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Nakano is adept at photographing birds in the wild and aircraft, and his photos have been used in advertisements and magazines. He flies all around Japan and the world capturing photos on two major themes, “Birdscape” - scenery with birds, and “Jetscape” - scenery with flying aircraft. His books include Digital Photography Techniques for Shooting Wild Birds (Seibundo Shinkosha) and his photo collection Samurai Phantom F-4 Final Chapter (Kosaido Publishing).
Puffins are cute seabirds with clownish faces and a comical way of moving. With the academic name of Fratercula arctica, these birds are distributed across the North Atlantic Ocean, with over half their number breeding in Iceland. Although I had photographed them a number of times in the United Kingdom, I had a strong desire to visit their largest habitat, and set out for Iceland.
My travel partner was the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Because mobility is an important part of photographing birds in the wild, the OM-D is superior in its compact system size. The PRO lens series, including the 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO, features superb image quality and never hinders a photographer’s movements. The white nights of Iceland offer 24 hours of shooting opportunities and very little chance to rest, making lightweight equipment that saves your strength a significant asset. The weakness of past compact system cameras is in AF performance and EVF display speed, however, the E-M1 Mark II is valued for these aspects. This time, textures were particularly complicated with a mix of ocean and reefs, making an environment that is difficult for AF. However, the E-M1 Mark II provided accurate AF for capturing puffins and Arctic Terns in flight. The EVF view is also very nice, making it possible to accurately track the birds during sequential shooting. A wealth of lenses from 7mm ultra wide-angle to 300mm super telephoto covers every focal length imaginable from insects, to birds and wild animals.
I believe that the arrival of the E-M1 Mark II establishes the OM-D system as one perfect for nature photography.