Longing, dreaming and desires

2013, Photography

There is the present, the past, and the future. The glue for me to that is longing, dreaming, desire, and even wishful thinking.

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Longing away

I long for taking more photographs. I desire to be making better photographs. And since today I dream of that new Ricoh GR. Or maybe it all is just wishful thinking. I don’t know. What I do know is that I need to give a big cheer to Don Springer and Olivier Duong for their new e-magazine ‘Insprired Eye‘. Really check this out and make sure to subscribe. For $20 you can help them forward and make it your photography magazine too.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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17 thoughts on “Longing, dreaming and desires

  1. Evening Wouter. I hope there’s truth in the new Ricoh GR. If the early rumors are correct, this should be one sweet new compact APS-C camera that you can take anywhere in your pocket. My wife shoots with my GRDIII and I can see this one replacing it.

    I also concur with your selfless promotion of Don and Olivier’s new e-magazine ‘Insprired Eye‘. I may not be a “street shooter” but their new venture into the magazine world looks exciting and their first issue is great. Don has been an awesome help to me in the past year. You can call him my mentor as I can’t tell you how gracious he’s been to me in helping me with my photography.

    1. Hi Duane, That is great to hear that Don is your mentor. He currently interviews me and he is sharp, but I think I challenge him too 😉 I just love when some people hundreds to thousands miles a part take up the challenge to do something collaborative like their e-magazine. I immediately decided to support them too.

      The new Ricoh GR certainly looks promising. Soon more to come.

      1. The new GR if true I would think could be your new dream camera. I look forward to see how this may turn out for Ricoh as it would not surprise me they would consolidate their entire line of cameras to only this model.

  2. Wouter, I thnk the GR looks interesting as well. Seems a very polarizing camera to the mainstream gear heads. They don’t understand the beauty and simplicity of a small camera that handles well. A lot of “why would I get that when I can get a dslr and zoom for the same money” type of comments I saw today.

    I will check out Inspired Eye. It looks very good. I’m familiar with Don’s work, but not Oliver’s. Another magazine that is new that I’ve subscribed to is Camera Craft. It’s editor is Michael Friedman who writes the excellent manuals for the Sony Alpha cameras. It comes out quarterly. I subscribe to a few photography magazines, all of which are more image and process focused rather than gear reviews and ads for gear.

    I hope spring has sprung for you finally. It snowed again this week here as Winter tries to reclaim Spring. It can’t last forever.
    –Ryan

    1. The GR is not targeted to the mainstream. I find it funny too that people complain about the f/2.8 wide open aperture. This aperture for a small constructed wide angle lens for a large sensor is a major achievement. The GR1 had a f/2.8 lens too!

      Thank you for mentioning Camera Craft, Ryan. I will check that one. And temperatures finally got here above 50 F! We even had one day with 68F. I hope spring will come to you.

      1. I had a chance last night to read through some of Inspired Eye. Good content and exactly the type of magazine I would subscribe to – and I am. Lenswork put out by Brooks Jensen is another good one too if you haven’t seen it ( and actually might be a good place for some of your work )

  3. I really hate to stress about cameras upgrade while the existing previous models are working and needed something to perfect them. The shutter speed of the GR goes up to 1/4000, a very welcoming spec. I really wish the lens unit can resemble the film GR allows filters to be attached over it, I want ND filter when shooting wide open under bright sun. I have a feeling the focusing system would not be as accurate as the 3 or 4. And the increased sensor size would make not in-focus plane looks crap, not like the current CCD would still be relatively sharp when out of focus. The new GR would be another animal. What can I say, that’s the overall camera trend these days…sensor upsizing and megapixels. While the price is fairly reasonable, it’s a difficult choice to replacing the beauty of a small sensor camera to yield for a lot better image quality.

    1. The GR should have a ND filter and it will come with an adaptor for the 21mm wide conversion lens. I think you use the same adaptor for filters, like the current adaptor for the GRD3 en GRD4.

      Usually I don’t care about upgrades, but my GRD3 is really bogus now. Unfortunately products soon become obsolete nowadays.

      1. One of the most disturbing and frustrating facts of digital life..
        Planned obsolescence is shameful, wasteful and a disgrace. If there is one thing I’d like the EU to do its banning planned obsolescence. Since that’s not possible more stringent quality control should be made a priority. Thoroughly checking a products lifespan to guarantee it’s made to last would be fair to customers that pay hard earned cash for products and would benefit the environment as well. Why does my dad’s 1960’s amplifier still work, while my 1990’s boombox has perished many years ago?

        Exited about the new GR although I’m still quite content with no. IV
        I’d like to see Ricoh do more with the GR’s philosophy, a good rangefinder or GR with viewfinder but without the LCD would be very appealing.

        1. You’re right Daan. Everything has become a replacement economy. A shame. I know many have problems with the small LCD screen of the number of exposures on the GR1, but mine still works properly. And I have that camera since 1996.

          I was never able to acquire the IV, but the III still feels so natural in the hand. It will get a full service soon, but in the meantime I think the GR will be the best replacement possibility for me. The GR philosophy is strong, but also relies on simplicity. Too much GR products might only create confusion I think.

  4. Hello Wouter,

    i think you know what has to be done and what is true. It is waiting for all. Its all about to do it. Just do it. Nothing else.
    You are the heart and soul of your pictures. Not the camera. You are the inspired eye.
    All the best.
    Titus

    1. I know, Titus. The camera is just a tool, but also one you depend on for your photography. It doesn’t excell the inspired eye in my opinion, but can certainly make it enjoyable.

    2. Not to argumentative…. I would love to agree with you and I should but I know better.
      It’s a great thing to tune into your vision. I call it the eye, heart and mind. This is the goal. Just like goals, there re obstacles along the way. The biggest on the concur or to come to terms with, is the camera.

      Your vision when working can be intruded upon just by the simple glance to the camera. Maybe making a change in a setting etc. If this is not an intuitive practice, then just get to it doesn’t happen.

      The answer is obvious but not always sought. One needs a camera that does not intrude upon the vision. Any camera can be set up the way we need it and we can learn about how any camera makes us react or think but we must do that in order to find our images.

      shooter out………………………….

      1. True Don, any camera can be set up the way we need and want. Some however feel so much better, or should I say “less conscious”. Then it can act as an extension of your feelings, thoughts, and what you see.

  5. So glad I found your blog. Your photos will serve to inspire me to be a better photographer. I look forward to your future posts.

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