getting lost and coming back with photos of iconic places.

Recently, I took a photographic journey back to my beloved Amsterdam, a city complete with canals, bicycles, and plenty of opportunities for street photography with the X-T10 and the 18-135mm lens and the X-T1 with the 10-24mm lens for landscapes.

Zaanse Schans Holland – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @15,9mm . f/8 . 1/13″ . ISO 100
Rijks museum – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/5.6 . 1/40″ . ISO 1600

I have lived previously in Germany for 27 years and always came to Amsterdam with the family for vacation. It is truly a city where you can walk all day and get lost, and still have a smile on your face, with no worries at all.

The 10-24mm ultra wide zoom lens was a great choice for Amsterdam, from the tight alley ways, to the canals, to the Rijks Museum, and to the endless fields of colorful flowers. The 18-135mm, in my opinion, is the best street photography lens, and my walk around lens for the X-T10 because you can zoom in and out to get that perfect image without being noticed.

Holland flower fields – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @24mm . f/14 . 30″ . ISO 400
Holland – Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @18,2mm . f/4.5 . 0.5″ . ISO 100

I’m already planning on another trip, but in the summer here in Japan, starting from Yokosuka, to the castle in Matsumoto, to Lake Biwa, staying in Kyoto for 3-4 days and then, heading off to Osaka, and ending my journey at the beautiful Nachi Falls.

Holland B_W Street Photo – Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @36,6mm . f/20 . 1/15″ . ISO 200
Holland B_W Street Photo – Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @62,4mm . f/10 . 1/15″ . ISO 200
Holland B_W Street Photo – Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @110mm . f/5.6 . 1/60″ . ISO 200
Holland B_W Street Photo – Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @18mm . f/8 . 1/10″ . ISO 200
Holland B_W Street Photo – which way do we go – Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 @58,9mm . f/5 . 1/60″ . ISO 200

 


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  • Trevor Sherwin

    Some cracking images and a great story. Amsterdam is certainly on my todo list for a photography trip some time. A beautiful city.

  • David Thompson

    Beautifully captured I like them a lot. I’m particularly impressed how you have controlled the light in the landscape images. Well done.

  • Manuel Alvarez

    Thank you for your kind words.