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



End of 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



28 mm Focal Length

I have been researching cameras and lenses looking for the best pocket camera for my needs.  I obviously would like the largest sensor I can afford as long as the camera fits in a jacket pocket.  The issue that I am exploring with the above pictures is lens focal length.  Lots of street photographers use an effective 28 mm focal length lens since it is wide and small and more discreet on a camera.  But how would it work for me around here?

I had to walk down to another building this morning with some papers so I stuck my Olympus E-PL5 with the 14 mm (effective 28 mm) lens in a brief case along with other lenses.  As I was walking back I took the above pictures.  I tried to cover a range of subjects to see how it performed in good light.

Long ago, well it seems long to me, I primarily used long focal length zoom lenses with an effective 300 mm being a much-used focal length.  It was not until I traveled to Ireland that I found that I preferred wider, faster, prime lenses for those conditions; but for walking around places where I live I still preferred longer focal lengths.  In the last couple of years I have noticed that my most used focal lengths have continued to drop … mostly to 40 – 75 mm effective focal lengths.  Lately I have been primarily using an effective 35 mm focal length for my indoor projects.  The issue I am exploring now is could I get-by with 28 mm for a walk-about pocket camera.

Based on what I have found so far, I am thinking about the Ricoh GR camera for a pocket camera.  It is the smallest, most pocket-able APS-C, effective 28 mm camera.  I had the Fujifilm X100 when it first came out.  It is an effective 35 mm and at that time I was worried that it wasn’t long enough.  In addition it is a much heavier and larger camera than the 28 mm Ricoh GR.  The GR also slides in and out of pockets easier than my E-PL5 with the 14 mm lens … it projects only 35 mm vs. 67 mm, and is lighter, 245 g vs. 425 g … and it has an APS-C size sensor vs. the micro 4/3 in the E-PL5.


Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography


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