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Sato pursues hidden life and nature everywhere from nearby locations to far away tropical jungles.In recent years his photographs taken of the Meiji Jingu shrine grounds have been featured in the Meiji Jingu: Forest of Life photo book and in National Geographic magazine.
This was a journey of gazing deep into the mysteries of life. The stage: the tropical rain forests of the vast Amazon that sprawl across the continent of South America. Entering through the dense forest growth, I encountered strange, beautiful creatures one after the other. I was dazzled by the brilliant blue of the morpho butterflies sparkling in the forest, and entranced by the red serpent slipping by my feet like the flow of blood through a vein. A treehopper less than one centimeter in size, cloaked in complex, outlandish shapes struck me with its deep sense of mystery.
Blending in with the dim jungle scenery, I quietly faced off with these creatures. Thanks to the 5-axis image stabilization with 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation of the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, I was able to capture the minutest expressions and elaborate textures of my subjects exactly as I had in mind even during hand-held shooting. While engrossed in shooting, a sudden squall fell upon me. Although my camera was soaked, it continued functioning as if nothing had changed thanks to the solid splashproof and dustproof construction. The system is truly compact including wide-angle, macro, and 1200mm telephoto lenses. Its superb mobile design makes it easy to track a diverse range of secretive wildlife even through dense forest.