November rain, well sort of

2010, Photography


These photographs were actually taken in October, but the weather seems to be the same. It is autumn and last weekend we entered the winter time. It is dark and rainy here. Little time to photograph, but some time to experiment with my camera.

I am still wondering how to achieve the high contrast B&W look in-camera with the Ricoh GR Digital 3. Ricoh seems to apply a a lot more contrast than possible through the normal B&W settings. I tried the Panasonic LX3/LX5 style with their dynamic B&W setting which is a very warm white balance and green tint compensation. Ricoh however restricted their warmest white balance setting to the cloud white balance which is only half as warm as Panasonic´s option. There is however a need trick to get both a photograph with the high contrast B&W setting and a color photograph without these additional contrast. Both photographs will be jpeg, but you still have a normal jpeg when the high contrast might be a bit too much. Set the camera in scene mode, press the menu button, and select Hi BW. Instead of just selecting OK, press the fn1 button, go down in the menu and change the default setting for Plus Normal Shooting into On. That is all. And now two jpegs will be recorded, one with high contrast and one normal color jpeg.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

17 thoughts on “November rain, well sort of

  1. I was excited about the new GRD3 high contrast B&W mode, but I actually find it hard to use and control. I find the contrast to be such that details wash out in an unpleasing way. I’d rather PP a DNG file, although that takes longer. If only the settings allowed for more flexibility (although, thankfully at least there are settings).

    1. It is true that you need to expose carefully with the high contrast B&W, but I also believe that Ricoh tries to find out how GRD3 users react to these new scene modes. They might eventually add these as normal settings.

  2. Oh I see. I wondered. The b/w from the camera are jpegs aren’t they, not raw?
    The first b/w on my site is from a Canon S90 with quite a lot of LR messing! So I can’t claim to have taken it like that – I’m not sure how much that matters though.
    Yesh, shame about the high contrast. I’ve never really used any presets on anything. If it’s something that can be done after I just think it’s best to have the ‘original’ / Raw. Your b/w shots are really nice though.

    1. Jpeg or RAW, everybody is so opinionated about it. I just don’t care. On your site I saw some photographs taken with film cameras. Those moments are all permanent and I like that. That is for me a reason to shoot jpeg. Not because it better or worse, it is fixed. I need limitations.

  3. Hello and thanks for the tips, I will try. The black and white are excellent, I love the contrast that gives a special atmosphere to the picture.

  4. Mooie foto’s Wouter van een regenachtig R’dam. Blijf me verbazen wat voor resultaat er bereikt kan worden met de nieuwe optie. Het is nog wel even zoeken qua juiste instelling. Wat ik wel teleurstellend vind is dat het resultaat uitgeprint altijd erg tegenvalt van z/w foto’s. Ook bij een fotospeciaalzaak. Vaak zit er een bepaalde kleurzweem in de foto verwerkt of heeft de foto een sepia look. Met analoog valt dit nog redelijk mee, maar met digitaal is dit vaak teleurstellend omdat zwart nooit echt zwart is. Het is dat zelf printen nog steeds erg kostbaar is, anders had ik dit al lang gedaan.

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