Category Archives: Reflections

Glass box

Glass box (RAW)

RAW file processed in Lightroom

New York City. These two images are another test of the high contrast black and white setting in the Ricoh GR vs the same RAW image processed in Lightroom. Each process has its strengths and I’m glad that modern cameras give us the ability to make two files, the original RAW and the in-camera processed JPEG.

There’s no downside to shooting this way except it makes for more work later. So far, I’m enjoying the work and the results.

Glass box (high contrast JPEG)

High contrast JPEG processed in camera

Japanese Garden in high contrast

Japanese Garden through a tea house window

Japanese Garden through a tea house window

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. It was a perfect day to tour this garden, not too hot and there were a lot of birds around. My mother can’t see well enough to track them anymore but she could hear them squawking: cormorants, egrets, grebes, mallards and more. I thought this garden would be another place to experiment with the Ricoh GR in high contrast black and white mode, lots of sun/shade contrast, lots of texture, and plenty of odd shapes. Fun.

Rock and raked sand

Rock and raked sand

Mallards and tree reflection

Mallards and tree reflection

Rocks and waterfall

Rocks and waterfall

Cormorant and tree reflection

Cormorant and tree reflection

Hedge waves

Hedge waves

Grass

Grass

Rock and raked sand

Rock and raked sand

Bird of paradise

Bird of paradise

Reflections on the Shepaug

Reflection on the Shepaug River

Steep Rock Preserve. Washington, Connecticut. This is a great spot to shoot reflections. Almost any time of year the river is still here and the trees and rocks on the other side are interesting. Fall colors make things even better but I’ve shot here in the dead of winter and it’s great.

Reflection on the Shepaug River

View of the Hauser Bridge on the Shepaug River

Just starting out walking around “the clamshell” and looking back down at the Hauser suspension bridge over the Shepaug.

Another day in New York

Golden hour on the High Line

Golden hour on the High Line

New York City. My friend Edward and I went to Photo Expo and when we were done geeing out on cameras (Sony A7 looks like a winner) we went down to the High Line because he’d never seen it. This was my second time on this walk in the last few weeks and I enjoyed it just as much. Edward loved it too.

Chrysler through a maze

Chrysler through a maze

Amazing to see the Chrysler building through layers of building and reflection.

Two bridges?

Two bridges?

Both Edward and I saw this bridge reflection at the same time but it was tough to find the right vantage point to get this kind of shot. I had to stand in the middle of the street to get this angle and cars were coming up behind me. The risks we take get the shot, I tell ya, this amateur photography business is brutal.

Clean glass wall

Clean glass wall

I could have stood here for an hour watching for the right reflection but I took a few shots and moved on, hoping that one of them would work out.

Dudes geeking out

Dudes geeking out

Me and Edward reflected in a building, thinking about Photo Expo and geeking out.

A day in New York

Outside Grand Central

Outside Grand Central

Walk out the west entrance to Grand Central, look up and south and this is what you see.

I continue to be astounded by how much detail the APS-C sensor on the Ricoh GR picks up. I never thought I’d turn into a detail freak but I love seeing all the texture in buildings like these.

Building in building

Building in building

Walking across town from Grand Central to Chelsea, the reflections are everywhere.

$29.95

$29.95

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

Anne and I had never been to the High Line and we picked a tough day for our first experience: Saturday, nice weather. Both of us agreed, the High Line is a fantastic architectural and cultural achievement and it deserves all the accolades it gets. We’ll be going back there, often.

More information on the High Line.

This is a small amphitheater off to the side of the tracks where people can sit and talk, eat lunch, and watch New York through the window.

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

I can see that it’s going to take numerous visits to the High Line to see all the various views there are from this 20 + block rebuilt elevated train track. The High Line cuts through narrow slits between buildings and looking left or right is like being at an aquarium looking through the wall of a big tank except instead of fish you see pieces of New York. Amazing.

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

The variety of interesting buildings that the High Line runs next to or which have been built next to it (chicken/egg) is staggering.

Along the High Line

Along the High Line

Some of the buildings along the High Line are apartments. Not sure I’d want to be nancing around in my underwear on a crowded day.

Empire State

Empire State

Walking back to Grand Central after a great meal at a small Korean restaurant, I caught a last glimpse of the top of the Empire State building and attempted a shot. It was starting to rain or I’d have done some more messing around with the light meter but I’m happy with it as it came out.

Reflection in Pine Swamp

Reflection in Pine Swamp

West Cornwall, Connecticut. We hiked up to Pine Swamp to see what the beavers have been up to and the entire beaver ecosystem has been deserted, the beavers seem to have moved on. This happens when a predator moves in or they run out of easy-to-get food or both. Anyway, the place is totally overgrown and tough to walk through and I doubt we’ll be going back until there’s snow on the ground. Nice reflections though.

Race Brook reflection

Race Brook reflection

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Dave and I hiked up Mt. Race to say hi to some volunteer trail workers working on the trail we maintain. I shot some clouds, some trail work documentation, and a few Race Brook reflections. The interesting thing about these reflection is shutter speed: one wants to keep things sharp (fast) but there’s something about the sheeting and blur that comes with slower shutter speeds. My solution: shoot a lot, changing exposure, hope a few turn out. I like this one.

Race Brook reflections

Reflections in Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Anne and I hiked up to Mt. Race via Race Brook falls today and it was extremely hot and buggy. I took these reflection shots along the way as we stopped for water and to put on more bug spray.

I remain extremely happy with the Ricoh GR although I don’t really use it the way many other people who like it do. This camera is the ultimate street photographer’s camera in that it operates very fast and its controls are easily adjusted on the fly. I bought it because I wanted a simple camera with a big sensor so that I could shoot mostly daylight shots like this but have enough resolution to crop and still have enough image for a fine art print. For my purposes this camera is perfect. I rarely zoomed my Canon S100 longer than it’s 24mm widest angle setting, nor my Sony RX100 off of its 28mm widest setting. So, a fixed 28mm f/2.8 lens is fine for me.

Rippled and reflections in Race Brook

Tree reflections distorted by ripples

Tree reflections distorted by ripples

West of Gaylordsville, Connecticut. We hiked from Bull’s Bridge south on the Appalachian trail over Ten Mile Mountain (ugh) and this small swamp/pond was right next to Rt. 55 on the southern end of our hike.

I had the bright idea to get some ripples going by tossing a stick in and at one point had two sets intersecting. I guess this is considered “moving the pyramids” but hey, I’m not selling this as “natural” to National Geographic and here I am giving you full disclosure.

Tree reflections distorted by ripples

Tree reflections distorted by ripples