Irfan Nurdiansyah with his image of snow monkeys
To mark the first birthday of the Touit lens family for compact system cameras, everyone in the ZEISS community had six weeks to submit their best picture taken with a Touit lens through the OFFICIAL Carl Zeiss Lenses Group on Flickr. More than 70 photographers did, and the results are fantastic. All entries can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/carlzeisslenses/pool/tags/ZEISSTouit2014.
The jury consisted of the four photographers (Laura Saffioti, Mac Kwan, Muga Miyahara and David Maupilé) who already put the Touit lenses to the test last year in Bangkok (“The ZEISS Challenge: Touit in Bangkok“ http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?cat=527) as well as three ZEISS experts. Together they determined the winner from the entries — no easy task due to the high number of high-quality photos to choose from. Irfan Nurdiansyah finally emerged as the winner with his picture of the Japanese snow monkeys, captured with the Touit 1.8/32. Congratulations!
His image shows the famous macaques from Jigokudani, Japan in the Nagano Prefecture. Wintertime here offers unique photographic opportunities when the monkeys swim in the hot springs to warm themselves from the snow. When Irfan Nurdiansyah visited Jigokudani, he met harsh weather conditions: 5 degrees Celsius below zero (23 degrees Fahrenheit), heavy wind and snow. Yet the combination of compact size, excellent imaging performance and autofocus in the Touit 1.8/32 together with the LCD LiveView of his NEX-5N enabled him to approach the monkeys slowly and without attracting their attention and to press the shutter-release button at just the right moment, despite the weather.
The jury particularly liked the photo’s colorful intensity and its gradient blur, as well as the fact that Nurdiansyah picked exactly the right time to capture the expression of delight in the macaques’ faces.
Irfan Nurdiansyah lives in Nagoya and enjoys the opportunities to capture his impressions of the Japanese landscape and culture in pictures. He moved from his native Indonesia to Japan four years ago. His new surroundings have allowed him to further develop his photography and take it to the next level.