Look Deeper: Nikon and photographer Tomas Sentpetery go beyond the surface of Europe’s travel destinations

New images capture travel hotspots from above and below ground, with NIKKOR FX and DX lenses

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19th June 2018: An exclusive photography series, released today by Nikon, has photographer Tomas Sentpetery look deeper to deliver different perspectives of Europe’s popular travel destinations, from both above and below the surface.

Acknowledging that there’s always more to places than we might initially see, Tomas visited five European tourist destinations – London, Paris, Krakow, Naples and Spain’s southern coast – to capture original travel photography. Armed with a selection of NIKKOR FX and DX lenses and camera bodies, he explored and captured the extraordinary places that live beneath familiar locations. From the abandoned passageways of London’s underground network to the stunning Wieliczka salt mines near Krakow, via the expanse of Spain’s Barrio de Cuevas, the largest troglodyte cave complex in Europe, the images show there are still unexpected places to be explored. The full image series can be viewed here.

London's Big Ben & the abandoned Aldwych underground station.
Above ground image: A F-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Below ground image: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Ancient Bourbon Tunnels wind beneath the region of Naples.
Above ground image: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Below ground image: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Europe’s historic cities, diverse cultures and world-famous landmarks make it a haven for travellers and travel photographers alike. Tomas, however, wanted to go further. He looked to use NIKKOR DX lenses on the Nikon D7500 to photograph the ‘surface’ of Europe’s travel destinations*, and NIKKOR FX lenses on the flagship Nikon D850 to capture beyond this.

Barrio de Cuevas in Guadix, Spain, housing Europe’s largest cave complex
Above ground image: AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
Below ground image: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Above ground in Krakow and the Wieliczka salt mines, located near the city
Above ground image: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Below ground image: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Commenting on the project, Tomas Sentpetery said, “There are hidden worlds all around us and I wanted to show there is more to popular tourist destinations than we might expect. Do your research before you travel and don’t be afraid to look deeper. With the right kit and a thirst for adventure it’s possible to deliver stand-out travel photography.”
Tomas used the following equipment on the shoot:
• Nikon D850 – The latest FX camera offers the ultimate combination of resolution, speed, and light sensitivity. Its 45 MPs capture incredibly fine detail, delivering crisp, sharp images that depict even the subtlest of textures. Its ISO range of 64–25600 is especially well suited to bringing out vibrant colours in low-light environments, ideal for exploring those darker worlds lying below the surface.
• Nikon D7500 – Built for the discerning adventurer, the Nikon D7500 is lightweight, possesses a dynamic 20.9 MP DX-format sensor and slimline tilting monitor which allows photographers to focus and shoot from even the most challenging of angles. With its ISO extendable up to 1640000, the Nikon D7500 also makes the most out of available light in any travel scene.

FX equipment:
• AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED – This super-fast, extreme wide-angle lens delivers edge-to-corner sharpness that can surpass that of equivalent fixed focal-length lenses. The lens’ fast aperture and Nano Crystal coating reduces the effects of ghost and flare, meaning it can adapt to any travel environment seamlessly.
• AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR – The most widely used professional lens in the NIKKOR line-up, this go-to wide-angle lens guarantees exceptional low-light performance and consistent exposure across the entire zoom range. For those more challenging environments experienced on-the-road, the fluorine coating on the front and rear lens elements repels water, dust, and dirt.
• AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED – This lightweight and versatile prime lens is the perfect choice for creative photographers who want to exaggerate perspectives and demonstrate something different. Its ultra-wide 20 mm focal length, bright f/1.8 maximum aperture and compact nature mean that whether shooting tight interiors or reportage photography, the lens rises to the challenge.

DX equipment:
• AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED – Ultra wide-angle 2.4x zoom lens with a high quality optical design helping deliver images with outstanding resolution, contrast and minimised distortion. For travel photographers, this lens is ideal for capturing landscapes, exaggerating perspectives or for shooting in tight spaces.
• AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR – The ultimate walkabout lens for photographers looking to capture that perfect vista. Its lightweight body, bright f/2.8–4 aperture and Vibration-Reduction system lends itself to simple handheld shooting.
• AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR – A powerful 16.7x zoom lens with super-telephoto reach, this lens is perfect for travel photography. It’s versatile, boasts a compact body without sacrificing image quality and has a practical zoom-lock switch which keeps the lens secure when you’re on the move.

­­­­Tomas concludes, “Whether capturing a dark, confined space or a vast, open landscape filled with contrast, the lenses I used allowed me to adapt to the challenges of each location with ease. This project shows the importance of having the right lens for the right shot, and not being afraid to push yourself and your equipment to find the hidden beauty within every space.”

Photographers who are inspired by the ‘Look Deeper’ series and want to experiment and develop their travel photography can take advantage of a Cashback promotion on the Nikon D7500 and NIKKOR lenses Tomas used.

*London Big Ben image taken on the Nikon D800 and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED

About Tomas Sentpetery

Slovakian-born and London-based photographer, Tomas Sentpetery, is an experienced landscape and portrait photographer. His vibrant photographic style is characterised by shots of London’s famous landmarks framed by dramatic skies. Tomas has also travelled extensively across Europe and relishes uncovering hidden and unexplored places. With his latest image series, Tomas hopes to engage and inspire travel photographers to look deeper when embarking on their next adventure.

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