The Ricoh GRD..just to prove I’m not only a film nerd!


I know a lot of my readers are going to call me a two-faced so-and-so after reading this, but hey, I’m only human…and…I need to prove I’m not one of those stick-in-the-mud guys who stay firmly with one system, whatever that may be.

So, with a deep intake of breath…here are one or two shots I took with my Ricoh GRD (that’s the first model, with the 8 megapixel ability).

I wanted to concentrate on something that is immediately appealing and very much to be seen now, so during a walk in a local park here in Vancouver BC, I’ve opted for something that has a mystical aura about it in the Far East, and is called Shabnam.

Shabnam, my Indian best friend tells me, is the Persian word for dew. But in the eastern culture, shabnam (what beautifully romantic sounding word it is as well, isn’t it?) has almost ethereal qualities, appearing almost magically as it does overnight when everyone is fast asleep.

And adding to it’s mystical qualities, it has mostly disappeared or changed form by the time most of humanity wakes up.

So in order to catch it at it’s peak, you have to perform an almost herculean task…that of getting up from our wonderfully warm slumber!

Ok; so without further ado….here are some shots where shabnam is the star! All were taken hand-held, in macro mode, but alas, no tripod, which is why they are not pin-sharp..but in my mind, some shots lose their appeal if they are too sharp; in this case, I think the balance may be just right! Hope you like them.

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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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3 Responses to The Ricoh GRD..just to prove I’m not only a film nerd!

  1. I find dew a hard macro subject to capture, especially handheld. You have some pretty fine shots here. The red berry action image is really nice.

    • thank you for your praise! its me bieng very naughty really..macro is something that should never even be attempted without a tripod…..its just pot luck that these came out ok….

  2. Luddy's Lens says:

    I like things a little out of focus in macro, too; they just seem “truer” to me. These are all lovely.

    And you’re not a two-faced so-and-so; digital is another tool for you, not the be-all and end-all as it is for some.

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