Friday, 28 June 2013

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Arrays of Directions

20130625-R0010013(Ricoh GRD IV)

I really feel at home with the GRD IV. The functions are so accessible and customisable that experienced photographers can make all the tweaks in the matter of a second or two between shots. This camera is not one-hand operate-able. No, it requires just the thumb and index fingers for operation. My tip: set Fn1 to AEL to give you quick one-press access to the "right" metering of the scene from where you can quickly work out the desirable exposure.

Again, the shot of today carries a distinctive GR signature of photojournalistic feel.  What makes it works to my eye is the different arrays of directions of the moving subjects.  This is a factor very important yet often overlooked in street shots as far as my experience goes.


Signature of GRD IV

20130625-R0010006(Ricoh GRD IV)

Finally I failed to restrain myself from the purchase of the GRD IV at a temptingly low price.  The best is that I got the sexy white edition which comes with the must-have cap to prevent the camera from accidentally powering on.  1049037_536824743020420_933709627_oEarly last year I had the chance to play with a sample IV for some time and would have bought one if I had not been just given the Leica X1 and D-Lux 5 won from a photo contest. The GR cameras produce images of a distinctive signature in terms of colour and a photojournalistic feel. For the latter, I suspect that it has something to do with the GR followers being like-minded persons somehow (with a relaxed temperament? Visually attentive to the details of a fleeting moment?). Today's shot done in hi-contrast black-and-white hopefully carries such a signature.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Can They Be Terrorists?

20130619-L1040003(Leica D-Lux 5)

Hong Kong has witnessed the Snowden's drama unfolding over the past week.  No doubt the whatever-gate-it-is-called will be made a Hollywood thriller -- there are just too many spy story elements to be missed.  Getting a glimpse of how the secretive world operates is, however brief and shallow, an eye-opener.

Two idiotic things about the shebang are, first, how people in a free country are scared into taking for granted the legality of the blanket monitoring of communications --  maybe this poster found on the Internet carries some clue in that:

... and, second, that top officials of our tiny city have become addicted to the catchphrase, "we observe the law in ~ing...."*, which is undoubtedly taken for granted unless in authoritarian countries. The city shall of course be governed by the rule of law! We won't ask anyone to clean their arse after relaxing the bowels, will we? That's a common sense.  So absurd a comment as to be sarcastic.

Monday, 24 June 2013