Nikon D750 Street Photography Review

Two Weeks in Myanmar (Burma)

An exceptional experience in Southeast Asia

Three great friends (all wedding photographers) and I set ourselves a personal photography assignment of travelling to Myanmar (Burma) for just over two weeks with a singular goal; document and capture the life and soul of the country.

I have always used mirrorless cameras for street photography, they're small and inconspicuous. The Olympus OMD EM5 (for Auto ISO and AF) and Fuji XT1 (fully manual and hyperfocal focusing) being my favourites. I was always left lacking in one department however; image quality. After falling in love with the Nikon D750 for weddings, I thought Myanmar would be the perfect place to test it on the streets. I used only one lens the entire time, the punching-way-above-its-weight Nikon 35mm 1.8 FX. Small, light and incredibly versatile. If it can cope with sun backlit portraits with retained shadow detail, colour and contrast, it can cope with the street (minimal post processing).

The people of Myanmar were wonderful. Open, happy and always returned a smile (if not smiling already). Some were smiling at my relative physical weirdness however, as compared to the typical people of Myanmar (shorter than I, and with lovely olive/dark skin), I'm a very tall, pale, bearded creature that grins incessantly. Strange indeed. But none were hostile. Ever. The glances at the camera with anything but a smile is simply someone trying to work me out, or being surprised by a camera pointed in their direction. A smile always followed.

Smiles are a universal language. They supercede race, sex, religion... everything. If you don't have them in your arsenal, I'd highly recommend you add them. They unlock hearts and doors (and hence opportunities). And they're free. What's not to like? 

I shared the experience with Matt Tyler (who is hilarious and had us in stitches throughout), Kristian Leven (legend who organised the trip) and Sachin Khona (a proxy brother). For four guys to share rooms (and sometimes beds - seriously!) and to not argue (at all), and only laugh (a lot) speaks volumes for the friendships we found and/or developed. A true pleasure.

This is a long post, I decided to show much more than initially intended. I'll be posting a highly curated version on my street photography website soon.

Back onto the Nikon D750 and 35/1.8. Well, I can only echo the words from my previous review. The combo was flawless. AF never missed a beat, the dynamic range from the sensor is out of this world and the compact size/weight make it perfect on the street. I honestly can't see the need for any other camera. To expand that statement - if I could only own a single camera, it would be the D750. I did miss live focus peaking from the mirrorless cameras however, I do love to shoot using hyperfocal focusing and full manual. Something very elemental about it.

The D750 was sublime in low light. I had the chance to seriously push it on the dark streets of Myanmar. I was consistently blown away (again) at how well the AF nailed subjects in the dark. The night bus shot you'll see at the top of the storyboard was taken as a reflex shot; spot the shot, camera to eye, shutter down. The AF hit instantly and accurately (at 1.8). Madness. In fact all of the night shots you see here were first time shots. I didn't have to re-take any due to missed focus. Not one. Unbelievable!

Again, read my D750 review for more information on the camera. This post is an addition to that with the aim of showcasing what the camera is capable of. For the record, I was using AF-C (continuous focus), Auto ISO (max 12,800) and a variable minimum shutter for most of the trip. F8 for the vast majority of the time. I switched to manual for specific shots taken in direct sunlight, but remained in AF-C.

You'll find a tincture of complexity, simplicity, geometry, weirdness, beauty, humour, truth, juxtaposition, abstract and layering. Some photos focus on one of these principles, others offer a combination.

This storyboard is organised by date/time taken. I'd rather portray the trip as we experienced it rather than highlight my own preferences. 

Enjoy!

 

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If you made it this far - thanks for your time :¬)

 

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Michael jackson

Breathtaking dude.

Shahed

Some seriously stunning shots bro! Love your vision! Let’s catch up again soon!

Greg

Damn, Makes me want to go. Brings back fond memories of my trips round Asia, Africa and Central and South America….

I’m getting itchy feet lol!!

I have just taken delivery of the D750 and the Sigma 35 1.4 ART. Looking forward to getting hands on with it…….

Great images of an amazing culture and people….

Thanks for sharing

Sam

W.O.W. Amazing coverage mate, just too many great frames!

Cris Lowis

Awesome work and what an amazing experience

Dan Ward

These are all insanely good photos – how many of these people did you approach? Or did you snap, and then ask? Either way, absolutely amazing!

Alexis Jaworski

Great review mate, stunning work!

Matt Tyler

De-e-cent! What an incredible set! I knew this was going to be good but man you’ve exceeded the astronomically high expectations I had.

It was a privilege and a pleasure being part of this trip. Not bad for a tall, alien headed mofo, not bad at all ;)

Ross Harvey

Thanks very much! Appreciate it :)

Dan – snapped first, but always with caution. If someone didn’t want to be involved they were always respected.

Alex

Epic trip & incredible images Ross!

Ed

The shot of the guy casting the huge fishing net…WOW!! I want that image, pretty please!?

Emilie White

Stunning! What an adventure it seems like it was amazing. A country full of colors and life. Great series.

Toby

Bloody love your work. That guy smoking backlit and the fisherman! So well captured Ross.

Kristian Leven

DUDE…not sure what I enjoyed more – taking this journey with you, or seeing the end result of it. Absolutely stunning collection man! Far, far, FAR too many to mention. Can’t wait for more Myanmen journeys in the future :D

Chris Hanley

First class work Ross…. top draw photojournalism.

On the strength of your reviews and reputation I bought two 750’s…. can’t wait to marry them up with the 85mm I bought off you 18 months ago… insane sharpness

Keep inspiring mate

Matthew Long

So good mate, incredible set. I can’t believe you got all of these in just 2 weeks. Well, I can actually but still, bloody amazing.

Jon Mold

Dude – these are fantastic, so good :)

Andy Rapkins

Struggling to find words to pay adequate compliment to this set. I’m staggered by the breadth of coverage over 2 weeks, as well as the relentlessly creative and perfectly-timed images themselves. The people, locations and lighting captured are all incredible. You’ve really done them proud and in a sensitive way. Superb.

Anna McCarthy

Inspired, moved … and shrunken!
Ross, Are your parents brimming with pride to have produced an offspring with such eyes?
I can’t help thinking you have an important contribution to make with your talent.. these images.. They’re a book, an exhibit, a significant historical document… An education (hopefully to Burmas leaders and elite as well as us snappers and consumerists)
And I keep looking and thinking ‘you must be having us on? All taken in 2 weeks ?! ‘

Awaiting avidly for course date available! But somehow think you have better things to do now than run courses… Have bought 2 d750s and just returned 9 days in India with one of them, but after seeing these, the best of my edit cud not add up to just one of yours :( Keep on sharing – you will never have anything to lose in doing so. Yes the d750 is great but as ever wen all is said and done, it’s not about the kit, it’s wat you do with it … And wat you see with it … And wat you do and see is entirely and consistently your own. Congratulations on a wonderful record – hope it gets maximum exposure
Ross Harvey

Thanks so much for the kind words and support! Incredibly grateful.

Rob Dodsworth

Top drawer Ross. Absolutely amazing work!

andy stenz

Damn. Seriously. I seriously don’t know what to say. There are too many favorites to list – and too many good ones to narrow it down too much. Fantastic work Ross. Thank you for sharing the world with us.

Damian Burcher

Brilliant. Too many favourites to mention but love the perfect timing of the sun reflection on the river from the sky and also drawn to one of the late ones with the lady standing in front of the train with a guy in the top left. Felt like looking through a Magnum book!!

Karthika

Looks like it was a great trip. Such incredible photos Ross. Amazing!

Nick Tucker

You’re quite good really.

Catherine Pound

Ross they are all incredible, but I literally laughed out loud with the image of the mannequins and Sachin(??) Hilarious. Oh and that silhouetted tree with a teeny tiny bird in flight. Adore that one too!

Thank you for sharing. :)

Mark Wallis

Very good sir.

Lorenzo

Sublime! Some recognisable RH shots and then it goes stratospheric! Sachin’s cameo is brilliant too :) Burmas on the bucket list.

Gary

Such stunning work Ross, yet again

Nastassja Harvey

Out of this world, just incredible! Some of the best work I’ve ever laid eyes upon.

Ross Harvey

Thank you for the kind words!

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Dafydd Hughes

Stunning colours – stunning composition. Stunning work!

Liam

Holy shit Ross what a collection! Travel photojournalism doesn’t get any better

Tom R.

Absolutely amazing pictures and trip. Ross they are incredible!

Sachin Khona

Ross, brother.
I can’t express how beautiful this post is .. Your vision and your enthusiasm for this art are inspiring and I’m honoured that I was able to be a part of it with you.
These images are truly exceptional.
Peace and love,
Sach

Mark Trela

Amazing work.

Steve Shipman

Beautiful images, Ross, some reminiscent of Alex Webb. I can see you heading for National Geographic :)

Lily Traill

Hi Ross Harvey! Hello from Fiji. Just wanted to say how much I love your work and hope to one day attend one of your workshops. Regards Lily

Tono

Amazing work!!

I’ve never been much of a 35mm guy, heck I’ve never been much of a prime shooter at all but this review has got my salivating to take my D750 and just one prime to my trip to Melbourne next month.

May I ask why you chose to go with the 35mm 1.8 from Nikon instead of the 1.4 offerings from Sigma and Nikon?

Matt Badenoch

Incredible series of photos! Think Myanmar just jumped to the top of my travel list.

steve

totally taken in by these images Ross, I could look at them all day.

Natalie

Utterly beautiful captures. My favourites are the fishermen casting their nets. So peaceful yet full of live. Wonder-full. Nx

Julie ranawat

very nice photography….Fabulous

Paul

Wonderful photos!