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Getting Closer with the GR

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I took my new Ricoh GR with me to dinner last night.  It fits in a sport coat or front jeans pocket with hardly any bulge.  I like the fact that it is light-weight and small and inconspicuous and quiet.  Those features along with the quality of the images should open up some new opportunities for me to take pictures.

So far I have it set for auto ISO from 100 to 6400 with a minimum shutter speed of 1/60 sec. and have shot in program mode … with most of my images at an aperture of 2.8.  I have also been mostly letting it focus since it isn’t too slow.  It is not as fast as my other cameras but it hasn’t been a problem so far.  I have also been setting the snap focus to different distances just in case the focus is too slow.  With snap focus I can push the shutter button down real fast and the focus will jump to the preset distance without waiting to attempt to focus.  It is also easy to change the snap-focus distance by pushing the macro button and using the top wheel to change the setting.  This is definitely a shooter’s camera since it is easy and fast to change any of the settings with just the right hand.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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Rainy Day with a GR

Since it has been one of those days, I decided to try some images in B&W.  I’m sorry for the uninteresting pictures but I just like playing with the GR and I don’t often go out and see anything exciting.  I am finding that the raw files are nice with little need for adjustments but that they also withstand a lot of tweaking if warranted to create a certain emotion.  There was no need for that today since the light was dark, dull, and dreary.

Since my back is worse and I’m not walking as far or often, these kinds of images may show up more often that you desire.  At least you have the option to just not look.  In the meantime I’ll keep experimenting with ideas, subjects, and processing.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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Walking Outdoors with a Ricoh GR

I bought a Ricoh GR camera.  It has a fixed 18.3 mm (effective 28 mm) F2.8 lens.  So far I like the camera.  It fits in my pockets and is easy to use, but it will take a while to set it up for different uses.  My only real concerns are what to photograph with it and when and where to use it; i.e., how to get the most out of it.

I took it with me on a morning walk and took the above pictures.  I was really just trying different settings, etc.  For example, in the second picture I used the macro focus and focused on the grass seed head.  I used an aperture of 5.6 and you can see that it did a nice job of presenting the background unfocused since I was focusing on the grass which was very close.  In the first picture I focused on the near tree leaves but they were further away and I had greater depth of field.

I am anxious to try some other types of shots with it, but as you might guess from the sky in the above pictures it soon started raining.  My initial thoughts are that the GR is a “personal camera.”  By that I mean that it is easy to keep in a pocket … even a shirt pocket, and that it is a good camera to record images of what is going on up close around me.  It seems to be a camera that wants to immerse the photographer into the image; i.e. draw you up close and personal.  I will be exploring this aspect in the coming months.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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End of October

 

October

It is the end of October.  Some trees still have leaves and with windy days many leaves are still coming down; but, many trees like the ones shown here have already lost all of their leaves.  I haven’t taken many pictures of colorful trees this year.  It is because I have only been taking pictures close to home and during that one walk in Codorus Park; and I didn’t go to West Virginia where I have photographed the fall leaves in the past.

I am also tired of photographing the same old scenes around me, so I might take a holiday from what I have done recently.  I am looking for something different to photograph but have no idea what it might be.  I do have another camera coming to try.  It is a Ricoh GR pocket camera with a fixed 28 mm equivalent focal length lens and an APS-C size sensor.  Maybe it will help energize me to come up with something different.  What I do know is that it is only 20% of the weight and size of the Pentax K-3 with the 18 – 135 mm lens that I carried on my walk in Codorus Park.

I have had more problems with my back and I’m learning that I shouldn’t do some of the things I have done, even though I can.  While I can lift some things and bend some, it isn’t smart for me to do it since it is contributing to further degradation of my back and causing me pain.  I plan to put the Pentax K-3 away while I learn to use the Ricoh GR and see what I can do with it.  My walk in the woods with the K-3 (see last post) might be my last such walk with it … at least until I get through some physical therapy and an assessment from the doctor about my long-term prognosis.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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Mary Ann Furnace Trail

On Sunday we took a walk along part of the Mary Ann Furnace Trail in Codorus Park.  It was our only real walk in the woods this fall.  I wasn’t sure of what to expect relative to photography, but I didn’t expect much since the woods are young and full of green briers.

I also wasn’t sure of what to expect from my back but I managed.  I took my K-3 with the 18 – 135 mm lens and ended up taking just a few pictures with 82% of them at an effective 28 mm focal length.  I could have easily gotten by with a smaller pocket camera with a fixed effective 28 mm lens.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in PA, Photography

 

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Approaching Darkness

As winter approaches and I start wondering what I will find to publish throughout the winter, I start thinking about alternative ways to process pictures since I can sometimes republish old pictures finished differently.  Those of you who have followed me for a long time know that I sometimes slip into my “dark periods.”  I like dark pictures.  I recently took these images in our front yard just for working on a variation of one of my past techniques.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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Late Morning Walk

Nothing special, just a few things I saw while taking a walk this morning with my K-3.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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