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Born in 1975 in Yokohama, Japan. At the age of 23 he began his freelance photography career with a focus in the natural landscape and documentary photography. He has held many solo exhibitions and his current publications include [New Type] and [Umamibi, a twenty-year photographic record of Mongolia]. He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Association.
I select a profile based on the mood of the day, then proceed to shoot. Some days I'm happy with the colour and monochrome presets, and other days I like to change settings to fit my own style. Although I never hesitate with settings if I have a complete image in my head that I want to capture, it doesn't always work that way. But there's no need to rush the process. The advantage of a compact system camera is the ability to check the results through viewfinder and on the rear monitor while shooting. Sometimes ideas come to mind for the next shot where I know what settings to make, and the image in mind solidifies while I change settings.
What I find interesting about Monochrome Profile Control is the ability to add film grain effects, adjust the colour, and set the colour film on the camera itself. When I was in photography school, I always attached a yellow or orange filter to the camera when shooting with monochrome film. The reason for this was to add contrast when shooting for easier prints. Honestly though, I didn't like ruining perfectly good lens quality by adding noise to the shot. The ability to add any kind of effect using camera settings and shoot while checking the images wipes away photographer misgivings, giving you the confidence to take the shot. I'm sure most people will be amazed that these are all unedited photos.
The beautifully-crafted PEN-F is ideal for street shooters, as a second camera for studio pros, and for anyone who loves vintage design and photography.