ricoh GR digital


greetings and aloha !

Drum Roll Please !  Introducing a familiar face, reincarnated a few times, each incarnation looking similar with sensor sizes getting larger and more dynamic, the  compact Ricoh Pentax GR. (cheers from the crowd!)  Here to share first impressions, while I won’t be going into too much details on the specs, instead will be focusing on the usability and real life making photographs situations.

Build quality solid with minimal toggles and buttons.  Worked flawlessly over the two weeks working with this compact camera. First frame above, selfie. camera worked quick on focus indoors straight out of camera w/ no photoshop adjustments as all images i’m displaying. Below is the camera, rather small compared with the pocketwizard on it. by the way, i shot some tests of 1/2000 flash sync w/ the Pocketwizard, wish i had more time to make some outdoor portraits. ricoh company link



Moving on to the hands on.  the footprint of the camera, very compact to carry around.  In addition, the camera turns on in an instant and is ready to use without any delay.  This is especially helpful when making photographs of a 3-year old or making images of spontaneous street scenes.  Above, camera focused on the middle with window light coming from my back,  focus was spot on.  46MB files not bad for a point & shoot pocket sized camera.


Overall the ergonomics facilitate one hand operation and quick snaps. All controls laid out intuitively and even though I didn’t read the manual, the camera is user friendly, just by fiddling around was able to navigate and use camera effectively.  Above image as we’re going thru a car wash, great back light metering, camera set on Program, metering well with highlights intact without being blown out. definite plus here !

skiesRICOHaSML Above image, i darkened the sky a little.

One ‘con’ is the lowlight focusing with the camera searching.  Maybe the engineers could build in a small LED light. Easy fix.

Exposures were spot on allowing the photographer to fine tune exposure on the fly by using the up/down rear toggle on the rigt hand side with your thumb while still being poised for image making.

The rear screen is exceptionally sharp, almost sharper than my nikonD800, allowing the user to assess composition and focus.


Conclusion, great camera, great design with above average  imaging.  I would put it into the ‘buy’ category, especially when you don’ t want to schlep your five-pound camera around your neck and need images that you can print.  Speaking of prints, I have personally seen shows in the Ricoh galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza up to over 5-foot by 8-foot prints, and that was the previous series of Ricoh GR. This is the latest ricoh GR that the prints even larger could be done !  have fun ! thanks for reading thru ! mahalo !



Starting the weekend right.

perspectives or point of view/s.

what is it ? how do you use it in photography ? first, for the photographer it can be crawling on the ground or offering a bird’s eye view by climbing to the top of the highest building. two different vantage points with different psychological and visual differences. besides getting down and dirty, changing the view, via camera perspective show’s you the photographer are ‘working it’. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. the important part is the effort or efforts.

in the above photograph, a fisheye lens is used to ‘force’ the foreshortened perspective, holding the camera above on a monopod gives a slight aerial view and a clear view of the rest of the subjects. so in this case, various lenses can create a super wide feeling or an isolated feeling via a macro (closeup lens).

macro view. below, freelensed macro view of pink flowers. (lens handheld in front of camera). the isolated view point, condenses the viewers and concentrates her/him into a perspective that oftentimes would be overlooked. detail images is what many photographers sometimes forget to ‘see’, they see the big picture and miss the little ones.

as you know, you can’t go back to the situation after the job is finished.

also when editing a final product of a bunch of images, having different views of an assignment sometimes lends itself to tell the story in a different and creative way.

another variation on the theme with perspective is the illusion of 3-dimensionality on a 2-dimensional surface. a genius of this was escher. huh ? 3d on 2d ? once you learn a bit about lighting, playing in the studio and learning more of the phenomena of light, you can start playing. breaking the rules too.

what rules ?

now the fun begins.

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light painting 101

leica blue

aloha !

today i’d like to share this wonderful tool called a Hosemaster created by light painting guru Aaron Jones. found a link below to familiarlize yourself with a total in camera process with a special tool. one could use a LED flashlight too.

above, Leica M2 painted with light. on blue paper background. 20 seconds, 100 iso, 50mm lens. painted with a AA led light with a custom snoot made from paper / optic fiber wand attachment.


above u can see the hosemaster w/ shutter unit. not exactly portable. usually a camera is placed on a tripod with lens shooting thru the shutter unit.

below a close up photograph of one of the many attachments that be changed to control the light. notice the red button. there are two buttons that control opening and shutting the shutter and dropping diffusion filters in front of the shutter unit.

hosemaster tip

shutter unit w/ diffusion

above, close up image of the shutter unit and below a view of the diffusion filter. the filters can be changed also.


here is a paddle attachment. noice the beautiful highlights on the metallic surface.

paddle hosemaster

cerreus light painted

light painted cerreus. using LED light modified with a optic fiber attachment. background light vivitar 285HV w/ blue gel . background is blue paper shot thru. so u can see paper fibers..

what is light painting ?

light painting is usually created in camera while the shutter is open in a dark room, a light source is used to ‘paint’ in subject/objects. exposure in the film days was usually made with a polaroid proof. exposure times can vary from 15 seconds to more than 1 minute.


background light, vivitar 285HV with RED GEL snooted, foreground (key light) LED flashlight. 20 seconds, f/7.1 , ISO 100 with RED LIGHT GEL. NO PHOTOSHOP. CREATED 100% in camera. Campagnolo cork screw


background light, vivitar 285HV popped 3 times, foreground (key light) LED flashlight. 20 seconds, iso 100. NO RED LIGHT APPLIED.

sleeping hexar

lit with Vivitar 285 HV background on 1/16th power, LED flashlight foreground. Lensbaby 2.0 lens with custom aperture disk. 15 seconds, f/8 iso 100