A vacation is an investment that goes beyond monetary gratification and transcends into cherished memories. Oftentimes, we scroll back to pictures from a childhood family holiday, an impromptu road trip with close friends or an ounce of foolhardy that resulted in a solo trip of a lifetime and soon after nostalgia gushes in. We find pieces of ourselves in big cities, small towns, quaint cafes, tropical beaches and deciduous mountains that we turned into homes along the way. While time machine remains a futuristic dream, a photograph is our answer to a time capsule that echoes psychometric teleportation across junctures. A regular camera sure does the trick. However, Nikon’s enhanced D-SLR models render finest quality of images fusing the best of travel and photography.
Taking professional photography to all new heights, Nikon D850 possesses an impressive 45.7 megapixels. Besides capturing spectacular images, the camera also produces full-frame 4K UHD videos. The high-end model is your best bet to shoot across versatile landscapes. Kashmir’s sweeping terrains are hailed as a photographers’ muse. Just beyond the world’s third highest motorable mountain road of Chang La pass in Ladakh, lies a slice of heaven. Stretching approximately around 130 kilometers, Pangong Tso exemplifies magical realism. Snow-dusted mountains sit in juxtaposition with the azure lake. With an ISO range of 64 to 25600, the Nikon D850 has a heightened sensitivity that allows meticulous capturing of even the multi-coloured pebbles as seen underneath the crystal clear water. The wide range of colour temperatures provide excellent tones and exposure to capture the partially penetrating sunrays on the peak. The bright hues of the brackish water can easily be brought forth using the natural light auto function that gives way to accurate white balance. Capture Full HD videos of flocks of seagulls and black neck cranes, migratory birds that are seen in the region in summers.
The mighty Royal Bengal tiger strolls through the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan as captured by Nikon D850. Photo by: Aman Wilson
The camera is also a favourite among wildlife photographers and enthusiasts alike who frequent Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park to catch a glimpse of the mighty Royal Bengal tigers. The 3.2-inch, 2359k-dot touch-screen LCD monitor allows smoother flexibility of the camera making it possible to capture shots at tilting angles. The focus shift function aptly picks up on the focus between a set number of shots ranging across a multitude of terrains. In this case, it’s the wildlife frenzy. Shoot images of owlets perched atop trees from the moving jeep or that of the sambar deer as they scurry past the whirring vehicles. Take phenomenal slow motion videos of the tigers gracefully walking along the safari trails or lapping water by the stream using the camera’s 120/100p in Full HD. The impressive battery life allows the camera to sustain through as many as 1800 photographs with a single charge.
The Nikon D5600 is an enhanced D-SLR camera and comes with a host of features that are simplified for the eloquent usage by photography enthusiasts. The camera is used to shoot across various terrains, portraits and wildlife subjects among others. Put the camera to test while spotting wilderness in Assam’s Kaziranga. The north-eastern National Park holds a reputation for sheltering two-thirds of the worlds’ great one-horned rhinoceros. Elephant grass stand tall on either side of the trail as many opt for the guided open jeep safari to catch a glimpse of the endangered species.
The great Indian one-horned rhino basks in the golden hour at Kaziranga in Assam as captured by the Nikon D5600. Photo by: Aman Wilson
The 3.2 inch touch screen LCD monitor allows the camera to be held in varying angles while ensuring high quality results.The 24.2 megapixel DX CMOS sensor on the camera does complete justice to the sheer magnificence of the wild creatures. In addition to the SnapBridge technology which transfers photos across devices using Bluetooth, this model comes with an inbuilt Wi-Fi system. Capturing the mammals in their natural habitat in full HD videos at 1080p at up to 60 fps only makes for a more gratifying experience. The time-lapse mode makes it possible to save space on the card by having the camera automatically convert the sequence of stills to video files.
Nikon D3400 is a must have for those only learning to polish their photography skills because this device is much more than an entry-level camera. Suited for numerous subjects of photography, the camera churns out excellent quality of landscape images. Travelling to the desert mountain valley of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh calls for a perfect excuse to pack the Nikon D3400 along. Dhankar, the former capital of Spiti sits at 12760 feet above sea level hanging precariously over the edge of the cliff face. Making the best of 24.2 effective megapixels, capture swathes of snow-capped mountains, the vast gorges and pahari style houses that are positioned far from each other. The 3.0-inch LCD monitor effectively displays the rendered images on the device’s screen.
Walk up to the Dhankar Monastery, the residence of 150 lamas that overlooks the Pin Rivers. Ruins of the fort monastery call for attention to detail, putting the close-up mode to test to capture the intricate details. From a total of 10 special effects feature, the silhouette mode is best to trace the outline of the monastery’s architecture. Stills of the sun descending at various angles behind the Himalayan ranges play back like a slide show that is shot at twilight using the photo illustration effect.
Nikon D3400 meticulously captures the vast gorges in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley, giving way to snow-capped mountains engulfed in clouds. Photo by: Aman Wilson
Using Nikon’s proprietary SnapBridge technology, images can be synced with a smart phone device by simply enabling the Bluetooth feature. Without further ado the high-resolution images were ready to be shared online.
Nikon’s D850, D5600 and D3400 make for great travel companions. After all, the best kinds of holidays are the ones that can be relived through photographs.
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