Sunday, 27 June 2010

Hey Mr. Guitarman

Recently I always struggle with the decision of which camera to take with me and depending on the mood I might end up with more than one camera.
So today I decided not to take any camera with me but use my iPhone instead. I can not realy take any phone camera serious and think people are wasting their time using phone camras to take pictures but it seems most don’t care.

Since I think of phone cameras more as gimicks and see it as kind of a Lomo (just with worse quality), I decided to do another iPhone week and not use a proper camera but challenge myself to try and get something usefull out of the crappy iPhone camera.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Walk around Wycombe

GF1, f7.1, 1/125, ISO 100, RAW, 40mm

The weather has been fantastic today. Instead of spending the day in London I decided to go with some friends out and explore the Wycombe area. We started off with a visit to Hughenden Manor before walking across fields to West Wycombe Park where we gatecrashed a wedding by mistake.

It was a great day out and I took lots of pictures with the GF1 and both the Panasonic 40mm lens and the Olympus 14-42mm lens. I can’t help but wish either Panasonic or Olympus would release a lens like the one on the LC1 for their m4/3 cameras so I could just get this and never have to worry about using anything else.

I decided to upload a small gallery on Dropbox with some of my favorite pictures. You can find the gallery here.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Howard the Duck

GXR P10, f5.1, 1/12, ISO 200, RAW

I took this picture while walking by the Barbican today and really loved the scene. The duck was standing there posing for quite a while so I took quite a few pictures. Unfortunately the light was fairly low and I needed quite a bit of zoom for the right composition so it was not a perfect situation for the GXR with P10 module.

I chose the title based on the movie ‘Howard the Duck’.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Stairs and Lines

GF1, f1.7, 1/20, ISO 400, JPG, 40mm

I never used to like the Barbican Centre before but after working close by and spending more time there it did grow on me. Now I really like it and go there to chill during lunch but also to take some pictures, the architecture is very interesting and unlike Canary Wharf nobody bothers you if you take pictures.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Hollow People

Today, I met with Tom and Kesh from the last Ricoforum meetup to go for a walk along the Thames from the O2 to Woolwich and across to Silvertown and back to the Millenium Mills.

I took the LC1 and GXR with P10 module with me and took lots of pictures but my favorite one is from the LC1.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Worth Holding On To?

LC1, f4, 1/3200, ISO 100, JPG, 90mm

This picture is not taken today but is from Monday.
I did really like it and decide to post it since I did not take any good pictures today.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Factory

The weather was great and I went for a long walk after work. I did not take as many pictures as I thought I would but am quite happy with the ones I did take and enjoyed using the LC1 a lot.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Chorus at Wapping

Today saw the opening of the latest exhibition at the Wapping Project titled Chorus. It is a sound and light artwork which works very well in the big hall and with the great backdrop of the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station.

There were quite a lot of people at the opening and the exhibition definitely makes for some great pictures and is worth a visit.

After my post yesterday, I decided to use the LC1 for the rest of the week so instead of using the GF1 with the much improved AF or ISO I used the LC1 and was actually quite happy with the results. This I liked best although it is not perfectly in focus or really sharp.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Panasonic LC1

Today, Carl Garrad has posted his article/review of the Panasonic LC1 and you can read it here. It is a great read and more than just a review, it's an homage to one of the finest digital cameras ever produced.

I have been a huge fan of the LC1 since I got it last year. Like the GRD I it is a very special camera to me and one that inspires me to go out and take pictures. It is a camera that feels right and one that you want to use, a camera made for photographers.

Carl's article describes it very well so I don't want to repeat things just that the LC1 is probably the best converhence between film and digital cameras which works much better in a digital world than the too analog Leica M8/9 or even the excellent Epson RD1.

It is trully a shame that Panasonic never released a LC2 or a m4/3 camera based on the LC1 design, instead they have tried too much to copy dSLRs and compact point and shoot cameras. I sure hope we might see a LC2 with updated 2/3" sensor, the same amaizing lens and some small changes like an additional ISO and/or EV dial.

You should definitely head over to Alpha Mount World and read Carl's article if you haven't done by now.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Shooting Bubbles

GF1, f5.6, 1/1600, ISO 100, JPG, 100mm (Sigma f2.8 50mm Macro MD)

I completely forgot about the Bike and Kite festival this year so when I went out to go to the park I picked the Sigma macro lens for the GF1. It might be a very good lens for macros but for general photography it is not idealy suited. But since I like a challenge I made do with it instead of going home and picking a different lens.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Four Crosses

GXR P10, f4.5, 1/320, ISO 100, RAW, 200mm

It looks like the new layout is working well and people like it. This is good as I also much prefer it to the old one and finally Blogger has also improved their editor so posting is now much nicer and easier.

Still, I was experimenting with a few alternatives from Zenfolio to Squarespace but neither work. So I went back to Wordpress and found a layout which is almost perfect and certainly perfect for my 'One Day, One Picture.' theme. You can have a look at it here (

So now my question is what to do? I wanted a change a while ago but could not decide at that time.
I really like the new Wordpress theme and it works great aside from not allowing me to post more than one picture a day and it does not work as well for articles but these I could do on my Ricoh GR-Diary News page.

What do you think, should I continue the Ricoh GR-Diary page here or switch to the new Cristian Sorega Photography? The content will remain the same on either.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Have a Pint

GF1, f5.6, 1/400, ISO 200, RAW, 56mm (Leica f2.8 28mm R) - Taken on 03/06/2010

I did not take any pictures today so have nothing to post. Instead I chose a picture I took recently that I quite like and it fits for Friday.

You might have noticed that I made some changes to the layout, this is something I wanted for quite some time and I am also looking at alternatives for my blog. More will be posted over the weekend.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Monday, 7 June 2010

5 from the Meetup Walk

No picture from today. Was not really inspired but also wanted to show some of the pictures I took Saturday during the walk with the GXR and P10 module, only the last is from the GRD III. The pictures did not quite fit in my report about the meetup but I selected them and wanted to post at least one of them so this gave me the right opportunity.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

3rd Ricohforum Meetup

After the 3rd Ricoh meetup has been postponed we have rescheduled it for today.

Unfortunately Pavel could not make it for this meetup but this time we had both Tohru from Ricoh and Frazer from Alpha Digital attending. It has been great to see both again, especially together at a meet up.

The Bridge Lounge was as usual a great venue to meetup since despite the central location it is a very quiet and relaxed place in the moning to simply have some coffee and chat about cameras and photography.

It is always great to meet new people with the same interests, this time it was mostly GRD III and GRD II users attending. People enjoyed themselves and could share tips about the GRDs but also try the GXR system with all threee modules available for it.
Unfortunately only a few of the people who signed up for the meetup actually came, this is a shame and not so good considering both Tohru and Frazer had to travel in to London for this meetup.

For the last meetup we had a walk scheduled with stops along the way but this time I decided to see what people were up to and only had a final location planned with the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. We took the long way there and went over Borough Market and the Tate Modern and back to Tower Bridge before heading towards Wapping.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010