A Brave – or Timid – New World

The age of COVID has been a rough time to keep a photography blog. Certainly I started out two years ago with the idea that I would be capturing a point history would look back on, with the many facets of our individual perspectives in the world: a time of face masks, social distancing, upheaval… Continue reading A Brave – or Timid – New World

Ricoh GR IIIx Review: The Lens

In a previous post, I theorized about the Ricoh GR IIIx before it officially made it to online retail sites. Given I have a longstanding affinity for the 40mm field of view, I was very excited by the announcement, and got my hands on one as soon as I could. Now that I've had it… Continue reading Ricoh GR IIIx Review: The Lens

Two Working Elements of a Photograph, Part 2

Last time I wrote about the power to surprise and arrest us that a photograph has by being printed and placed into real-world surroundings. But what if we want to make photographs to appear in a book, or to try and capture a moment of the restless viewer's time on the internet? We can do… Continue reading Two Working Elements of a Photograph, Part 2

Two Working Elements of a Photograph, Part 1

What qualities are we looking for when making a photograph? I have a few thoughts on the question (naturally!). At a certain level, I think we are interested in photographs that are both surprising and familiar. There is a process of looking that every good photograph entails in its viewer. It can't be read all… Continue reading Two Working Elements of a Photograph, Part 1

Thoughts on the New Ricoh GR IIIx

Ricoh recently announced the GR IIIx, a standard-focal-length version of the GR III. By standard, I mean the truer standard, 40mm, not the long-standard which was so prevalent during the early rangefinder and film SLR age. Whereas 50mm has just a bit of telephoto effect, 40mm is closer to life, with a tad more peripheral… Continue reading Thoughts on the New Ricoh GR IIIx

Street Snaps from Smalltown

A selection of recent shots from the delightful little combination of Olympus OM-D E-M5ii and legendary Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens. No deep thoughts to be had here, this time. Just a few shots. E-M5MarkII    LUMIX G 20/F1.7    20mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    ISO 200 E-M5MarkII    LUMIX G 20/F1.7    20mm… Continue reading Street Snaps from Smalltown

Ricoh GR III Two-Year Review, Part Two: Camera Ethos

Ricoh likes to call GR users “GRists.” If you stumbled over that odd-looking word at first, you’re not alone. It’s part of Ricoh’s overarching marketing strategy for the GR series, and, while it may be a bit awkward in English, it does convey a sort of special quality about GR mainliners. The suffix “-ist” denotes… Continue reading Ricoh GR III Two-Year Review, Part Two: Camera Ethos

Ricoh GR III Two-Year Review, Part One: The Hardware

I got my hands on a GR III as soon as they were available in the US, which was March of 2019. Since then it has become a constant companion through thick and thin, economic boom and pandemic turmoil alike. Though I use other cameras, the GR III is small enough to ride along with… Continue reading Ricoh GR III Two-Year Review, Part One: The Hardware

Lumix GX9 Review Wrap-Up: The Image Quality

I promised a while back to give a third and final part of my review of the Panasonic GX9, focused on image quality.  Truth be told, I hesitated so long because I don’t own the camera anymore. Years of Micro Four Thirds use are behind me, for the time being, as the GX9 was my… Continue reading Lumix GX9 Review Wrap-Up: The Image Quality

Turn Something In

I've started shooting and posting a photo a day, on an online community. It's a pretty common project, the photo-a-day. You can find all sorts of permutations all over the photographic web. I've done several of these in monthly installments, but this time it's open-ended. Like always, the importance of daily photo challenges is to… Continue reading Turn Something In