After church today we were sick of it raining and drove to Moeraki, where it was raining a little. Ricoh GXR A12 28 mm lens. Photo is cropped to remove tourists on the beach to the left of the boulders.

cropped_moeraki boulders


Double rainbow


OK. Taken with the d800 & 35 mm lens (my GF said “Get your camera NOW — look at the rainbow. When you see this you don’t change lenses)., the original file does have the double rainbow but I used the Velvia filter in Darktable to increase this, and this left the photo technically very underexposed. But it makes, in my view, for a better image.

St Clair.

I keep on returning to the old piers at St Clair. This morning was gray and stormy.

Nikon d800, Nikkor 35 mm F2D lens. Turned into Monochrome in darktable




Ricoh: make a Micro 4/3 GXR module.

I do a lot of travelling. I take a lot of photos. And in my view, the best ergonomics and size factor for such cameras was discovered two decades ago and re invented by cosina with the Voightlander Bessa and Zeiss Ikon: the small rangefinder, preferably cheap.

The big DSLRs and Medium format cameras take great photos, but I don’t walk around with them. I want something, small, light, discrete, flexible and a system. I want reasonable image quality to bloody good image quality, and I want something I don’t have to think about using.

Which is one reason I like my Ricoh GXR. The IQ is good enough, but it depends on the sensor and package. You can do street with it, and it has a leica M mount module, which was reviewed here (I have not got one yet — and they are becoming more expensive on ebay, not less).

And it is easy to use. The dials lock. The menus are intuitive. It is small enough to be discreet, big enough to use with my big hands, and with the optical viewfinder you can frame things propery.

However, you are left with either Leica lenses or the voightlander ones — which are great, but expensive, or their modules — which are equally great. It’s time to make another adaptor, and I am going to suggest the micro 4/3. There are now enough lenses — and there are momre coming — to make it a system The sensors are now around 12 -16 MP, which is a nice size for manipulation and most printing — and we know from the Nikon 1 experience that sometimes less MP leads to better IQ. The current M series module as an APS-C sensor inside, which is bigger than a micro 4/3.

But it will give you a smaller, lighter, package with multiple lenses. Make a module for the GXR. Heck, make an micro 4/3 camera with the ergonomics of the GR or GXR, and I will start saving.

It will make this photog smile if this comes out in 2014


If I could add one thing to the wish list, can you also re-release the M module — this time with the a Full frame sensor (FX) akin to what Sony has done with the A7r. As the GXR is modular, you can set the internal depth of the box as the same as in a M3 (or M7: it did not change) and then one can use the same body for either street shooting… or very high quality (particularly if you are smart and do not have an antialiasing filter in place) portrait and landscape camera, at the cost of a larger module.

And again, if you make them cameras, I’d want them anyway, but please keep either an optical or hybrid viewfinder.


Sometimes the quick shots are the ones that work. I spent most of this walk on Sunday trying to get pictures of waves and rocks. But nothing focused in using the GXR. But this works… wildflowers in the dunes.


Juniper (the cat)

Another shot with the Ricoh GXR. There is no colour correction in this — just made into a jpeg and shrunk.
The cat is Juniper, the smallest and prettiest of our cats. And the only female.

Melbourne: dusk, night. (Ricoh GXR s10)

There is an argument going on that Melbourne has some of the ugliest architecture in the world. Well, you can soften some of it when the sun is going down. There are some nice buildings, and nice street architecture. You just have to find it… and you can find more of this set on Flickr, including the federation square at dusk.

These shots were taken with the s10 module — a 10 MP small sensor on a wide angle zoom lens.