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.
High contrast JPEG processed in camera
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
Mallards and tree reflection
Rocks and waterfall
Cormorant and tree reflection
Rock and raked sand
Bird of paradise
Flickr member Pramudya T Mahendra has posted an outstanding reflection image taken in in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
My friend and flickr contact Gary Sharp has posted a spectacular iPhone/Hipstamatic image of a creek with reflections, ripples, plant life and more. Fascinating image.
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.
Just starting out walking around “the clamshell” and looking back down at the Hauser suspension bridge over the Shepaug.
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
Amazing to see the Chrysler building through layers of building and reflection.
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
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
Me and Edward reflected in a building, thinking about Photo Expo and geeking out.
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
Walking across town from Grand Central to Chelsea, the reflections are everywhere.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Flickr member stepheninhongkong has posted a spectacular mountainscape in Guilin, China taken with his Sony RX1.
My flickr contact Thierry Hudsyn has posted a fantastic image of a castle taken at night with a Fuji X100 camera on a tripod with a 30 second exposure. Wow.
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.
My flickr contact Bill Eaton has captured a spectacular image of a great blue heron all hunched over. The reflection is spectacular as well. Wow.
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.
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, California. Not much in bloom today but I found a nice reflection with some nice ripples in a little creek running through the garden.
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.
Flickr contact Dave Gilbert caught this great store window reflection with his iPhone and the Hipstamatic app.
Salisbury, Connecticut. Hiking up to Bear Mountain across Paradise Lane we always stop at this little pool of water to check for interesting reflections. Today there was a nice group of frog egg clusters. Looks like they beamed down from another planet.
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.
Flickr member Eric Hanson has taken a great window display and reflection in Bellevue, Washington with his Sony RX100.
West Cornwall, Connecticut. We hiked up to Pine Swamp yet again in light snowfall. It’s one of our favorite short hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The falling snow pretty much wrecked every shot I got except this one. I did clean up some of the bigger flakes that were in this shot and I almost tossed it but I like the ripples interacting with the tree reflections.
Flickr member Toni F. Mestres (AKA Robo F.) has taken a wonderful reflection shot in Barcelona, Spain with his Nikon Coolpix 7000.