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

Mood changes

2010, Photography


The previous weeks have been very intense. I learned a lot more about the direction of my photography. I followed some training learning to value photographs and photography and it was very meaningful. Eventually I decided not to buy a new camera, since it wouldn’t bring me anything for my photography now.

In the meantime I also decided to quit my contributor/partner ship with seriouscompacts.com. And I lost many of my latest photographs due to a mechanical failure of my hard drive.  Thankfully though I started to photograph again despite the heavy rainfall in last Saturday in Rotterdam.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Rainy Rotterdam

2010, Photography


With a couple of photographers we went to Rotterdam, the largest European harbor city, today. I decided to pack light and only have the GRD3 with me. It was however a very rainy and windy day.

And I promised myself not to photograph the most photographed bridge of Rotterdam. But since the conditions were not really adequate for street photography I eventually took one of the Erasmus bridge.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma