With Mercedes in Japan
"Japan – there's probably no other country where the contrast between tradition and modernity is more visible: from old tea ceremonies to fully automated restaurants, from ancient temples built in rocks and forests to the smartest technologies being used for the smallest devices and from the tradition of being connected to nature like nowhere else to living in mega cities all over the country.
A setting, tailor-made for the new Mercedes Benz G-Class: most advanced technology combined with the original design how we all know it for decades. The perfect companion for an adventure across the homeland of Olympus cameras. For a road trip through the endless landscapes of Japan, I needed true outdoor experts/complements to accompany me. So the camera with its weather resistant housing and the G-Class to challenge the off-road tracks were the perfect equipment for my trip.
For a road trip through the endless landscapes of Japan, I needed true outdoor experts/complements to accompany me. So the camera with its weather resistant housing and the G-Class to challenge the off-road tracks were the perfect equipment for my trip.
When we left the incredibly vivid cities with its millions of people and skyscrapers, we found nature at its best – far from the hustle and bustle, we encountered endless forests, enormous rivers and perfectly shaped mountains as well as places where you never would expect to find a temple. From perfect sunrises to days full rain, I experienced the autumn in Japan in many ways. Out there in the field I got to test the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and noticed many similarities to the new G-Class, like: as the car – in my eyes – is probably the most trustworthy off-roader, so did the camera never disappoint, even in heavy rain or under water.
Photography is an essential part of the Japanese culture – everything has to be captured and shared, it's a way to express appreciation for nature, life, pleasure and hard times, the incredible presence, Japanese people live in.
Knowing their traditions and roots, they build the future unlike any other country, yet staying grounded and always connected to where they all came from – nature. Only 30% of the country is populated, the rest of the land is partly or completely uninhabited. Therefore nature photography plays a big role in Japan, be it macro photography of flowers or animals, or capturing the overwhelming power of massive mountains, volcanoes, forests, lakes and islands.
During my trip across Japan, mainly cruising between Tokyo and Kyoto, I found it hard to pick a favorite lens due to everchanging places and conditions, may it the famous narrow bamboo forest or the vastness of the lakes around Mount Fuji – therefore I mostly used the M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm PRO 2.8 to be able to get the perfect shot without thinking too much whether I should take a wide or tele lens. The M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm PRO 2.8 combined it perfectly and is light enough to be carried around all day long." (Max Muench)