Weekend…..

2010, Photography


Okay, in my previous post I mentioned that the spring finally arrived and I immediately took the opportunity to take my GRDI for a spin. I didn’t really noticed it at first, but sometimes the focus was way off. A day later, things were even worse and the GRD only seemed to work properly when I set it to macro. The AF becomes a lot slower than, but is also much more accurate. I’ve already had contact with Ricoh and the prospect looks promising.


The last few days I took the Sigma DP1 and I am again reminded how ought this camera is to use, but how gorgeous the photographs are. The feeling of depth, the tonality, and hightlight and shadow handling. Therefore it remains a truly special camera, even though not everyone will like it.

This week seemed to be an Adobe week with their press release that CS5 will be unveiled on April 12. Saw a sneak peek of Photoshop CS5 recently and Scott Kelby demoed the content-aware fill option (see a video of it here). It is pretty impressive technology, but I don’t know how much this has to do with photography anymore. And this technology seems to make watermarks pretty obsolete too. Dunno. Hope it recognizes typo and stops working.

Adobe labs released a new beta version of Lightroom 3. The 64 bit version works really fast and smooth. The developers added some great new features to the beta of Lightroom 3 like a new version of Adobe RAW, a more enhanced importer, improved noise reduction, better vignetting options, and the effect to actually add grain to your photographs. But for me the improved tone curve is the real bonus of Lightroom 3. It is now fully adjustable and a joy to use. I am still surprised about all the open spaces in the graphic user interface, and the lack of no full screen mode (and soft proofing?). I still think it looks quite elegant though.

For those interested in the HD video capabilities of the latest breed of dSLR’s, you might want to check this vid at Zacuto. They compared a 35mm film camera with Kodak and Fuji film stock against the Canon 5D mark II, 7D, 1D mark IV, Nikon D3S, and Panasonic DMC-GH1. Pretty impressive stuff and in particular the 5D does an amazing job. Many (amateur) photographers think it is a gimmick or a bonus, but these cameras are really shaking up the film industry.

And finally back to Ricoh. There are new plans for another Ricoh meet-up either end of April or in May. Possible locations for a meet-up are London, Düsseldorf (home of Ricoh Europe), and Amsterdam. Wouldn’t it be nice to meet some of the people you regularly chat with at either one of the many photography forums? Head over here and sign up.

Happy weekend to you all and good light.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Empty battery, what’s next?

2009, Photography

Many biological farms in my neighborhood had view day’s this weekend. These bioligical farms had corn, grain, strawberries, and grapes for a local winery. And while visiting three of those farms I had planned to take the Sigma DP1 with me. Unfortunately after only eight photographs the battery was completely empty. Strange to me, because I had checked the battery before leaving. But still not as bad as forgetting to insert the charged battery in the camera, although that did happen to me once before!

But what’s next? Introduce here my wife’s Nokia N95 multimedia phone with little Tessar lens. I already had plans to use her phone for some photography, but unintentionaly it was the best that could happen for me now. I remembered the words of photographer Chase Jarvis: “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” He happens to be using his iPhone more often and publishes his photographs on his website.

Although a cell phone can be quite slow with auto focus and saving the photographs, it is still good fun to use it. And I had fun too editing the photographs in Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro for my usual style of editing.
Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma

Mobile Phone Photography by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma