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    Maggie, that is (or rather was) one of my favourite lenses on my M8 - I assume it is the first version CV 50/1.5?

    When they announced the new one I was almost tempted to go back to Leica just for that lens.

    Nice photograph, and nice memory for me.

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    Nice work, Rich!
    Thank you Maggie......much appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorkil View Post
    Nice shots. This is a very wise decision I think, Rich. I still think it's a refreshing relief to go simple. I think we all are hit from the society's Development, to think that what you have isn't enough, and we all are getting spoiled by the thought, that this new camera, this new lense, this new... almost will save our life, make us to be more artistic than ever, but perhaps its the other way around. We never settle down and relax with what we have, and exploit it out in the edges, because before that happen, then something new comes around and distract our mind (and the creativeness of our soul, as the biggest issue). What seems to be a freedom (of choices) seems instead to be mental jail of distraction and unsatisfaction of (artificial created) needs.
    And the GR has the capacity to be a very strong Tool it feels like. And for us, (at least for men..at the most) we just have turn our back towards "the new and bigger car/gun-syndrome", and instead let the smile grow that we can carry around such a strong, and though such a small tool, in our pocket or in the belt, ready for the real life out there, patiently waiting for us.
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    Thanks Thorkil.....your thoughts mirror my own (although much better stated). I have been slowly divesting myself of gear and started to shoot some film also.

    Thanks, also, to Ricoh for producing such a capable device.

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    More with the GR










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    ^^^^ massively impressed with the tonal qualities of these photographs, Rich ^^^

    One from today in Camden Town.


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    ^^^^ massively impressed with the tonal qualities of these photographs, Rich ^^^
    Louis.....it shows in your photos too.....there is a certain "latitude" that this sensor/lens combination has, so different than the more clinical Merrill's. The Merrill's are indifferent to PP and seem (in my limited ability to explain) brittle.

    The GR files have much more fluidity and a certain chameleon-like quality to respond to just about any way you push them in post. They don't disintegrate at all.

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    Rich, I agree with your analysis. Here is another from yesterday which again shows off the virtues of the GR sensor.

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    Rich, I agree with your analysis. Here is another from yesterday which again shows off the virtues of the GR sensor.

    Louis, yes.....that is exactly what I am talking about. Your photo has a presence and subtle glow that is not from diffusion. The image is appropriately sharp, but not brittle. The colors are real....but hint at depth. It has a film-like quality without the grain.
    Understanding that the day was overcast, with less DR than other days, there are no blowouts or shadow blockages.....which tells us the evaluative metering is pretty darn good (I think Ricoh is ahead of the game here....metering has always been appropriate in the GDR/GXR evolution....and now looks to evolve further in the new K-3).

    I could go on and on......but, thank you for sharing.

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    That is excellent, Louis. I like the subtle colors and color shading. I'm very curious about those structures on the right. Care to elaborate?

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    Rich and John, thanks for the comments.

    Rich, I should make clear that I do post process my photographs (obviously) and that the result is a mixture of LR and NIK ColourFX. That said, I aim to try and recreate in my mind the tones I recall. I think the strength of the GR is the malleability of the RAW files.

    On a completely tangential thought: do you think that the Pentax cameras might be the same?

    John, the architect of the buildings on the right were designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, as part of a site which also includes a Sainsbury's Supermarket. Both the supermarket and the flats are deemed to be of architectural significance and they are certainly very distinctive. Actually, now you come to mention it I think I may have a go at photographing the supermarket!

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    Rich and John, thanks for the comments.

    Rich, I should make clear that I do post process my photographs (obviously) and that the result is a mixture of LR and NIK ColourFX. That said, I aim to try and recreate in my mind the tones I recall. I think the strength of the GR is the malleability of the RAW files.

    On a completely tangential thought: do you think that the Pentax cameras might be the same?

    John, the architect of the buildings on the right were designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, as part of a site which also includes a Sainsbury's Supermarket. Both the supermarket and the flats are deemed to be of architectural significance and they are certainly very distinctive. Actually, now you come to mention it I think I may have a go at photographing the supermarket!

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    So they are residences? Amazing to see how folks live around the world. Forums are so great for that.

    I have the same question about Pentax cameras. I have zero interest in a DSLR. But if the new K3 renders like the GR, I would be open. I'm that taken with this camera.

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    Dear Venice...I can't help...but I'm missing you a hell of a lot....





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    ..just some unsharp mood from some of the narrow and dark streets of Venice..





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    I am sure we all take some pretty obtruse things the day we unbox a new camera. Here is a shot when I was trying out the Clearviewer on my new GR.

    Quite why that book is on the dining table I am not too sure - I think it is on its way to the charity shop. No offence meant Craig - a fun read but not one for my library!



    ISO 2200. Do you remember when we used to push process 1600 neg film and look for the image hidden under the grain?

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    ^^^ Like the second one very much. Could almost be an advertisement for the ferry company! ^^^
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    ^^^ Tony: wonderful luminance in the interior shot. Very nice. ^^^

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    ..just some more outtakes..from somewhere in Castello area in Venice





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    ...from the same street





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    Seen while walking around, Kentish Town, north London



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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie O View Post
    ..forgot to tell you Maggie, that this was actually a weird Photo(in the nice way), if the dog was interested, it could have taken place in an absurd theatre play..

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    I swopped my wife's GR2 for the GR so I could borrow it and use it for my 'event photojournalism' when I did not want to be lumbered with my more bulky Olympus EM5. Most of my 'photojournalism' takes place at a large social and sports club - a bit like a country club in the USA - where I cover events for the club magazine, website and archives.

    I have had the camera about two weeks now and I have fitted the Clearviewer which I already swear by.

    On Sunday I was invited to a christening. My wife and I said our present would be a silver photo frame with a print from the day - plus some pictures on the internet. The shots are here:-

    Emma's Christening

    I am not suggesting they are gems but the thought that went into the creation may be a bit of interest/help to fellow forum posters.

    Firstly there were probably about half a dozen people there with relatively serious looking DSLRs. I guessed that they'd all take shots and put them on systems like Facebook. I also guessed that nobody would shoot black and white.

    I massively overshoot and when I shoot pictures of people chatting I always use continuous or burst. On the Ricoh you only get four shots using RAW (oh I forgot to say I only use RAW on the camera) but one shot is always better than the others. It is so easy when a couple are chatting to get one person with a pleasant expression and one a bit ugly. Burst increases the chance that in one shot both will look pleasant.

    I took pictures from unusual angles. If I am at a table with other people I'll put the camera on the table. I point it in different directions and hold down the shutter button. I have no idea what I am getting as I can probably not see the viewfinder - but there is usually the odd keeper or two there.

    Other unusual angles come from holding the camera behind my hips and shooting. Or with my arms dropped to my side and shooting. There are probably two or three shots in this collection from that.

    Finally I really whopped up the contrast. I use Qimage Ultimate to convert my RAWs. It does a lovely job but as it normally expects you want nice flat colour shots it produces particularly subtle black and whites. I must have gone through my folder of keepers almost half a dozen times boosting the contrast of a sequence. Each time it made the neighbours look flat and dull. You may think I have overblown the whole portfolio but I wanted to give a feel of 'journalism' to it.

    All comments are keenly invited. You may hate what I have done. You may think that certain images could have been much better if I had done them in a different way. One is never too old to learn.

    A final point. I have altered my web design to make the Prev and Next icons larger and lower in the screen in the hope it makes easier navigation on a tablet.

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    very nice Pictures Tony! and thanks for the carefull explaining too! It's very nice to hear the details on how people in praxis are shooting! And the GR seems very competent for such an event too.
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    Thanks for sharing these, Tony. A really nice set of what looks like a very happy occasion. The location is certainly well lit for daytime events. They don't look overly contrasty to me, but rather have an excellent range of tones.

    GR RAW files are very flat but handle adjustment well. I'm especially pleased with their lighter tones, of which you have many fine examples. So good to see them in BW. I hope the parents can appreciate that.

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    Thanks John,

    The parents have only saw them about an hour ago and are especially happy to have something a bit different.

    With regard to the lighter tones I was always aware of the danger of blowing the baby's robe and had to pull back a few times. The blacks I almost always had to boost as, left to the automatic conversion they would have been grey. Qimage Ultimate has a histogram (don't they all) and I moved the left slider in to the peak almost every time.

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    Venice outtakes 25600





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    Love it, thorkil!

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    Looks like your Venice trip was very productive and rewarding. Isn't it great to go somewhere interesting and just photograph. Between the increasingly cold weather here and busy life, I've had few opportunities. I need a Venice-like jaunt, preferably someplace warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Looks like your Venice trip was very productive and rewarding. Isn't it great to go somewhere interesting and just photograph. Between the increasingly cold weather here and busy life, I've had few opportunities. I need a Venice-like jaunt, preferably someplace warm.

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    Hi John... I can't recommend anything better than Venice, even though it's a long distance from you, and its not even warm at Winter. But the mood there is Unique, and the town is just one of a kind, worlwide. You can spend a lifetime there trying to get under the skin, I would guess, just a matter of opening your mind, and all sorts of special details, shows up, all around you.
    And the history of the town is rather special, and dramatic too.
    Very special. Last time was only too short.
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    I LOVE my Ricoh GR despite the large dust spot I have to clone out in all of my photos above f/5.6 or so.

    Run or Dye Springfield 2013 with the Ricoh GR:







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    I've noticed with the Ricoh GR you can have 2 or 3 very distinct styles of b&w images! I enjoy them all, but have slight preference for tonality vs. overly contrasty (at least with this camera).





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    This is such a frickin' great camera...

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    We said goodbye to a dear friend today in New Orleans. He was a follower of the Creole Osceola Tribe of Mardi Gras Indians, and they were there to see him off and offer comfort to his fiancee:


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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Love this, and ISO 4500 - very impressive!
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    "We're human, after all, and everybody's got something a little off somewhere." - Murakami Haruki, The fall of the Roman empire
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