Bank Holidays go too fast

Looks like it’s now the end of the bank holiday, but at least that means a 4 days week rather than 5.

The weather toady was pretty dull, there seemed to be a sort of street fair in Taunton High Street with market stalls, and other entertainment type things.

I was trying to work out what this thing outside boots was – I think it is some sort of cat

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Bumped into a friend in town who was asking me about the Ricoh GR – he was asking me what I had done with my Holga and why I now had a digital camera instead

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He wanted to test the GR by taking a shot of me but I forgot that I had left it set on 3 metres (manual focus) but things in the background still seemed quite well focussed even if I wasn’t

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Finally a shop window display in Mary Street whilst walking home

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Seatown

Have not actually been to Seatown before, which is located on the coast between Lyme Regis and West Bay, near Chideock.

It was quite busy, being a bank holiday Sunday but the pub managed to serve food and ales fairly promptly and the quality seemed very good.

I decided to switch the Ricoh GR to aperture priority as program mode seemed to err on the side of a wider aperture than I would have chosen.

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For example in this sort of weather I would typically select f/11 @ 1/250s or f/8 @ 1/500s but the GR tended to favour approx f/5.6 @ 1/1000s or thereabouts.

I though selecting f/8 and letting the GR select the shutter speed would make more sense.

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Seatown has some good walks starting from the pub, and parking is free if you spend £20 or more at the pub, or £4 otherwise.

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The coast path goes right next to the cliff, which looks in danger of collapse in places

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Ricoh GR Day 3

Had a bit more of a chance to test the GR today – especially the manual focus feature as this means there is totally no shutter lag.

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I have “my1” set up for manual focus and “my2” set up for auto focus so that I can switch fast between taking scenic or architecture type shots with AF or street type shots with MF.

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The colour is very good even with no special processing – I had the camera set to the default auto multi white balance, and rawtherapee does a good job of converting the DNG raw files.

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Here I was using a distance setting of 3 metres – changing the distance setting is quick & easy using the front command dial

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Smashed Glass

Notice there seems to be quite a lot of smashed glass when reviewing my pictures taken last week with the GRD IV.   I’m hoping it could now only be a matter of days before I get the Ricoh GR and have been told that stocks will be arriving on 22nd May.   I have ordered and extra DB65 battery, and luckily it uses the same battery as the GRD IV.

First a smashed bus stop window at Norton Fitzwarren.   I have made use of one of the 4 excellent B&W presets in Rawtherapee here.

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An interesting design on a car roof in Leslie Avenue

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A new hockey astro pitch being constructed at Taunton School

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A new business in Goodland Gardens called “the shed” – hopefully a good sign as this area seems to have been sadly neglected over the years.   Most towns with a river flowing through the centre will make the river a focal point for the town, but Taunton seems to have done the opposite – we have 2 ugly supermarkets occupying what could be prime riverside areas, and some gardens which are mainly used by drunks & druggies to hang out.

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Finally some more smashed glass – looks like someone must have really had it in for Primark as almost all the windows had been smashed

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Old Photos

Time for a look at some more “old” shots from my D700.

This group has a bit of a “dark” theme.   At the end of 2011 I started using flash quite a bit and got a Nikon SB910, which I sold in favour of an SB24 which cost about 10% of what the former cost.

I also got a 28mm f/3.5 AI manual focus Nikkor lens at the same time which I still have.

Persian cat

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Another persian cat

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cat slippers

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shop display in Bath

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the Honiton Carnival

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Railways Busses Streets

I’ve noticed the trouble with the Ricoh GRD IV is that because it’s such a small camera it literally goes everywhere with me, with the side effect that I end up with a lot of pictures, especially if I don’t download them off the SD card for a whole week!

I’m currently counting down the days till the Ricoh GR is released and it could be only a week or so now, but some reports say it might not be released till June, and others say 16th May.

A copper beech near the silk meadows estate

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The silk meadows estate viewed from silk meadows

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The wooded area of silk meadows

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Construction of a new railway in Taunton

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A new cycle path at Langford Mead estate

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View from the railway footbridge at Norton Fitzwarren

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The old Norton Fitzwarren trading estate

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Shopping

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Laden with bags

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Under cover

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Banana

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Massive umbrella

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Caught in a cloudburst

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Running for cover

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Soaked

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Tatooed

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Drink

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Shopping

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Ready for the rain

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Free open top bus tour

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Vintage bus exhibition and running event

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