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
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
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
Finally a shop window display in Mary Street whilst walking home
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.
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.
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.
The coast path goes right next to the cliff, which looks in danger of collapse in places
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.
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.
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.
Here I was using a distance setting of 3 metres – changing the distance setting is quick & easy using the front command dial
Just a quick test during my lunch break today.
A shot of the local railway building, and a 100% crop of part of the same shot below (click photo to view larger)
Hopefully I will get a better chance to test it at the weekend
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.
An interesting design on a car roof in Leslie Avenue
A new hockey astro pitch being constructed at Taunton School
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.
Finally some more smashed glass – looks like someone must have really had it in for Primark as almost all the windows had been smashed
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.
Another persian cat
shop display in Bath
the Honiton Carnival
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
The silk meadows estate viewed from silk meadows
The wooded area of silk meadows
Construction of a new railway in Taunton
A new cycle path at Langford Mead estate
View from the railway footbridge at Norton Fitzwarren
The old Norton Fitzwarren trading estate
Laden with bags
Caught in a cloudburst
Running for cover
Ready for the rain
Free open top bus tour
Vintage bus exhibition and running event