Ricoh GR-D

Following on from a recent thread on OM, here's a few images taken on the Ricoh GR-D with the 21mm converter. The shot of the bloke painting his boat has been cropped to remove a shadow that intruded into the frame on the right. All shots taken at 400asa, aperture priority, raw + jpeg. Monochrome 16-bit conversion via C2B&WPro3 after working the .dng through ACR to reduce noise.

The bottom shot is kind of poignant. I can remember vividly the euphoria of the last few metres of the C2C whilst walking down the slipway at RHB! I walked straight into the sea to great laughter from Dan, Sophie & Joe who were all waiting for me on the beach. They thought Dad was off his trolley. Quite a few tourists seemed to find it funny, too. I was on cloud nine, especially after eight pints in the Bay Hotel. The C2C was the last trek I did with a pack greater than 50 litres. From then on, I was going light. Light is king. Light is life-changing..... in more ways than one ;)


BobC said…
Those are indeeq quite stunning images from a compact! What amazes me is how you get such a balanced exposure with such texture in both the foreground and the sky without using ND grads?
BobC said…
It's great when photographs of odd places bring back such strong emotions.
It's even better when you meet people who are not afraid to express those emotions.
Love to Julie, btw :)

Thanks for the comments, Bob1
Sky detail and tone is a key element in making a successful landscape image. I rarely use grads, even on my film cameras. As they all use either rangefinder focussing or direct vision viewfinders for composition, grads are difficult to position accurately. It is not possible to see where the grad ends. I have developed my own techniques to capture sky detail in an image.

I work only with digital files, even if the original capture was on film. I scan ny transparencies on an Imacon 646 scanner. Most of the time I take in post processing my files is spent on coaxing the best out of the sky detail. I never drop in a "sky" that is not a part of the original image. To my eye, a sky that has been doubled-in (never seen a convincing one yet!) looks like an attempt to rescue an image that would have been better left for another day, or even a desperate attempt to correct poor photographic technique.

Layer masks and different layer blending modes are what work for me. There are several ways to approach this. You could also try combining two images of the same subject, one correct exposure for the foreground and one correct exposure for the sky in the HDR function of CS2. Not done it this way myself, but I have been giving some thought to trying this.
Thanks, JJ. It was the emotional connection with the outdoors that got me into photography in the first place (see who LotC is at the bottom of the page!). The emotions that are stirred upon returning to a place which has a strong connection with the inner self are overpowering. Images evoke those sensations again and again.