The Ricoh GR, Yet Another Post

Warning NSFW

Yes another post in praise of my little Ricoh GR. I probably wouldn’t have bought that camera if I didn’t accidentally discover that the mistress to my beloved 50mm wife happened to be a 28mm field of view. Cutting to the chase I now own two digital cameras I love making pictures with. This is probably the first time I’ve owned one, let alone two digitals I actually enjoy. Of course you know the other one — the mighty Nikon Df. I didn’t shoot thousands of pictures over the weekend with the GR, just a few but it was perfect for grabbing some behind the scenes shots of our monthly community shoot over at Atomic Canary. Extremely quiet, awesome controls, great — I mean great optical quality, nice DR, plenty of pixels, can compose and shoot from the hip or in my case the knee…

Film Look Presets

I’ve mentioned that I’ve got every “film simulator” known to mankind. Maybe not but I certainly have experienced more of them than most people ever will. Here’s the bottom line on this…

Generally film looks are fairly subtle and don’t scream at you. Well shot, well processed, well scanned film only looks way different than digital under certain circumstances and usually doesn’t look crazy different than just going about your business in digital as long as you have a white balance somewhere in the neighborhood that was the same as either the color correction or lack-there-of on film.

PhotoStreams, A Fly In The Ointment?

I love iCloud Photostreams. Not the automatic one, more curated streams that I create myself. I noticed something today that might be an issue. I’m not super concerned with it but certainly annoyed with the problem. It’s one of those things that causes me to say to myself; ”If Jobs were here everyone would get fired.

Nikon D600 Tips and Tricks

I complain about my cameras a lot. Hey, I am an active customer. I personally would love to have a customer like me, loyal, vocal, critical. It’s my right and duty to point out all the crap regarding products I purchase, use, and more importantly continue to purchase. I am not a camera salesman, I don’t work as the marketing arm of Nikon or any other camera company. I don’t make a living or even part of a living promoting gear. Why the hell would anyone want to hear all of the “good things” for cameras they already have or for that matter cameras they’re considering buying? It baffles me. Tell me all the bad stuff. With that out of the way here’s the truth of the matter — they all have bad stuff one way or another. If you shoot a Canon, Fuji, Pentax, whatever and read all of my hatefulness towards any particular “Nikon thing” and somehow take that as relative to some sort of perfection, think again. I buy Nikons because overall I like them more than other systems and cameras. I’m not a masochist — at least when it comes to gear.

Speedlights, TTL exposure, and Modifiers

My first 10 things you can do with a speedlight workshop disaster was entirely attributed to shoving 85lbs of camera gear into one of those little Domke F-803 bags. Remedy; Split the workshop up into a series of easy to swallow 2 to 3 hour sessions that build on each other (hopefully). I just wrapped up the last of those sessions in the Speedlight Series on my first batch of victims. There are definitely things I’m going to change but most of that first edition is staying. The biggest challenge is forcing participants to fine-tune rather tha just using what I setup or more accurately left sitting there as the last version of a setup.

Prints Are Magic

There I was, minding my own business and whammmmm. My eBuddy Jorge Ledesma asks me a simple question regarding this or that printer. After a few minutes, a couple hundred tweets boiling down to “it depends”, the above happened. Seems the mere mention of the word “print” causes things like this when I’ve not printed anything of my own in a month or so. I love prints, they have a special magic to them. Even small prints, especially small prints that you can hold and examine closely. They’re intimate in a way big gallery sized prints aren’t — I like those too of course.

Not All Dynamic Range Is Created Equal

Wanna know a secret? At heart I’m a black and white photographer. What does that mean? Well, it means I shoot every scene as if I were going to print it black and white. That’s opposed to the other kind of photographer that does a black and white version if the color looks like shit. Whoa, wait a second. Hold on, then why the hell is 99.9% of any StupidCrap™ I post on my blog color? Short answer; meh, it doesn’t matter as most things I post are whatever might illustrate something that crosses my mind I feel like chitchatting about on a particular day.

Connectedness, Workshops, Etc.

I struggle with one simple process. The process of serializing my thoughts into speech or prose. Serialization, bit by bit, piece by piece completely opposed to my nature. That’s just not how I come at anything. I come at anything as whole, in parallel. It’s all connected and wired together through multiple threads connecting all of the pieces to each other in multiple places. I struggle to maintain only one of those particular connections at a time as we are limited to in our serial speech and prose — in our textual communication.

Ricoh GR Impressions

Shades of Moriyama? I don’t know you tell me. I really didn’t have that intent. I did shoot this strange photograph from the hip, on-the-fly, while hanging around at a video session someone else was producing. I shot it without looking at the back of the camera. I have two frames I shot this way. One happened to have a lot of motion blur and one doesn’t. Subject motion at 1/40s plays a huge roll in the rendition you happen to grab. The top one is without motion blur. The following is with motion blur. I like them both — sorta.