Friday, May 31, 2019


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May, 2019) - Why in the world would a guy with a cabinet full of film, digital and video cameras buy another camera? This month I picked up a newly released Ricoh GR III. I don't necessarily have a good answer to the question, but wanted to explain my reasoning. These are small, pocketable "point-n-shoot" type cameras. While I have many cameras, I also have a very wide palette of things that I shoot. I shoot sports, landscapes, portraits, etc. and each requires specific gear. What I found is shooting has become a big production. Every time I go out, I have to plan what body, lenses, bag, flash, stands, tripod, etc. is appropriate. Because of this, I find that sometimes it's too much work and I'll just use my phone. What's that old saying, the best camera is the one that is with you? In addition, I recently started printing at home again and found that phone photos don't cut it. On the surface the Ricoh looks like a point-n-shoot, but it is actually much more. You can shoot full manual and sync it with external flash/strobes. It has an APS-C 24 MP sensor and captures in DNG RAW. The files are clean and very printable. Anyway, this is my story and I'm sticking to it. I am carrying it with me daily to replace using my phone for daily captures. Below are some samples from the GR III.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Class of 2019

OMAHA, Nebraska (May, 2019) - Traveled to Omaha this month for my niece's graduation from Creighton University. She is the first of this generation to graduate college in our immediate family. A great accomplishment, and look forward to the rest of the family to follow. The weather was all over the place. When we landed, it was 94 degrees. The next morning it was 50 degrees and raining. The remaining days were split where we got some nice mornings and then rain. I got out with the camera on one of the nice mornings and captured the images below.