During the fair I noticed I did not get close enough and had to do some cropping. I should work on this issue and come closer to people, after all, that is why I opted for a 28mm.

For this image I came close enough in order to have and his feet and the balloons in the frame. I cropped to a square format though because it gave me some stronger lines, from the right lower corner to the balloons.

I am happy with this image but it is not one of my best.

Balloons (2016) Ricoh GR II
Balloons (2016)
Ricoh GR II



Belgian football fan

The weekend has been one with heavy rain and thunderstorms. Not ideal for the annual fair in my hometown.

It is Sunday evening now and I have the windows open. Then at 21:09 I hear people yelling and shouting.

Even if I don’t have a television I know what has happened. Belgium made a goal against Hungary in this European Championship Football.

Great.  I do feel a little proud albeit I don’t give a fuck for any sport. I cannot relate to those people whom lose it completely when their favorite sportsman/woman/team accomplishes something.

Let’s be honest, if Belgium wins, I’ll be proud but I’ll stay indifferent if we lose as we were not up to the task. We win some, we lose some.

I did not shoot good images during this fair. The ones I made are nothing special.

PS On my way to work, this Monday morning, I heard over the radio that e had won with 4-0.
Friday we play against Wales.

Football fan (2016) Ricoh GR II
Football fan (2016)
Ricoh GR II




Thoughts – June 25, 2016

Yesterday evening, 21:00 or so it was, I hit the street and headed to the fair. Dusk, a deep blue sky mixed with the bright lights of the booths and attractions. It was visual heaven.

Tattoo (2016) Ricoh GR II, ISO 1000
Tattoo (2016)
Ricoh GR II, ISO 1000

I had set the camera to auto ISO with a maximum of 3200 ISO. Later on, back home, I experimented with higher ISO settings and thus more noise. This image I took at ISO 12800 and was surprised how the noise almost looked like film grain. Okay, you lose quite some detail in the shadow area but for street photography I would still accept this type of image deterioration.
So 3200 ISO gives very acceptable images, one stop more is still very acceptable and at 12800 ISO, well, depending on the subject, yeah, really okay when a high-contrast image.

Sodastream (2016) Ricoh GR II at f2,8 and ISO 12800
Sodastream (2016)
Ricoh GR II at f2,8 and ISO 12800

Yet I did not feel comfortable making photographs. I struck me how something deep inside me held me back. It is not fear but well, uneasiness.  The altercation with the two ladies a few weeks ago had put a weight on my pleasure of shooting on the streets. That weight was still there.

I did the best I could, forcing myself in the crowded main street to take photographs. I could not help it feeling like a creep, a dirty old man. I know I have to overcome this and I will succeed.

Sweetheart suggested I should not shoot in our town anymore but I refuse to give in. I am not doing anything wrong.

Well all this gives me a reason share one of my favorite songs. Just for fun because it is a beautiful song that touches me deep on so many levels.

I am looking to extend the possibilities of my Ricoh GR II. Hell, I am so in love with this camera. I bought a second hand GH-3, a lens hood. It has a 49mm filter thread so I can use my ND 1024, a -10 stop filter for long exposures.

Next will be the GW-3 Wide Conversion Lens so I’ll have a high quality 21mm lens on the Ricoh GR II. Useful for urban landscape and for some creative stuff I’m thinking of doing.

I’ll be getting this conversion lens in a week or so.

Not that it really matters but the lens hood gives the Ricoh GR II a different look & feel, more a Ninja Camera that in fact it already is.

GH-3 Hood & Lens Adapter on Ricoh GR II (c) DPREVIEW. COM
GH-3 Hood & Lens Adapter on Ricoh GR II








Wednesday I promised to pick up Sweetheart at her work and then drive her home. Because it was finally sunny and hot we went for some frozen yogurt first.

I arrived a little earlier so I could make some photographs in the pedestrian subway nearby. It is dirty, gritty and the walls covered with graffiti.

I had an image in my mind’s eye for days already.  After hanging round in the short pedestrian subway it happened and I was able to make the photograph sort of how I imagined it.

I am quite happy with the result.

This evening I’m going out on the streets to shoot street images of the yearly fair.  Hope it won’t be raining.



For some time now I have been posting a photograph every day.  I feel this is too much and might even affect the quality of my posts.

On the other hand there is the pleasant “pressure” to create if I want to keep up posting every weekday. But then again, this positive “pressure” could lead also to less quality.

Yet I feel it is important to post regularly so I have decided to post 3 times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If I feel like it or if I have something meaningful to say I’ll post during the weekend under Thoughts.

The yearly fair in my hometown will take place this weekend. I’ll be shooting on the streets on Friday evening and pushing the Ricoh GR II using it at 3200 ISO to capture the low-light atmosphere.
The fair also means I’ll won’t be sleeping much as I live nearby. Music till 04:00 except for Sunday when everything end at midnight.

I’ll be also on the streets on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday evening Sweetheart and I are going out in order to escape the noise tormenting my apartment.

Old Man (2016) Samsung J5
Old Man (2016)
Samsung J5


Street photography – smartphone blues

The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You
Chase Jarvis

After my altercation on  Monday last week,  with mother and daughter who accused me of being an idiot and a pervert I decided to try something new.

Not because this experience will hold me back in any way but because I want to be stealthier than stealthy. Try new stuff.

I got a Samsung J5 from work to replace my personal Lumia 640 LTE I sadly dropped a few days ago. Except for the apps I’ll change any mobile phone for a Lumia, never owned such a great phone when it comes to customization.

Anyway, the Samsung J5 has a 13 MP (!) camera. So many pixel on a tiny sensor yet the quality of the image in very good light is not that bad. It ain’t RAW but like Chase Jarvis once rightfully said “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” .

So I yesterday, Sunday, I decided to visit the weekly “flea” market with my smart phone and not with my Ricoh GR II thinking I would be shooting very inconspicuous with my phone.

Maybe I did albeit it didn’t feel like it. I had the impression I was a sitting duck for every human being thinking “hey this is a pervert or a stalker.”

In fact nobody noticed me and I’m guessing if I would have used my Ricoh nobody would have noticed either.

I made 40 photographs and no real keepers. As it was a bright sunny morning image quality is rather okay for screen use and maybe even for a 13 x 18 print. There is almost no latitude in the JPG-files so one needs to post-process carefully.

What bugged me the most with the Samsung J5 was the shutter lag. I shoot with the Ricoh GR II in snap mode so when I press the shutter the photo is made instantaneously.

Dog (2016) Samsung J5
Dog (2016)
Samsung J5

I did not measure it but with the Samsung J5 we are talking of a shutter lag that comes close to half a second.

In the second shot, the lady with the dog, the white fur of the animal is completely blown out.

Baby Dog (2016) Samsung J5
Baby Dog (2016)
Samsung J5




Lonely figure

I’m looking forward to use one of my Olympus OM camera’s to do some street photography. I’m thinking of an Ilford HP5+ pushed 2 stops for example. The only thing that keeps me from using an analogue camera is the fact I’d prefer having a 28mm f2,8 to replace the 28mm f3,5 I currently own.

I’ve been browsing a well-known second-hand website and yesterday I finally found one with a reasonable asking price. So I made a bid and he answered it was okay. He is a seller that lives not far from my place and I’ve already did some business with him. He is correct, his goods are almost in mint state and he is very friendly and helpful.

So he asked if I’d care for a 35mm f2,8 too,  for the same price as the 28mm. I’ve been thinking about it by I’m guessing I’ll be going for the wide-angle only. I don’t see much use for a 35mm in my style of photography. Well, I haven’t made up my mind yet, 90€ for 2 great primes is not all that bad.

When I hit the street with the Olympus I’ll be taking the 50mm f1,4 with me too. Wide-open this lens is simply gorgeous.

I am pretty sure though that my Ricoh GR II will remain pretty much my main camera and one of the best camera’s I have ever owned (for general purpose photography).

Lonely figure (2016) Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 45mm f1,8
Lonely figure (2016)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 45mm f1,8



Urban landscape photography

As I can’t shoot people every day because I work, I don’t feel like it or whatever reason. Maybe it is already very late and the streets are deserted.

So I’m going also to focus on urban landscape photography.

There are different definitions describing this style but I guess it is about photography taken in an urban environment, a man-made environment, but not necessarily with people in the frame.

In a way one could say that urban street photography focuses on the background, the stage, where people act and live. A good example is the photograph “Hal” I posted some time ago.

HAL - second version (2016) Nikon F5 with Nikon 24-120 VR and loaded with Kodak Tri-X
HAL – second version (2016)
Nikon F5 with Nikon 24-120 VR and loaded with Kodak Tri-X

Street photography and urban landscape photography obviously make each other complete.

I find it an interesting challenge and an opportunity to train my eye to see other and new opportunities.

I’m just starting so bear with me while I’m exploring this new direction.

As always constructive feedback is more than appreciated.

Stairs (2016) Ricoh GR II
Stairs (2016)
Ricoh GR II





The Ricoh GR 2 keeps astonishing me. When I hit the streets I program the camera in TAV-mode. I assign a shutter speed, depending on the light and an aperture which is f8. The camera then adapts ISO to meet the requirements.

I use snap-mode meaning that the camera does not focus as it is already pre-focussed at 1 or 1,5 meters.  With f8 everything is sharp between 0.75 and 6 or what meters. There is no shutter lag and the camera snaps an image on the instant I press the shutter button.

This image was taken at ISO 3200 and there is not that much noise.  And the structure of the digital noise present is very pleasing.

Hello? (2016) Ricoh GR II
Hello? (2016)
Ricoh GR II


REBLOG – Street photography ethics and respect

Just this morning I ran across this, in my humble opinion, excellent article on ethics and respect in street photography.  It reflects very well my personal thoughts on the matter.  It was written by UK-based photographer Nicholas Goodden. He has an interesting website and a blog that is worth to glance through.

There are links to very interesting and related articles at the end of his post. Don’t skip them.

Street Photography Ethics and Respect

Street photography ethics are a touchy subject and I am not talking of street photography rules but rather more how photographers choose to behave. When shooting (candid) street photography in London or anywhere else, many street photographers seem to leave their values at home as soon as they head out to photograph strangers.

I have for quite a long time tried to put on paper my honest and more recent thoughts on street photography and my views on the attitude some opt for.

Street photography in the way it’s practiced can sometimes have a less attractive side, often displayed by photographers through a lack of empathy with their subject, a lack of respect and justifying their actions in a way or another, usually by stating street photography is not illegal so it’s alright.

Well I’m sure we can think of a few “legal” things that aren’t really acceptable.