Tagged: Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II’s High Contrast B&W

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 Like the Ricoh GR II Camera

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.

Ricoh GR II at Gettysburg

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.