These images are an experiment. I walked around a block, in addition to driving around, in Hanover during a light mist or drizzle with solid cloud cover. I tried the Ricoh GR II camera with the high contrast B&W jpeg setting. The only changes I made were to shift the exposure some on the images made from inside the car through tinted glass.
I’m still thinking about if, how, and when to use this effect … and wondering what my pictures of Ireland would have looked like if made with this camera. The Ricoh GR II is a nice little camera if you can manage photography with a fixed 28mm lens. Using this style of jpeg image certainly displays things differently.
I tried this style around Homewood, with foliage, etc. and I didn’t like it. It works better in town in a grittier higher contrast environment. It is also a lot different from a preset I built for my style of high contrast B&W.
I was waiting to get my car inspected this morning when I only had my Ricoh GR II to play with, so I made this picture through my open window. As I have written in earlier posts, I have been exploring different uses of the little fixed effective 28mm lens camera. I am intrigued about what I might be able to do with it. As it turns out the sensor and lens in the camera are very good. The above picture was a jpeg … not a raw file. The smaller vertical image is a crop of the wider image.
I recently acquired a Ricoh GR II camera and since I needed to go to Gettysburg to get a new driver’s license, I took it along and made a variety of test images. These were all standard color jpegs and I changed some of them to B&W using LR CC after I returned home.
The bottom-line is that I like the camera. It is small and easy to carry and has excellent image qualities. It would make a good travel camera to record your memories. Now, I need to see how I might use the effective 28mm lens.