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“A Weird Guy” Part I. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp. You know this is a weird brother! Ain’t no doubt about it. Somehow, this skinny guy has even managed to put on a little belly, don’t know how πŸ™‚

I recently took a get away weekend to the Poconos. As a city guy, I’ve not always appreciated the suburbs or the country, but now as I’m older I’ve grown to appreciate a slower pace and a quieter lifestyle.

I did take a medium format film camera with me, but that roll has yet to finish. My digital cameras were my trusty Ricoh GR Digital, the original 8.1mp version, a Fuji XA-1 (cheapest Fuji X mirrorless), and my iPhone.

The old GRD holds a special place in my heart. As some of you might know, I’ve always been a fan of this camera since I got one in 2006 and I’ve highly touted its abilities on these pages.

Based on the stats on these pages, it appears the old Ricoh GRD version 1 is THE Camera Legend of this blog! If Ricoh were still making this camera, I could’ve easily asked for royalties πŸ™‚

The XA-1 I got recently for a little over $100 used. So far, it seems to have the best out of camera jpegs of any Fuji I’ve tried even if it doesn’t have the much hyped X-Trans sensor. Only the lack of a viewfinder is what I consider a negative. But heck, I like cheap and I got it cheap!

Anyway, here are some recent pics from the getaway. Nothing special, just some shots. It’s always good to take shots without the need to impress anyone. This modern Instagram world relies of that “ooh ahh” factor nearly all the time, but 90 percent of “real” photography is boring everyday stuff. It sounds like I’m making excuses for bad pics, but no, I’m not. Hmmm, maybe I am? Ahh, whatever πŸ™‚

Have a blessed Sunday good people!

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“Sunday Morning” 2016. Fuji XA-1, Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 R lens. Last Sunday actually! In a cheap hotel in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.

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“The Shot” 2016. Ricoh GR Digital 8.1mp. The Poconos, Pennsylvania.

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“Fat Cat” 2016. Fuji XA-1, Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 R lens. A 12 year old cat named “Boots” who is 22 pounds and doesn’t move much πŸ™‚

 

The Baddest Cat On The Planet

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“Baddest Cat On The Planet” 2009. Nikon D3, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens.

If Iron Mike Tyson was the “baddest man on the planet” then Garfield must be the baddest cat on the planet! πŸ™‚

Obviously my main computer is not back from repair yet. I tried to do another review using this Chromebook. Couldn’t do it. Things got excruciatingly slow to the point where the computer was asking me if I wanted to “kill it?” for some applications.

So for now I can just throw out images that I had planned to use in reviews. This one is from the Nikon D3, a camera from 2007 that followed the high iso “revolution” led by the original Canon 5D Classic and took it to a whole new level. The 50mm f/1.4 Sigma EX DG HSM was quite a fantastic lens and if you can find a good copy, it is a great and less expensive alternative to today’s “ART” version of the 50mm f/1.4 lens.

I generally don’t do this kind of post-processing, but this one was hard to resist πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a great weekend and I cannot end this post without mentioning the tragic events seen in France today. Wow, what has the world come to?

I’ve never been to Paris, but I feel a special connection with the French. Back in 2003, when I first started posting photos on the web, no one would give a poor kid a glance or a chance until someone from France liked one of my photos and helped get me noticed on that site.

I don’t post as much on photo sharing sites any more, but a lot of it is a game of “likes” and “dislikes” which is something I don’t like! There are so many talented photographers out there and it’s not always easy to get your work noticed.

Anyway, over the years I’ve noticed on a number of sites where I posted photos, my biggest supporters have always been from France. Some have even become cherished friends and comrades, one who I have met in person.Β Just as they supported me, today I stand with them and all my thoughts and prayers are with them and the good people of France.