Directed by inspiration, driven by time

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Waiting for the glow

I haven’t been posting for a while. It all remains busy. And cold. I mean, there are no signs of spring here. It is however mostly busy. Hard to free my mind. My little Ricoh gives me more and more headaches. The autofocus is bogus. There are worse things to worry about.

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Watch your steps

I love to learn new things, but at a certain point you come to terms with that. Stuff you learned and experienced settle in. It forms your vision. It takes time though. Just don’t rush it. It took me over 10 years to get even close to what I wanted at some point.

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Directed by my inspiration

Read a piece a couple of weeks ago about finding images and making them. It kind of made the distinction that making images was of a higher class than finding images. I think that even when you find images you still make it work.

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Traveling silhouettes

Briefly back to my camera. It might well be my last Ricoh. I need something more reliable so I don’t have to worry about gear.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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22 thoughts on “Directed by inspiration, driven by time

        1. Thank you for checking out. All GRD’s I had were used, Robert. Since I know I don’t always play nice with my cameras I know that I want to rely on confidence. I don’t really want something completely different, just something that is reliable.

  1. Great images as usual.
    As you are talking about camera, I would suggest to have a closer look at Nikon Coolpix A. I tried it and found it near GRD replacement same 28mm FoV with great APSC sensor and reasonably fast and sharp lens. I found handling and size very similar to Ricoh.

  2. Beautiful work Wouter! Our spring is just beginning to arrive here as it too is late. I’m sorry to hear of your frustrations with the GRD. My wife has mine and occasionally it too acts up for her. Of course she has not spent any time learning the camera and sometimes that’s the issue.

    However, I have moved on from my GXR. Through my frequent travels and having the camera with me everywhere I go it too began to show wear. It is very frustrating no matter the “tool” when it begins to get in the way. I hope you find something that may regain the confidence you require to capture the images you desire.

      1. I would be the last one to ask such a question as our personal opinions are just that. I miss the size of the GXR. I don’t miss the EVF sticking off the top of the camera. Since I don’t like to use the LCD to focus and frame a photograph the Leica’s rangefinder system works for me. But it has taken some time to get used to.

        I find myself practicing a lot while killing time while stuck in a hotel room while traveling for work. I try to pre-focus as much as I can and that’s where the practice comes in to play. I have been training my eye to better learn distances and then setting focus before bringing the camera to my eye. Then it’s usually a very small adjustment to get it right. Of course I like shooting wide open and this becomes more critical.

        IMHO, there is a big difference in working with a FF sensor. You may not see that in a web photo but you see it instantly on your computer screen and print. Let the pixel peepers argue all day it’s a waste of time to pay any attention to those arguments. Today’s cameras are light years ahead of what we had not long ago.

        For most though its the amount of money it takes to get into the Leica “club”. I haven’t been able to justify it but I’ve spent money I had better like it.

        But the holy grail is what lens you put on the camera. Fortunately the real beauty of the Leica M system is you can have whatever look you want depending on funds. From 50-60 year old classic look to today’s perfect clinical ASPH glass. At least you have a choice.

        But then it still boils down to who’s operating the controls and what the subject being photographed. The mechanism is still just a tool with its own peculiar quarks one must master.

        And that’s the beauty of the Leica M for me. Simplicity! Direct dedicated control of aperture, shutter and ISO.

        1. I know cameras and all are personal opinions, but still find the answers interesting. The challenges and differences do change your photography in some way. That fascinates me, since many buy gear and never thought about it how it could affect their photography.

          While possibilities seem endless, it is best to start wondering what you want to do with your photography.

          Like going from AF to prefocus MF is a huge change. It will change the way you perceive moments.

          Thanks for telling me, Duane.

  3. You can and will make amazing images with any camera you pick up. No worries, the right camera will present itself and you’ll grasp it and the images and words will flow.

  4. Well, it’s about time! 😉 Great to see another post. I was curious why you shot or left #3 in color. Not that it’s not a good image in color, it surely is, but to my less than expert eye, it looked like it could have been part of the others as a series.

    Anyway, good luck if you’re thinking about replacing the the GRD III. Do you still have the Panasonic? If not, the GX1, while quite a good camera, has not proved popular and can be had new for very steep discounts and even less used. I know you’ve used the 20/1.7 and I have been quite pleased with the little 14/2.5 myself if you were inclined to stay at 28 mm. That combo is a pretty compact 116x68x60 mm and 380 g. In actual compacts, the biggest discounts are on the LX-7, but if it were me, I’d look at the G15 from Canon. It is about 50% more expensive than the current LX-7 price (here in the States), but it’s built like a little tank, has a good fast lens, (rudimentary) ovf, and external controls suitable to a primary camera you might use for many years to come. The prior G’s were pretty big, but the 15 is 107x74x41 mm and 350g compared to the GRD IV at 109x60x33 and 220. And finally, the size might be an issue, and the price, but I suspect that once you got used to it, you’d love the Fuji X100.

    Anyhow, enough with the gear bit. Whatever you use, just keep shooting. I get the feeling that making that effort is quite important for you just now. Be well.

    g

    1. That color image just worked for me. I thought about B&W too, but in color it just kicked in.

      I still have the GF1. Great camera, but for me a bit too large for everyday usage. I still consider getting the 14mm instead as a GRD replacement.

      It is just that the small form factor is something I love.

  5. Excellent images! I particulary liked the three B&Ws. I too was wondereing about your decision to include one colour shot. I’m sure you have your reasons though. If only we had more hours in the day, but the lack of time seems to be a very common problem and I think you do amazingly well to produce so many good images on a regular basis! I wish you all the best in choosing a new camera, indeed an exciting time ahead 😉 I too have been considering a change (but ‘unfortunately’ my Lumix LX2 is still performing well). I rather fancy a Fujifilm X100.. or even an X20 – there are simply too many to choose from. Easter greeting, Vic

    1. I love to have more time, just like you. All these cameras have their pros and con’s, but still cost a lot of money. I much rather photograph instead of dealing with the search for a replacement.

  6. Tough to choose gear based on reliability, as it doesn’t seem like anyone keeps their long enough anymore to prove toughness. So it seems we’re stuck with the paradigm of using it until it breaks, then buy the next ‘great’ bit of gear. 😦

    1. So true, Jamie. For many cameras have become replacement products. I still ge t the impression that the Panasonic LX-series are pretty reliable. Nothing scientific though.

  7. Wouter,
    I still havemy gx100 working perfectly. I did invest in a decent half case which really protects the camera as well as the ricoh lenscap. Still no dust problems.
    I also have an olympus epl1′ works fine and with the vf 3 is great fun to use. Only problem so far was battery failure on the epl1 but that was due to 46 centigrade temperatures in Portugal… But then I suppose the pens wouldnt be your style, if you want to try you can get them cheap on the ebay olympus market run by Limal, or go to the limal site, they also have sigmas cheap.
    But as has been said you can take great pictures with a Brownie!

    All the best
    Paul

  8. Never felt better being a traveling shilouette, Wouter. Directed by the beauty you create, find& make, my friend. And it took me years to make the images I had in mind. And it took me years & hard work to get the camera, so I don’t have to think about the tool. But you tell the finest photographic stories!

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

  9. Dear Wouter I hope you find a camera you like soon.
    I very much enjoy visiting your site and photography.
    (how about the Sony RX100 if you’d like something very small?)
    Thank you
    am

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